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Re: Forms and Fractals I recall, in his History of Western Philosophy, that Bertrand Russell had written something to the effect that mathematics remained insecure owing to Weierstrass as well as others. Wouldn't it be accurate to state that, as things currently stand, we are still in the midst of a bit of a mathematical crisis?
June 21, 2017, 11:06:16 pm
Re: What are you reading? Sourcebook of Indian Philosophy and An Idealist View of Life. Both by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. I have the latter in PDF format if anyone is interested.
June 21, 2017, 11:23:15 pm
Re: New Symbol Very nice insignia, brothers! It seems to me that all of the symbolic elements have been explained well.
But what of the outer ring?

I suppose it may be open to interpretation, in which case I am dying to hear your thoughts on it.
Is it merely instrumental in encapsulating Draco in the night sky?
Or rather an extension of the Cosmos, which neither touches the individual psyche?
Or some combination of the aforementioned?
Or perhaps I am overanalyzing here and it does not factor into it.

As numerous as there are stars in the night sky, I am sure that something about it has not occurred to me yet.
In either case, I find the outer ring also aesthetically pleasing with the other elements. Great job as always.

June 28, 2017, 04:52:31 am
pi_rameses - A Setian Journal Hello all,

There is something that I would like to draw your attention to. I stumbled upon it via Tumblr while perusing the Internet. The link is:

Looking back, I suppose it was in virtue of such perusals that I am currently writing a paper to submit to the O.S. I recall gleaning through Reddit on topics such as Platonism and Setianism, which brought me here. For this I am grateful. Since then, I have come across a number of resources of which I had not heard mostly originating from this forum. As a commemoration, I am currently considering to supplement or augment my diary via the use of a personal blog. While I could start said blog at another domain, my first vehicle of choice to set this up is clearly this forum. I am looking forward to the future and a flourishing and a refining of the Self.

Xeper and Remanifest!

July 13, 2017, 03:25:51 am
Re: The inner struggle @Xepera maSet I am sorry that this event is deeply affecting you. But I must also disagree as @EvilMeow did. I am not the sort of person to get into moral judgments. Essentially, I find much of what Nietzsche said concerning them to be true for me. At bottom, I think that the right side is the side that you determine for yourself irregardless of whether other entities think otherwise. But if something any of us have written resonated with you strongly, why not equip it for yourself in the midst of your internal struggle?
July 24, 2017, 01:09:39 pm
Re: Hello :) Welcome @Deidre You are sparking quite the conversation in this forum. All very important questions and great responses. Your poem is also captivating as it encapsulated the dualist nature quite nicely. As Platonic forms, light and darkness may be represented since the earliest civilization as the Egyptian neteru Horus the Elder and Set respectively.
August 05, 2017, 03:51:38 am
Re: Hey, new member here! Greetings @Ave Lucifugus
August 06, 2017, 01:47:26 am
Re: Hello :)
Welcome @Deidre You are sparking quite the conversation in this forum. All very important questions and great responses. Your poem is also captivating as it encapsulated the dualist nature quite nicely. As Platonic forms, light and darkness may be represented since the earliest civilization as the Egyptian neteru Horus the Elder and Set respectively.
Thank you for the kind welcome and comment about my poem. :=) I hope you're having a nice weekend so far.

@Xepera maSet  - I like it here, it feels like a safe place or something, if that makes sense? Idk, I'm glad it exists. I read the site's newsletter earlier and the history behind Set is truly fascinating. ^_^

@Deidre I am having a swell weekend. I got off work early Friday. And I took Monday and Tuesday off as well because Tuesday is my birthday. Finally, I can utilize this weekend too to start some of the curriculum for a JavaScript boot camp that I recently enrolled in. It's been something I've been meaning to do for the longest time because I wanted to transition into software development or engineering. The need wasn't there for me before. But now there is not much in terms of promotion in the lab of the small company in which I currently work. So, as a Black Magician, I want to change it.

August 06, 2017, 02:03:09 am
Re: Kek, Consciousness, Meme Magic, and connection to Set Thanks @Ave Lucifugus for bringing this to my attention. Kek is not an entity that I am familiar with as of yet. I can honestly say that this is the first time that I'm taking a meme seriously. I have bookmarked this topic for further examination.
August 06, 2017, 02:22:46 am
Re: The Symbol of the Serpent
Since the Serpent is the symbol of our own order, I thought it would be good to begin a discussion of the Serpent as a symbol in various religions and cultures.

To begin with, the most obvious example is, of course, the Genesis Serpent.  After being warned that if they eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they will "surely die," the serpent tells Eve (or Chava, as I prefer the Hebrew names) that she will not die, but rather that they will become like god, and god does not wish that to happen.  Sure enough, once the fruit is eaten, the Angel says "Now he is like us."  In this, arguably the central myth of the Judeo-Christian mythology, the Serpent tells the truth, and God lies.  Genesis makes no attempt to obfuscate it.  This makes it clear to me that the Genesis Serpent is not intended to be a stand-in for evil, but rather is used as the Serpent is often used in mythology and symbolism, to represent knowledge and wisdom and, in the case of the Genesis myth, as the supplier of isolate consciousness and self awareness; to place it into our own terms, the guardian of Xeper, and the custodian of the path to godhood.

There are many other examples of the Serpent as a symbol for wisdom.  The Caduceus and Rod of Asclepius are two more well known examples. 

The Egyptian netjer Wadjet takes the form of a Serpent, and is the protector of Lower Egypt, associated with other netjeru including Bast, Sakhmet, and Mut (the World-Mother).  In this role she takes on a solar aspect, as Bast and Sakhmet are Eyes of Ra, but Wadjet is also associated with the eclipsing binary star Algol (meaning "The Demon," appropriately enough), which represents the eye in the severed head of Medusa in the modern constellation Perseus.  I've been interested in Wadjet as a stellar netjer for a while and may put together an essay on the subject.

What are some other favorite instances of the Serpent in mythology?

Bolded by me. I'm so glad I came across this thread, because this is exactly what I'd hope to learn - why is the Christian view of the serpent in the garden, 'evil?' As a former Christian, I'd say that one of the main tenets of faith, has to do with not being self-important. To be concerned with self, to want to care for ourselves independent of a god, would be considered sinful. The truth though is, self awareness is empowering, and positive. It's not evil. It's not negative. But, the Christian slant is that it negates the need for a god to guide our lives, if we think that we can control our own thoughts and actions.

As a former Christian, I remember thinking that the story was absurd and that anyone who would take it literally, was gullible. But, Christianity also passes the serpent off to be god-like. On the same par with God. Which when we think about it, that makes no sense, really. If I'm self aware, I'm god-like? But, God from the stories I've read in the Bible, is thought to be omniscient and omnipotent. So, how could eating the forbidden fruit turn us into almighty powerful gods?

The story at best, is an allegory for morality, or perhaps, to scare Christians into thinking that if you disobey God, horrible things will happen. Any way we view this story, it sounds ridiculous at the least, and horrifying at its worst. Genesis was where I lost my respect for Christianity, and that's what would be the beginning of the end for me, with religion in general.

The serpent was telling the truth, that is mind blowing for someone like me, who always was taught that the serpent was the liar of the story.  :rolleyes:

@Deidre I agree that all of what you have said in response to this thread is metaphysically correct. It is difficult to come to terms with it especially from a Christian background. This was similar to my situation as I was raised with a Catholic upbringing. I resolved that it was better to investigate than to believe falsely. Whatever choice you take, make certain that it is you that determines it for yourself rather than someone or something else that is not you.

August 06, 2017, 03:55:01 am