[Cross posted and backdated from a sideblog. Originally posted 8 Jan 2017.]
Between not feeling like a side path was enough to warrant a label (my attention wasn’t even enough to consider myself ‘dual trad’) and an Infernal Person asking me to not use that label, I’ve struggled with how to convey allyship to Luciferians and Satanists. Regardless of the drama I’ve witnessed from a tiny sliver of the tumblr communities, I have nothing against Luciferianism or Satanism, generally speaking. I can see the draw and how someone can find these paths to be very personally fulfilling, but I can’t walk these paths in this lifetime.
I’ve still wanted to show support and openness, but I ran into a snag in what term to use. I don’t consider my attempt at ‘Luciferian ally’ to be a failure, but specification winds up with a list that might not even cover everyone by inter-community standards. There are other topics where an ally is clearly an outsider who supports a particular community, but due to my experience in religious / magical conversations where an ally is someone an individual directly interacts with, I decided to step away from using ally.
My goal is to land on a short phrase that doesn’t disclude anyone or focus on a particular community. I’m not really trying to campaign for this to catch on, but I want it to be easy enough to figure out that I’m not confusing anyone. I’ve previously run across ‘adjacent’ being used to indicate someone who supports but doesn’t currently belong to a community (*), so I’ve decided to incorporate that into: Infernally adjacent.
I am not opposed to those who interact with Infernal People being included in pagan, polytheist, and magical communities (or the overall Pagan community), and I support not throwing them under the bus to make Pagans look better than media stereotypes. Luciferian, Satanist, devil worshipper, demonologist, witches who do invoke Satan, and whoever interacts with the Infernal pantheon, whether they view themselves as an atheist, agnostic, theist, or something else.
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(*) Specifically, Goth adjacent. Some don’t mind Goth subculture while not being involved, and some still consider themselves friendly to the culture and people even after they leave.