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Orders of the Temple of Set

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Subject: Orders of the Temple of Set
Reprinted from: _The Crystal Tablet of Set_
(c) Temple of Set, January 1, 1990 CE
Weirdbase file version by TS permission

by Michael A. Aquino, Ipsissimus VI* Temple of Set
Electronic mail: MCI-Mail 278-4041

Within the Temple of Set there exist a numbr of specialized Orders,
each supervised by a IV*+ Initiate as Grand Master of that Order.
Perhaps the best way to visualize the Temple of Set's concept of Orders
is to think of the Temple as a university, with the Orders as the
various academic departments. Students at the university, in the course
of their general education, may sample subjects at appropriate
introductory levels in various departments. Upon completing their
general education, students with an interest in or aptitude for a
particular department may "major" in that department and possibly go on
to graduate work in that field. Nonetheless all the departments
cooperate in the operation of the university as a whole, and its general
academic environment lends a sense of perspective to the various
departments - so that their faculty and students can relate to a world
beyond their field of specialization. General guidelines concerning the
Temple of Set's Orders are as follows:

1. Only a IV* Initiate may establish an Order within the Temple. This has
been the traditional prerogative of this degree since the time of the
G.'.D.'. and the A.'.A.'.

2. An Order is characterized by special interests and emphases, which may
formalized by special introductory and ritual procedures within that Order
Such interests and emphases may not clash with those of the Temple of Set
a whole, and an Order's initiatory system must be subordinate to and
supportive of the system of the Temple as a whole.

3. The Grand Master (presiding IV*+) of each Order exercises complete
authority over that Order, subject to the review of the High Priest of Set

4. Subject to exemption approved by the High Priest, Orders will accept
only II*+ Setians as Initiates. This is based on the premise that I* Setia
should concentrate on their "general magical education" prior to
specializing within a particular Order.

5. While an Adept II* may specialize indefinitely, a Priest or Priestess o
Set III* must possess a high level of general knowledge. IV*+s who are Gra
Masters of Orders will not Recognize new III*s solely on the basis of thei
competence within a particular Order, but rather according to their broade
skills and State of Being within the Temple of Set and the AEon.

6. The fruits of an Order's work must actively extend beyond the Initiates

of that Order to the Tmple of Set as a whole. The only exception to this i
that initiatory ceremonies within an Order may be private to that Order, p
the magical principle that uninvolved observers at such ceremonies can
impair their effectiveness.

7. A Setian may belong to only one Order [in addition to the Order of the
Trapezoid] within the Temple of Set, on the premise that personal efforts
would otherwise be diluted. On the same premise, personal movement between

various Orders will be discouraged. Aspirants are advised to interview and

correspond with various Orders before making a personal commitment to any
one in particular.

8. It is not necessary for a Setian to affiliate with any Order. Setians o
all degrees may freely visit activities of all Orders, except as noted in

9. There is no required or standard internal design for an Order, save tha
each be headed by a IV*+ with the formal title of Grand Master.

10. Order insignia may be worn either together with Temple of Set insignia

or alone. When it is worn with Temple insignia, it must not conflict with,

cover, or displace it.

11. The Order of the Trapezoid (O.Tr.) will be accorded the distinction of

"first among equals" as an Order, due to its legacy in the Church of Satan

and Temple of Set. This is an honorary distinction alone and infers no "ra
above" any other Order. The O.Tr. incurs a special responsibility to "set
the example" for other Orders, and to creditably represent the institution

of Orders within the Temple of Set.

12. Priests and Priestesses of Set III* will be encouraged to involve
themselves with specialized concerns of an Order only after their
Priestly affairs are amply in hand. In all cases this means active
involvement with potential Setians and I*/II* Setians who are working
to become fully Adept at the Black Arts at a personal level. In many
cases it further means the establishment and leadership of a Pylon of
the Temple. [The effect of this provision is that an enthusiastic II*
member of a particular Order will have to resolve to put
Order-specific interests on the back burner should he or she be
Recognized to the Priesthood of Set. Active work within Orders will be
done mostly by II* and IV* Initiates, with III*s contributing only
after their more general responsibilities within the Temple are
fulfilled. Hence II*s who are intensely interested in a particular
Order should consider this provision before aspiring to the III*.]

13. Orders' areas of focus may be historic, philosophical, geographic,
psychological, or almost anything else that does not conflict with the
Temple of Set's basic ethical guidelines.


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