Sacred Solitude

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Photo by Cleo.

Sacred Solitude is a new Setian blog, specifically for our counterparts in the far northern regions of the globe.

How does a frozen landscape combined with super-short periods of daylight inform an initiates worldview? Read and find out! (We’ll be here enjoying our 50F “winter” in Central Texas!)

What is a Pylon, Anyway?

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Here is a fantastic blog post from our High Priest, on the Pylon system within the Temple of Set, including information about what a Pylon is, how a Pylon is organized, the purpose of a Pylon, what Pylon meetings are like, and a little bit about the legacy of the mighty Bull of Ombos Pylon.

Finding Home

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Photo by Ed Schipul

It’s now been nearly a month since the floods started. Houston, my hometown, is no stranger to storms and flooding. I watched from 150 miles inland as my friends and family braced for another big hurricane, stocking up on food and supplies, preparing to “hunker down” and ride out yet another wind and rain-soaked weekend.

As the world knows, things went a bit differently this time. Due to an utterly bonkers storm path, Houston was flooded with an unprecedented 11 trillion(ish) gallons of water over several days of torrential rain.

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Photo by Fernando Garcia

I watched from Austin, feeling utterly helpless on one hand, and also full of pride at the resilience and will that Houston was showing to the world. Houston is a misunderstood city, and the vibe of the place has to be experienced before anyone can even begin to grasp its complexity. Houston has hustle, motivation, and gritty creativity. Houston grinds hard.

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Photo by Patrick Feller

About a week after the storm, I got the opportunity to spend a few days there working, to fill in for people who had lost their homes. Driving into the city at night, I was expecting to see darkness and devastation. Instead, I was amazed at how normal everything looked. There were road closures and a lot of areas were still flooded, but overall the city’s resilience filled me with happiness and pride.

When I prepared to come home to Austin later that week, I asked myself why I had felt such a need to come back, and what I had gained from doing it. I had occasionally gone back to Houston for family or social functions, but I had never felt such a Need to go there.

In the end, going back to where I came from revealed my transformation in a very concrete way. Living and working there for a short time was like stepping into a time machine, inhabiting my old life for a few days, and then stepping back into the present and seeing very clearly the contrast between who I am now and who I was then.

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Photo by Fernando Garcia

I realized that Houston will always be my hometown, and that I will always respect and appreciate its unique power. That moving on doesn’t have to mean turning my back on the place, because Houston is where I learned my hustle, my grind, my will – things that will never leave me, qualities that define me.

I know that I’ve brought some of my hometown’s magic to Austin with me, and my presence here has transformed the magical current of the capital city in some way. There’s no question that Houston transformed me, and I will always look to the southeast with love.


The Sentinel of Houston’s Metropolis Pylon has started a Setian blog which can be found here.

This post about Houston is of special interest and I highly recommend it.

 

The Living Temple

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Photo by Michael D. Beckwith

The Temple of Set hosts a number of annual gatherings of its members, from smaller regional groups, usually hosting 10 or fewer, all the way up to the International Conclave, which sees Setians attending from all over the world. It’s often said that an initiate of the Temple cannot truly understand and experience the Temple of Set until they’ve attended one of these gatherings.

While it’s certainly possible to engage in a perfectly acceptable and meaningful Initiatory process over a great distance, while never occupying the same physical space as another Setian, the incredible power of spending time in the presence of a group of Setians can’t be overstated.

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Over the space of three to four days, we might participate in workshops, present our current work to each other, and of course DO magic…some well-planned, some spontaneous. (I recently attended a Black Mass that was executed beautifully, with less than 24 hours’ planning).

No less important, though, are the in-between times. A Setian might find herself having lunch with a Magus, and finally get the opportunity to ask for some clarification on that Word. A candid conversation between two initiates who never knew they were facing the same challenges, leads to new breakthroughs. And of course, the unspeakable power of laughing together.

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Photo by Jorge Láscar

All of these things, and many more like them, compose what is known as The Living Temple. Those of us who regularly find ourselves in the company of other Setians understand well that the Temple of Set is more than the sum of its teaching and its members. It doesn’t exist in our documents, our website, or our archives.

The true fullness of the Temple of Set is experienced in the living, breathing, evolving presence of other people. Our gatherings are where our real magic is born.

Xeper Starts at Home

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Photo by midlman

Austin is a beautiful city, with a thriving outdoor culture. It’s no surprise, then, that the Capital City has ranked as the #1 fittest city in Texas for years. Visitors to Austin often comment on how healthy and happy everyone looks, and it’s true. Living in a town with pleasing outdoor spaces makes you want to get out and experience them, move through them. Being surrounded by a populace who take care of themselves has an effect on you, and it often doesn’t take long for new residents to take up a healthy lifestyle of their own.

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Photo by Todd Dwyer

So what does this have to do with magic? Plenty, as it turns out. Historically, of course, occultists and magicians have been *ahem* not the most athletic bunch. We were often mired so deeply in philosophy and meditation that even thinking about working with our bodies never entered the picture.

This kind of neglect not only creates an imbalance between the parts of the Self, it leads to more significant difficulties in all areas as we age. More and more scientific studies are proving the importance of the body/brain connection, showing how vital it is that we care for, maintain, and challenge our bodies in order to keep our brains at optimal function throughout our lives.

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Photo by Jason Dean

We’re now beginning to see more black magicians who understand the importance of Working with their bodies, the value of physical challenges, and the real need to maintain bodily health. After all, your body is your home from birth until death, and can never be replaced. It makes perfect sense that, in order to create a more perfected Self, we should start with caring for and ordering that home.

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Photo by Kid Clutch

Establishing a solid foundation of physical health is an investment of time and energy, which will pay significant dividends towards your overall well-being. It teaches discipline, focus, and will. It transforms your inner world, while making your outer world more beautiful. It creates new avenues and possibilities.

Xeper is not only concerned with altering one’s inner landscape, or with creating change in a person’s outer life (such as that new job/car/girlfriend). Xeper can happen anywhere. It might be in a gym (or your living room), alone at 5 AM, testing your own limits. Creating change in your body by force of will.

Like magic.

Walpurgisnacht 2017

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Walpurgisnacht is here again, and it’s a great time to think about desire.  Take some time to examine your desires, what you want to bring into your life, or the changes you want to see.

 

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The veils between worlds are thin tonight, at state which can be used to manifest one’s wishes. This means the barriers between worlds are weakened, and intent may be more easily transmitted from one’s inner world into the objective universe.

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Photo by Helena.

May all your bonfires burn bright tonight!