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Setian Esotericism Setian Esotericism – Q & A by Setamontet

What is a Setian?

The Setian is a Black Magician who strives and works towards becoming attuned to his/her own Higher Self, who strives and works to become his/her complete and absolute manifestation in the Universe.  The Setian is a spiritual Alchemist who through the Black Work, the process of Self-directed Self-evolution, develops spiritual strength and fortitude, and is transformed from mortal into the essence of divinity.  The primordial source for this refined consciousness is that which is known as the Prince of Darkness whom we Setians identify as the ancient Egyptian god Set.

Why Set?

Set was the ancient Egyptian Neter or god of winds, storms, chaos, war, disruption of the cosmic stasis, and the god of Darkness and of the Sky by Night.  Set was originally honored and worshipped as a powerful Neter whose kingdom was the majesty of the night sky, which he ruled from his Seat behind the Constellation of the Seven Stars or Ursa Major.  Set is one of the most ancient and noble semblances of That which is also called Satan or the Devil, Prometheus, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, etc.  Its names and faces are many.

Set’s Name ultimately means the Isolator or Separator, to Set Apart, which also makes him a perfect Lord of the Left-Hand Path.  As Set separated him Self from the laws of the Order of the Cosmos, so too have we who walk this path consciously rejected and have separated and liberated ourselves from socially established norms, the conventional, the traditional ebb and flow of society, popular culture and conventional religion and morality.

What is Xeper?

Xeper is an ancient Egyptian verb/noun (pronounced Khefr) written as a stylized scarab beetle, which in English roughly translates as “To Become” or “ To Evolve” or, “I Have Come Into Being”.  We all have within ourselves our own individual hidden truths of higher being.  The path and quest of Xeper is to uncover and to ultimately become the very embodiment and most complete and supreme manifestation of these truths.

“Xeper is the experience of an individual psyche becoming aware of its own existence and deciding to expand and evolve that existence through its own actions.”  It is a dynamic spiritual transformation in one’s life in which the horizons of the potentiality of one’s own being expands.  It is the establishment of a new higher mode or state of existence.  Xeper, like in Alchemy, is the transformation of the soul or psyche from a lower state or base element into that of a higher state or divine element. 

Xeper happens.  For instance, Xeper happened to me on that day when I first truly heard that piece of music which would inspire me to devote the next eight + years of my life learning music theory and piano technique.  Xeper happened to me on that night when I first invoked the Name of Set in a Working of Greater Black Magic and Came Into Being as a Setian.  In those moments of dynamic spiritual transformation, major paradigms in my life were shifted and I was changed forever.  Xeper is that which transformed humans from what we were millions of years ago to that which we are today, and which will continue to transform us into other forms.  Hence, it occurs on both a macrocosmic (racial) and a microcosmic (individual) level.  Xeper continues to occur through the Remanifestation of these transformations of being.

What is Remanifestation?

Remanifestation is another essential aspect of Setian philosophy and the path of Xeper.  It is what we do after Xeper happens, after a higher state of existence has become established.  It is through the continual exercise and application of the knowledge, powers, and abilities which we have attained thus far, to our continuing work, which enables us to uncover even deeper mysteries, develop stronger more refined abilities, and to establish new higher states of existence.  Without Remanifestation, Xeper would only be a single event happening.  Xeper and Remanifestation, in essence, is the food for the soul; we Come Into Being and continually feed and nurture that Being through the exercise of the re-energized Black Flame.  This is the process of self-directed self-evolution.

What is the significance of Darkness?

Darkness is more than just the absence of light, it observably envelopes the entire Universe.  It symbolizes the Mysteries, the unknown, the secret knowledge, that which is hidden, also the infinite potential of the self-aware Being, and that which is not-yet-manifest or Is-to-Be in the realms of Black Magic.  And as Don Webb once described the Path of Darkness: “In this darkling universe there are no lights save for those you create through your hard work, your spiritual rebellion, your seeking after the mysteries of your own choosing.  When that light dawns, it will by its very nature not only give you moments of clarity about things in your life closest to you, it will likewise show you new horizons – horizons for you and you alone to explore.”

What is the Black Flame?

The term “Black Flame” appeared in modern times in Michael Aquino’s document “The Diabolicon”, where Lucifer came down from Heaven and infused within all mankind the essence of his mind.  When doing this, the radiance of Lucifer’s mind radiated out across the Earth in the form of brilliant rays of black light.

The Black Flame is the Essence of Set within us, it is that which initiates and inspires the Will to Come Into Being, it is the energizing force of the Will to Magic, Self-Consciousness, and higher intellect; it is the very essence of being within all self-aware entities.  All understanding of science and mathematics, independent thought, abstract, and creative thought such as inventiveness, philosophy, metaphysics, religion; all music and works of art; all expressions of the creative mind and will are spawns or manifestations of the Black Flame.  It is that which gives us a higher sense of Self just like other animals have a more heightened sense of sight, smell, and sound.  This is the nature of the Black Flame whose essence has become infused within our very biological structure, our DNA.

