Fantastic discussion of his new book!
by Priest Melmoth
The [ BHEL ] Element in the Temple of Set has been participating in Working459 for the
past 6 months. Working459 is performed at the same time every month — at 9pm of the 5th
day—each active Magician will light 4 candles, launch a sigil and house it in a work of art.
This sigilising ritual creates a talismanic artwork designed by the Artist-Magician
specifically for a desired goal. Pictured above is my final talismanic artwork of the 6 month
My Working459 art talismans contain the visual ingredients of my Magical Intentions. These
act as visual cues to expedite embedding and emphasize the sigil’s special Intention. So
what have we got here? Well it’s me, naked, forming Mudras of Set with my hands in a state
of ritualized Gnosis. I am uttering the name of my Robofish [whose job is to move ‘at pace’
the shoal of sigils floating above me deeper into the collective unconscious] so it can work its
magic. I am flanked left and right by ‘fish-men’ known as Apkallu. Apkallu are Mesopotamian
Priest-Sages wearing fish-garments who have been endowed with sublime wisdom. And
with that wisdom they bless me and my Work. My head is crowned by the thrust of a
lightning bolt quickening the integration of this Working cycle so that it may become a
realization to its magical potential.
The short title for this Artwork is the name of the Sigil “LuKatMay”.
The long ‘official’ title is: “Blessed by the Apkallu and Between Mudras of Set, Priest
Fitzpatrick Utters the Name of his RoboFish to Integrate 6 months of Talismanic Art
Notes: My RoboFish [that little squiggle in the speech bubble] is powered by attention, it is
literally fueled by the gaze of the viewer. Hence the name LuKatMay >>> LuK-at-May >>>
Look-at-Me. But I decided to help it along and get as much attention as possible. So how do
you get people to look at you? Well be naked of course, nothing capture the eye quite like a
naked Priest! That’s my ‘cheeky’ reasoning [that has real application] but I am also pulling on
the enduring tradition in Western art of the nude figure. Tapping into the power of unclothed
figures in the art canon such as history painting, allegorical and religious art and portraiture.
“LuKatMay” falls into each of those categories in magically appropriate ways.
And so it is done.
A very small glimpse into the High Priest of Set’s universe…
One of the most enduring and frustrating rumors surrounding the Temple of Set (second to the old Satanic Panic hysteria) is the accusation of Nazism, primarily based on an extremely superficial impression of magical work undertaken by the Order of the Trapezoid.
I asked the current Grand Master of the Order, Magister Toby Chappell, what he would like the public to know about the reality of the Order and how they work magically with Germanic symbolism. Here is what he had to say.
The Order of the Trapezoid works with dangerous ideas.
By its nature, it has to.
The work of the Order is guided by the pull of Rûna—the ultimate Mystery, or the sense of
the hidden that draws forth those receptive to its call in an enduring quest to explore and
understand the mysteries of existence. The most evocative—and, unfortunately in the
present day, often provocative—expression of this principle is found within the mythologies
and practices of the Germanic world (including the modern German-speaking states,
Scandinavia, Iceland, England and those who are descended from these peoples).
Rûna is a universal principle, however; all who are alive and self-aware can sense and
respond to it, and seek it out in spite of popular whims as to what is “allowed”, “correct”, or
“appropriate”. Rûna is a built in component of the human condition, knowing no national,
ethnic, or cultural boundaries or restrictions. Thus follows the Order and its members.
Many of the rumors you have heard about the Order of the Trapezoid are actually true.
The Order has a keen interest, as just one of our particular areas of study, in the history and
application of fascism, propaganda, and other systematic manipulation of the masses. In
order to defend against such techniques, you first have to understand how and why they
work. Our reading list does in fact include books like Mein Kampf, one of those curious books
where the vast majority of those who roundly condemn it have never read it; often
unnoticed or ignored is that the reading list also contains many books that seek to expose
and thoroughly undermine fascism in all its flavors, such as Wilhelm Reich’s The Mass
Psychology of Fascism and Peter Viereck’s Metapolitics: The Roots of the Nazi Mind. And of course
our interest in the runes, “weird tales” authors like H.P. Lovecraft, the technology of the
‘mad lab’ a la Frankenstein or Metropolis, the work of Nikola Tesla, dreams, etc. in many ways
eclipse our more infamous areas of study—not that it sways the narrow minded from
condemning the entire enterprise based on deliberate misunderstandings of our less
The Order however stands outside all these things.
