When Henry Panic was 13 years old he discovered Anton LaVey and his great work The Satanic Bible. Fascinated with understanding and living the Satanic lifestyle, he read The Satanic Bible again and again, each time picking up a different portion of the Satanic philosophy. Carrying these ideals forward, he credits this as a valuable step in his progression into Luciferianism. Panic believes Satanism gave him a great source of foundational ideas to adopt.
At 21, Panic began to study various pagan beliefs systems. Years previous, he was introduced to Odinism and Norse paganism and found the mythology interesting. As he developed a deeper understanding of polytheistic beliefs and pagan structures, he found various similarities between the religious beliefs and texts, from ancient Egypt to Hellenistic Greece to the Roman Empire. The stories of their gods were intended to be lessons which their followers could approach life, in theory and practice. While Panic never called himself a pagan, he did see the mythology as ancestral philosophy. The gods were manifestations of nature’s offspring. Gaining a grand appreciation for these myths, he found ways to incorporate these philosophies in his life.
Around 23, Panic found Michael Ford, a prominent Luciferian author and philosopher. It was at this point he was introduced to Luciferianism.
Ford incorporated various LaVeyan Satanic principles into the Luciferian philosophy. But Luciferianism was beyond Satanism in that both the carnal and spiritual sides of man were incorporated into the philosophy. This idea, a spiritual advancement, heightened Panic’s interest. He found Satanism to be an amazing base for his youth, but as he entered adulthood, he felt he needed more. That “more” was Luciferianism.
With Lucifer On My Side covers various philosophical ideas within the occult philosophy realm, including Hermeticism, Theosophy, Luciferianism, Satanism, and Thelema. Stoicism, paganism, and Ayn Rand’s objectivism make an appearance as well. Buddhist ideals are covered, too. Some chapters have little focus on the author and simply discuss the theories. Other chapters will cover a variety of anecdotal stories, using the philosophy as the glue that binds them.
You will read about death and determination. You will read about finding your place in life and changing your career path. You will read about work projects gone wrong and relationships to match. You will read about his amputations and how he overcame them. You will read about drug use and withdrawing. You will read about the importance he places on training self-defense. You will read about surgeries gone wrong. You will read about him growing up, maturing, and becoming a man, utilizing these ideals every step of the way.
With Lucifer On My Side is a daringly raw approach to discuss what it is like living with these occult philosophies in mind.