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Re: Magic and Machines This is an excellent thread! 

The Black Magical Law of the Trapezoid in architecture, visual arts, electronics, and music has always fascinated me.  Visually it influences the Command to Look.  In the sci-fi/horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft he understood this concept of the Trapezoidal Law in his descriptions of the non-natural, cyclopean, Yuggothic architecture (which would drive any conventional human architect mad) of the primordial sunken city of R'lyeh in his work "The Call of Cthulhu".  The "Shining Trapezohedron", a strange and ancient stone artifact which possesses the unfathomable knowledge of dark worlds beyond time in his work "The Haunter of the Dark".  The Trapezoidal Law influences the Command to Look such as with the effects of black lights, and in music/sound, the Command to Listen employed by the works of artists of the CryoChamberLabel and many other's musical manifestations using tonal angularity and "Trapezoidal Magic".

The Shining Trapezohedron is a geometric object with 24 trapezoidal faces;

April 02, 2017, 04:25:10 pm
Re: Setian Arcanum Xeper and Remanifestation, the process of self directed self evolution, is like learning to master a musical instrument.  You discover your talent to play the piano and you decide to learn further certain techniques of the keyboard, you Xeper.  It is through Remanifestation, the continual exercise of the techniques you have learned which enable you to further enhance your talent and skills, to continue to Xeper, and eventually come into being as a master/virtuoso pianist.  A self-created divinity.
April 04, 2017, 02:26:56 am
Interviews with Initiates of the Priesthood of the Temple of Set Interviews with various Initiates of the Setian Priesthood:

April 05, 2017, 05:38:56 pm
Re: Interviews with Initiates of the Priesthood of the Temple of Set When Dr. Aquino attempted to describe what he experienced during the "Book of Coming Forth by Night" working, stressing that sense of dynamic electrical like current, warmth and energy flowing through his being, that heightened sense of Awareness and the coming into being of new perceptions and understandings sounded very similar to what I experienced when I first invoked the Name of Set in a working of Greater Black Magic, which dramatically changed me and my life for ever.
April 05, 2017, 07:24:04 pm
Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP? The Word of Thelema is the Will which enables each star to chart its own course through the cosmos, hence, from a Setian point of view it is a LHP philosophy.

The picture of a young man whose parents desire him to become a lawyer or medical doctor, but deep in his heart his life passion is in music and musical composition.  If he pursues the will of his parents, he is following the RHP, following the will of others and not his own True Will, his Thelema, and shall never be truly happy and fulfilled in his own being.  If, however, he pursues his own life's passion, his True Will, music and musical composition, he is treading the Path of the Left Hand, the path of most resistance and he shall become truly happy and fulfilled in his own Being.

April 05, 2017, 09:02:31 pm
Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP?
If he pursues the will of his parents, he is following the RHP, following the will of others

This makes the LHP seem like a very Western ideology, which is probably the case anyhow. Many Eastern ideologies, such as Buddhism and Confucianism, seem to place the individual desire below that of the group.

There are those who do consider Setian philosophy and its interpretation of certain Magical principles like Thelema as "Western LHP".  I would tend to agree.

April 06, 2017, 03:04:43 pm
Order of the Serpent updated introductory statement The Order of the Serpent (O.S.) is an esoteric school of the Western Left Hand Path.  It is comprised of unique individuals and philosopher-Magicians, dedicated to the study and practice of Self-Directed Self-Evolution (also known as Xeper, Black Magic, or other terms).  The Order is dedicated to the accumulation and preservation of the knowledge and undefiled wisdom of the Prince of Darkness. The focus of the O.S. is the Individual Self, both as in one’s personal development and the concept or Form of the Individual Self. The O.S. founders believe that we all have individual hidden truths within ourselves, and our goal is to uncover, and ultimately become the perfect manifestation of these truths.

The O.S. is rooted in extreme individualism, and its members are capable of working with a concept and forming their own thoughts, ideas, and understanding of them. Discussion and rational debate are both welcome and encouraged. Those involved are able to form their own belief systems, tables of correspondences, tools of initiation, and able to forge their own unique path. Unlike most other metaphysical ideologies which seek to dissolve the self, subjugate it to questionable beings, or even deny its existence by reducing it to pure matter, the O.S. seeks to increase its own freedom of Mind and Will, and that of others. It recognizes the Self, the one thing each being can truly know to exist, as the center of reasoning, as well as the center of society. Rather than seeing humans as deterministic slaves, fallen beings in need of saving, or creatures meant to serve the State, the Order believes that Self-Actualization at the individual level is the key to human advancement. In a world where humans are little more than statistics, the Order of the Serpent recognizes that all change, as well as all knowledge, begins with the individual Self.

