A recent question I received, is what my title is. Seemingly one can't walk on the left hand or sinister path, or there is a need for a title. Well, I don't have any. I don't belong to any "mainstream" line, but I walk my own path & feel good with this.
If I would need to call on a title, then I would state that I am a Sethian, meaning that I walk, or try to do so in the line of Sutekh. This is more then enough a title for me.
Ok, I agree, that its good for the ego to have a few titles, but factually I have more then enough of these. Mainly from the time, that I was ordained and consecrated in a traditional catholic church. Not only from my own church, did I get a few titles, but also from different other ones. And most of these titles are quite meaningless, more given out of ecumenical reasons, then really out of respect or in regard to any value they wish to give you. For the last, are worth something, since they are a sign that others value or respect you, for what you can, or who you are.
Next to the many titles, I also received the "Fountain of Honor", being the succession of knights, since the middle ages. This I factually find still more worth, because some of my predecessors where known occultists and I think this still to have some importance. Its lesser about the succession in itself, though I consider it to be valid, but we could consider it, as a transfer of energy over a period time. Especially since the late 1800 more occultists appear in this line, and its just great to be part of that.
Its also the only thing I hope to continue in a certain way, no longer in service to the christ, but as a tool for a deeper working in my own possibilities and towards transformation. And maybe in a kind of Sethian Knighthood.
In the end transformation is the main goal, I don't belief that any power outside myself, can aid me in my quest. We have to attune ourselves to the energy we find in the universe, the deities or archetypes we follow, to grow past the limitations we got from our culture, parents, schooling and so on.
As such I hope to be or become a true follower of the Left Hand Path, to wear the Black Flame of Sutekh in my heart, so that it may make me equal to that what I follow, for I have taken His name as a part of myself, and that is the main point for me.
In this titles are useless, it can be nice to have them, but they don't bring anything extra towards our workings or goals. We must strife to become a liberated person, free from religious hypocrisy and towards our own god being.
Only this can be a worthy thing to strife to. As it can change ourselves, from going with the flow, to someone who makes his own path. We need no great things of the world for this, but it can be nice to have a great house, a wonderful partner, etc.
Factually we must fill this in, for ourselves. What we find important in life, being it a thing of the world, or our own spirituality, we can and need to strife for it.
We know where the way begins, but not where it ends, but all that walk this path, I wish they may find the outcome of their wishes and hopes, so they can live their life to the fullest.
For me, this path has come forward in dedication to Sutekh, my mirror on the path and my source of power. Its my angle towards the universe, and it deepens every day, I work with and towards Him. As such my most honored title is that of Sethian.
Gods or no gods, that is the question!
This is always a tricky matter to go into, as its easy to offend people with this question, but in the end, that's not my problem, but theirs. The question is easy, did the gods create men, or vice versa. I think its the last response, at least in so far, that we name them, attribute them with powers, characters and more.
I do believe there is energy in the universe, that maybe is the origin of all that exists, but I think this is not a personal god, or even any god we can imagine. In the mythology of On (Heliopolis), it state that all came forth from an original ocean, called Nun. We could ask ourself if this can be seen, as a vast energy, from where all developed?
Without Nun, nothing would have come to be, at least, if we follow the creation myth of On. For me this original water or ocean is the Abyss, which is so many times named in occult works and from where all comes forth.
From Nun, one god came forth, namely Atum, who further gave life to other gods, which in the end gave birth to Sutekh.
Sutekh is some what a strange god, seemingly he doesn't realy fit into the whole story, as if he was only put into the story, to give him a place. Maybe he was the or an original deity of Egypt, and surpressed by gods as Osiris and Isis, who could have been brought to Egypt, with people leaving the changing Sahara. Once a fertile plain, it changed over time in a dessert, and those who where living there, needed to find a new home, bringing with them, their gods and cultur.
In any case, for me Sutekh is an older being, then most others of the pantheon. How it all came to be, will probably remain an open question, there is no scientific proof and our feelings, are only of value to ourselves. They are no universal truth, except our own, and then only for ourselves.
Clearly we can see how Sutekh changed over the millenia, from a fertility and creator god, protector of the sunbark, to the most evil being which was known to men, and most likely the origin of the christian image of satan.
If Sutekh is a god or archetype is a personal question and answer, factualy we can ask where the difference is, as Carl Gustav Jung said about the psychoid archetypes, that they don't exist, but are true beings. Ok, that is maybe difficult to grasp in the start, but what Jung means, is that the psychoid archetypes don't realy exist, but men have created them from energy, named them, gave them power, characters and all, what we could expect from a god outside monotheisme, and as such they do exist.
Basicly we can state, that men used energy, formed it and then accepted these forms to stand above them as gods. For sure, these beings are powerfull, due to the millenia of devotion and prayers that were aimed to them, and empowered them even more. Energy, that we can use in rites or meditation, to project our own thoughts and desires to, and let them come to be.
As Sutekh is so old, it is a fact that he is a powerfull being / archetype and that he factualy came to life, to become the being we expected him to be. This explains the many forms people seem to find in him, as all of us, recognize something of ourselves in Sutekh, and this attracts us to him, just to discover, that we need to work on our own being, to overcome our limitations and grow, through him, whose name we have accepted, as part of ourselves.
Who is Sutekh?
It's possible to answer this question from different angles. One view would be that of myth and legends, or we can get of the beaten path and trust on what we feel, when coming near to Sutekh.
One reason, why I don't want to go into the many myths and legends around Sutekh, is that we can't trust the historical sources for 100 %. As always history isn't written by objective sources, but by those who have the power & if something isn't to their view or liking, they just will alter it. This certainly has happened to Sutekh, who through the years was degenerated from a supreme being to an almost demonic creature. Many things played a part in this proces, and it's not my intention to look at each of them.
More important is to get a clear view on what remains of the original being that we know as Sutekh. To do so, we first of all, must ask ourself the question, if Sutekh is a good or evil being, but in fact this is a useless question, as none of the pre-christian Gods where seen as all good or all evil, this is a point brought forward by the monotheistic religions and especialy those who are build on Abraham. The ancients gods had their good and lesser points, they where not white or black, but grey, as we should be.
It is true, that Sutekh can be a fearcefull and chaotic being, but only when it is necessary. He is not only a destroyer, but also a renewer and even a preserver. That what has no place anymore in your life, he will destroy, and usualy not in a quiet manner, but as such, he opens the way, to bring forward new things. We can escape from our limitations and grow further. Those things that are of importance, he will preserve, as we need a good base to build on.
For those who trust on Sutekh, he can be a true friend, but don't be surprised if he plays a trick with you, or test you, to see how strong you are. Certainly he is fond of those that stand strong, as he casts down those that are weak or doubt the chosen path, and be sure, Sutekh can ask the ultimate proof of your faith in him.
The question of faith, brings us to a good point, is Sutekh a god, an archetype or even something else? Well, that is for you to decide. I can't do this for you. Though my main viewpoint remains this of an archetype, in rites, mediation and even worship I will near Sutekh as a deity. As such I have a little shrine in my house, where his image stands, where I meditate, work energy, do magic (will come back on this point later on), burn candles, incense and even offer food and drink to him.
For me Sutekh isn't to be described in words or thoughts, he is much greater then this, he is the power that brought forward the universe and keeps it in motion. As such in meditation I visualize his powers, the energy of the universe flow to me and through me, restoring unto me, my original state of being, becoming a god after and through Sutekh.
As said in my first post on this blog, I bring forward my personal views and thoughts. So you don't have to agree with it, we all have our insights to follow.