The below article was originally posted in San Francisco newsgroups for Halloween by Jeff Farris, who shares first-hand impressions of Zeena in early life. Farris and Zeena attended the same schools yet have never met. Many thanks to Mr. Farris for allowing us to reprint his article here! An afterword from Zeena follows his article:
Lucifer's Daughter in the Richmond District by Jeff Farris
In San Francisco on California Street, between 23rd and 24th Avenues in the Richmond District, there once was a house that was painted pure black long before it was fashionable or cool to do so. The home was rumored to have a real live roaring lion as well as human occupants, we were warned, who were devotees to the Prince of Darkness himself. Other than the austere and gloomy color, it was an unassuming little home just a few blocks down the road from where I grew up.
A typical San Francisco A-framed, 3 story Victorian, The Black House, as it was known for many years, was the official First Church of Satan and the home of Anton LeVay, aka, The Black Pope and Lucifer’s Great High Priest and author of the Satanic Bible, as well as his family, including 2 young children and his companion, the self professed sorceress and High Priestess, Diane Hegarty. An ex-carnival worker and notable chronic liar, Anton established the Church of Satan in 1966 where it had a run for about 35 years until it was eventually torn down in 2001, only to be replaced, unceremoniously, by a cheap, 4 unit apartment complex commonly known among locals as a Richmond Special. The son of Russian and Ukrainian immigrants who had arrived in the United States sometime near the turn of the 20th Century, Mr. LaVey had finally made a name for himself in the late 1960’s with his audacious ambition to create the first church of Satan ever, anywhere.
San Francisco, at the time, was ripe for such a plan and Anton soon found himself at the center of controversy along with much welcomed attention from the ranks of luminaries such as Hollywood elites, avant-garde artists, and rock superstars of the time. One of his first and most celebrated religious ceremonies held at The Black House was the “Baptism” of his youngest daughter, Zeena, in 1967, when she was just 3 years old.
You may have some familiarity with Anton LaVey, but it’s his daughter, Zeena, that I am most curious about today. Anton, who died in 1997, seemed more like an opportunist and a showman than that of a bonafide Satanist, but not Zeena. She was destined for a much more televised profile than her father, becoming the official spokesperson for the Church of Satan in the mid-1980’s during the days of what is now called the “Satanic Panic” wherein born-again, Christian fundamentalists and the U.S. media sensationalized what they said was rampant Satanic Ritual Abuse all across America, especially towards children. In actuality, there was really none happening at all.
Some say that it was a modern day witch-hunt fueled by rumors and hearsay, but it was not without serious repercussions when innocent citizens, mostly teachers and staff from 19 daycare centers and pre-schools, were convicted and some even imprisoned based upon the fabricated testimony of toddlers and therapists who said they had uncovered memories of ritual abuse after hypnotizing previous students. Basically, Christians giving false testimony and acting more like Satan, than, well... Satan.
Zeena was invaluable during this time, advising police departments throughout the country with a general understanding of Satanic practices which helped quell, at least some, of the satanic ritual abuse allegations. I guess that one could say that the first person to have ever been publicly christened, if I can even use that term, for dedication to Lucifer, could have no other destiny in store for her other than to set the record straight regarding the activities of Beelzebub and his followers.
Zeena was one year younger than I, born in 1963, and we went to the same middle school, Presidio Jr. High, on 30th Avenue in between Geary and Clement. I remember her as a very attractive young girl with sensuous lips and an almost ever present furrowed brow. I didn’t know her personally, but being that her father was a somewhat famous, or better yet, infamous San Franciscan, everyone knew who she was, even I. She got pregnant in the 8th grade, at the age of 13, which didn’t help her reputation at all. Vicious rumors went around school stating that it was her father who had impregnated her. Kids can be so mean but, to my knowledge, not one of them had the guts to ever confront Zeena personally. We were all afraid of her clan and no one was brave enough to start trouble with Lucifer’s very own baptized child.
Anyhow, as the years have transpired, I have kept my eye on the life and times of Zeena LaVey, or Zeena Schreck, which is her current last name. I wouldn’t say that I am a stalker, but I have always felt for her as one would feel towards any misunderstood outsider. I felt bad for her, actually, not that she needs my sympathy and she could probably care less of what I think, for that matter. But I’ve always believed that she was a good soul under extraordinary pressure from circumstances beyond her control. She was a San Francisco kid, caught up in those crazy times, no different than I, but definitely more complicated and dark.
