Satanism has never been a unified religious movement. Historically, it has almost always manifested as some sort of highly personalized, idiosyncratic inversion or revision of the dominant religious order. However, a few modern patterns can be roughly identified:
- Gnostic Satanism, sometimes called Chaos Gnosticism: a radically dualistic worldview basically borrowed from classical Gnosticism. Instead of being a mere rebellious angel, Satan is regarded as the true deity that exists beyond the illusion of temporal reality. Transgression against all social norms and biological instincts is the only way to come into contact with this 'light bearer' and attain liberation. This is actually one of the few forms of Satanism which has a historical precedent beyond the modern era.
- LaVeyan Satanism: a dumb joke.
- Extremely literal 'theistic' Satanism: takes the Judeo-Christian worldview at face value but pays devotion to the Devil, for either out of religious feeling or for some kind of 'reward'.
- Occult Satanism: too varied to describe, ranging from intellectually sophisticated to rock stupid. But in a really broad sense, these are systems which treat Satan as a device or symbol for some kind of personal empowerment in a generic, modern "left hand path" sense.
- Non-Laveyan Metaphorical Satanism: also too varied to describe, and frequently overlapping with 'occult Satanism'... but many people over the last few centuries have used Satan as a symbol for parts of the human experience/spirit/mind that must be accepted, harnessed, and/or integrated.