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The Egyptian Magical-religion
Homepage focussed on ancient Set or Seth* and his mysteries.
To disseminate authentic and accurate information about the Sethian mythos.
To raise awareness of Seth’s role as “daemonic” initiator.
To assist others on the path to personal liberation – “One Star in Sight”.
To manifest an ecumenical “House of Life” in the real world – initially in Oxford (UK).
Seth, was the ‘indigenous god’, i.e. ‘the first whose worship was general among the indigenous people of ancient Egypt. Legend and archaeological research connect Seth, in prehistoric and dynastic times with Upper Egypt (the south), Libya, the eastern Delta and generally all desert regions.’ . . .
Red is of course the primary colour of Seth and any deity with Sethian affiliations. Seth, the Egyptian god of passion and ambiguity was associated with foreign lands and the adversary of the god Osiris. Seth was usually depicted in human form with a head of indeterminate origin. He had a curved snout, erect square- tipped ears and a long forked tail.
Nephthys was sometimes given as his consort, although he is more commonly associated with the foreign, Semitic goddesses Astarte and Anat. Despite his reputation, he had an important sanctuary at Ombos in Upper Egypt, his reputed birthplace. In mythology Seth and Horus were at war for eighty years, or perhaps 80 days in the year. This is the so-called “Contendings”, Seth tore out Horus’s left eye.
The story of the conflict of Horus and Seth was one of the oldest and most important of ancient Egyptian myths. The consensus amongst Egyptologists is that the myth concerns a natural event of the waxing and waning moon and other lunar phenomena such as the eclipse. A theory first promulgated by “East/West” scholar Max Muller (one of my “ancestors”). So for example – in myth Horus breaks friends with his brother Seth, Horus harpoons Seth, tearing from Seth his leg and testicles. The severed leg of Seth gives its name to the constellation the Plough, which if you look is very suggestive of a leg and haunch. This constellation has can be important in the calibration of the lunar calendar.
Reading about Seth. Follow this link for a list of key texts for practice and general interest:
* Set or Seth?
The meaning and pronounciation of the god’s name is conjectural. Modern commentators adopt the Greek based spelling/vocalisation as “Seth” – which from evidence in the Theban Magical Library (known also as the Greek Magical Papyri) – this spelling was accepted by the Egyptian priests as an authentic name of power (See Supernatural Assault for citation).