The Legendary Anton LaVey
Howard Stanton Levey was born, on April 11th, 1930, in Chicago and raised in San Francisco in a non-mystical family who would become an American author, musician and occultist. His father was a liquor salesman. They soon moved to the San Francisco, California area. The name LaVey came from an immigrant ancestor who in passing through Ellis Island was given the name of his place of origin, Levey, France. Known as Tony, showed early musical talent, and received musical training. He was always an outsider. 
Levey was also the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of LaVeyan Satanism. He authored several books including The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch, The Devil’s Notebook, and Satan Speaks!  Some have even claimed Mr. Lavey was “the founder of modern Satanism.”
Leading up to his duties as Satan’s front man, Mr. LaVey expansively reported he had prepared for the role by being a lion trainer for the Clyde Beatty Circus, a professional organist, artist, oboeist, crime photographer, psychic investigator, and hypnotist. Mr. LaVey’s reputation as an incarnate Devil or Satan himself began with his establishment of the Church of Satan, in 1966 in California, which was enlarged through his writings - most notably The Satanic Bible.
Mr. LaVey gained wider notoriety in 1967 when he performed what he said was the very first Satanic wedding. Two years later, Avon Books published Mr. LaVey’s “Satanic Bible.” The book was published in 1969 and has sold over one million copies since its initial release through over thirty printings. It was this book - a romantic celebration of indulgence, vengeance and existential doubt- that earned him the reputation among many religious believers as the “evilest man in the world” right up there next to the famous occultist Aleister Crowley.  Some have even called Mr. LaVey "the world’s most dangerous man; that was because he was not afraid of the consequences of being considered the world’s most evil." Nevertheless; ironically if you were to do a Google search on the term “evilest man in the world” you won’t find the name of Anton Lavey on any of the lists at all but instead you find people like Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Vlad Dracula, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler to name just a few.
Described by some to be the most iconic figure in the satanic milieu Lavey was soon labeled the “Black Pope” this it seems made him a dark hero to the alienated and disaffected marginal personalities, for whom his philosophy rang chords of recognition and identity.  The Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle were among the newspapers that printed articles dubbing him “The Black Pope.”
Anton Levay wrote four other books, made hundreds of personal and television appearances, and consulted on films involving devils. LaVey was the subject of numerous articles in the news media throughout the world, including popular magazines such as Look, McCall’s, Newsweek, TIME, and numerous men’s magazines.
Mr. Lavey associated with many famous and accomplished people, particularly circus people, writers, and actors. Among them were Sammy Davis Jr., Jayne Mansfield, Forrest J. Ackerman, Kenneth Anger, Joseph Cotten, Barbara McNair, Elke Sommer, Keenan Wynn, and directors Milo O. Frank Jr. and Robert Fuest to name a few.
It’s not easy being evil in a world that’s gone to hell!
Unlike the famous occultist Aleister Crowley who apparently had a wild side which ultimately led to the strange and bizarre rituals, some of which were sexual in nature, it was reported Mr. Lavey was less than “evil” being way more subtle than the “Great Beast.”
The Rolling Stones Reporter Lawrence Wright stated:
“Where was all the sin? Where was the ribaldry? Where was the dangerous action? From my two weeks of observation, Anton LaVey lived a life more circumscribed and reflective than the Benedictine monk’s.”
Today Satanic cults are springing up, it seems, in every city and little town throughout the crossroads in America. Rock groups openly worship the Devil and it would seem the culture of today in the country is more accepting than ever even going as far as having “Sympathy for the Devil.”
“The whole concept of Satan’s tempting man is wrong,” Mr. LaVey said. “On the contrary, he motivates humanity. We just think it’s time the Devil was given his due. The devil is the guy who’s kept all the churches in business.”
Adding to the mystery of this figure is how he moved to the Sedona/Verde Valley region in Jerome Arizona.  Is it just a coincidence Mr. Lavey would move to an area and perhaps join the New Age Movement capital of the world with others of the occult like Dr. Israel Regardie or just another soul attracted to the energies found here? Israel Regardie was said to be one of the fathers of the New Age movement.
At the age of 67, Mr. Anton LaVey died on October 29, 1997, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco of pulmonary edema. He was ironically taken to St. Mary’s, a Catholic hospital because it was the closest available. A secret Satanic funeral, attended by invitation only, was held in Colma after which LaVey’s body was cremated.
After researching this very enigmatic person it was clear Anton Lavey was a vessel relating a message which was done through Hollywood. In the videos that exist you find someone who is very personable and not the prince of darkness. Nevertheless; there are great similarities between the rituals LeVay practiced and that of Isreal Regardie and Aleister Crowley. The fact LaVey and Regardie were both here in the Verde Valley who are well known for using a system specifically designed to summons forth UFO/beings is very telling of why the area soon became a hot spot for paranormal activity.
 Biography: Anton LaVey http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0491989/bio
 Wikipedia; Anton Lavey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_LaVey
 ROLLING STONE – SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL. http://www.maryellenmark.com/text/magazines/rolling%20stone/920S-000-004.html
 Anton LaVey, Church of Satan founder, SFGate. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Anton-LaVey-Church-of-Satan-founder-3309154.php
 Verde Valley Vortex video. https://www.facebook.com/296270657183002/videos/1143637895779603/
 The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Dawn-Teachings-Ceremonies-Llewellyns/dp/0875426638
NOTE: This information has been taken from a chapter in the book theSedona/Verde Valley Vortex and or will be added on the next update.
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