In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yours Truly

Who are you, and what’s this place about?

I’m Reverend G.B. Marian, and this is a place for me to discuss my interests. I’m a legally-ordained Pagan minister who loves horror movies and heavy metal music, so In The Desert of Seth tends to be about those three things for the most part.

What’s a Pagan?

I can’t speak for all Pagans, but I use this term (with a capital “P”) for a category of Western spiritualities that hold nature to be sacred somehow, and that are usually inspired by mythology and/or folklore. There are many kinds of Paganism (including Wicca, Druidism, etc.), and there are many ways for Pagans to believe and practice. The tradition that I follow is just one among many.

Are you a Wiccan?

No; but I’m friends with many Wiccans, and I have a lot of respect for Gerald Gardner.

What kind of Pagan are you?

I’m one of four priests in my family who are devoted to a God called SetSeth or Seth-Typhon. We generally refer to ourselves as Typhonians.

Who’s this Seth guy, and what’s all this about a “desert”?

Seth is the Egyptian God of storms and the nighttime sky. He keeps the circle of life in constant motion, preventing the world from collapsing into total inertia. He’s all about slaying the present and protecting the future.

The “Desert of Seth” is the Unknown, which Seth and His children are always ready to explore. Since I like investigating the Unknown and figuring things out for myself, I thought this would be the perfect name for my website.

I thought Seth was the bad guy in Egyptian mythology. Are you some kind of devil worshiper?

No; Seth isn’t exactly an angel, but He’s no devil either. He is credited with killing His brother Osiris in the lore, but a lot of good things happen as a result, including Osiris’ resurrection. Seth was also revered as the Savior of the Sun, who battles a horrific monster every night. If I had to compare Him to any figure in Christian mythology, I’d choose the archangel Michael.

Don’t you think it’s silly to believe in an Egyptian God?

How is it any “sillier” than believing in the Christian God? (Here’s a clue: It’s not.) Besides, I like to think I’m pretty down-to-earth about my beliefs. I don’t take Egyptian mythology literally, and I don’t push for public schools to start teaching it in their science classrooms. I also don’t believe my God wants me to harm or kill anyone for Him (and even if He did, I’d say no). So as far as I’m concerned, biblical Creationists and Islamic jihadists are far more ridiculous than I am.

What do you think happens to us after we die?

I don’t know for sure, but I do think there’s an afterlife. I think there are all kinds of spiritual worlds out there, not just one “heaven” or one “hell.” I also figure it doesn’t matter if you’re a believer or a skeptic; the Gods judge people based on how much good and/or evil they do, not how religious they are.

What exactly do you do as a Pagan minister?

Not as much as I’d like to, but I officiate weddings, and I’ve administered last rites to a dying loved one. My favorite thing to do is cast execration spells to ward off misfortune. Many people approach me for some kind of advice, and I try my best to help them without making them feel like they have to accept my beliefs. That’s pretty much it.

You mentioned that you like horror movies. Aren’t religious people supposed to think that horror movies are “demonic”?

Many do, but not me. On the contrary, I think horror is the one literary and cinematic genre that lends itself most easily to religious interpretation. As a Typhonian, I’m very much enthralled by the ancient theme of order struggling against chaos, and this is the foundation of just about every horror story in existence. Whenever I watch a movie like The Thing (1982) or A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), I’m seeing a human version of the fight between Seth and His arch-nemesis, the Backward Face. In this light, I actually find many horror films to be very inspirational, and I enjoy reviewing my favorite ones with this principle in mind.

What about heavy metal? Isn’t that supposed to be “the devil’s music”?

To be true, there are plenty of metal songs about Satan, demons, and stuff like that. But there’s also plenty of metal that’s about Pagan mythology, Jesus, or even secular things. I like metal because I love the powerful sound and the aggressive image, and a lot of it makes me think about Seth (just like horror movies). You might even say that metal is my “gospel” music! So I review some of my favorite metal albums on this site as well, with an emphasis on what they mean to me as a Pagan.

There’s a lot of stuff on this website that I don’t understand. How can I make sense of all the stuff you talk about?

Honestly, I don’t expect everyone to understand all of it. But to make it a little easier, I’ve compiled a glossary that might be a helpful place to start. I’m always willing to answer questions, too, so feel free to leave comments or use my private contact form whenever there’s confusion.

Where can I go to learn more about Paganism?

Here are some terrific resources you should check out:

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10 responses to “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. ubenmaat August 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Here’s another question for you. Is your WordPress avatar an Eldar?

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  2. Ekunyi August 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I enjoyed reading through this FAQ of sorts! It definitely gave me quite a bit more insight into your spiritual practices and how you worship Seth-Typhon. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. G. B. Marian August 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Just in case any newcomers might come along who might like some more resources to draw upon, I just came across this great list of links on The Twisted Rope. (For those who already knew about it, yes, I admit I’m rather slow. 🙂 ) Some of these websites are already linked on my sidebar, but I haven’t had a chance to look at all of them just yet. Devo’s got a damn fine eye for this sort of thing though, so I wager they’re all pretty great!

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  4. theherdlesswitch October 6, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Love what you did with the site, and enjoyed this little FAQ. : )

    Meno ❤

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  5. Allie November 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for the follow! I’ve had a few interactions with the Kemetic pantheon and they were lovely! I have a great respect for Seth, Thoth, Isis, Osiris, and especially Sekhmet. What great gods!

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  6. Stephanie November 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    hey man! I was looking through your blog and I enjoy it so much I decided to give it a follow 🙂 funny how all of set’s kids are cool dudes 😉 (one of my best friends is a set kid) can’t wait to see more from you!

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