Read and/or stream all episodes of In the Desert of Set for free on a variety of platforms.
What I believe, and why I wrote this brochure.
Some background on the unique Setian coven in which I became a priest.
Tackling the anti-Setian trope that Set is the “god of evil” or “Egyptian devil.”
On the ancient Egyptian concept of Duat, the “Underworld” or “Other Side.”
Explaining the LV-426 belief that monster movies are more sacred and profound than any Kirk Cameron flick.
A discussion of the animals that are sacred to Set—including donkeys, pigs, hippos, oryx, and elephantfish.
A brief explanation of my perspective on magic, what it is, how it works, and how it dovetails into my theological views.
Why I enjoy certain “killer mummy” movies, and why I usually roll my eyes at the rest of this subgenre.
Explaining Set’s connections to the Big Dipper, and why they are important.
One Setian’s opinion on how certain media depictions of Set hold up against the real-life god.
Comparing the Egyptian god Set with the Greek titan Typhon, and explaining how the word “Typhonian” became a synonym for “Setian.”
Some thoughts on what several of Set’s names mean to me personally.
Why I refer to evil spirits as qliphoth rather than “demons,” and why I don’t recommend messing with them.
Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is a terrific allegory for the eternal conflict between Set and the Chaos Serpent. With instructions for a spell for protection during sleep.
Not a proper sermon, but a series of assorted prayers and incantations to Set.
On being a priest of Set and a Pagan minister, and what spiritual leadership should (and shouldn’t) look like.
A Setian look at Ishiro Honda’s Gojira (1954) and how Big G parallels Set in Egyptian mythology.
Explaining kheper, the ancient Egyptian concept of divine transformation, and how it relates to the scarab beetle, the solar Creator deity Atum-Ra, and Set as the Champion of Ra.
Set’s relationship with His brother and/or nephew, the god Horus, and how my faith is influenced by Thelemic beliefs.
The 1980s Satanic Panic; the persecution of Pagans (in some cases BY Pagans) as “Satanists”; and Rosemary’s Baby as a statement against systemic misogyny. (Listener discretion is strongly advised.)
The word devil is really just as vague and complex as the word god, holding multiple meanings across the world. So when we “speak of the devil,” just what in hell are we actually speaking about?
Some thoughts on what is probably the most well-known Setian community today.
Discussing the Amityville Horror, the greatest American paranormal hoax of the 1970s, and its influence on the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.
Set does not play by Christian rules, Satanist rules, or Marvel Cinematic Universe rules, and neither do Setians.
My attempt at writing a Setian Creation myth that someone living in the ancient city of Nubt (Ombos or Naqada) might have believed.
Why I prefer to display my pentagrams with two points up.
Discussing the theme of “backmasked” messages in heavy metal music during the Satanic Panic, as explored in the 1986 comedy horror film, Trick or Treat.
Yes Virginia, some people still believe in many gods today, and it’s every bit as legitimate as believing in just one.
Martian grasshoppers. Genetically modified super-apes. Invisible forces only certain people can see. Quatermass and the Pit (1967) has it all.
Here I geek out for a bit about my vote for “the scariest monster movie ever made,” and I draw some parallels between the themes of this film and my beliefs as a Setian.
An example of an execration ritual, a procedure to cast out and/or ward off negative energy.
The times we consider most sacred in our coven.
She rebelled to help humanity before Prometheus. She died and rose from the grave before Jesus. And She invented the “zombie apocalypse” before George Romero.
How The Final Conflict (a.k.a. Omen III: The Final Conflict) can be read as an allegory for the goddess Ishtar and Her rivalry with Therion, the spirit of human tyranny.
Songs from a Setian soul.
An LV-426 Setian adaptation of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
The Yezidis are accused of “worshiping the devil,” but are also romanticized by Western occultists—neither of which is acceptable.
A discussion of the Egyptian hippo goddess Taweret, Her connections with Set, and the reasons I love Her so much.