As you can imagine, Zeena and her family weren’t very welcome in our working class, multicultural, mostly Catholic, and Asian, and Russian Orthodox neighborhood. In a 2012 interview with Vice Australia, she explains that she had to transcribe for the SFPD death threats left for her on her father’s answering machine wherein she was to be raped and killed. She was 11 years old at the time. She also states that her father may have haphazardly fallen into the role of The Black Pope by sheer accident and that the Church of Satan was created after a local publicist described Anton as a neighborhood eccentric and “the first priest of Satan.” Anton then seized the idea and transformed it into a religion and that it all took off from there.
To be clear, Anton’s belief system did not include an actual deity or entity that one would call Satan or Lucifer, the Angel of Light. He believed that there wasn’t a devil at all. It was an ego driven theology. Each person is a God, in essence, and the tenets of the religion are almost all selfishly motivated and self aggrandizing. It’s also important to note that the Church of Satan, for the most part, was ultimately a failed venture leaving Anton destitute by the time he died. He sold his soul for nothing more than a limited and fleeting run at popularity, poor thing.
By 1990, Zeena had renounced her father’s church and belief structure, and likewise the Church of Satan vehemently denounced Zeena, commencing a campaign to discredit her name. I don’t think she ever had contact with Anton after that. She claimed that her father was basically a charlatan and a con artist and that he never had the depth of knowledge to be a true Satanist and that it was all for show and celebrity.
Whether or not I believe her completely is predicated upon the publication of the Satanic Bible, which is still the definitive go to resource for anything Satanic. It is clear that he gave that book some thought. Nonetheless, Zeena then applied her spiritual endeavors towards the Temple of Set, which could best be described as a pre-christian, Egyptian mystery religion, but highly influenced by other ex-members of the Church of Satan and the writings of Aleister Crowley. But even here, Zeena failed to find an environment that was to her liking and she resigned from her post as High Priestess in 2002. She then formed the Sethian Liberation Movement, donned with a title that could only be conjured up by an ex-San Francisco kid who survived the citywide pandemonium that the Symbionese Liberation Army caused when they kidnapped Patty Hearst in the early 70’s.
Currently, Zeena is a self avowed Tibetan Tantric Buddhist and she offers counseling services and specifically ministers to victims of extreme circumstances, the socially stigmatized, outcasts, and those otherwise subject to prejudice. By use of yogic, meditative and shamanic exercises, she offers short-range treatment, she says, without having to become an initiate of any particular spiritual path. Like the Phoenix, she claims that she can help you rise from the ashes of difficult experiences, find your own inner mystical resources, and have a spiritual awakening towards a foundation of inner strength.
Personally, I believe in her and I want her to succeed. If anyone has experience of overcoming difficulties, Zeena is among those who have. It seems poetic to me that a young girl from San Francisco, without any act of her own volition, was baptized at the tender age of 3 into the milieu of post-modern sensationalized Satanism, only to come out the other side finding peace and stability from the teachings of someone as self effacing and modest as the Buddha. I sincerely hope that she ultimately finds the peace that surpasses all understanding. As a fellow San Franciscan, I am rooting for her. How about you?
– Jeff Farris
San Francisco, Halloween 2014
Afterword by Zeena:
Thank you Jeff, wherever you are! Though it's true we never met, nor shared any words in those years, I never forget a face and knew it was you, because you still look the same, some 40 years later. You are correct that most people didn't have the guts to speak to me then in school, unless antagonistically. The same character traits usually remain on into adulthood. People who refuse to educate themselves about what they're frightened of, find comfort in remaining ignorant. So thank you for your curiosity to educate yourself, and for your candid recollections.
And, as you alluded to, I have found peace and contentment. When we have peace within ourselves and develop intrinsic happiness and relinquish hope for extrinsic sources of happiness, we have peace and joy wherever, and in whatever, situations we find ourselves.
Wishing you [all] a fantastically Happy Halloween.
Thanks goes out to author Jamie Mason for posting this very thoughtful message in response to a correspondence he had with Zeena relating to his mother's recent death. Below you will find his kind message, and below that, the letter from Zeena to which he's responding.
If there are any other requests for blessings at next week's Summer Solstice ritual, please write clearly what the blessing is for (i.e., deceased being, or sick person or animal), briefly state what the purpose of the blessing is. They will be added to the ritual.-Om Ami Dewa Hri-
Jamie's message below:
The following is the email from Zeena to Jamie to which he refers:
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 6:30 PM
Subject: Re: Letter to Zeena Schreck [pls. forward]
Thank you for your recent letter. I appreciate your explaining the complicated and challenging upbringing you surely experienced.
For now, because of the timing, I will address the issue which first inspired you to write:
I'm very sorry for what you are experiencing surrounding news of your estranged mother's death (which is now over a month ago) and the accompanying hostility from family.
I understand and empathize with your mixed emotions about your mother's passing, a once in a lifetime experience. Such dysfunctional family situations are especially difficult at the time of death, when unexpected behavior among family inevitably arises and emotions are raw.
