Typhonian – what does it mean?

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What is a Typhonian? A new magical tradition also a spiritual path but one with ancient antecedents. In this sense like Babalon, Baphomet, & Babi.

Typhon is name of ancient Greek evil supernatural entity used by them as an overlay onto Egyptian Seth. They didn’t have that much in common though at that moment at end of pharaonic culture they obviously thought they did.

The Egyptian scribe-magicians recorded the name Typhon in their spells alongside that of Seth whilst at same time indicating in code that Seth was the real name with power.

The move associated many attributes of Typhon, who is almost wholly negative with Egyptian Seth, who does or did have many positive roles as “Lord of power & might”.

His is an all seeing, powerful eye that makes him the only deity who can stare Apophis, the personification of chaos & destruction, in the eye & not be paralyzed by its evil void.

In the 20th century neopagan revival the ancient cult of Seth began to reemerge in the magical discourse but under the Greek name Typhon. Not too obvious in Crowley but his disciples, such as Kenneth Grant, thought they perceived his presence as a hidden god, which seems appropriate.

The revivalists also influenced by inspired but flawed interpretations of Egyptian culture from Victorian theosophical authors such as Gerald Massey who relied heavily on Greek pov – Egyptological material on these myths being less widely known at that time…

So, apart from historical stuff what does a post modern Typhonian actually believe or do – & how does Apophis fit into the picture? Is he or she yet another name for Seth?

“Be not unaware of me oh Seth, if you know me, I shall know you” is the ancient spell, his aloof secretive nature who knows not just what he knows but secret identities of all others.

Seth, being a monstrous soul, is the most psychologically important of the ancient ones, certainly those that have a name. His companions look like demons, but ultimately these are more useful to us than the angels, approached wisely that is.

Typhonian magick, purports to go beyond conventional morality and the politically correct, and this is reflected in the “demonic” systems with which it is often associated. The Picatrix would probably be a typical typhonian text but there again, as its Arabic title alerts us, beneath all this is the “Goal of the Wise” – an individual gnostic quest for wisdom, knowledge, self mastery, for which one must sometimes descend into hell, or the underworld, the territory of Seth.

So a Typhonian is one who descends into void, or into hell if you like, who explores the weirder byways of magick and enters the dark and the nightside, not just for the hell of it but on the firm conviction that there, and perhaps only there, will they encounter the knowledge, inspiration and love, they and their world needs. (Mogg Morgan)

Don Webb

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Interviewed by John Wisniewski

Could you tell us about writing your latest Vampires psychic energy. What interested you in this subject?

My first serious interaction with the “occult” was the popular neo-shamanism of the 1980s – glowing light bodies perceived with the aid of drugs and a rather media-driven idea of energy (owing more to Star Trek than say the Vedas). When I had cleaned up my life, foresworn chemical aides and was seeking to explore human potential while keeping jobs and marriage I began exploring ritual magick in the context of the Temple of Set. The Temple’s Order of the Vampyre utilized “empty hand” methods involving attention, passion, glamour, atmosphere etc. The earlier (somewhat manic) methods I had used were directly applicable here WITHOUT drugs. I began a hybrid method of the Order of the Vampyre’s approach, legitimate scholarly studies of shamanism and my wild youth to develop an eclectic and pragmatic approach to the notion of energy magick. I taught it privately to my own students (beginning about 1991) and decided to teach it to a larger group.

When did you become interested in occult subjects, Don?

The Unknown knocked on my door three times. As a child I was entranced by occult media and became proficient in scaring my chums by performing seances. Puberty came and with other interests. In my early twenties I played with neo-shamanism – with mixed results. The most disappointing thing was seeing that all the humans I met with similar interests either were without morals, mentally ill or rationally impaired. I performed a Working of the Intention, “Send me to a Teacher or I’m done.” When I was 23. Economic circumstances sent me to Austin, Texas. I foreswore any occult/esoteric activities for six years, then a set of coincidences lead me to meeting. Dr. Stephen Flowers.

When did you write your first book?

My first book was Uncle Ovid’s Exercise Book which won the Fiction Collective prize in 1989, judged by Rodolfo Ayana. My first occult book was The Seven Faces of Darkness a study of Set-Typhon in the Greek Magical Papyri which came out in 1994.

Please tell us about Overthrowing the Old Gods Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law? What did Aleister want to tell us about writing Book of the Law?

In 2004 a rather silly thread of emails appeared on an internal mailing list of the Temple of Set abut Crowley. In order to clear up some misinformation I responded with 31 short essays about notions that I perceived as important but overlooked or misunderstood about Aleister. I assumed that would be more or less my final word on the subject. My Teacher, Dr. Flowers ran a small press (then called Runa Raven Press) and I brought out a chapbook of these essays called The Fire and the Force. Dr. Flowers had a rather unscrupulous associate who told me that almost no copies of the chapbook sold and I pursued other lines of study. However a small group of Setians wanted to explore the notions in my mini-book and asked me to provide a platform to explore these ideas. I created a temporary study group (called an element in Setian jargon) to explore these ideas from the point of view of philosophy, pragmatics (or in today’s lingo “success magic”), and scholarly Egyptology. We did a 93 day working (31 days for each facet) and shared our results with the Temple. The members asked for a second 9g3 day Working, devoted to Set, Horus and Mehen (one of the forms of the conjoined Set-Horus entity). . I upgraded the Element into a permanent group the Order of the Hawk Faced Lord. I pitched a book on our ideas to Inner Traditions including a commentary on the Book of the Law, one of the few forbidden acts in Thelema.