What is Black Magic?

Black Magic is the Willful confounding and alteration of the universal laws of the Cosmos.  It is the Art of altering or changing the subjective universe in order to produce a proportionate change in the objective universe in accordance with the Will.  Setian Magic is divided into lesser and greater degrees of manifestation, Lesser Black Magic (LBM) and Greater Black Magic (GBM).  Lesser Black Magic is the manipulation or influencing of events, situations, people, in the everyday world by the Magician in order to produce a desired outcome.

There is a three-fold dynamic in the practice of Greater Black Magic:

1. Origination – all Magic originates and begins in the mind.  Abstract and subjective thought.

2. Manifestation – the refinement of the subjective Will through Ritual Magic employed by the Magician so that his/her Will is known to the Universe.

3. Crystallization – the realization of the subjective Will into a definite form, woven into the warp and weave of the objective universe.  Subjective thoughts and ideas become objective reality.

Xeper and Remanifest.
Magister Ordo

March 23, 2017, 03:43:13 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: Left Hand Path Quotes Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
don't swim in the same slough.
invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and
stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
change your tone and shape so often that they can never categorize you.

reinvigorate yourself and
accept what is
but only on the terms that you have invented
and reinvented.

be self-taught.

and reinvent your life because you must;
it is your life and
its history
and the present
belong only to

-Charles Bukowski

More a poem than quote but a favorite of mine. There is a great video for it here:

December 04, 2017, 09:16:21 am
How to perform a successful working We decided to share this here, it was originally from our blog, but we believe all people can benefit from this.

"There comes a time when you decide to cast a spell or perform a working…but how will you determine if it is working and not fool yourself into presuming or wishful thinking? Mental masturbation or actual results? The age-old conundrum.

In a previous post we mentioned “mastering yourself”, and for good reason. Here follows a scenario to help you better understand the mechanics of “mastering the self”:

“Jack is in dire need to destroy his annoying next door neighbour. He started out with cherry bombs in the mail box, sugar in the fuel in-take of Mr Henderson’s car, and finally anonymous letters slipped under the Henderson’s door, threatening to burn down their house while they sleep. But Jack is not ready to go to prison…so Jack watches a b-rated horror movie in his man-cave and comes across a Voodoo Priest attacking his victim via the use of a poppet and pins. Nonetheless the victim dies within seconds and Jack is stoked. So Jack goes online and finds a Voodoo Curse Spell, and that very same night he performs it…yet again in his man-cave. One month later – no results. One year later still no results, and so on and so forth. Jack did eventually end up in prison, simply because he burned down the Henderson’s residence.”

The scenario above depicts most dabblers within the world of the Occult as well as beginners with little or no forethought. Unfortunately Magick does not work as Hollywood depicts it…it never does. There is indeed a fine line between fact and fiction. So, we will highlight a few dire points below to help you gain the results you so crave in your magical practices:

1) Create your own spells.

2) Do not believe everything you read, hear and see – research EVERYTHING.

3) You must master yourself first:

a) Your thoughts.

b) Your emotions.

c) Your will.

d) Your beliefs.

4) You must know and understand the mechanics of magic.

5) Start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

6) And finally repeat a,b,c,d every single moment of your life.

Let’s go into greater detail and start with point 1 all the way through to point 6.

1. Create your own spells.

All spells ever written in every document, book, file etc were created by an individual to achieve a result. These spells simply did not formulate themselves from nothingness. When you create your own spell – for the sake of argument writing it on paper – you automatically associate with it in extent and degree. The spell will create or rise an emotional current, irrelevant if it is done so consciously or subconsciously. This emotional rise is in fact intelligent energy, unlike passive energy. Once you release this energy in the form of spellwork, this energy travels through time and space and attaches to its target.

You may use traditions from other cultures, such as Norse, Greek, Egyptian etc to “dress” up your spell with exotic garnish, however the fact still remains that it is not the detail of the spell but the will of the caster that makes results manifest.

2. Do not believe everything you read, hear and see – research EVERYTHING.

We believe this point is self explanatory and do not need to be expanded on.

3. You must master yourself first.

You cannot effect anything outside yourself (in the context of magick) if you as an individual do not master yourself first. This means that your WILL must be trained beyond the discipline of an ancient Samurai warrior. If you say as an example: The sky is solid – then your very being will believe it to be so, and from that moment on the sky shall be solid and you will see results thereof. Will is key in EVERY magical practice known or yet to be invented by man-kind. In order to master yourself you need to master; your thoughts, your emotions, your will, and your beliefs/perception. The hard part of this is simply the fact that you will have to remove social indoctrination (brainwashing) in order to rebuild your perception, beliefs etc. Without doing this, your results will be feeble at best. All those restrictions imposed upon you by society is the cancer that eats away at your potential.