A free 22-minute album of ambient devotional Setian music.
Gorgo (1961) is a British kaiju (giant monster) movie with several interesting subtexts, all of which seem relevant to the goddess Taweret.
The sister and ex-wife of Set is a renowned healer of wounded hearts and minds.
Three brief sermons in which I discuss Set’s affinity for the color red, why Setianism is substantially different from many other religions, and how the Red Lord saves us all every night.
My reactions to an especially hypocritical plea for “acceptance” on behalf of a community that utterly refuses to accept diversity.
On the conflation of all Setian spirituality with what Western occultists call “the left-hand path,” and why this is problematic.
Shameless self-promotion for my new album, Summer’s End (2020), a musical anthology of Halloween happenings.
An interview with the Kemetic and Neo-Pharaonic artist Setken regarding his new film, The Praying Mantis God of Ancient Egypt, in which we meet another of Set’s theological colleagues: the Netjer Abyt.
How a simple “slasher movie” deplores the patriarchy and evokes Celtic folklore.
Why Halloween 4 (1988) is one of my favorite flicks to watch for the Samhain season.
How one of the goofier Halloween movies taught me to think beyond Hollywood depictions of Paganism, with a brief tribute to Donald Pleasence.
Why the 2018 “requel,” featuring the return of John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis, is the best direct sequel to the original 1978 classic.
A preternatural Pied Piper turns people into creepy crawlies with his maleficent merchandise, his android assassins, and his Stonehenge supercomputers.
A rambling discussion on horror movies and spirituality with two of my brethren in the LV-426 Tradition!
The continuing discussion on horror movies and spirituality with two of my brethren in the LV-426 Tradition!
My soundtrack for a Setian apocalypse.
How my favorite TV show—a 1990s police procedural with apocalyptic overtones—influenced my walk with Set.
How a really terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger movie influenced my spirituality and art.
Jesus is a dead alien; Satan is a prehistoric sentient ooze; and “God” is the greatest supervillain of all time. This unique fictional theology helped me think outside the box, for sure!
One Setian’s take on ancient Egyptian concepts of the self—including our bodies, souls, spirits, hearts, shadows, names, and the hope for unification of these features into a multidimensional whole after death.
Thoughts on Nehebukau, the holy Snake God, and the concept of Snake People, with an analysis of their appropriation by modern pop culture and conspiracy theorists.
A Setian midnight mass performed and recorded for an imaginary AM radio station.
Reclaiming Set’s good name from “secret societies” that like to play “Raiders of the Ark” (but as Nazi characters!), and which have contributed to the normalization of fascism today.
The LV-426 Tradition of Setianism is a fusion of Kemetic polytheist theology with (Setianized) Western occult practices.
Forget what you think you “learned” from The Exorcist (1973) about Pazuzu, and join this mighty deity as He quests against both human and spiritual cruelty.
I have been asked before: “Why don’t you start your own church?” Here are some reasons why this is not only unnecessary for Setians, but probably undesirable as well.
Pazuzu is most well-known today thanks to a horror movie about demonic possession; yet He is evoked much more faithfully in a completely different film by the same director.
My first full-length album with vocals, inspired by my experiences as a Setian teenager in Satanic Panic America.
My second full-length album with vocals, with hymns to various Middle and Near Eastern divinities.
The soundtrack for an imaginary Halloween-themed anthology horror film, with vignettes featuring banshees, changelings, and Stonehenge.
Listen to Disc One of my latest album, dedicated to Set’s divine sister, the Egyptian goddess Isis!
Listen to Disc Two of my latest album, dedicated to Set’s divine sister, the Egyptian goddess Isis.
Christians and Satanists might hate each other’s deities, but Setians can honor Set and Osiris at the same time.
Expecting people to be John Rambo—including Setians—is unrealistic.
It’s okay to be angry or upset with the gods, and it’s okay for us to tell Them so as well.