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Temple of Set FAQ



This document describes the Temple of Set, answering questions frequently asked on newsgroups, mailing lists, and elsewhere.

Author: balfaq@xeper.org

This is one man's FAQ 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 FAQ is posted monthly to news.answers and alt.answers, and also to alt.satanism, alt.pagan, alt.magick, and alt.magick.order. It's posted less frequently to soc.religion.paganism, the Xepera-l mailing list, and other appropriate forums. It can also be obtained from ftp://ftp.xeper.org/pub/faqs/baltsfaq.txt. IMO the HTML version of this FAQ is much more readable; it can be found at http://www.bigfoot.com/~balanone/baltsfaq.html

This FAQ's answers are intentionally brief and concise, sometimes excessively so, to keep this document's size down. More detailed information is available in the companion document, "Balanone's Temple of Set REF." That REF can be obtained from ftp://ftp.xeper.org/pub/faqs/baltsref.txt. It also has a (more readable) HTML version, found at http://www.bigfoot.com/~balanone/baltsref.html

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.

-1.0 Introduction
The Temple of Set is probably best described as an initiatory magical ...
-2.1 Philosophy: Xeper
- Perhaps the best discussion of Xeper available online is Magus ...
-2.2 Philosophy: Initiation
- What do those necklaces and medallions mean?...
-2.3 Philosophy: Satanism
Is the Temple of Set a Satanic organization?...
-2.4 Philosophy: Left Hand Path
The Left Hand Path is the tradition of spiritual dissent. It is a ...
-2.5 Philosophy: Metaphysics
This section is found only in the REF document....
-2.6 Philosophy: Dogma vs Doctrine
The Temple of Set has no dogma, but it does have teachings. We're ...
-3.1 Is the Temple of Set a religion?
Yes, although belief in the religion is not required of I* or II* members....
-3.2 the Temple of Set
Set is the most ancient name for the Prince of Darkness, given to ...
-3.3 The Gift of the Temple of Set
The Gift of Set means so many different things depending upon whom ...
-4.1 Black Magic
What is Black Magic? How does the Temple of Set teach it?...
-4.2 The Temple of Set: Ritual Practices
Setian ritual practice is generally not discussed in public forums....
-4.3 The Temple of Set: Occult Studies
Discussion of other occult studies (such as Astrology, Thelema ...
-5.1 Membership in the Temple of Set
Note: Most of these sections are explored in more depth in the ...
-5.1 Membership in the Temple of Set: Departure
You may choose to resign from the Temple of Set at any time for ...
-5.1 Membership in the Temple of Set: Rejoining
Despite the claims of a few who state otherwise, the Temple of Set ...
-5.2 The Temple of Set: Relations with Other Organizations
By its bylaws, the Temple of Set as an organization can have no ...
-5.3 Why the Temple of Set?
The REF document examines the question
-5.4 The Temple of Set: Our Reputation(s)
Lupo the Butcher, in his
-5.5.1 Pylons of the Temple of Set
Setians who live in the same area sometimes organize a local pylon in ...
-5.5.2 Orders of the Temple of Set
IV* Setians, Masters of the Temple, may found Orders within the Temple ...
-5.6 The High Priest of the Temple of Set
- The High Priest of the Temple of Set at this time is Magus Don Webb....
-6.0 Setians and Setianism
-6.1 Activities
What do Setians do? This topic is covered in the REF document....
-6.2.1 Specific Setians
- Executive Director -- can be contacted through the Temple's ...
-6.2.2 Questions about Setians
Are Setians Pagans? That's a question which depends heavily upon ...
-6.2.3 Setian Imposters
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then how should you look at ...
-6.2.4 Who is a Setian?
Various people continue to call themselves Setian even though they are not ...
-6.3 Why are we here?
Here
-6.4 Miscellaneous
There isn't much in this section, and it all resides in the ...
-7.1 Formal and Official Contact
- Postal Address: Temple of Set, P. O. Box 470307, San Francisco, CA ...
-7.2 Informal Contact
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-7.3 Friendly and Neutral Others
Though I've often quoted from others' responses to frequently ...
-7.4 Unfriendly Others
The REF document identifies a few people whose messages, documents, ...
-7.5 Getting More Information
- General Information ...
-7.6 Those Stories About Us
Despite our general policy of keeping a low profile, sometimes rumors ...
-7.6.1 A Cult?
-7.6.2 Satanists?
-7.6.3 Naziism and Fascism
Are you fascists? Nazis? No. See http://www.bigfoot.com/~balanone/nazitrap....
-7.6.4 Presidio
What about the Presidio stories?...
-7.6.5 Other Occultists
- Why should Wiccans, Druids, and other types of Pagans defend those ...
-7.6.6 The Setian Illuminati
These topics are explored in the REF document....
-8.1 Miscellaneous Links
- FBI Special Agent Kenneth Lanning's /Investigator's Guide to ...
-8.2 FAQ/REF Sources
- Setian Discussions echo FAQ. author: Balanone, version: Dec 30, ...









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