4. You must know and understand the mechanics of magick.

Magick operates on a spiritual intelligent current – unlike its counterpart known as physics. Where physics makes the physical act hindered, magick directs the current of spiritual intent to manifest upon the physical – thus by-passing the laws of physics in a non-physical manner. (Science has yet to catch up on this). Magick also operates on the enigma known as cause and effect, however its slightly different. This is in regards to the will and result. If your will is trained, the result will manifest as a mere reflection of the will and so on and so forth. Then you will have to seriously consider the kind of energy you wish to employ (if you choose to use external sources) in your spellwork, such as: Elemental, Planetary, Death, Liminal etc etc. Irrelevent of what energy you use, you will have to make use of energy in order to gain results.

5. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

You must be wiling to put in the hours to achieve your goals in magick. It requires massive amounts of dedication. There is NO short cuts in Magick. Let’s consider this following scenario:

“Jill hates her co-worker, because the slut is always trying to outdo her at work. At lunch, Jill crosses the street and spots an Occult store. Five minutes later, she purchased a spell-book entitled: “How to kill shit with Magick.” On her day off she follows the books’ instructions on how to…well kill shit, and casts a death curse upon her co-worker. Two weeks later, Jill was t-boned by a semi truck and as a result is a paraplegic. You see, what Jill didn’t know is that her co-worker is a powerful Witch and was far more powerful than Jill. As a result, the spell rebounded.”

In order for your results to manifest, your spiritual faculties need to be developed, trained and built upon time and time again. In regards to cursing, you will have to be more powerful than your target – on a spiritual level. Your Mana (spiritual energy/power) will have to be permanently supercharged in order to sustain lasting results. There are numerous methods to initiate this training, however we will not be discussing it here.

How to discern:

If you have followed ALL the points mentioned above, you will have no problems in determining the outcome. You may divine on the matter or simply scry. And if you are close enough to observe the outcome, then do so. If you are uncertain if your results are manifesting, you can always employ a third-party to divine on the matter for you. You may see this as getting a second opinion.

On timeframes:

There exist no timeframes within magick whatsoever. Your working may manifest instantly, after a week, month, year or even decades. However, if you seem to fail at first then employ fresh tactics! Change your approach, draw up a Natal chart, consult with the Dead, etc and so on. Remember, with magick the possibilities are endless."

August 05, 2018, 07:02:54 pm
Re: Xepera Xeper Xeperu ritual Found it.

Book of Knowing the Spiral Force of Re and the Felling of Apep. From the Bremner-Rhind Papyrus:

December 25, 2018, 05:43:32 pm
Xepera maSet (Three Scarabs, 1137, Ryan) I'm Xepera maSet, one of the founders of this nice little LHP group. Been at this since about 2008/2009. My course roughly goes: raised Jewish -> LaVeyan Satanist -> New Ager -> Thelemite -> Luciferian -> Setian -> Setian/Theistic Satanist. I've spent my professional life so far in social work and education, and am a guest speaker for colleges on the LHP since I was 19. I'm also the author of "Behold: The Prince of Darkness - A Complete Introduction to Setian Religion", available on Amazon. Feel free to AMA any time.
April 02, 2019, 02:17:18 pm
Re: Introductions
Hello! I'm Elric, 29, I've treaded the LHP for a year or so. I've been introduced to Setianism by @Xepera maSet through his reddit acount Three_Scarabs, under the LHP subreddit. And after reading BlackMagic by Aquino, I think I found my Path and from that one I'm doing the Invocation of Set ritual everyday. Reading all suggested writings. I'm building my own ritual little by little now. But yeah, here I come wanting to interact with other LHP here, especially Setians.

Xeper and Remanifest


I'm excited to see your techniques and share ideas!

August 18, 2019, 11:37:34 pm
Kings of Darkness: The Setian Pharaohs by Xepera maSet (free pdf) In the modern day the importance of Set to the Egyptians is largely unknown if not outright ignored and suppressed. The author's previous book, "Behold: The Prince of Darkness", looked into the history of Set to an extent, but it was not the sole focus of the text. Here the author covers the great kings of Egypt who honored Set above all: Peribsen, Khasekhemwy, Horemheb, Ramesses I, Seti I, Ramesses II, Setnakhte, and Ramesses III. He investigates what made these kings "Setian", how they inspire the Left Hand Path and Setian tradition today, and the important roles they played in Egyptian history. It will quickly become clear to the objective reader that the role of Set was much greater than most modern traditions and conservative academics are willing to admit, and that the Setian tradition of today was not invented in 1975, but is the constant rediscovery of ancient traditions.

August 22, 2019, 04:37:16 am
Re: Some CoS inside information >getting your rank lowered in a Satanic community that says that there's no Satanic community and promotes individualism

August 27, 2019, 03:51:06 pm
Re: Setianism: C.G Jung and the principle of individuation Jung is huge in the LHP for sure, and I think Maslow took a lot from him. Maslow's hierarchy is the perfect tool for comprehending self actualization and individuation, and they really prove that humans are happiest as accomplished, supported, UNIQUE individuals. There's an essay on Maslow's hierarchy in the Order's Black Magic 101.
August 28, 2019, 08:49:58 pm