Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae
On the Governing Principals and Expectations of Its Members
This document is intended as a general set of guidelines for our members, otherwise known as “Cenobites,” or “Dame-Sisters” and “Knighted Brothers (the non-gendered term “Siblings” is also applicable. Its intent is to offer some examples and hypothetical situations in which certain behaviors and actions may be applied). Additionally, it is meant to inspire our Cenobites toward discovering other ways in which they may connect these values to their lives and works.
On Framework of Membership
The Order is governed by a body of three Cenobites/Siblings, constituted by founding or senior members and is referred to as the Tribunal Council. This entity is responsible for directing the Order on matters of conduct and its activities. Their duty is to create policy and delegate tasks for events and campaigns. They review petitions for membership in the Order and bestow designations for those members who perform specific functions and duties. They are charged with the conscientious disposal of materiel resources; the directing of funds, the procuring of items necessary to an action, distribution of personnel, and implementing the strategies to be used by the same. The “Tribunes” act as spokespersons for the Order when necessary and issue statements for public release when applicable.
There are varying strata where the membership of the Order is concerned. This is not a ranking system. These designations are generally based on the specialized contributions of individual members. We strongly advocate an egalitarian stance in our internal operations; that of no member being treated differently than another. Reverence for any other member can only extend as far as respect for their seniority and the proven value of their wisdom which is not immutable or absolute. The Order will not tolerate the development of cults of personality within its ranks. There are no gurus or masters here.
To be considered a Dame-Sister or Knighted-Brother, we require a dedicated level of involvement in our causes and political actions. While involvement in the discussions posted on our public page is encouraged of our members, it is not a requirement. At present, we do not have a set of criteria that involves checking boxes to indicate some step has been fulfilled. Evaluating members means honest appreciation for their efforts and contributions. Should the “Tribunes” overlook some achievement that a fellow member has made, there must be no shame in reporting it to them. Although we eschew egoism, we believe in giving the diligent their due. Any false claim of credit is considered detestable by the Order.
The world is often a cynical place. Our values as members of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae stand in direct opposition to apathy, jadedness, cruelty, and arbitrary laws.
On Compassion and Empathy
Dame-Sisters and Knighted-Brothers are expected to value and practice patience. In our relationship to each other we exercise care and concern. It is worth remembering that each of us has our own battle. The willingness to hear each other and value each other’s experiences and observations strengthens our cohesion and the quality of our endeavors.
Empathy says that we will never exclude any member who desires to contribute to a project and work to support those goals. When we exclude others without good cause, we create a culture of resentment.
Coveting a cause is antithetical to the spirit of communication and participation necessary to our work. Reason dictates that such covetousness will be poisonous to any group project.
Within the ranks of The Order there are expectations we set upon ourselves should inform us of “right” behavior and action.
Credit and due are not to be ignored and discarded; they are in fact, invaluable. They are elements of Justice, and gratitude is how they are conveyed. Acknowledgment of another’s ideas or contributions is “right” action. This appreciation of one’s individual efforts is essential to the morale of such a working group as our Cenobites. Yet this appreciation does not extend to the ownership or claim that one is solely responsible for the success (or failure) of an action. We do not engage in a culture of blame. We do not engage in perpetual ego stroking for the Cenobite incapable of recognizing that theirs were not the only efforts or assertions that led to the success of an endeavor for The Order. It is unjust to claim sole credit for the work of a team or conglomeration.
Justice is a climate of fairness. It is the exercise of honesty; that honesty not only being held between each other, but to be honest with oneself. Justice, real justice is devoid of ego. In terms of what we ask and expect of each other, it would be unjust to ask another to undertake some task we would not ourselves be willing to perform: I will not ask you to do, what I myself would never do.
Fairness is the benefit of doubt. We cannot maintain a structure of strength and integrity by refusing to make some allowances for each other. Ideally, a promise made should be a promise kept. But life has a way of throwing up the odd impediment here and there. There are indeed extenuating circumstances beyond our control.
On Bodily Sovereignty
The central purpose of the OSS is to simply leave this world better than we found it. I cannot be denied that it is also a social organization to some degree. Friendships may form and dissolve. Similarly, there is every possibility that in working closely with each other, Cenobites may develop romantic feelings for each other. It is imperative that one consider honestly, were they to become romantically involved with another Sibling, whether the ending of such a relationship would affect their ability to work together on future projects.
Unwanted advances are exactly that – unwanted. The Cenobite who dares engage in coercion or bargaining, berating or harassment of another to gain their attention or interest, has violated the bodily sovereignty of another… whether physical contact has occurred or not.
