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Setianism / The Gift of Set
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:55:55 am »
Genuine belief comes from direct experience, not faith. In the past I may have done some things in the wrong order, trying to fit various experiences I've had into Setian philosophy. No harm done, there is a learning curve to anything in life.

But the fact that I can make intelligent choices brings me to the belief that I'm much more than a mere biological robot. Descartes used the words "We cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt" and "I think, therefore I am". How self-awareness is even possible is a mystery to me.

Some have argued it is the product of natural selection, which I think is a valid concept in terms of corporeal machinery, but nothing more. "Show me the proof that gods exist" they say, to which I'd respond: "In the interest of quid pro quo, show me the proof that they don't first".

The question of theism hardly matters though, as I have more important things to concern myself with: There are many hidden secrets to uncover, Gordian knots to unravel, and unchartered dark waters to explore. While others choose to remain on the lower decks of existence, we have risen above the mundane by our own accord to become the captains of our own ships - and that is the Gift of Set.

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Announcements / Re: Wish List
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:24:53 am »
You can enlarge the post reply box with the little handle in the corner, but I'll make it taller, that's easy to fix.

I found a couple of spoiler mods but they are older and I'll have to test them. Changing forum software could result in some losses, like attachments, how videos are embedded, etc.

Reading threads doesn't look bad on my phone (I guess Chrome enlarges the text in the posts), but the index page is really hard to read/navigate. Since I have a lot of time/money invested in this already, I think I'll just keep working on this theme since people seem to like the aesthetic, and try to find the right balance for desktop/mobile users.


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Announcements / Re: Wish List
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:56:50 am »
I found a couple of mods that should provide better alerts for posts/likes etc. I'll do this when I have some extra money. The other issue is the theme, I own a much better one, but don't like the aesthetic. You can see a forum based on these things here:

https://www.smfpacks.com/forum/

I would prefer that but it's almost impossible to modify it to a dark theme (i've tried). I'll ask the programmer about what's involved there though, maybe there is an easier way.

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Announcements / Re: Wish List
« on: April 10, 2018, 10:33:34 am »
I apologize for the lack of alerts (and my lack of keeping up with stuff, been very busy).

You can have email notifications sent by clicking "notify" on each board (and child boards), settings for that are in the "Notifications" section of your profile.

As much as I like the dark aesthetic, this thing kinda needs a rehaul. Many people use mobile devices etc. After work I'll post more about how we might improve things, running late..

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General LHP Discussion / Re: A thought on my profession.
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:30:27 am »
I've been very fortunate, in that my jobs have been focused on creation rather than destruction. Not only for my customers/clients, but my own self-creation as well. And though my band didn't succeed commercially, the years of effort poured into it helped all of the members evolve as individuals.

I'm glad I work in a medical field now - a new way to perpetuate Xeper for both myself and others. How "magical" is that?

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Satanism / Re: Hate Isn't the way of the Satanist
« on: April 05, 2018, 09:44:08 am »
Emotions which are supressed rather than experienced tend to funnel down to anger. Therefore I think people who are excessively hateful towards others haven't pulled enough tears out of their emotional well, so it overflows.

If someone pisses me off, tomorrow is another day. If they keep doing it, I'll try to find a pragmatic solution. Whether it's worth the bother is another story. I have an old book on psychology which suggests that thoughts control feelings, a concept I've found very useful over the years.

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When I was younger, there was a huge stigma against homosexuality. One pretty talented member of the high-school football team was found out, and ended up committing suicide. Though too big and strong to really get bullied physically, the psychological impact of the gossip and rejection was as effective as a firing squad.

It seems the solution to many difficult issues is to simply ignore them and find something unrelated to panic about. Mass hysteria is nothing new: Salem Witch Trials, Satanic Panic, Garbage Pail Kids collector cards, etc. So why not find yet another scapegoat to blame than to deal with actual reality, a concept exploited by the likes of Geraldo for the sake of their own personal fame and fortune.

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Lounge / Re: Introduction of a Noob
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:33:05 am »
Good to know you Charles, I'm Joe. I also like real books if I can get my hands on them, and was into the C64 BBS scene back in the day, good times.

We like to throw ideas around here, so please feel free to start new topics about the things that interest you, and use the forum as you will.

Xeper.

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Lounge / Re: Crazy Ring
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:30:09 pm »
It would be interesting to know the story behind that, very unique piece, most likely one-of-a-kind.


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Setianism / Re: Invocation of Set
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:12:20 pm »
Invocation of Set

By that most Ancient Name of Set
I enter into the Realms of the Prince of Darkness
And shall Drink from the Grail with Impunity
As I become One with the Eternal Master

I, Chosen of Set
Renounce all Fear and Doubt
And Reclaim that which is Rightly Mine
The Gift of the Black Flame

I, Mindful of Set
Shall Inherit Wisdom from the Master
My Higher Self shall be made Manifest
And become Unlimited in Potential

I, Brother of Set
Do not Kneel or Bow
For We are Kindred in Spirit
And Unnatural in Essence

I, Honored of Set
Have Risen above the Mundane
My Altar of Glory has take Form
In the Shadow of the Great Pentagram

I, Black Magician of Set
Beckon the Gates of Hell to Open Wide
Woe to the Cosmos
As My Will Comes Forth into Being

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I understand that these books don't require historical accuracy or adherence to any theory but the author's own. Even works of fiction can be useful magically, when I was younger I used Simon's Necronomicon to that end.

But I'm always interested in how people formulate their ideas, which is why I tried to dig into this a little deeper. I corrected an assumption in my post above because the author mentions "a" Turin Papyrus but not which one.

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From the excerpt:

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Set disturbs the linear order of reduplication...

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Set-Typhon was the god who brought about abortion, this could be observed when Isis feared Set during her pregnancy. In ancient Egypt, pregnant women wore amulets in order to protect themselves from abortion, a phenomenon caused by Set.

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"I am a Man of a million cubits, whose name is Evil Day. As for the day of giving birth or conceiving, there is no giving birth and trees bear no fruit." - Set himself in a Turin Papyrus

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The connection between Death and Set will be deepened in the chapter dedicated to him, but it is noteworthy to say here that women who commit abortion were and still are sacred to the cults of Death.

I wish more sources were cited so I can better understand the origins of the author's theories. But they seem at least partially based on Plutarch's account of Isis and Osiris:

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On the third day Typhon was born, but not in due season or manner, but with a blow he broke through his mother's side and leapt forth.

The Turin Papyrus was written during the decline of the Osirin era when Set was demonized because of his association with foreign attackers, and I tend to think the quote has more to do with that than abortion/stillbirth. Edit: I'm still trying to find the correct document.

I'd be interested in your assessment of the book if/when you obtain it.

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Setianism / Re: MINDSTAR!
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:05:32 am »
MindStar touches upon many subjects. Though some of the descriptions are rather brief, it's a nice overview of Aquino's metaphysical views, and introduces a variety of topics one can pursue further on their own.

The typical crude concept of the "soul" is something of greater complexity and mystery than most are willing to explore. It's much easier to dumb down the principle of self-awareness or simply ignore it altogether. But Aquino is aggressive and comprehensive in his approach: "the devil is in the detail", as they say.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP?
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:53:09 am »
...but I want to say while Book of the Law does have some stuff that's incredibly hard to make a subjective rather than objective interpretation of, I'd argue that it also functions as a sort of magical rorshach test in which the reader forms their own opinions on it thus emphasizing individualism.

This is an interesting analogy.

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