Temple of Set FAQ
6.0 -- Setians and Setianism
Setian is the generic term which applies to each member of the
Temple of Set. Setians is the term which applies to two or more
members, and to the entire membership together.
Setianism is a term which can be applied to the Setian philosophy,
the Setian religion, and/or the Setian way of life. Some (many?) Setians
prefer the terms "Setian philosophy," "Setian religion,"
and "Setian way of life" over the term "Setianism."
I find "Setianism" a convenient term to use when I am referring
specifically to the Setian way of life, or to any combination of these
6.1 -- Activities
What do Setians do? This topic is covered in the REF
6.2 -- Setians
6.2.1 -- Specific Setians
- Executive Director -- can be contacted through the Temple's postal
address, or through email (email@example.com).
- High Priest -- Dr. Michael Aquino, High Priest
and founder of the Temple of Set, can be contacted through the Temple's
postal address or through email.
- Magus Don Webb, High Priest until he stepped down from that office in 2002, can be contacted through the Temple's postal address, or through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Balanone, an active long-time member (and author
of this document), can be contacted through the Temple's postal
address or through email (email@example.com).
[One frequently asked question is why Balanone signs his email and posts
with "PP" below his name. As stated in April, 1993 on the
Base of Set echo and many other times, "That's as close as I can
get with this keyboard to the Egyptian hieroglyph for Shuti (the double
Maat feather), symbolizing my personal dedication to Balance."]
- A few others are mentioned in the REF
6.2.2 -- Questions about Setians
Are Setians Pagans? That's a question which depends heavily upon your
definition of "pagan." See the REF
document for this discussion.
6.2.3 -- Imposters
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then how should you look
at people who claim to be members of the Temple of Set and aren't? If
you encounter someone online (or offline) who claims to be Setian, how
do you know if they really are?
Our High Priest, Magus Don Webb, offers an excellent answer in his essay
How to Spot a Setian. My personal answer is less
meaningful, but they're techniques you might find useful.
- All members of the Temple of Set can be identified physically by their
colored cloisonne point-down medallion,
and by their membership card (with expiration date). If you have physical
contact with someone who claims to be Setian but who can't show you
the membership card or medallion, that person is not a member.
June 2001: Recently we've seen a couple of medallions being auctioned
on Ebay. If someone has our medallion, that is not proof they are
currently a member, and maybe not proof they ever were. But if they
do not have a medallion, then they aren't a current member.
- All online members of the Priesthood have a xeper.org email address.
(Example: Priest Thomas White's email address within our domain is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anyone claiming online to be a member of the Priesthood should be able
to supply their email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org email address, and
should be able to respond to any email sent to that address. Anyone
online who cannot give you an email address @xeper.org, or who cannot
answer mail sent to that address, is not a member of the Priesthood.
- The Executive Director's staff will confirm the membership of any
Setian who asks to have that membership confirmed. The member should
send the email from their email address of record to email@example.com
-- this email will be validated, and the confirmation will be sent to
any email address desired. Any person claiming to be a member online
but not willing or able to provide this confirmation is not a member.
While the Temple of Set and its members normally will not reveal, confirm,
or deny anyone's present or past membership in the Temple of Set, there
- If members indicate it's OK, such as through the request method above,
we'll confirm their membership.
- Some members are very open and public about their membership. We'll
confirm those members' status.
- In our view, people who publicly claim to be members, and aren't,
are claiming to be part of that second group. We will therefore provide
the information that such people are not members.
There have been a few people who fall into that last group, as identified
by members of our Priesthood. These include:
- Ravenwrld@aol.com -- I am told he has claimed to be the High Priest
of the Temple, and that he offers to sell the Crystal Tablet.
The High Priest of the Temple of Set at the time this person came to
our attention was Don Webb. The current High Priest is Michael Aquino.
No member of the Temple may sell their Tablet. (Past members may sell
the copy they received from us -- it's their property. However, they
can sell only that one copy -- they are not permitted to make additional
copies for sale.)
- Reverend77x@aol.com -- I am told he has claimed to be a IV° member
of the Temple of Set. He is not a member.
- Lilithdarkmoon@aol.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org -- I am told she claims
to be a former member. She is not.
- email@example.com -- I am told he claims to be a member of the
Priesthood in "German Chamber" and claims as well that firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
is actually Lilith Aquino. He is not a member. There is no "German Chamber."
Lilith Aquino does not use either of those two aliases on AOL.
- Xeper879631179@aol.com -- While this person has not yet claimed to
be a member of the Temple of Set, he apparently has proclaimed himself
the Magus of Xem. Xem is an Aeonic Word within the Aeon of Set, and
the Magus of Xem was Magus Ronald K. Barrett. This is not Magus Barrett,
and this person has no membership nor recognition within the Temple
Finally, on reading Magus Webb's How to Spot a Setian,
one Adept mentioned,
Along those lines, I have encountered those who claim that they
have been approached by a Setian, which tried to "recruit" them. I find
this very funny. This right here shows that they have no idea what they
are talking about. I guess it makes them feel good to tell others that
such a wonderful organization as ours was wanting them to be a member.
Anyone who really knows anything about the Temple would know that does
not go on.
I've asked a few, "and why would they want you?" Maybe not the polite
thing to say, but I can only laugh at these people.
The Temple of Set does not recruit. Individual members who feel that
their friends might benefit from membership might mention this to their
friends, but we do not ever try to recruit anyone, and don't even approach
those people who have no ties of friendship to us.
6.2.4 -- Who is a Setian?
Various people continue to call themselves Setian even though they are
not members of the Temple of Set. The question as asked on the Xepera-L
mailing list in May, 1999 was:
If one can be a *Satanist* without being a member of CoS, can
one be a *Setian* without being a member of ToS?
- If you mean "Can someone believe in the Prince of Darkness as Set
without being a member of the Temple?" Then yes, they can.
- If you mean "Can someone actively seek and accomplish Xeper without
being a member of the Temple of Set?" Then yes, they can.
- If you mean "Can someone practice Setian forms of magic without being
a member of the Temple of Set?" Then yes, they can.
- If you mean "Can someone be recognized as and called a Setian by theTemple
of Set's administration, Priesthood, or general membership without being
a member of the Temple of Set?" Then no, they cannot.
This evoked the question "Why not?" I responded with the following two
- Setian (n)
- A member of the Temple of Set.
- setian (adj)
- 1. action, statement, or belief inspired by the philosophy of Xeper
and/or the being or idea of Set. 2. action, statement, or belief compatible
with inspiration by the philosophy of Xeper and/or the being or idea
6.3 -- Why are we here?
"Here" may be any digital forum -- you may be reading this
on a web site, a newsgroup, or FTP archive. I've tried to generalize the
answer to apply to most situations. For that matter, "here"
may also apply to Pagan gatherings, meetings in hotels, new age fairs,
etc. These questions are examined in the REF
6.4 -- Miscellaneous
There isn't much in this section, and it all resides in the REF
document at this time
- This site:
- Balanone's FAQ
- Balanone's REF
- The Temple of Set:
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