Happy Friday the 13th, and BE NICE TO BLACK CATS!

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For me and other Setians of the LV-426 Tradition, Friday the 13th is a holy day. It’s a time for celebrating Set’s more destructive but entirely necessary role in the Osirian drama. As the story goes, Set drowns and dismembers Osiris into 14 pieces. He buries 13 of these pieces throughout the universe, and He keeps the final piece (Osiris’ genitals) for Himself. But as traumatic as this theological event may be, it is actually a good thing, for it is what catalyzes Osiris’ resurrection. The god who rises from death can’t rise from death unless he is killed first. People often think of Set as the “villain” in this story, but this ignores the fact that Set wasn’t really demonized in Egypt for what He does with Osiris. (When He was finally demonized and rejected from the pantheon for good, it was because Egypt had been taken over by foreigners.) On the contrary, there is a story in the Pyramid Texts about Horus and Set both helping Osiris to climb the ladder of heaven and walk in eternity. The truth is that “killing” Osiris is just Set’s way of facilitating his ascension. A much better way to understand Their relationship is by likening Set to a gardener and Osiris to a rosebush. If the gardener doesn’t want the bush to go to seed, he needs to trim it regularly, which in turn will cause it to shoot new blooms.

The lesson here is that all things must change and be transformed, without exception. Nothing will ever remain the same, and this is often a very painful truth for most people. Even when things are actually quite bad for us, we prefer to stick with “the devil you know” instead of taking any risks and venturing into parts unknown. This is an entirely natural disposition that even most Setians will exhibit. But life has a way of forcing change and transformation upon us despite all of our best efforts to conserve and keep things the same, and in the end this is actually good for us because it is an opportunity for growth. On Friday the 13th, my coven mates and I give thanks to Set for slaying Osiris and for challenging us whenever He thinks we need to be challenged, regardless of how unpleasant the experience might be in context. We also give thanks to Osiris for giving his life so that the wheel of life can stay in constant motion.

The most potent symbol for Friday the 13th is the black cat. The idea that these creatures are somehow “unlucky” is completely nonsensical to me. In many ancient cultures, especially Egypt, cats were considered to be sacred. People believed they were terrifying to demons, who would steer clear from any family’s home that was protected by a cat. And for the Egyptians, black was never an “evil” color. Since it was the color of the rich, fertile soil of the Nile Valley, it was associated with fertility, prosperity, and good fortune. So if you had a black cat, you could expect to see more good luck in your life than bad. The cat would keep evil spirits from harassing your family, and the color of its fur would ensure that your family would always have food and shelter. So if you see a black cat today, BE NICE TO IT. Give it some treats and a friendly pat (if he or she will let you). Do this, and something good will happen to you sometime in the next 24 hours. Try it and see!

And as for all you sick fucks out there who like to hurt black cats on Friday the 13th…I pray to Set, Sekhmet, Ishtar, and Bast that you will electrocute yourselves in your kitchens, drown yourselves in your swimming pools, or bleed internally from your asses until you die. I hope all of your loved ones abandon you. I hope your houses will be foreclosed on, or that you will be evicted from your apartments. I pray that you will lose your jobs and your health insurance. If you’re women, I hope your wombs dry up; if you’re men, I hope your testicles fall off. And when you finally get snuffed, I hope you get sent to some hell where the ghosts of the black cats you harmed can have their way with you.

Happy Friday the 13th!

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