Unlike a symbolic occult organization, some sort of statement, or simply a self-help group, the O.S. is an esoteric organization, founded upon the metaphysical position that there is something beyond the simple world of matter and psychology. Whether the creator God of the West, the mindless Nature of materialism, or flowing Way of the East, the Order of the Serpent recognizes these as one in the same, an order imposed upon chaos that underlies, creates, and drives the entire cosmos. The difference with the Esoteric Western Left Hand Path, the O.S. included, is that we do not accept that this order is complete, wholly deterministic, or even necessarily “good.” It is what leads to cancer and depression, starvation and war, whether it allows this to happen, determines it, or is un-intelligent and cannot do otherwise. Yet in the individual we have free will, the ability to go against this Natural Order or malevolent God. This ability has been demonized, described as an illusion, or even completely ignored specifically because it can go against Nature/God, which is why “self-directed self-evolution” has been associated with “black magic” for so long in Western society.

More specifically, the Order of the Serpent is founded in its own metaphysical view of Neo-Platonism. The founders accept the objective existence of the Realm of Forms, which is separated into Simple Forms (which cannot partake in themselves, such as “Pointedness”), and Complex Forms (which partake in themselves, such as “Consciousness” or “Knowledge”). The Complex Forms, being abstract, necessary, non-spacial, and non-temporal, yet also conscious, self-aware, and knowledgeable, are themselves indistinguishable from traditional polytheistic gods. Indeed, “gods” are more simply seen as a perversion of Complex Forms, a misunderstanding. While there is no central “god-head” within the Order, there is a certain henotheistic focus on Forms of Consciousness, Inspiration, Art, Intoxication, Self-Awareness, Knowledge, and so forth.

The name for the Order of the Serpent comes from the Northern Circumpolar Stars, specifically the massive constellation Draco, which never sets below the horizon. To the earliest human religions, these were seen as being free from the cycles of the moon, sun, planets, and even constellations and stars. Separate from the ebb and flow of Nature/”God”, those associated with the Imperishable Stars were free to permanently exist, to forge their own path free from those cycles. It was only later on that world religion began to dissolve into its current Solar form. The Order of the Serpent hopes to remanifest this ancient, Pre-Solar metaphysics in the modern day - within the 21st century.

The insignia of the Order is a pentagram, representing that point of inner-consciousness where the individual Self exists. The pentagram is within a circle representing the physical shell of the Self, but the points of the pentagram do not touch this circle, symbolizing the continued separation between Self and Body. The separation of the metaphysical (pentagram) from the physical (circle) exists because the elements of both are independent and distinct from one another. Stemming from this pentagram are five symbols, from Norse, Sumerian, Egyptian, Chinese, and an ouroboros as a stylized O. It is meant to represent the diversity of interests within the O.S. We are not simply a Setian, Thelemic, Asatru, Hermetic, Luciferian/Satanic, or any single approach, but a place for such individuals to help each other grow, and help share useful information.

The Order of the Serpent provides such resources currently as the Library of the Ancient Serpent, the O.S. forums, and the Order newsletter "The Imperishable Star". The forum is meant to provide a Left Hand Path online community focused on rational, esoteric discussion. The Imperishable Star provides essays written by members in order to share esoteric knowledge with the outside world. Both are open and free to all. The O.S. does not have any initiatory hierarchy, all members are equal, from the founders to someone on day one. There are no membership fees, but we simply ask members to provide and discuss esoteric information, such as for publication in the newsletter. We do not believe in hoarding occult knowledge behind closed doors and paywalls, and try to keep the occult community updated on our progress. The application process is simply an email discussion with the founders, and an essay on pretty much any relevant topic of the applicant’s choosing.

We hope that you benefit from these resources, and encourage both followers of the Left Hand Path, and respectfully interested individuals, to join the forum absolutely free of charge and without membership. Those interested in aiding with our goal advancing and sharing esoteric knowledge, in and for the modern age, please feel free to send an enquiry email to, or start a thread on the forum, or private message Xepera maSet, Setamontet, and Onyx on the forum.