Nonetheless, right now, your mother's consciousness is still wandering within the 49 day transition between this life and where she will take form next. Her Bardo phase will end approximately on June 29, so her consciousness is still able to perceive faint traces of this world, and connections to it, albeit it with more difficulty with each passing day.
However, she can still be contacted. So it was very fortunate that you happened to make contact at this time and that the time coincided with this Summer Solstice ritual.
The mother-child bond is very revered within the Tibetan tantric practices and teachings. With applied focus techniques I've learned from my heart lamas (the old-school first-generation of exiled lamas), I will focus especially on the aspect of dissolving the karmic sources of pain and suffering on both of your sides so that there should be no clinging to resentments, animosities or hostilities. Such destructive emotions only cause worse problems for all concerned. There is nothing more she can do to you now. Now you are in a stronger position to be for her what she couldn't be for herself or others.
The part of the ritual where I do the blessings and release for the deceased will occur at roughtly 9:45PM CET, which would be about 12:45PM PST. It would be good if you could simultaneously perform whatever mind clearing meditation that you know, focusing on only peaceful thoughts. If it helps stabilize your visual field, and the mind from wandering, use the support of a white candle flame to gaze upon, allowing yourself to become relaxed within the warmth of the flame for several minutes, keeping the breath even and relaxed.
From that warmth, allow peaceful, loving thoughts to emanate for your mother, visualizing her perfected self, free of the defilements she had in worldly life. Then visualize her being absorbed within the Pure Light, released from cyclic suffering and uncontrollable rebirth. Try to not think but just experience non-judgmental loving-kindness. This is one reason why these practices are called "the Heroic Path." Because to emanate loving-kindness, especially to those who've hurt us most, requires a heroic constitution, carried out from a place of strength, understanding and compassion.
May you have Peace within the Eye of the Storm,
Om Mani Padme Hum
Jamie Mason's books are available online and personal writings on his blog at https://jamiescribbles.wordpress.com/
San Francisco is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This week also marks the dark-side of the city's history. On May 23, 1967 Zeena made her international debut as performance-artist at the first public satanic baptism, orchestrated by her parents' in-house carnival show. She has commemorated the event by creating a personally charged meditative ritual in the form of a soundscape and video collage.
Launching the NEW 'ZEENA: HIGH PRIESTESS OF SETH' fashion-art T-SHIRT @ LA Art Book Fair Feb 11-14, 2016
Brought to you by HEINZFELLER NILEISIST, the same artist who presented The Zaum of Zeena at last year's NY Art Book Fair. Designed by Frank Haines in cooperation with Zeena, this fashion-art t-shirt is a companion piece to The Zaum of Zeena art-zine.
Launched in time for Valentine's Day and Lupercalia, this garment is no ordinary t-shirt.
It's a magical talisman combining all the symbolism necessary to foster blissful union of the initiate's inner male-female erotic-war deity energies represented by Seth and His secret consort Inanna and presided over by their High Priestess in this era, Zeena.
The human mind is always at war with itself because the inner masculine-feminine polarities are not united but divided. As a result, the inner conflicts translate to outer destructive behavior and actions.
Donning this article of clothing should be regarded as a ritual homage to the wearer's yet-to-be indestructible, non-dual state of perfect peace and spiritual completion (Š-L-M ). A reminder that Liberation and Enlightenment comes when opposing forces become one.
For those not well versed in tantric practices, Gnosticism, ancient mythology and Magical Theurgy, it's also just a damn cool design to have in your collection!
*After the official release at the LA Art Book Fair, it will be available in Featured Products on this site.
If you are in L.A., be among the first to get one at
the HEINZFELLER NILEISIST booth X21
Preview: Thursday, February 11, 6–9 pm
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR, free and open to the public:
Friday February 12, 1pm-6pm
Saturday February 13, 11am-7pm
Sunday February 14, 11am-6pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: November 8, 2002, ZEENA SCHRECK FOUNDS THE SETHIAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT [SLM]
For related material see the following articles on Zeena's website:
1) Letter from a Temple of Set Council of Nine member regarding the events leading to Zeena's resignation and the founding of the Storm, later the Sethian Liberation Movement, November 8, 2002
2) Zeena's resignation letter from the Temple of Set, Inc., [scoll to bottom of page: http://www.zeena.eu/index.php… ]
3) Excerpt from: Our Final Word on the Temple of Set, Inc. http://www.zeena.eu/images/stories/writings/OFW_excerpt.pdf
HEATHEN HARVEST:"ZEENA SCHRECK Performs a Typhonian Tantric Ritual Soundscape at the Egyptian Museum, Leipzig"
Read the full Heathen Harvest article at: http://heathenharvest.org/2015/04/18/zeena-schreck-performs-a-typhonian-tantric-ritual-soundscape-at-the-egyptian-museum-leipzig/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Zeena Schreck Returns To The German Music Scene After 24 Years
Performing A Typhonian Tantric Ritual Soundscape at the Egyptian Museum, University of Leipzig
Presented by: Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival for dark music and arts.
