I can't speak for JSM ( that's for the editors) although i thought your
piece in JSM2 was great and i really hope there will be more egyptology in
future issues - but as for Mandrake Speaks* - please do - as a discussion
piece it would be excellent - your thesis sounds great - is that already
submitted and published??
I think there maybe is need for an uptodate assessment of the whole sethian
most previous stuff is either too sectarian or too dismissive - imo
* Mandrake Speaks may well be part of an iminent podcast
From: Society for The Academic Study of Magic
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Sent: 04 April 2006 23:26
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Subject: Re: [ACADEMIC-STUDY-MAGIC] Sethain
Well, if there's genuine interest, I could put together something much more
Perhaps this could work for JSM.
But certainly I could tidy up these brief emails into a short piece for
At 06:07 AM 4/04/2006 +0100, you wrote:
>That's really informative - would make a good little article -
>i'd be happy to reprint even that small summary in my newsletter mandrake
>personally i was quite (pleasantly) surprised at the way these interesting
>issues have emerged over time amongst the sethians.
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>Sent: 04 April 2006 16:12
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>Subject: Re: [ACADEMIC-STUDY-MAGIC] Sethain
>Oh, and as to the reasons ...
>Aquino *wants* the Temple of Set (ToS) to proceed under new leadership; he
>intends the ToS to continue after the death of its founder (i.e. Aquino).
>Hence Don Webb, hence Zeena, hence Patty Hardy. Thus, it is quite likely
>that Aquino would not have reassumed his High Priest mantle if the Schrecks
>didn't cause the schism they did. Upon finding a suitable new High
>Priestess, Aquino seems to have stepped down again.
>Zeena, however, claims that as much as Aquino was willing to hand over the
>reigns (e.g. to her), he still exercised control over the ToS by means of
>behind the scenes politicking (primarily through the Council of Nine). This
>position would appear to be supported by the wealth of correspondence that
>transpired behind the scenes at the time of the Schrecks' schism.
>Further to the differences between the Church of Satan (CoS), ToS and the
>Storm (which I mentioned only in brief in a previous post) ...
>These are self-evident as soon as one compares LaVey's _Satanic Bible_,
>Aquino's "Black Magic" essay in _The Crystal Tablet of Set_, and the
>Schrecks' _Demons of the Flesh_. The divergences are in fact quite drastic.
>LaVey is barely interested in Seth or the Left Hand Path other than as
>diabolical synonyms. He is interested in the ego and it's gratification.
>Man is a natural animal. Aquino thinks the left hand path (LHP) is
>consistent with Socratic contemplation of eternal forms, and that Seth is
>himself the very form of isolate self consciousness which enables the
>contemplation of said forms. He is interested in the Self (with a capital
>S). Man (or rather, his psyche or soul) is non-natural. The Schrecks
>emphasise the feminine nature of the LHP and Seth's role as a violent
>initiator. They are interested in cultivating non-dual consciousness to
>effect liberation---the same goal as the right hand path---but through
>left-handed *means*.  Man---the physical body---holds the energies
>(Shakti, kundalini) necessary to liberation.
> This is a fundamental difference between the ToS and the Storm: The ToS
>define the left and right hand paths as having different *ends* (LHP =
>separation of Self from Nature; RHP = union of Self with Nature). The Storm
>sees the left and right hand paths as both seeking the same end
>(liberation); the paths differ only in the *means* employed towards this
>end (the left hand path effects liberation in this life, is dangerous, is
>taboo breaking; the right hand path effects liberation over many
>incarnations, is safe, is orthodox). Also, whereas the ToS seeks to exalt
>the Self of Psyche against the natural cosmos, the Storm seeks to dissolve
>the ego/Self/intellect to effect a non-dual relationship with the cosmos.
>Also, for the ToS the cosmos is a dead mechanism (as per scientific
>materialism); for the Storm it is living and animated (as per the tantric
>notion of the world as power/Shakti/prakrti)
>More could be said. I've only touched on some very basic points.
>At 11:46 PM 4/04/2006 +1000, you wrote:
> >At 09:26 AM 4/04/2006 -0400, you wrote:
> >>If memory serves (and correct me if it doesn't), Aquino stepped down to
> >>be replaced by Don Webb, who then was replaced by Zeena LaVey/Schreck
> >>for a very short time. After that, Zeena broke off from the ToS, and
> >>Aquino became high priest again. I'm not sure as to the reasons behind
> >>Lilith's rise and fall, if they could be called that, or if the high
> >>priesthood has changed more recently.
> >Yes, this is all correct. I would only add that Aquino has stepped down
> >since taking up the mantle after the Schreck's schism, and Patty Hardy is
> >now the current High Priestess of the ToS.