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Setianism / Re: Xeper - What does it mean in your practice?
« on: November 14, 2019, 03:34:03 pm »
When it comes to exploring the facets of Xeper, one would be remiss not to grab a copy of Uncle Setnakt's Guide To The Left Hand Path by Don Webb of the Temple of Set. There are many interesting ideas in that book. On pages 37-38, he suggests learning about one's heritage, an excerpt:

Quote from: Don Webb
It would be sheer folly not to discover what magical treasures you may already possess because of your physical heritage.

I know that both of my great-grandfathers came to Ellis Island from Germany and Greece, but not much more. My late mother did write a paper about the history on her side of the family (Greek), but I know little more. The officials shortened the ~20 character Greek name down to five (fortunately I have the full name).

I've glossed over the idea of doing in-depth research into my ancestry, thinking it not to be of much significance. But Mr. Webb calls that "sheer folly", and perhaps he's correct. There seems to be more than meets the eye when it comes to the phrase "that was then, this is now".

Setianism / Re: Xeper - What does it mean in your practice?
« on: November 14, 2019, 02:03:25 pm »
Xeper does happen on it's own, but often these moments are rather subtle or fleeting "ah-ha" thoughts in the mind. So understanding the process of Xeper and Remanifestation is crucial in terms of identifying when and why it is occurring, and how one might "grab the Devil by the horns" to make the most of it.

It comes recommended that I keep a magical journal instead of relying totally on memory, as I tend to be forgetful. I do keep many notes in the form of random text files, but I suppose it's high time I got organized.

Music / Re: Anyone know about customizing an electric bass (or guitar)?
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:30:01 am »
Squiers can be great guitars with the proper modifications. I'm not sure about the body decal, but when it comes to the neck I would just go ahead and bolt on a replacement. I would ask about the bass on, some knowledgeable people there.

Other things you might consider would be to replace the tuners (unless they are already stable), and if you're handy with a soldering iron there are probably better pickups and volume/tone controls, etc. When it comes to soldering wires, I've used this type for years with good results:

Not sure if I mentioned it before, but an old friend of mine used to leave a little extra slack on the bass strings, and when they got dirty/old he would boil them in water on the stove for 10-15 minutes. I haven't a clue where he got the idea from but it worked, and saved a ton of money on those expensive strings.

Setianism / Re: Xeper - What does it mean in your practice?
« on: November 12, 2019, 02:43:37 pm »
Quote from: Setamontet
Xeper continues to occur through the self-directed Remanifestation of these self-directed transformations of being.

I share this essay by James Lewis quite often:

And always point out the formula described near the end of the writing:

Thelema -> Indulgence -> Xeper -> Remanifestation

To explain why I wrote it that way, it is through Indulgence in Thelema (the Will) that we reach moments of Xeper, which are made stronger over time through the process of Remanifestation.

Setianism / Re: The Gifting Cycle (Reciprocity?)
« on: November 11, 2019, 02:57:49 pm »
Quote from: MrThisBody
Do Setians simply set aside this notion of reciprocity for some reason?

I can only offer my own view here. The Prince of Darkness (symbolized by Set) is the first principle of self-aware intelligence. I agree with @Xepera maSet in that no offerings are required. The greatest admiration one can offer it is reflected here:

Quote from: The Seventeeth Part of the Word of Set
O aspirants to come, who shall bear the Flame and wield the Powers of Darkness in the name of my vengeance, awaken and hear: Arise in your glory, behold the genius of your creation, and be prideful of being, for I am the same - I who am the Highest of Life.

Set represents that which has deigned us with the ability to make intelligent choices, pursue creativity, and avoid stasis for favor of Xeper. The vengeance spoken of here could possibly be war in opposition to those things.

This explanation by @Setamontet reveals one way of apprehending the various gods/godesses/dieties:

Normally we would align ourselves with the Forces of Darkness, however that doesn't necessarily mean leaving out others if it makes sense to do so. For example, a friend and I have had conversations about Ma'at (who represents balance, justice, truth, etc) being a permeating force.

The Black Magician seeks to live in the truth of personal power rather than the lies of submissive conventional religion. I've considered that the Pentagram hovering on a single point represents the delicate balance involved.

There are various Satanisms which include the idea of making more tangible offerings. But in my mind putting time, effort, and thought into the watchword of Xeper should pay enough respect.

Announcements / Re: Admins bumping thread - yes or no?
« on: November 10, 2019, 02:24:27 pm »
Everyone, please go ahead and bump threads per your discretion. It doesn't hurt anything. Just type "bump" and submit. This way important topics don't get passed by. Thank you.

