In the Desert of Set

In the Desert of Set

By G.B. Marian
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.
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Episode 30: A Setian Exegesis of John Carpenter's The Thing

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Episode 35: Typhonian Melodies
Songs from a Setian soul. Tracks in order: "Season of the Witch," "Sutekh's Shrine," "Execration," and "Red Desert Sabbat." All songs composed by G.B. Marian.
16:14
July 3, 2020
Episode 34: Ishtar's Final Conflict With "The Man"
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.
24:21
July 2, 2020
Episode 33: Ishtar, the Lady Morningstar
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.
13:48
July 2, 2020
Episode 32: Holy Days of the LV-426 Tradition
The times we consider most sacred in our coven.
18:39
June 28, 2020
Episode 31: An LV-426 Execration Ceremony
An example of an execration ritual, a procedure to cast out and/or ward off negative energy.
08:12
June 24, 2020
Episode 30: A Setian Exegesis of John Carpenter's The Thing
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.
21:23
June 23, 2020
Episode 29: Calling Professor Quatermass!
Martian grasshoppers. Genetically modified super-apes. Invisible forces only certain people can see. Quatermass and the Pit (1967) has it all.
12:23
June 18, 2020
Episode 28: Polytheism Is Not "Idolatry"
Yes Virginia, some people still believe in many gods today, and it's every bit as legitimate as believing in just one.
13:04
June 17, 2020
Episode 27: What Are You Afraid Of? It's Only Rock & Roll
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. 
13:00
June 14, 2020
Episode 26: The Horned Pentagram
Pentagrams with two points up aren't "inverted"; as far as I'm concerned at least, they are right-side up. 
07:13
June 13, 2020
Episode 25: A Would-Be Ombite Creation Myth
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. 
13:31
June 13, 2020
Episode 24: Aberamentho—Set, Yahweh, and Jesus Christ
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.
10:22
June 13, 2020
Episode 23: The Amityville Error
Discussing the Amityville Horror, the greatest American paranormal hoax of the 1970s, as well as some of the films inspired by this hoax, and its influence on the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. 
13:28
June 12, 2020
Episode 22: On the Temple of Set
Some thoughts on what is probably the most well-known Setian community today. 
11:22
June 11, 2020
Episode 21: "Do You Worship the Devil?"
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? 
30:34
June 10, 2020
Episode 20: On Rosemary's Baby, the Satanic Panic, and Pagan Leadership
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.)
22:43
June 9, 2020
Episode 19: Set, Horus, and the Law of Thelema
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. 
13:00
June 8, 2020
Episode 18: Set and the Scarab of Ra
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. 
09:56
June 7, 2020
Episode 17: Get Right With Godzilla!
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. 
21:52
June 6, 2020
Episode 16: On Setian Priesthood and Pagan Ministry
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. 
12:54
June 5, 2020
Episode 15: Assorted Prayers & Incantations
Not a proper sermon, but a series of assorted prayers and incantations to Set. I offer these as examples for anyone who might be wondering how they too can pray to the Red Lord. 
14:11
May 31, 2020
Episode 14: The Stuff Nightmares Are Afraid Of
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
17:12
May 31, 2020
Episode 13: An LV-426 Perspective on the Qliphoth
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. 
16:16
May 31, 2020
Episode 12: The Many Names of Set
Set has more names and titles than anyone can count. Here are my thoughts on what several of these various words of power actually mean (or at least, what they mean to me personally).
14:49
May 31, 2020
Episode 11: Set and the Greek Typhon—Are They the Same?
Comparing the Egyptian god Set with the Greek titan Typhon, with whom Set was linked in Late Antiquity, with a discussion on how the word "Typhonian" became a synonym for "Setian." 
16:01
May 30, 2020
Episode 10: Set On Screen
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. 
32:45
May 26, 2020
Episode 9: Khepesh, the Iron of Set
Explaining Set's connections to the Big Dipper, and why they are important.
12:27
May 25, 2020
Episode 8: Too Many Mummies!
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.
20:59
May 22, 2020
Episode 7: My Understanding of Magic
A brief explanation of my perspective on magic, what it is, how it works, and how it dovetails into my theological views.
13:53
May 20, 2020
Episode 6: Set's Sacred Critters
A discussion of the animals that are sacred to Set—including donkeys, pigs, hippos, oryx, and elephantfish! 
10:51
May 20, 2020
Episode 5: The Monster Film As Mythos
Classic monster movies are a huge part of my spirituality, and here I explain why. 
12:40
May 17, 2020
Episode 4: The Underworld
A sermon about Duat, the Egyptian concept of the Underworld or the Other Side. 
10:11
May 17, 2020
Episode 3: Set Is A Savior, Not A Devil
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. 
06:19
May 17, 2020
Episode 2: The LV-426 Tradition
This episode includes a brief introduction to the LV-426 Tradition, the unique Setian coven to which I belong. It also includes a review of the 1979 sci-fi horror film, Alien.
16:00
May 16, 2020
Episode 1: Setianism - A Brief Introduction
This is taken from a brochure about Setianism that I wrote during the summer of 2019. (Print copy available.)
08:41
May 16, 2020
May 16, 2020
00:55
May 16, 2020