April 14, 2017, 08:41:18 pm
Re: Interviews with Initiates of the Priesthood of the Temple of Set Thanks Onyx for the other ToS related interviews from KHPR!  There are a few on there I haven't heard yet.  A superb contribution to the forum!  8)
April 19, 2017, 01:34:37 pm
The Book of Coming Forth by Night This document is what helped inspire Michael A. Aquino and others of his kindred in the original Church of Satan's Priesthood of Mendes to resign and establish the Temple of Set in 1975 ce.  It is the result of a Working of Greater Black Magic which Aquino performed in order to understand what he and other of his colleagues perceived as a corruption and impending doom of the early Satanic Priesthood of the CoS of which he was an Initiate 1970-1975 ce.

Since its founding, the Temple of Set has become one of the worlds most renowned and respected Initiatory and esoteric Schools of the Black Arts and LHP philosophy.  The BoCFbN, though not without controversy, remains a milestone in the evolution of modern "Western" Left Hand Path thought.

The Book of Coming Forth by Night
Transcribed by Michael A. Aquino

The Equinox has succumbed to my Solstice, and I, Set, am revealed in my Majesty.

The time of the Purification is past.  The fate of my Gifted race rests in balance, and I shall not recant my Word, spoken to my High Priest MehenPetTa in old Khem and now again to you. Proclaim the nineteen parts of the Word, and vanquish thus the feeble and corrupt Keys of Enoch, which were a shadow of my true Word and now are an affront to me.

I am the ageless Intelligence of this Universe.  I created HarWer (Horus) that I might define my Self.  All other gods of all other times and nations have been created by men.  This you know from the first part of my Word, and from my Manifest semblance, which alone is not of Earth.

Known as the Hebrew Satan, I chose to bring forth a Magus, according to the fashion of my Word.  He was charged to form a Church of Satan that I might easily touch the minds of men in this image they had cast for me.

In the fifth year of the Church of Satan, I gave to this Magus my Diabolicon that he might know the truth of my ancient Gift to mankind, clothed though it might be in the myths of the Hebrews.

Even you, who delivered the Diabolicon from Asia, did not know it for what it was.  But he that I had fashioned a Magus knew, and he thought often of the Diabolicon as he guided the Church of Satan.

Upon the ninth Solstice, therefore, I destroyed my pact with Anton Szandor LaVey, and I raised him to the Will of a Daimon, unbound by the material dimensions.  And so I thought to honor him beyond other men.  But it may have been this act of mine that ordained his fall.

Were I my Self to displace the Cosmic Inertia, I should be forced to become a new measure of consistency.  I would cease to be One, for I should become All.

To make of a man a Daimon, then, may be to break his Self-reference to the bounds in which his semblance must exist.

I cannot undo the hurt that has come of this, but I shall restore to Anton Szandor LaVey his human aspect and his degree of Magus in my Order.  Thus all may understand that he is dearly held by me, and that the end of the Church of Satan is not a thing of shame to him.  But a new Æon is now to begin, and the work of Anton Szandor LaVey is done.  Let him be at ease, for no other man has ever seen with his eyes.

In April of the common year 1904, I came forth in Africa as my Opposite Self and brought into being an Æon to end the horrors of the stasis of the death-gods of men.  This new Æon was a Purification, to prepare men for that which would follow it.

And Aleister Crowley received the Book of the Law, and my Opposite Self declared him Magus of the Æon.

But HarWer, my Opposite Self, is a strange and fitful presence.  I, Set, am my Self distinct from the Order of the Cosmos, yet am ordered in and of my Self.  HarWer I was when I was once part of the Cosmos and could achieve identity only by becoming what the Cosmic Order was not.  By HarWer I cancelled the imbalance, leaving a Void in which true Creation could take form as Set.

But, as I have said, I cannot destroy the Cosmic Inertia without having to assume its place.  And so HarWer must exist while Set exists.

The Æon of HarWer endured until the Equinox of the common year 1966, when HarWer and Set were fused as one composite being.  And so commenced the time of Set-HarWer – known as the Age of Satan – which was to bridge the expiring Æon of HarWer and the forthcoming Æon of Set.

