So, I’m writing a story about an African American family who adopts a Caucasian teenage boy, and later find out he has high functioning autism. The mothers of both families were close friends, and have agreed that if anything were to happen to either one of them, the other would adopt their kids. The adoptee’s family was killed in a car crash with a drunk driver.
Damien, the autistic adoptee, has decided he blames God for him being autistic, and the various issues that come out of it. His family’s tragic deaths have only made him even more upset. So, in the search for answers, and personal empowerment, he turns to the occult.
I originally decided to make Damien take interest in ceremonial magick, particularly Hermetic. He also worships the Egyption scribe god, Thoth/Tehuti. Ceremonial magick seems to carry a well defined body of practices that I thought I could draw from.
Though, now I’m reconsidering my decision. I didn’t learn about hermeticism until I was an in college, and it still took me a while to see the value in it. Ceremonial magick, to me, is like the classical music you learn in school if you want to be a musician. You learn from the past orthodoxies so you can branch out. Though, I don’t think I, as a teenager, would have the patience for that.
I feel now that, given his age and situation, Satanism may be more appropriate. It carries an emotional element I think would vibe with how he feels.
I’m asking for opinions. Should he be a Satanist or hermeticist.