By Vexen Crabtree 2001
Invoke the Four Crown Princes of Hell as the four most representative idols; the list of Infernal Names in The Satanic Bible1 are taken from a wide selection of cultures and times throughout history, they enrich the Four Crown Princes. Click on titles for a page on each cardinal:
Lord of Fire and the Inferno
Being without a master. Mastery of the Earth. Independence. Community. Flesh.
The aspect of Satan is the King of the Four Crown Princes, representing the adversary of mundanity, mediocrity, right hand path, stupidity and conformity for the sake of conformity, self destruction, religion and gods.
The placement of these Crown Princes on the cardinal points is not entirely without precedent in the history of religious symbolism. The Professor of History, Ronald Hutton, examines many occult and eclectic prime sources in his history of paganism, and mentions that the North point has been considered the most dark - although in Satanism, all four cardinal points represent darkness:
“The north was regarded as the place of darkness, and shunned, following a tradition given biblical authority in the Book of Jeremiah and embedded in English folk culture; hence the common reluctance to be buried on the north side of a churchyard or to put a northern door into a church.”
"The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft" by Ronald Hutton (1999)2
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(1999) The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft. 2001 edition. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. A paperback book.