The Gentleman Downstairs and Other Satanic Parables and Fables

Serpent’s Path

A snake traveled through a field, intent on finding a mouse to eat and a stone to curl up on. While crossing a path, he startled a human. The snake kept on his way. But the human yelled out in fear and stabbed at the creature with his walking stick.

“Here we go again,” thought the serpent.

The snake turned to slither off in the opposite direction. But he was blocked by a rock wall along the path. The human continued to bat at the snake with his weapon.

The serpent paused. He thought his stillness might calm the human but to no avail. The human trapped the snake’s head under the end of his stick. The snake writhed for a second, and then went limp. The human released pressure on the stick, thinking the snake dead.

As soon as the snake felt the stick lift from his neck, he lashed out. He bit the human on his leg, and then shot off into the grass. The human gasped and fell to the ground, clutching his stricken limb.

A few seconds later, the serpent was again on his way.

Later in the day, the snake relaxed on his favorite stone, far from the path. The thought of the human expiring on the path rarely crossed his mind. Yet he did enjoy marking time for a while using the decaying corpse as a timepiece.



“When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.”

LaVey, Anton. The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth. Church of Satan, 1967. Web.


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