“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.