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Setianism

Praise the Red Lord
“The rest of the world may curse Your names, but I give You praise, for I know that nothing—not even the Creator—can exist without You, save for the accursed Serpent.”

Set is a Savior, Not a Devil
“If Big Red is ‘Satanic’ when it’s between Him and Osiris and/or Horus, then He’s really quite Christian when it’s between Him and Apep.”

Seven Steps For a Setian Ritual
“These steps are not intended to be lauded as ‘dogma’ by anyone, but are offered here as a starting point for newcomers who have no idea how to even begin.”

Set’s Sacred Critters
“What better totem animal to represent the mighty Red Lord than a floppy-eared underdog that refuses to be bossed around (and that’ll crush your skull with its hind legs if you even dare to try)?”

An Execration Ceremony
“Now it was time to conjure the dragon and kill it together as a tribe—as a constellation brought together by Set from across the Earth.”

An Astral Pilgrimage
“Should you wish to divine some kind of message, you might respectfully request that Set reveal some mystery to you. If He agrees, you just might hear whispers coming from the statue’s mouth....”

Happy Egyptian New Year!
“There are all kinds of ways to celebrate Egyptian New Year, but being outdoors and beneath the stars with a bunch of woodland critters is my personal favorite.”

Set and the Greek Typhon: Are They the Same?
“So are Set and Typhon one and the same entity? Pan-culturalists might say ‘Yes,’ and hard polytheists might say ‘No’—but who can ever know for sure?”

General Paganism

The Truth About the “Whore of Babylon”
“Perhaps the greatest ‘death’ Ishtar causes is not that of the body but that of the ego, which can be a terrifying experience for megalomaniacs like Gilgamesh.”

The Great Female, or When God is a Hippopotamus
“But most importantly to me, Taweret is a ‘monstrous’ divinity who was born of chaos and who exhibits chaotic traits, but who uses Her chaotic powers to defend the cosmic order, not to un-create it.”

Occult Cinema

The Monster Film as Mythos
“I believe Set and other Pagan gods like to reveal themselves through popular cultural media, and in ways that are more often subliminal than not.”

Too Many Mumm[ies]
The Mummy is pro-Pagan in its insistence that the ancient Egyptian religion is true and continues to have power and currency today.”

Set On Screen
“Popular culture has appropriated and taken so much liberty with Set over the years that most people only know about Him from reading comic books or watching science fiction TV shows.”

The Stuff Nightmares Are Afraid of
“By attacking Ra, Apep isn’t just posing a cosmic threat against the Creator; it’s also posing a personal threat against all creatures that sleep and dream.”

Gorgo the Irish Feminist Sea-Dragon
“Bearing this in mind, Mama Gorgo is a perfect cinematic avatar for Taweret, and watching this film is like watching the Great Female crush the racist capitalist patriarchy beneath Her cute, stubby toes.”

On Rosemary’s Baby, the Satanic Panic, and Pagan Leadership
“As with any witch hunt in history, no evidence was required; countless people were thrown in prison and prohibited from seeing their children just on the basis of rumors and hearsay.”

Halloween: When the Barriers Are Down
“I think it’s important to keep the true spirit of Halloween alive as much as we can, and despite being fictional, Michael Myers and Conal Cochran are both excellent reminders as to why.”

Walpurgisnacht: The Other Halloween
“It’s most often observed in continental Europe by wearing scary costumes, lighting huge bonfires, and making all kinds of godawful racket to scare away the evil spirits.”

A Setian Exegesis of John Carpenter’s The Thing
“Otherness has been painted red and given devil horns for Set knows how long, but true evil is the desire to exterminate otherness, to eliminate whatever is different.”

Ishtar’s Final Conflict With “The Man”
“Kate Reynolds was clearly meant to be the savior of humanity in this film from its very conception; and in casting her as such, The Final Conflict offers us a most unexpected soteriology.”

Society & Politics

Whatever You Do, Don’t Discuss Politics
“The best we can hope for is to keep secular government by the people, for the people alive, and to curb religion’s influence on public policy as much as possible.”

Paula White Gives Great Headache
“Even prisoners on death row get better treatment than this, when you stop to think about it; so what do you suppose Jesus would say about that, Paula?”

Other Stuff

A Wedding Ceremony (October 2015)
“May all those whom we have loved and lost come forth and join us this night to share in our warmth, and to celebrate this sacred joining of two families into one.”

Love and Death
“Go with Jesus…Go with Jesus to his heaven. And may Set keep you safe as you go, ridding all monsters and evil things from your path.”

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