Stella Tenebrarum (Star of Darkness) is a traditionalist Satanic group that was founded on June 21 (the summer solstice), 1993, in Croatia. On that date, three medallions were struck for the three leaders of the group. Each medallion had an inverted pentagram, and they were made to be placed next to each other, at which time the full group motto was depicted: "Vexilla regis prodeunt inferi fulget Stella Tenebrarum" ("Flag of the king flies through hell, shines the Star of Darkness"). Some of the original members of the group, including one who was killed, served in the Croatian army during the Croatian war for independence.
The Stella Tenebrarum accepts the myth of Satan as the fallen angel who rebelled against the autocratic God of Jewish and Christian traditions. Satanism thus stands for the free spirit, rebellion against tyranny, standing for one's own beliefs and not allowing oneself to be forced into accepted norms simply to get along with others.
Satanism offers an active approach to living one's life, and encourages the use of magic to carry out one's ends. Members of Stella Tenebrarum are not opposed to the use of magic both to influence others (as in love spells) or to harm an enemy with curses. They promote the exchange of knowledge of effective curses with other Satanist groups. They also recommend the writings of Anton LaVey, founder of the American-based Church of Satan, as a means of getting started in magic and Satanism. Unlike most Satanist groups in the LaVey tradition, Stella Tenebrarum is not opposed to animal sacrifice, which it sees as primarily an issue between cultures.
Stella Tenebrarum may be contacted through its Internet site at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2026/stella.html.
Stella Tenebrarum. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2026/stella.html. May 20, 2000.