Mourning Star is an independent Satanist magazine that first
appeared in 1997 and superseded A Taste from the Cauldron, the
magazine of the First Occult Church. Mourning Star, like its
predecessor, is edited by William Starets Gidney
The Moss-Woman Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology 5th Ed.
(1972 ). In the early 1990s Gidney and his wife, Lady Ygraine,
operated the First Occult Church, which included in its
membership a range of occult perspectives from Wicca to voudou
that were in fellowship with the Satanism of the leaders. In
the mid-1970s, the First Occult Church was closed and both
Gidney and Lady Ygraine affiliated with the Church of Satan.
Lady Ygraine, who had previously operated two occult shops,
The Cauldron and The Dragons Lair, also founded a new store
dedicated to the left-hand path, Pandoras Box, in Port St.
Lucie, Florida. In 1999, in the wake of the Church of Satans
reestablishment of grottos as local church centers, Gidney led
in the founding of the Nepotism Grotto and now serves as the
Mourning Star is designed as the expression of a maturing
Satanic philosophy in the tradition of Anton Sandor LaVey,
the founder of the Church of Satan. Each issue contains articles,
poems, reviews, and additional varied material. All articles
must at the least show the authors familiarity with the principles
and idea of The Satanic Bible, the basic text of the Church
While representative of opinions within the Church of
Satan, Mourning Star is not an official church publication. It is
issued irregularly and while each issue is numbered, it is undated.
Mourning Star is published at Pandoras Box, 321 SE Port
Saint Lucie Blvd., Port Saint Lucie, FL 34984.
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