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And now I see the face of God, and I raise this God over the earth, this God whom men have sought since men came into being, this God who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This God, this one word: 'I.' -Ayn Rand

One of the most important holidays for those who follow the Left-Hand Path is your birthday. The first person I know that ever acknowledged this was Anton Lavey and I agree with him 100%. YOU are the most important person in your life. The only exceptions would be your offspring and some close family members. Therefore take PRIDE on this day and celebrate your birthday to the fullest.

The Peacock is one of many birds that is associated with Satanism, Witchcraft, and the Left-Hand Path. The Peacock is a symbol of pride and when the male shows off his feathers to attract a female he is telling everyone around him how beautiful he is. Contrary to popular belief those of us who follow darker paths don't always use spooky imagery to represent who we are. A powerful WITCH does not have to have to look like a hag with green skin and a pointed nose. She or He can be the most beautiful or the most handsome person in the room at any given moment. Be the prideful peacock that nature has made you to be on your birthday.

Another more well-known symbol of pride is the goat, the mountain goat in particular. These goats are able to see his/her enemies before they come near. They have been known to be aggressive toward humans who come too close to where they live. As they look upon the horizon the mountain goat is the ultimate representation of strength and pride. We are our own Gods and Goddesses. Therefore our birthdays are holy days and we are Gods and Goddesses having a human experience. We live in the world but we are not of the world, we connect with nature. As songwriter Joni Mitchell said in her song Woodstock

"We are stardust Billion-year-old carbon We are golden Caught in the devil's bargain And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden."

Taking the day off from work and indulging in life's many pleasures is how we express self-love on our birthday. As Lavey said "Life is the great indulgence" So why not live life to its fullest while we're here. You don't have to rely on others to give you gifts on your holy day. Treat yourself! Let your natural epicurean nature run free and enjoy life in the here and now. Life is too short to let this day pass us by.

"We must be powerful, beautiful and without regret." -The Vampire Armand.