Michael Shane Margolin (1 March 1963 – Present) is the founder and High Priest of the Sinagogue of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, poet, and freemason. He is the author of Liber of the Goat and the
founder of a brand new Satanism now known as "Occult Satanism", a synthesized
system of his understanding of the universe and the insights of philosophers
who advocated nihilism and individualism. Almost like Anton
LaVey, Margolin viewed "Satan" not as a literal deity or entity, but as a
historic and literary figure, a symbolic representation of his aims and
Margolin was born in Washington, D.C. to Rebeca Ann Peterson and Peter RobertMargolin. He is the great grandson of Leon
Trotsky's best friend Peter Margolin. He relocated to California
where he spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to him, his
ancestry can be traced to Welch, Jewish, and Russian stock .
Margolin met and married Kellise Marshall, who bore him his son, Michael
Margolin Jr. in 1990. In 1988 Margolin joined the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) by Aleister Crowley and now remains an inactive member,
Crowley has had a profound effect on him and came to view reality as subjective
as opposed to objective. He joined the Church of Satan by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1996 and disaffiliated
in 1999, he also left the First Church of Satan around the same time. After he
got tired of joining organizations/groups that preached his ideals but instead
found the same old control freak, ego stroking, false hierarchy, money
mongering, we-own-you crap, when they preached freedom of the individual in
their manifesto's, he then became an ordained priest of the Universal Life Church by Kirby J. Hensley and formed the Sinagogue of Satan.
His interests and accomplishments were wide-ranging—he's a poet, aficionado
of chess, and sometimes a social critic. Margolin is
perhaps best known in writing Liber of the Goat, Liber Naught, and the Last
Peyote Song during 1986 through 1999 but it was Liber of the Goat that was his
best work, it is also the central holy book of the Sinagogue of Satan. Margolin
was such an influential person, he was also given permission to use and alter
Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.)
rituals within the Ordo Templi Orientis for the Sinagogue of Satan to use.
Marshall and Margolin later divorced in 2001 and has a 50/50 custody with
their only son.
Margolin has been interviewed on numerous occasions dealing with the topic
of Satanism, including spots on Out & About with Roger Martin, The League
of Independent Satanists, and more.
Rev. Margolin ran for President of the United States twice in 2008 and 2012 as
he confirmed in an interview with Bob Ferguson.
Professionally, Margolin is a poet with an acclaimed album from Theophany
Records with the most notable track "A Spartan in Wake" and though Theophany
Records are Christian-natured theres a quote on their website that reads "Mike
Margolin is an American Icon", which came from Mordecai Shapiro, a Gnostic
Priest of the Ordo Templi Orientis. David Jones of Enochian fame even said
"Mike Margolin is the best living Poet."
He practically became a local celebrity in the Satanic community, he would
attract and meet many notables, one of whom being Kenneth Anger.
Margolin gained much notoriety, and is dubbed "Baphomet Rex 666." Like the
beast Aleister Crowley. It was probably an epithet that Margolin happily
adopted for himself.