Temple of Set FAQ
7.0 -- Contact and Information
7.1 -- Formal and Official Contact
7.2 -- Informal Contact
- "My name is ... and i wish find a Setian Priest in my area to inquire
as to joining the Temple."
Information on how to join the Temple of Set is readily available
at the Temple's web site, by following the General
Information and Admissions Policies links.
To ask the Executive Director if she can help you contact a Priest
of Set in your area, a) find her email address
above, b) send her your request, including your postal address and/or
phone, so our local Priesthood can contact you (they may not have
- Electronic Mail mailing list(s)
is the only public mailing list hosted by Setians. Moderation is minimal,
topics can be anything of interest to Setians, and participation is
open to all who are not openly hostile to the Temple or to Setians.
2002: We have indefinitely closed the Xepera-L mailing list. We may
reopen it in the future; that decision has not yet been made.
- Internet newsgroups
alt.satanism is a newsgroup for discussions of satanic philosophy,
religion, organizations, activities, etc. Most Setians avoid the
newsgroup because of the high level of juvenile behavior that
we run into there. However, there are a few Setians who can be
contacted through that newsgroup.
alt.pagan attracts several Setians who belong to that community.
We prefer to avoid discussing simply Setian philosophy and religion
or Satanism in alt.pagan, since those are more appropriate to
alt.satanism, but the relationships between Setian philosophy
and religion and other Pagan philosophies and religions are on-topic
and suitable for that newsgroup.
soc.religion.paganism is a well-moderated newsgroup in which
the same topics can readily be discussed. There are probably fewer
Setians on this newsgroup than on the other two, but from time
to time you may find enough visiting soc.religion.paganism to
hold a meaningful discussion when necessary.
- FIDO/PODS echoes
The Setian Discussions echo (tagname:
SET, and previously named "Base of Set") was the only FTN
(Fido Technology Network) echo hosted by Setians concerning Setian
philosophy or the Temple of Set. Moderation was minimal, and topics
could be anything of interest to Setians. Participation was open to
all who were not openly hostile to the Temple or to Setians. This
echo was carried on the FIDO North America backbone, and by most major
hubs within PODS. It was carried in Australia by both FIDO and PODS,
and in Germany (and perhaps other areas of Europe) by PODS. Unfortunately
that echo closed down in 1999, and is no longer operational.
- World Wide Web sites and pages
- The Temple of Set's "official" World Wide Web site is
http://www.xeper.org; most sites
dealing with the Temple of Set can be found through links from this
- The Order of the Trapezoid maintains its own web site at http://www.trapezoid.org/
- FIDO/PODS bulletin board systems: There used to be quite a few bulletin
board systems owned and run by Setians, but it seems that all have them
have disbanded or gone to mail-only operations.
7.3 -- Friendly and Neutral Others
Though I've often quoted from others' responses to frequently asked questions,
still this document is just one person's compilation concerning the Temple
of Set. Anyone who needs a more comprehensive view should contact one
or more of the other Setians (above
), and perhaps one or more people who aren't Setian. A few people who
are active online, whose independent views concerning the Temple of Set
at this time appear to be informed and reasonable, are listed in the REF
document. Please note that neither I nor the Temple of Set have much influence
over nor agree with everything these people say.
7.4 -- Unfriendly Others
The REF document identifies a few people whose messages, documents, or
web pages you're likely to run into on the Internet, and who are biased
against the Temple of Set for a variety of reasons.
7.5 -- Getting More Information
- General Information Letter
The current General Information letter (including membership information
and policies) is available upon request. Write to: Executive Director,
Temple of Set, Post Office Box 470307, San Francisco, CA 94147, USA.
Or provide a postal - not E-mail - mailing address
There are copies of that letter floating around cyberspace, available
on various FTP sites and on BBSs. Unfortunately, most of them are
out of date, since the introductory letter is updated semi-regularly,
and the files on these unrelated sites aren't. The primary site known
and guaranteed to maintain a current copy is the Temple of Set's official
web site, http://www.xeper.org.
- Computerized archives
Over the years, a number of other files pertaining to the Temple
of Set were made available. These were generally intended for limited
distribution, but over time were archived on various Internet and
FTN sites along with material about the Temple of Set which
did not originate from the Temple of Set. Many of these files
contain dated information; the accuracy and authenticity of these
is doubtful. In future revisions of this document, comments about
these files may be added (if you bring the need for same to our attention).
- However, be warned that a lot of files of questionable value are
floating around the 'net. Check the source for each document, and
if you have questions about its value, ask us about it
. The REF document discusses at least one such example of this.
