Why Should I Join the Temple of Set?
Don Webb V°, High Priest
There is a vague notion that people will both understand Initiation and want it. It's all terribly romantic, like the Shaolin monastery or the Fight Club. Those on the inside are supposed to have Secrets that can help those on the outside.
This isn't far from the truth, but the nature of those Secrets is very different than what might be imagined, based on popular images of occult schools. First off, we don't teach secret words, magical passes, or how to blend incense that will help you win the lottery. Secondly we don't teach handshakes, secret nods or how to manipulate the stock market. In fact, much of what we teach isn't written down at all, although we do have a vast internal literature. (I am amused when I see our internal products sold illegally on the Internet for much larger sums than a person would have paid, had he simply acquired them through membership fees, but a sucker is born every minute.)
It is not written down because it can not be, as it drives from personal experiences sought for and gained by the individual Setian.
What we teach can be divided into four large areas.
These difficult things we teach are called collectively Initiation. It is found by guided hands-on doing, and its excellence depends on the excellence of the person, and his or her commitment to the process.
Teaching difficult things is a tough process, and we don't undertake it lightly. We don't spend months or years dealing with people that are looking for a quick occult fix drawn by the lure of the strange. Every Setian's state is improved by each new Setian, so it is worth the difficult effort. The Prince of Darkness' estate is improved by each new Setian - his eternal struggles against the mindless forces of the Cosmos is made easier and richer by each new soul that agrees to take up the process of transforming itself into something no longer limited to four dimensions and five senses.
There are minor benefits to membership. You will get to know some very bright and highly creative people around the world. We have a great annual party / Initiatory gathering open to members holding the II°. The networking abilities of a secret society are there, and the practical knowledge base of a big group of brainy people should not be ignored as a resource. We have a fairly large amount of internal literature on various magical and philosophical specializations - and we have a reputation that is impressive in most parts of the occult world (and simply scary to the sillier parts of that same world). These minor benefits enhance and amplify the benefits of our teaching, and are a natural consequence of it.
I hope this helps you decide what you want in your life, because attempting to answer that question is the force that drives Initiation. Even if the Temple is not for you, I hope that these concerns help you find your Initiatory path, simply because for Selfish reason I want to fill the world with smart, talented people who find working on themselves a joy. The more such people there are, the stronger, more artistic, more magical civilization becomes.
If you can understand why changing the world in this way is resonate with the purpose of the Prince of Darkness, you probably should be here.
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