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Balanones - Temple of Set FAQ

Balanones - Temple of Set FAQ

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Balanone's Temple of Set FAQ
 Contents:1.0 Introduction2.0 Philosophy2.1 Xeper2.2 Initiation2.3 Satanism2.4 Left Hand Path2.5 Metaphysics2.6 Dogma vs Doctrine3.0 Religion3.1 The Temple of Set as a Religion3.2 Set3.3 The Gift of Set4.0 Magic4.1 Black Magic4.2 Ritual Practices4.3 Occult Studies5.0 The Organization5.1 Membership in the Temple5.2 Relations with Other Organizations5.3 Why the Temple of Set?5.4 Our Reputation(s)5.5 Pylons and Orders5.6 The High Priest6.0 Setians and Setianism6.1 Activities6.2 Setians6.3 Why are we here?6.4 Miscellaneous7.0 Contact and Information7.1 Formal and Official Contact7.2 Informal Contact7.3 Friendly and Neutral Others7.4 Unfriendly Others7.5 Getting More Information7.6 Those Stories About Us
 8.0 Miscellaneous8.1 Miscellaneous Links8.2 FAQ/REF Sources>> 1.0 IntroductionThe Temple of Set is probably best described as an initiatory magical orderof the Left Hand Path, a description which probably doesn't mean much tothose without occult backgrounds."Initiatory" means the ToS advocates self-advancement through a series oflevels of self-knowledge and similar attributes."Magical" means that the ToS openly works with magic (non-scientific causeand effect), not stage magic."Left Hand Path" indicates that the path followed by Setians is one ofconcentration and refinement of the self, leading toward more and moreindividuality and more and more individualism, as opposed to the Right HandPath goals of growing toward some outwardly determined standard.A slightly more detailed introduction can be found in the REF.>> 2.0 Philosophy2.1 Xeper- Perhaps the best discussion of Xeper available online is Magus DonWebb's, found at: http://www.xeper.org/pub/tos/xeper2.html- Balanone: Setian Philosophy centers around the Egyptian concept of Xeper(often spelled Khepher), personified by the Egyptian Neter (god?) Xepera(Khephra), a concept that can be translated to "self improvement," orperhaps "Be all you can be."Though that statement above seems simple enough, the study and pursuitof Xeper has proven complex and long, intriguing and challenging enoughto keep Setians occupied for a life time.- Apr 28, 1996, Priest Roger Whitaker, Xepera-l:
Xeper describes a methodology for manifestation. You cannot separateyourself from the force which motivates one to Xeper. It is ingrainedwithin the many and varied paths which lead to it. Xeper such as it isresults in a deeper recognition of Self consciousness, i.e., theuniquely human ability to sense its separateness within the body evenwhile it resides within it. This heightened sense of Self Being, itselfthe result of polaric constituents - its me, in this other thing calleda body - becomes a building block of a personal methodology based uponknowledge, intuition, learning and change as a result of the preceding.The results of Xeper are manifestations into the world of ideas, art,science and culture. For the individual the results of Xeper become ametaphysical departure point for developing a bond with the Prince ofDarkness by creating a matrix of linked ideas whose path leads towardsthe Genesis of Self Being.You'll find another comment or two concerning Xeper in the REF document.2.2 Initiation- What do those necklaces and medallions mean?The Temple of Set is an initiatory organization, dedicated to theinitiation and growth of its members.That dedication to initiation, to the philosophy of Xeper, and to Set,is represented by our primary symbol, the Pentagram of Set (a point-downpentagram within a circle). To help our members identify each other sowe can work together, and to help them identify which level ofinitiation has been achieved by each other, we wear this symbol ondifferent colored medallions, normally worn on necklaces of some kind,at formal gatherings.There are six levels of initiation recognized within the Temple of Set,each with its specific color medallion.- The first degree member wears a white medallion. This is a period oftrial membership, in which the member begins to explore ourphilosophies, our practices, and our society. The member can decidewhether our organization is one which will help the member'spersonal growth, and if not he is welcome to leave at any time, withour good wishes. Likewise, during this period we determine whetherthe member will function well within our society, will benefit fromour activity, and will eventually be able to help others in the

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