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Xepera maSet

Brief Introduction to Setianism
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:42:02 am »
Setian Religion – or Setianism – is both ancient and modern in its metaphysics and practice. While practiced by numerous ancient Egyptian groups throughout history, surely those individuals would be quite alienated by the scope their god and his religion have taken on today. In the modern era, Setianism was (re)founded in the year 1975 by Dr. Michael A. Aquino, a well-respected and accomplished member of the psychological operations branch of the U.S. military, as well as a respected and accomplished occultist.

Setianism is rooted in the idea that there is a Platonic realm of Forms, which includes a Form of Isolate Intelligence. This Isolate Intelligence is understood as the individual self, which we refer to when we say “I exist.” Each intelligent being is recognized as a discrete, autonomous individual, and Set is the Form of these isolate entities. Like the Isolate Intelligence, Set was understood as a god against the other gods and against nature itself, capable of questioning, manipulating, and going against the “Natural Order.”

There is also a rising school of thought known as Setian Idealism, which sees the Set-Horus entity as the primitive ontology of the universe. In this view the Set-Horus entity may be seen as a divine mind, with Horus as the unconscious aspect, responsible for the unchanging laws of physics, math, logic, etc., And the Set aspect as the conscious, changing, growing aspect with free will.

The main metaphysical goal of Setianism is based on the concept of “Xeper”, an Egyptian word that we could call a “static verb”, meaning “to come into being.” Xeper is something constantly happening, it is a fundamental aspect of the universe, an axiomatic fact. Each moment to moment, the universe comes into being in different ways on every level, from a seed sprouting to a supernova, a first sexual experience to the creation of a new galaxy. The difference for Setians is that they try to willfully control and guide their own Xeper, to create their own destiny in accordance with their will rather than the non-literal “will” of Nature. This process of willfully controlling one’s own Xeper is known as “magic”, or more specifically “Black Magic” in Setianism.

There are no specific holy texts for Setianism, though big ones include The Book of Coming Forth by Night, The Diabolicon, The Tablets of Set, the works of Dr. Michael Aquino, Don Webb, some by Dr. Stephen Flowers, and many more. While the Temple of Set is known as the main face of Setianism, many Setians – if not most – practice individually outside of the Temple, or have formed other organizations.

While the Order of the Serpent was founded by Setians, it is not a Setian organization. The O.S. welcomes members from all of the Left-Hand Path, and is more of a “meta-path” than other LHP organizations have been thus far. The only founder to have been involved with the Temple of Set was @Setamontet, who happily answers most questions on the topic and is full of awesome stories.
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