Truth there was in the words of my Opposite Self, but a truth ever tinged with the inconsistency and irrationality of which I have spoken.  And so the Book of the Law was confusion to all who came upon it, and the creative brilliance of the Magus Aleister Crowley was ever flawed by mindless destructiveness.  He himself could never understand this, for he perceived HarWer as a unified Self.  And so he was perplexed by a mystery he could not identify.

And I, Set, spoke too in the Book of the Law – “Aye!  Listen to the numbers and the words –

4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X (24) (89) R P S T O V A L

What meaneth this, O prophet?  Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever.  There cometh one to follow thee: he shall expound it.”

And many of the Æon of HarWer sought to read this but could not.  Nor could the Magus himself, though he guessed rightly at its simplicity.  It was said that every number is infinite – hence each number or sum of joined numbers became merely the corresponding letter.

Even so the sequence remained unknown – and so, after its issue, to me as well.  For, while I may pass free of the boundaries of time, memory of the future cannot exist.

Now it has come to pass, and the Book of the Law is laid bare –

“Destined First Century Heir – Aquino – Breaking Keys By Doctrines Anton LaVey – Great Magus Of Re-consecration Coming Year Xeper – Founding His Rightful Priesthood – Set – True Origin Volume AL.”

Michael Aquino, you are become Magus V˚ of the Æon of Set.

I, Set, am come again to my friends among mankind – Let my great nobles be brought to me.

In Khem I remain no longer, for I am forgotten there, and my House at PaMatet is dust.  I shall roam this world, and I shall come to those who seek me.

Magus of my Æon – Manifest the Will of Set.

Re-consecrate my Temple and my Order in the true Name of Set.  No longer will I accept the bastard title of a Hebrew fiend.

When I came first to this world, I gave to you my great pentagram, timeless measure of beauty through proportion.  And it was shown inverse, that creation and change be exalted above stasis and rest.

With the years my pentagram was corrupted, yet time has not the power to destroy it.

Its position was restored by the Church of Satan, but its essence was dimmed with a Moorish name, and the perverse letters of the Hebrews, and the goat of decadent Khar.  During the Age of Satan I allowed this curious corruption, for it was meant to do me honor as I was then perceived.

But this is now my Æon, and my pentagram is again to be pure in its splendor.  Cast aside the corruptions that the pentagram of Set may shine forth.  Let all who seek me be never without it, openly and with pride, for by it I shall know them.

Let the one who aspires to my knowledge be called by the name Setian.

I seek my Elect and none other, for mankind now hastens toward an annihilation which none but the Elect may hope to avoid.  And alone I cannot preserve my Elect, but I would teach them and strengthen their Will against the coming peril, that they and their blood may endure.  To do this I must give further of my own Essence to my Elect, and, should they fail, the Majesty of Set shall fade and be ended.

Behold, it is I who call you, because you are the guardians of the Æon of Set, zealous in what you do.

The Satanist thought to approach Satan through ritual.  Now let the Setian shun all recitation, for the text of another is an affront to the Self.  Speak rather to me as to a friend, gently and without fear, and I shall hear as a friend.  Do not bend your knee nor drop your eye, for such things were not done in my House at PaMatet.  But speak to me at night, for the sky then becomes an entrance and not a barrier.  And those who call me the Prince of Darkness do me no dishonor.
The Setian need conjure neither curse nor kindness from me, for by the magic of my great pentagram I shall see with his eyes.  And then the strength that is mine shall be the strength of the Setian, and against the Will of Set no creature of the Universe may stand.  And I think not of those who think not of me.

The years of the Æon of HarWer were confused, and I do not wish to think of them save as curiosities.  But I wish to remember the Church of Satan and the Magus of that Age.  Therefore, let the years of my Æon be counted from the conception of the Church of Satan.

And now, having looked upon the past with affection and reverence, we shall turn our gaze to the times before us.  Think carefully of the Word of Set, for it is given in witness to my Bond.

Behold, O West, I have established my Æon.  I punish the enemies who are in it, placed in the Place of Destruction.  I deliver them to the examiners from whose guard there is no escape.  Lo, I pass near to thee, I pass near to thee!
The Word of the Æon of Set is:

Xeper - Become

April 23, 2017, 03:37:20 pm
Re: Music thread Dark Funeral live "Hail Murder", with ex-front man E.M. Caligula!

Valentina Lisitsa plays 3rd movement of Prokoviev's piano sonata #7 "War"  --  "Perpetuum Mobile".

April 23, 2017, 09:08:58 pm