The Order holds without exception, to this last declaration: Should any member physically or sexually assault another member in any way, they will be expelled.
On Reverence and Respect for the Sciences and the Appropriate Application of Faith
Belief and faith are no friend to us when they allow one to deny truth in favor of comfort. We must reserve these things for each other. In our actions we depend upon each other for strength and support. Trust is a hard-won thing for many. Trust is our belief in each other. Dependency for each other’s aid in our endeavors is where we bank our notion and understanding of faith. Those things are easily evidenced by one’s track record of action. Follow-through is the basis of fidelity to each other and our causes.
That is as far as we allow the practice of faith to inform our understanding of our world. Faith belongs to your fellows, not to the realm of the fantastical. Faith has no role in the analysis and verification of facts. Faith in the unseen, the untried, the untested, is an invitation to failure. Faith without proof is a path of willful ignorance, disguised within the security of a limited worldview.
Healthy skepticism is not a passive position. It seeks to further understand an ever, expanding world… our universe and beyond. It is irresponsible to accept conclusions on the nature of our world without comprehensive experimentation, as well as initialization and verification of those results. Accounting for variables, the proverbial devil within the details is equally as important. To ignore the potential influence of environmental factors, operator error, or the compromise inherent with incomplete data sets – all in favor of a desirable result – is foolhardy and denies reality.
On the Fallibility of Human Nature
We have often seen pride that denies wrongdoing. Reactionary retaliation is not our order. To admit to oneself that one has fallen short is the beginning of new learning, and is a vehicle of catharsis. To admit one has been false, and to swear to henceforth make a greater effort to be truthful is the first foundation of real honesty.
When we do unwarranted damage to another, no matter in what form, it is imperative we make redress. It is not for the purpose of being the better or “bigger person” that we do this. If that were our purpose, it would negate and pollute this entire concept. Ego is once again introduced. And once we have entertained the notion that we are the bigger person, we have in fact defeated and reduced ourselves. Though redress in this case may appear to be moral and right, to be propelled by the intent of showcasing these things makes one’s amends anything but moral; it is false piety.
Redress is not merely an apology for one’s mistakes, willful wrongdoing, or momentary failings. It requires that one work to repair the damage they have done – if at all possible. Atonement, true atonement is directly relatable to the wounds one has inflicted, and seeks to aid in healing them. Pointless action as atonement is simply that. It has again become an act solely in service of one’s ego.
What theists often make use of to assuage their guilt over having harmed another is the penultimate of pointless action. They would apologize to their gods, but not necessarily offer the same to those who were affected by their words and deeds. They would offer up mantras and count upon beads, yet often fail to offer new turf to one whose garden they have salted and seared.
Again, it is our prerogative that we admit wrongdoing, apologize for the harm we have done, and seek to repair that damage. We are not the self-flagellating religionist, prattling away in a darkened confessional to an ineffectual clergyman… asking forgiveness only from an imaginary friend.
It is our nature to fail from time to time. That is the truth of human nature. What we do following these failures is the difference between us and the ego-protective theist.
The Summation of These Values
Who is it you would be, and why? Yes, without question, these guidelines are subject to some interpretation. But there is little room to escape the overall designation that they are altruistic in nature. Consider for a moment, the Chinese philosopher Confucius; a proponent of peaceful resolution, education, compassion, and empathy. Yet, the man was said to be a capable archer. A sword was not unfamiliar to his hand. And he was intimately knowledgeable on the Art of War and troop movements. Gentleness needn’t be passive. It is best tempered and complimented by strength.
While the archetype of Lucifer is fiercely individualistic in nature, the city of Pandaemonium described in John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” would not have been built without the coordination of Molech and Mammon, as well as the cooperation of a host of demonic fiends.
Consider the ancient Spartans; each man considered the soldier next to him a heroic brother. Theirs was a hero culture, tempered with discipline and purpose; a well-oiled machine without any perceivable weak points. Solidarity.
Now compare them with the Athenians, whom the Spartans warred against perpetually. Athens too had a hero culture. But to their detriment, all sought name and notoriety when in battle. None was willing to stand and fight for the soldier next to him. Instead, each rushed forward beneath their own banner, abandoning his brothers for fame and fighting only for himself.
Remember always, that you are called by the title of Dame-Sister or Knighted-Brother. Nobility is more than a namesake. Nobility is a state which we are charged to never betray. Again, ask yourself who you would be, and why. Will you stand for your fellows, or will you work merely for your own gain and damn all others in need?
So, embrace true heroism and shield the weak in defiance of oppression, without thought of payment beyond the satisfaction of having done what is noble and right.