Uncle Setnakt's Reading List

by Don Webb

[Reprinted with kind permission from Don Webb]

Dear Friends,

A friend asked me what I would put on the reading list for Setians if we started all over.

As a thought experiment, I drew up a list of books, films and websites I would recommend to a Setian.

The first tier is:

Wilson's book shows how the notions of the Will-to-meaning has given outsiders a great place in shaping civilization. It is a good study for the Setian. LaVey's book to test against sweetness and light, MacCoun to show that harshness and gentleness are part of the process, Blackmore is a quick and well researched guide to the notion that brain activity is very different than consciousness—a secular approach of Fourth Way thinking. Lords of the Left Hand Path will give the Setian a historical perspective and Uncle Setnakt's is a practical guide. Flow is a secular explanation of the "Becoming" side of Xeper, and Eliade helps people with concepts of sacred time. Tinder is great for explaining the Meso-Cosmos.

For the second tier I would suggest:

Nine Doors shows what a balanced Initiatory system would be like, Craig introduces people to philosophy and Annas to Plato in particular, the Runarmal introduces a Setian to modern magical thinking—and Drury and Bogdan's book (soon to be published by Brill Academic) has excellent essays on current magical traditions. Webb is good for Setian topics of interest and The Chocolate War is an easy to read secular novel that shows how Xeper begins with transgression—explained entirely in non-magical terms. Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution explains the idea of Work and its effect on a person. Webb gives historical examples of the use of the figure of Set-Typhon.

For the third tier I would suggest:

Schertel gives a great study of the magician as an extropic agent, which will help Setians understand their place in the human world. Lachman gives a great history of the idea of transpersonal Xeper—how consciousness is evolving. Hansen deals with Tricksters (such as Set) and how their mythology and manifestation affect wild talents. Badiou reconciles postmodern relativism and Neo-Platonism with the notion of the "truth process"—a good secular explanation of the process we call Initiation. Malpas gives a good account of Left Hand Path philosophy. The fictional works offer keys to Setian worldviews. Thompson and Veldman are good examples of active cosmological thinking within modern Left Hand Path practioners.

The Films:

An American Werewolf in London is a great study of awakening the monster within—if you Xeper, both your "good" and "bad" sides Xeper. Ancient Egyptians is a great TV series about Egyptian life, giving you a glimpse of the culture that embraced and later exiled Set. Whale Rider: "Xeper Through Arkte," the movie version. Simon, King of the Witches is a fun look at the persona of the Magus from the Age of Satan. The Truman Show is a movie about Awakening through the power of Runa. The "True Man" stops believing in the false world and fulfilling other's dreams aided by signals from the outside. Meetings with Remarkable Men is a stunning introduction to Fourth Way work and the ideas of dance and rhythm. The Man From Earth is Jerome "It's a Good Life" Bixby's meditation on immortality, a good one for would-be immortals. Satanis—home movies of where we came from. Five Million Years to Earth is a meditation on the Gift of Set as an alien and "demonic" property lie in the minds of some select humans.

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