- Archives hosted by Setians
This is the only FTP site both managed by a Priest of the Temple
of Set and dedicated to the Temple of Set at this time to our
knowledge. The reliability of other FTP sites will be lower
-- they will not be as accurate nor current (though admittedly,
we do not expend much effort to keep this FTP site current either
-- instead we maintain the WWW pages at http://www.xeper.org
since we believe they are of more general interest to more people).
As other Setian sites are identified they will be listed at
- Other FTP sites
- Obsolete FTP sites (no longer useful)
7.6 -- Those Stories About Us
Despite our general policy of keeping a low profile, sometimes rumors
about us do get spread, generally by people who dislike or fear us for
some reason (perhaps because so little is known about us, or simply because
of our non-Christian belief system, or for other reasons). If anyone (perhaps
someone else at a location of one of our formal meetings, or someone you
meet on the 'net, or some other acquaintance) should ask you any of the
following questions, it's good to be able to give them the correct answers.
7.6.1 -- A Cult?
"Is this a cult?" No. Some people may define "cult"
to mean any non-Christian religion, and then yes, we don't believe in
the Christian religion. But most people reserve the word "cult"
to you mean something dangerous to society or its members, and no, we're
not a cult since we are beneficial to our members, and we're not anti-social
by any means.
The REF document contains more discussion on this topic.
7.6.2 -- Satanists?
"Are you Satanists?" A lot of people say yes, and a lot of
people say no. A lot of Setians say yes, and a lot of Setians say no.
See the REF document for this discussion.
7.6.3 -- Naziism and Fascism
Are you fascists? Nazis? No. See http://www.balanone.info/nazitrap.html or http://www.necronomi.com/magic/satanism/fascist.set.txt
for one member's discussion of this question.
7.6.4 -- Presidio
What about the Presidio stories?
On August 14, 1987 CE the San Francisco home of Lilith and Dr. Aquino
was raided by San Francisco Police officer Glen Pamfiloff on a search
warrant obtained as a consequence of the accusations of Army chaplain
Lawrence Adams-Thompson that the Aquinos had kidnapped and sexually abused
his stepdaughter as part of the Presidio of San Francisco day-care witch-hunt.
These claims were investigated in depth by the SFPD, the FBI, and the
US Army CID. No charges were ever made in any jurisdiction, and the evidence
has shown Dr. Aquino and Lilith Aquino to be innocent of any such activity.
Full details can be read in the alt.pagan post, dated Sun Jun 02, 22:14,
From : firstname.lastname@example.org, Subj : Re: Curio courts the CAW.
7.6.5 -- Other Occultists
- Why should Wiccans, Druids, and other types of Pagans defend those
who call themselves "Satanists" against the Christian majority?
I've never understood why Wiccans, Druids, and others might think
we want their defending. There are ethical and social reasons to do
it, and that's why Setians generally defend other Pagans against discrimination
and other forms of attack, but Setians and Satanists don't need others
to defend them -- Setians and Satanists would be happy if other Pagans
would simply stop buying Christianity's lies and attacking the Setians
and Satanists as if allied with Christianity's blind bigots.
There's a little more discussion of this in the REF document.
- "Are you witches?" That depends upon your definition of
a "witch." We do explore activities which many people would
call "magic," such as telepathy, divination, and methods of
strengthening our souls and spirits through mental and spiritual discipline.
However, modern witches usually believe that their magical powers come
from one or more gods or goddesses, and many Christians believe these
powers come from the devil. We don't believe in any such gods or goddesses
or devils. Most modern witches claim we are not witches.
- Perhaps the most important point to know and remember about us is
that we believe a primary requirement of self-improvement and individual
Xeper is to be honorable and ethical. We do not tolerate any illegal
activity. We do not tolerate any illegal drugs, and we frown upon excessive
use of legal substances like tobacco and alcohol. We believe in individual
freedoms, and respect everyone else's desire to live life the way they
want to, asking in exchange only the freedom to be able to live life
the way we want to.
We do enjoy companionship and camaraderie. At our various conclaves,
many of us will gather in private rooms, local restaurants, and the
hotel lobby, and we'll just talk for hours, about almost anything.
Some of our people will even sometimes forget to go to sleep, being
so wrapped up in talking to people they see only once or twice a year.
We enjoy life, we enjoy growth, and we enjoy each other. If you spend
time with Setians, you'll find that most of us smile a lot, honest
smiles, reflecting the enjoyment we find in life.
- What about Magda Graham? This is discussed in the REF document.
7.6.6 -- The Setian Illuminati
These topics are explored in the REF document.
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- Balanone's FAQ
- Balanone's REF
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