Edit: What I meant was to bump original threads that weren't responded to, especially if questions have gone unanswered.

Satanism / Re: The Grotto of Pollyanna's Demise
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:35:58 pm »
Excrement #6: Don't worry, be happy.
Pooper Scooper: Would I be happy if I didn't worry about paying the rent and got evicted?

Other Religions / Re: LHP Stance on Economic Collectivism
« on: November 06, 2019, 12:57:11 pm »
Quote from: Imminent Doom
There are people above us (the rich) that did not work to reach the point where they are now, but instead inherited their position in society.

I don't know what could be done about that. I should have said: "I'm personally not in favor of socialism or capitalism implemented on any large scale by governments because I think that would be anti-ethical to the Left-Hand Path.

A true meritocracy would be the ideal, but how can it happen? People will always find ways to abuse whatever system is in place for personal gain, whether capitalist, socialist, or anywhere between. The rich aren't about to give up their money, and politicians are unlikely to make them given that most of them are rich themselves.

Quote from: Onyx
Since socialism is basically the opposite of capitalism, it would be incompatible with Ayn Rand's theories and the Church of Satan's adaptations of them.

I misspoke here. LaVey's Satanism draws upon Objectivism, but the Church of Satan as an organization has no official policy on political matters.

Other Religions / Re: LHP Stance on Economic Collectivism
« on: November 06, 2019, 05:18:57 am »
The Church of Satan adheres to the concept of meritocracy versus systems of socialism where collectivists have authority. LaVey's Satanism drew upon Objectivism but there are differences.

Since socialism is basically the opposite of capitalism, it would be incompatible with Ayn Rand's theories and the Church of Satan's adaptations of them. Stratification is recognized as a reality which exists, not necessarily something to pursue for it's own sake.

I'm personally not in favor of socialism implemented on any large scale by governments because I think that would be antiethical to the Left-Hand Path. But America is neither totally capitalist or socialist, there has always been at least some redistribution of wealth.

Luciferianism / Re: Lucifer in my own Reality
« on: November 04, 2019, 04:16:45 am »
Quote from: LightBringer
My Brother Onyx, It was not my intentions to offend anyone here. I am just sharing my own views, of how I see Lucifer...

I know that, I was simply offering my own personal perspective in relation to the posts in this thread.

Luciferianism / Re: Lucifer in my own Reality
« on: November 04, 2019, 03:01:50 am »
Regardless of beliefs and magical experiences, I think it's important to explore the origins of the symbolism we have chosen, along with other things like science, psychology, and the personal philosophies of others.

I'm a rather lousy academic, but studying these sorts of things crystallizes beliefs into something more coherent and practical. It also serves to check one's logic and reason.

The Order of the Serpent does not dictate belief, and that is certainly not my intent here. But one would be remiss not to explore the information @Etu Malku's organization has disseminated on the Mercur├Žn Luciferianism board, along with this recent presentation. To me, their philosophy is a good example of what I mean.

Journals / Re: idgo forgot its grimoire at home and is using this instead
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:59:54 pm »
I found a converter:

Code: [Select]
* fruit
    - apple
    - orange
* cars
    * dodge
        - daytona
        - challenger


  • fruit
    • apple
    • orange
  • cars
    • dodge
      • daytona
      • challenger

I don't know much about markdown, but it appears each nested section requires four extra spaces of indentation.

Setianism / Re: Setianism and Objectivism
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:23:03 pm »

1. Follow reason, not whims or faith.
2. Work hard to achieve a life of purpose and productiveness.
3. Earn genuine self-esteem.
4. Pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim.
5. Prosper by treating others as individuals, trading value for value.

I'm only in partial agreement with these statements. I'll look into it more, but for now:

1. When you set up a domino show, you ultimately must take a leap of faith that knocking over the first one will set off the proper chain reaction.

2. Some people don't have to work hard to achieve a sense of purpose, others work hard and have little sense of purpose.

3. Self-esteem comes from within, not without. One cannot earn it from others.

4. Xeper does not always involve happiness, but could be considered the highest moral aim nevertheless.

5. I pursue the concept of quid pro quo, but with caution. Stratification is always in full effect one way or another, and that's life in the Big City.

Announcements / Re: Daylight Savings Time
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:33:20 pm »
Internally all times are GMT, so it uses the offset to display one's local time. Oh well, I thought I should mention it.

Announcements / Daylight Savings Time
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:28:52 pm »
The forum does not automatically adjust for DST. If the timestamps are showing up wrong, please go to your profile, then "look & layout". Usually clicking the "auto detect" link will fix it, if not the number can be adjusted in the field. Thank you.

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