Saturday May 23, 2015 - Doors open at 7PM
Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig - Prof. Dr. Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert // Goethestraße 2 //
Admission with the WGT pass // no reserved seating
After a twenty-four year retreat from the German music scene, this event is Zeena Schreck's return to
sonic magic performance-art appearances in Europe. An historical event by a legendary figure of modern
magic, mysticism and experimental-ambient music – this is more than just a secular musical concert. It will
touch the audience with divine blessings and plant the seeds necessary for spiritual liberation and
Surrounded by the sacred, magically charged ancient artifacts housed in Leipzig's Egyptian Museum, the
performance will be a unique ritual soundscape. Zeena is also High Priestess of Seth and leader of
the Sethian Liberation Movement. Therefore, the Egyptian Museum is a prime genius-loci to present
ancient Egyptian aspects of Zeena's spiritual practices.
This is the second in a series of ritual musical installments inaugurated with the 2013 performance-art
event at The Community Church of New York, curated by Performa-13.
Historical Context: The Leipzig-Seth-Abraxas Connection
Professor Albrecht Dieterich, a student of the University of Leipzig, wrote the first study in modern times of
the god Abraxas with his influential Abraxas: Studien zur Religionsgeschichte des spätern Altertums
published in Leipzig in 1891. He was also one of the first scholars to work with the Greek Magical Papyri or
Papyri Graecae Magicae, a collection of ancient magical spells, formulae, hymns and rituals collection
from Graeco-Roman Egypt, a body of treatises essential to Zeena's work reviving an authentic Sethian
religion in modern times.
Continuing the Leipzig and WGT connection to the ancient Egyptian god Seth, Karl Preisendanz collected
the texts and published them in two volumes in 1928 and 1931. A projected third volume, containing new
texts and indices, reached the stage of galley proofs dated "Pentecost 1941", (WGT is always held on
Pfingsten or Pentecost) but the type was destroyed during the bombing of Leipzig during World War II.
Zeena Schreck (b. 1963, San Francisco/U.S.A) is a graphic artist, photographer, avant-garde musician,
author and animal rights activist. Between 1988-1993 she was 50% of the sonic magical musical project
Radio Werewolf and served as composer, vocalist, musician and graphic designer for all Radio Werewolf
albums and products.
At sixteen Zeena began lecturing and teaching magic and sorcery. At a comparatively young age, she held the
highest possible leadership positions in three of the most notorious occult orders of modern times:
High Priestess of The Church of Satan, High Priestess of The Temple of Set and Female Alpha of The Werewolf
Order. This unprecedented status has never been matched by any other occult figures in history.
In 1990 she rejected all forms of satanism and western occultism and publicly proclaimed such pseudo-religions
as spiritually fraudulent and inherently destructive.
Since then, she has focused her spiritual pursuits exclusively in the mystical practices of ancient Gnostic
Sethianism and the original Eastern left-hand path of Vedic tantra (Shaktism) and Buddhist tantra (Tibetan
Buddhism). She is an initiated yogini in the tantric Buddhist lineages of Nyingma, Karma Kagyu and
Drikung Kagyu and teaches in Berlin.
Interview requests should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOD MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE FOR PASSOVER/EASTER WEEKEND 2015
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes,” (Joel 2:31).
Peace! Š-L-M! Salām! Shalom! Šlama!
PRE-REGISTRATION for ZEENA's Next Workshop Ends March 26 , 2015.
LIVING IN THE KALI YUGA, is a public workshops series which serves as an introduction and foundation for those interested in possible continued training with Zeena.
There are only two more workshops in this public series.
The next workshop is Sunday, March 29. COURSE DATES & DESCRIPTION HERE
To pre-register for the March 29 workshop choose “Workshop1-Teaching w/ Practice 50 Euro” on the drop down menu:
If you don't have a PayPal account, pre-registration can also be done by bank transfer by writing to: email@example.com.
If you do not live in Berlin but are interested in booking long-distance consultations with Zeena - Skype sessions are scheduled between Tuesday and Friday, 4PM-7PM Berlin time and can be arranged through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zeena's next Vajrayana-Dharma workshop will be in Berlin on MARCH 29, 2015
Space is limited, so please reserve your place in advance. No walk-ins on the day of the workshop.
Deadline for pre-registration is March 26.
More details and pre-registration at http://www.zeena.eu/index.php…
Private consultation sessions arranged through: email@example.com