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Date: May 4, 2003
Version: 1.2.7
Author/Editor:     Balanone
Copyright: 1997-2003 Temple of Set

This is one man's REF document concerning the Temple of Set. Its information is drawn from a number of resources, including electronic discussions, hard copy correspondence, internal Temple of Set documents, etc.

This document is fairly comprehensive and contains many quotes from newsgroup and echo discussions. Its current size is over 180k. Those who wish a smaller document on the same topic should use Balanone's Temple of Set FAQ, created for this purpose.

Different people like browsing the web in different ways. Some want a document like this one to be several different web pages, each loading quickly. Others want one long document they can save, print, or scan through. Both should be satisfied here. Each section of the FAQ has a page of its own, which can be reached by clicking the sectional links in the table of contents below. Or you can view the full document as one page.

Qualifications: Balanone has been an active member of the Temple of Set since early 1976, and so is intimately familiar with Setian philosophy and practice. While this document is just one person's statement, and not an official statement from/by the organization, this person has the depth of experience to be reasonably confident in his accuracy. Corrections, additions, and differences of opinion from other members of the Temple of Set are more than welcome, and within reason all such will be included in this document.

Revision history: See Balanone's Temple of Set FAQ/REF Changes.

Table of Contents

1.0   Introduction
2.0 Philosophy
2.1 Xeper
2.2 Initiation
2.3 Satanism
2.4 Left Hand Path
2.5 Metaphysics
2.6 Dogma vs Doctrine
3.0 Religion
3.1 The Temple of Set as a Religion
3.2 Set
3.3 The Gift of Set
3.4 Religious Setianism
4.0 Magic
4.1 Black Magic
4.2 Ritual Practices
4.3 Occult Studies
5.0 The Organization
5.1 Membership in the Temple
5.2 Relations with Other Organizations
5.3 Why the Temple of Set?
5.4 Our Reputation(s)
5.5 Pylons and Orders
5.6 The High Priest
6.0 Setians and Setianism
6.1 Activities
6.2 Setians
6.3 Why are we here?
6.4 Miscellaneous
7.0 Contact and Information
7.1 Formal and Official Contact
7.2 Informal Contact
7.3 Friendly and Neutral Others
7.4 Unfriendly Others
7.5 Getting More Information
7.6 Those Stories About Us
7.6.1 A Cult?
7.6.2 Satanists?
7.6.3 Naziism and Fascism
7.6.4 Presidio
7.6.5 Other Occultists
7.6.6 The Setian Illuminati
8.0 Miscellaneous
8.1 Miscellaneous Links
8.2 FAQ/REF Sources

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