In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Are You Scared of Seth?

“Is it because of My ears? Prejudice rears its ugly head again!”

Note: The following post has been cannibalized from a series of private email exchanges I had a few months ago. Since the person with whom I shared this conversation contacted me privately, I will not divulge their information or even quote them directly; I am only reproducing my own part in the conversation.

Every now and then, I’m approached by someone (either online or offline) who’s thinking about walking with Seth-Typhon, but who’s a little too frightened to actually take their first step in this regard. Some of them will ask me if they need to be edgy, hardcore badasses who thrive on chaos, pain and fear to walk with Seth. Many of these people worry that if they invite Seth into their lives, their houses will burn down and everyone in their families will drop dead.

In my opinion, there’s really only two things any person needs to walk with the Red Lord. The first is that Seth must choose you for one of His own; the second is that you must not have an over-inflated ego and be willing to adapt to change as needed. Aside from these basic criteria, you can be absolutely any kind of person, from a crimefighting Amazonian battle-maiden to a mousy librarian who gets squeamish whenever she sees sex or blood on TV. Seth gets a bad wrap because He’s a “chaos God,” but most of the people I know who follow Him aren’t exactly “fans” of chaos. Neither me, my brothers Tony and Patrick, nor our cousin Tina are particularly “transgressive.” I work in academia, Tony’s an IT guy, Patrick works in marketing, and Tina’s a schoolteacher. We all have families, we all have hopes and fears, and we prefer to live nice, quiet little lives (with as little drama as possible). So aside from the God to whom we say our prayers each day, we’re pretty normal, meat-and-potatoes kind of people; we don’t “enjoy” chaos any more than most folks do.

For us, Seth is not so much a “trickster” as He is a Savior. Think of it this way: during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most people thought the suffragettes were a bunch of dangerous criminals and terrorists who were trying to destroy civilization. Nowadays, we look back and realize those women were heroes; they alone had the bravery to fight against misogyny and for women’s right to vote. In the same way, the long-term results of Seth’s actions are actually good for the entire universe, even though they might seem bad at first. Another way to think about it is that, in the mythology, Seth only killed Osiris once; but He kills Apophis to save Ra every single night. So as His children, we feel He is really much more positive and heroic than He is terrible or villainous.

If a person feels drawn to interact with Big Red in any way, I honestly don’t think they need to be afraid of Him; I find that He’s generally respectful to anyone who’s respectful to Him. (Woe to those who try to treat Him like He’s just some pathetic “devil” or “demon!” Such individuals are begging for a rude awakening.) But at the same time, there’s no reason for a person to try and interact with Seth unless he or she feels an overwhelming desire to do so. If the Big Guy wants you for one of His own, He’ll make it known to you in His own way and in His own time; and unless that happens somewhere down the road, there’s no reason to worry about it. A person should feel free to explore any other spiritual options in which they might feel interested.

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4 responses to “Are You Scared of Seth?

  1. Envy March 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    One of my favorite songs is “Outside Myself” by k.d. Lang. The second verse would fit well with this post:

    I have been in a storm of the sun
    Basking, senseless to what I’ve become
    A fool to worship just light
    When after all, it follows night

    I think a lot of people view darker deities as something they should be afraid of. Some of that may be the fact that we’ve been “programmed” to stay away from things that seem dark or that others have deemed to be “evil”. If people would take the time to read the lore around these deities they would see the beauty within them and how they have the most to teach.

    Another thing is you can’t have light without dark nor can you have order without chaos. For everything that Siva has “destroyed” in my life, it’s been replaced with peace, order and a better understanding of not only who I am but what I need to do to remain in balance.

    It’s hard to explain sometimes. You just have to delve in and let what needs to happen, happen.

    “The first is that Seth must choose you for one of His own; the second is that you must not have an over-inflated ego and be willing to adapt to change as needed.”

    That’s the key right there.

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    • G. B. Marian March 9, 2015 at 5:57 am

      That’s a great K.D. Lang song. And I agree with everything you’ve said here. Actually, the conflation of the light/dark binary with a good/evil dualism is one of the things that first got me to start questioning the way people normally see these things in the first place. We see so much of this simplistic ideology in so much of our popular culture, from Star Wars to My Little Pony. But in nature, there are plenty of reasons why light and darkness can both be both positive and negative at the same time. And as you indicated, the same is equally true of order and chaos. Like most people, I prefer to have as much order and control over my life as possible…but even though it scares me whenever that order is threatened or whenever that control is taken away, it’s never permanent and it’s always made me a better person in the end. It also sounds like your experiences with Siva are quite similar to ours with Seth. “Destroyer” Deities are definitely not what mainstream culture makes them out to be!

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  2. caelesti March 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I think a lot of the people who divide gods into “safe” and beginner-friendly and “dark/scary/dangerous/for advanced people” have some Christian baggage they need to examine- even if they weren’t raised Christian, those dualistic mentalities still get stuck in their brains. There is a lot of the same sort of assumptions with Loki by Heathens, and they think Odin is “safer” and more “trustworthy” Obviously some people were not paying attention to their mythology!

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    • G. B. Marian March 9, 2015 at 6:04 am

      That’s very true! Come to think of it, I ‘ve always sympathized with Loki the most in Norse mythology because it just seems like He always gets the short end of the stick. I’m very glad to know He has many more human companions today than He used to; I remember that back in the 1990s, common Heathen attitudes toward Him were even worse and almost no one was following Him at all, except for a few isolate individuals like Alice Karlsdottir (I hope I got her name right). And when I stop to think about it, I guess darn near all Deities have a scary side to Them, including Yahweh. It’s interesting how the mainstream culture seems to forget this.

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