In their study of Satanism, the religious studies scholars Asbjørn Dyrendal, James R. Petersen suggested that La Vey viewed his religion as "an antinomian self-religion for productive misfits, with a cynically carnivalesque take on life, and no supernaturalism".
This magic could then be employed to ensure sexual gratification, material gain, personal success, or to curse one's enemies.
Man needs ritual and dogma, but no law states that an externalized god is necessary in order to engage in ritual and ceremony performed in a god's name!
Could it be that when he closes the gap between himself and his "God" he sees the demon of pride creeping forth—that very embodiment of Lucifer appearing in his midst?
It is one of several different movements that describe themselves as forms of Satanism. His ideas were heavily influenced by the ideas and writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand.
The Church grew under La Vey's leadership, with regional grottos being founded across the United States.