This is the official podcast for "In the Desert of Set," a Pagan and occult website by G.B. Marian. G.B. is a devout Setian minister of the LV-426 Tradition who writes about life as a polytheist in contemporary times, with random long-winded detours into ancient history, classic horror movies, and all kinds of other stuff. G.B. is so long-winded, in fact, that he's launched this podcast to provide listeners with an accessible alternative to actually sitting there and reading all of his content, which has been known to make people's asses fall asleep.
My attempt at writing a Setian Creation myth that someone living in the ancient city of Nubt (Ombos or Naqada) might have believed. This is not intended to be lauded as dogma or some revealed scripture, it is just a creative exercise in expressing my faith.
So you've heard me talk a lot about Set and "the devil"; now it's time to discuss Set and Yahweh, as well as Set and Jesus. Yes, it's true; Setianism can intersect with Christianity as well as it does with "devil worship." Set does not play by Christian rules, Satanist rules, or Marvel Cinematic Universe rules, and neither do Setians.
Accusing someone of “worshiping the devil” is the easiest way to discredit their faith and beliefs. Pagans are no strangers to such accusations, and this is doubly true for Setians, Lokeans, and others who walk with the so-called “powers of darkness.” But the word devil is really just as vague and complex as the word god, holding multiple meanings for different people and cultures across the world. So when we “speak of the devil,” just what in hell are we actually speaking about?
The origins of the 1980s Satanic Panic; the persecution of Pagans (in some cases BY Pagans) as "Satanists"; horror movie Satanism versus real life Satanism; and Rosemary's Baby as a statement against the dehumanization of women by men and male deities. Listener discretion is strongly advised. (Source on Isaac Bonewits: The Wild Hunt.)
Discussing Set's relationship with Horus, the Egyptian hawk god of light and the daytime sky, and how this relationship ties in with the Pharaohs, the Egyptian way of Ma'at, and the Law of Thelema revealed in Liber AL vel Legis. Featuring some thoughts on how to reject Aleister Crowley's racist, misogynist, and tyrannical tendencies while still embracing the genuinely good ideas he introduced that have influenced so many religious traditions today.
A Setian and Pagan look at Ishiro Honda's Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1954/1956), as well as a few of its continuations and remakes, with special consideration for how Big G parallels the god Set in Egyptian mythology.
Explaining what I mean when I refer to myself as a "priest of Set" and a "Pagan minister" (which I see as distinct roles), as well as my views on religious and/or spiritual leadership and what it should (and shouldn't) look like.
Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is a terrific allegory for the eternal conflict between Set and the Chaos Serpent, and here I explain why. With instructions for a spell for protection during sleep. Free electronic print version: http://desertofset.com/sermons/cinema/nightmares.html
The qliphoth are astral fragments of beings that no longer exist, and which are equivalent to what are called "demons" in the modern vernacular. Here I discuss why I refer to evil spirits as qliphoth rather than demons, and why I personally would not recommend playing around with forces that are truly qliphothic.
Set is often used as a character in cartoons, comic books, science fiction shows, and role-playing games. Here is one Setian's opinion on how some of these media depictions hold up against the real-life Set.
I find "killer mummy" movies annoying for the most part, but there are a couple that have stuck with me through the years, including the 1932 classic with Boris Karloff and the 1959 Hammer remake with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Here I explain why I enjoy these exceptions, and why I usually roll my eyes at the rest of this subgenre.
In this sermon, I tackle one of the most persistent anti-Setian tropes: the idea that Set is a "god of evil." In reality, the true "anti-god" of the Egyptian pantheon is the monstrous Chaos Serpent, and Set plays an important role in defeating this hellish beast every night.