New Interview with Don Webb
Fantastic discussion of his new book!
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…
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.
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.
Because people have good results with servitors, they make too many. Go easy with it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For as long as anyone can remember, Austin has been a veritable magnet for magic, mystery, and high weirdness. Whether attracting artists and magicians like Elisabet Ney and Aleister Crowley, or spawning its very own legendary dark stars such as Roky Erickson, the current that flows here is undeniable and powerful.
Some say it’s the ley lines. Others, perhaps the underground caverns and springs. But there’s no doubt among anyone who’s spend a significant amount of time in Austin – it has a very unique and singular something.
It’s an oasis of freedom within a conservative state.
Sacred to the Left Hand Path is the principle of antinomianism, which simply means to consciously think and act against the accepted rules. Austin is, itself, an antinomian city.
So, it’s no surprise that this is the home of the oldest Pylon of the Temple of Set – the Bull of Ombos, of which I am the Sentinel.
Because we are fortunate enough to reside in this place, this bastion of free thought and the open exchange of ideas, the Pylon has decided to make some of our Work public. We are living in an incredible time and place. The purpose of this blog is to share what we do, both as a form of record-keeping, and to fan the spark of the Black Flame in others.
The goal of the Bull of Ombos Pylon is the enhance the very powerful, special magic of Austin and Central Texas, while also drawing upon this energy for our own growth.
For more information on the Temple of Set, please visit www.xeper.org
Questions about the Pylon and its work may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org