The work of the Order, covering a wide range of topics focused through the lens of Rûna,
can be seen as akin to that of an experimental anthropologist, studying how certain tools
were made and developed in order to learn at a deep level how they functioned. The Knight
of the Order of the Trapezoid studying or even—ethically!—experimenting with techniques
for influencing the masses perfected by the Third Reich does not become a fascist any more
than an experimental anthropologist becomes a stone age toolmaker through her
experience. The tool itself has no ethical stance; its application can be used for good or ill,
depending on the intent and responsibility of the operator.
In the Charter of the Order of Trapezoid, Roger Whitaker (now in Walhalla) and
Dr. Michael Aquino wrote:
“The Order of the Trapezoid extracts the positive, the constructive, the exalted, and the
Romantic from the Germanic magical tradition – and just as carefully avoids and rejects
those excesses, distortions, and cruelties which have made this tradition an object of the
most extraordinary fear, condemnation, and suppression in the postwar period. The
Germanic tradition is also part of the legacy of the Prince of Darkness, hence is appropriate
to an Order within the Temple of Set, which embraces all manifestations of the Powers of
Darkness in the world.” (see chapter 8 of Michael A. Aquino, Ph.D., The Temple of Set)
Thus does the Order fulfill its mission and its purpose, despite the misunderstandings of
those incapable of perceiving that the Path through the darkness must often take difficult
and unsettling turns.
Magister Chappell is the author of the book “Infernal Geometry and the Left Hand Path: The Magical System of the Nine Angles” which can be purchased online here: https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781620558164
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Every year, the Temple of Set hosts an international gathering of our Initiates. These Conclaves are an incredible opportunity to participate in large group Workings, engage with other Setians, attend workshops and discussions, do a presentation on your work or interests, and more.
Below is the internal promo video for the Austin Conclave in 2021, previously seen only by members of the Temple.
One of the most important factors to ensure continued engagement and commitment to the long haul of lifelong magical initiation is to maintain a sense of Play. Laughter is an incredibly powerful magical tool for any serious(!) black magician.
I’ve been following Lichen the Scribe’s YouTube since its inception. I heartily endorse what they’re creating, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
Enjoy this nice long interview with the inimitable Don Webb about his recent work!
Phew! It’s been a minute, y’all. Life got really hectic there for a while, but I’m hoping to start keeping this blog active again.
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I recently traveled to the beautiful city of Detroit, MI for a Setian Gathering over a long weekend. After a fantastic three days of magical Exchange with a wonderful group of people, exploring a new city, I returned home eager to integrate what I had learned and experienced into my daily life.
My trip back to Austin was delayed, then rerouted, due to lightning storms in Houston, which in my highly charged and sensitive post-Gathering state seemed a beautiful synchronicity. I arrived home to find that my luggage had been sent a different route, and, over the next 24 hours, my suitcase failed to turn up on my porch as promised.
I followed all the usual steps – phone calls to the airline and emails to their courier service. I mentally catalogued the items that were in the suitcase, including an irreplaceable gift from Magister James Kirby, who passed from this life last October. My black pentagrams of Set. An (extremely) antique ring given to me by my husband. The suitcase itself was a gift from my late mother.
After I lit some candles for Santa Muerte (because why the hell not?) I remembered a recent conversation I’d had with Lechuza Mundo, another Austin Setian, when she’d told me about a servitor that she and her husband had created, specifically for finding things. I sent her a text message, asking if XXXXX (name redacted) worked only for them, or could they ask on behalf of other people. She said she’d give it a try, so I sent her some photos of things that were in the suitcase.
45 minutes later, my luggage was dropped off on the porch.
Photo by Jason Eppink
I’ve been asked before about practical applications for magic. It’s super great to achieve a godlike state of being, striving for self-knowledge and refinement of the will. But what about the day-to-day life stuff? I feel it’s vital to remember and apply magical principles to everyday problems – not as a replacement for hands-on work, but to tip the scales of the universe in our favor. Magic can not only amplify who you are, it can strengthen the effects of what you do. It can make your hard work do more for you.
After my great results with requesting assistance from XXXXX (name redacted), Don Webb was kind enough to send me the following essay, with instructions for creating a servitor for my own household. I publish it here with his gracious permission.
The practice of creating servitors is pretty old – the first record we have is in Lucian’s short story, “The Lover of Lies” in 150 AD. That story, via Goethe’s poem, “Der Zauberlehrling” eventually became the story of Mickey Mouse and the magic broom in Fantasia. The basic ideas are there – programmed magic works and is therefore dangerous. I love telling I*’s about Servitors – they get results and, since they’re so damn easy to screw up, will teach a lot of lessons.
Servitors are well represented in HooDoo and English cunning man magic, but became popular in the 80s in Chaos Magic — and since we know that white guys invented everything, we’ll just go with that.
Like most methods, everyone has his or her way. I’m going to share mine – your mileage may vary. However, the warnings should be noted, so that when you cross the line and screw up you can think how smart I am.
Some people like to give the servitor a place to live – like a doll or a painting. That’s ok, but NEVER use a living thing. Servitors should enjoy their lives, don’t make them robots. DON’T leave them turned on all the time. They will do exactly what you tell them, so don’t chide them if you don’t like the results. I don’t tell everybody how to summon it. Groups can create them as well.
Here is my 5 step system. To illustrate I am going to make an entity to help me throw parties. I’m going to call him Hardi (as in “Party Hardi!”). I like simple names that are similar to purpose. You can use any name you like, but DON’T use departed relatives because you will confuse your intent.
- I obtain a sheet of symbolic paper – it could be papyrus, parchment, or even a grocery bag—it should be resonate with the purpose. For Hardi I’m going to take a little piece of white cardboard that came from a packet that held birthday candles. I lay the card in front of me and I talk to it. “In a little while you are going to have your birthday Hardi. You will have blissful sleep like a cat in a sunbeam until I call you. I’ll call you by making the Horns with my left hand and saying, “Party Hardi” Here is what you can do: Help find me great food, drinks and party supplies for cheap, make the right people want to come to my parties, make sure they arrive and depart safely, keep everybody chill while they’re partying, and help them get any secret messages I’m trying to send. Every time you do a deed you will feel pleasure and you will be fed by the doing. Later when the party’s over I’ll light a candle and thank you. Then you will grow in power and intelligence as you dream about what you’ve done.” Note I used general terms like “right people” or “chill.”
- I will take a red sharpie and make a sigil out of the letters HARDI — I’ll connect them together and add flourishes like pentagrams or tridents. It should look magickal. When I’m done, I’ll have a spoken formula – it could be anything from a phrase from the Greek Magical Papyri to a simple, “I Setnakt call you into being Now!” In this case I’m going to sing the Happy Birthday song.
- I launch the sigil. This is the process of emotional and physical charging. I could light a candle flame and stick my finger in it, ride a roller-coaster and scream out Hardi’s name, wait a really long time to pee and then say Hardi’s name when I got relief, or let the world choose a moment for me like yell Hardi’s name after a jerk cuts me off on I35. Orgasm is most people’s preferred method – when the inevitable moment occurs stare at the sigil and shout the name.
- I transfer the Sigil into the Hidden realm. Shortly after launching. I light the black flame, say the Invocation of Set, and then say a simple formula like, “Hardi with this Fire I send you into the magickal realm where you will sleep until I call you.” I burn the sigil and later toss the ashes into the air.
- The first time I summon HARDI I am very deliberate – doing it at night, making the devil’s Horns with my left hand and I call him three times. I will have a red candle in front of me that I will light to honor him after the party is done – and I make sure that I use that candle for no other purpose. After the party – unless it was an unmitigated disaster – I light the candle and tell him what a great job he did. Then I tell him to have pleasant dreams until I call him next. If it was an unmitigated disaster, I light the candle, thank him and then tell him to have pleasant dreams. Then I throw that candle away. I do not make another servitor for this purpose. After the first time I am more casual in my summoning, but I am always very deliberate in my thanks afterward.
Because people have good results with servitors, they make too many. Go easy with it.
I am excited to announce the formation of the Mehen Group: Austin. Inspired by successful Mehen Groups in NYC, Ottawa, and Tampa, Austin seems like a logical next step.
Mehen Group is an in-person discussion group, designed to provide meaningful dialogue about the Left Hand Path, as well as accurate information about the Temple of Set.
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The forces of comfort and self-delusion can be incredibly tempting. Each of us has made the choice, at many points throughout our lives, to heed to call of Runa and pursue a more difficult, complicated, even painful path of willed, conscious evolution.
This monologue is one of my favorite pieces of commentary on the concept of self-election.