Aleister needed a message from Beyond – he was about to give up the occult and start a normal married life. His honeymoon in Cairo was a last fling. Yet going to the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid with its airshaft aimed at the Big Dipper, or as the Egyptians would say the Thigh of Set, he aligned his inner needs and a cosmic purpose perfectly. Getting a revealed text is the first part. Changing your life by decoding such a text through word, thought and especially deed is the second part. Teaching others your insights is the third part. Then presenting them with your text is the fourth part. If your students can then use the text is the fifth part. Only in all of these can we say Aleister was trying to tell us something – the same message he was trying to tell himself. His message was:

a. Work on developing yourself, be hard
b. Use the fruits of your labor to improve mankind
c. While you do this, the universe will present you mysteries
d. Pursue those with the same unbending intent as in “a” above
e. Eventually an infallible internal oracle will arise
f. Trust that oracle over social conventions and received ideas
g. If you do so Victory is inevitable although difficult
h. Methods of the East (especially yoga) and the West (Especially Golden Dawn) will help. Drugs and dirty, dirty sex will also help.
i. In the meantime let me have your wallet, arse and girlfriend
j. I am a better poet than Yates
k. Spell “magic” as “Magick” there’s some great multi-lingual puns and numerology involved – trust me I am the Great Beast
A-G is pretty dead on. I-K is a little questionable.

When did you join The temple of Set, and could you tell us about writing
Mysteries of The Temple of Set?

I joined the Temple of Set in 1989. The Temple takes years to work through its grades, with the exception of Dr. Flowers, who obtained the Grade of Magus in seven years and – um me, who obtained the Grade of Magus in seven years and became the High Priest in 1996. The Temple had shunned publicity – so when an anti-esoteric backlash called the “Satanic Panic” began there was nothing about us in the world – making us a target for the most lurid tabloid remarks. As High Priest I decided to address some misconceptions plus add certain aspects of my Utterance of Xeper, the eternal word of Set, I wrote a few essays plus added a selection of my columns from the church newsletter the Scroll of Set. _Mysteries of the Temple of Set_ is the third volume of my Teachings as Magus. The others are The Seven Faces of Darkness, Uncle Setnakt’s Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path, and Uncle SetNakt’s Nightbook_. The first deals with Set and Set-Typhon in Antiquity, the second with the transcendental branch of the Western Left Hand Path, the third with the basic theology and ontology of the Temple of Set, and the last deeply esoteric related to the other three as well as an examination of my own revealed text, The Book of the Heb-Sed. With _Overthrowing the Old Gods_ I began a new set of Teachings connected with my role of Ipsissimus.

Please tell us about writing Starry wisdom. What interests you about
the writings of H. P. Lovecraft?

In 1982 I took a class called “Writing the Science Fiction Story.” You could get an “A” by writing a story or doing a research paper. I found writing a story to be much easier so I produced a dreadful Lovecraftian pastiche “Diary found in an Abandoned Jeep.” Submitting to a magazine brought an instant offer of publication – which never actually occurred, but did lead me to try my hand at Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror writing Over the years I’ve stories in Amazing, Analog, Asimov’s, Interzone, Weird Tales (and hundreds of other places). Lovecraft appealed to me deeply because he: A) wrote in a variety of styles from lyric fantasy to science fiction B) utilized the idea of forbidden books and forgotten ruins C) helped put other writers D) created strange hoax-like situations by putting his ideas into the stories of other writers, borrowing other writers’ mythologies, and letting us friends use his and E) using a character named Webb in “The Call of Cthulhu.”

Lovecraft’s highly alien, beyond good and evil, blend of weird magick and strange science is very appealing for the human magician bored with conventional occultism. I have had a few collections of my Lovecraftian tales issued. The Washington Post said you should read my latest collection Building Strange Temples and frankly who am I to argue with the Washington Post?

What will your next book be about, Don?

I just turned in the manuscript for _A Year of Living Magically_ to Inner Traditions, It is a year-long training manual. I am working on a book of magical theory and a biography of Dr, Michael A. Aquino as my next two esoteric projects, although I may write a book on writing horror fiction based on my horror class that I’ve taught annually since 2002 at UCLA Extension.

Horus’s Protection

Horus’s protection is that of Him in the Sun-Disk, who lights the Two Lands with the light of his eyes-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of Nut’s oldest son, who regulates the conduct of what is and what isn’t-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of that great Traveller, who goes around the Two Lands at twilight-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the Lion in the night, who sails at the front of the sunset mountain-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the great hidden Ram, who goes around through his sacred eyes-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the great Falcon, who hovers in the sky, earth, and the Netherworld-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the great worthy Scarab, who flies in Nut-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the secret Corpse in his shape of one who is in his sarcophagus-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the Netherworlder of the Two Lands, who goes around in the above, with secret features-and the protection of the afflicted as well.
Horus’s protection is that of the divine Phoenix, who climbs through his sacred eyes-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of his own body, with the magic of his mother Isis protecting it-
(and the protection of the afflicted as well).

Horus’s protection is that of the identities of his father in his cult in the nomes-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of the mourning of his mother and the cries of his brother-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

Horus’s protection is that of his own identity, which the gods serve by helping him-
and the protection of the afflicted as well.

“Awaken, Horus! Your protection is established. You should make the heart of your mother happy. Horus’s voice will lift up hearts when he has calmed her who was worried. Let your hearts be glad, you who are in Nut (the sky), for Horus has avenged his father.

 

 

Translated from Metternich Stela by A H Allen 

Originally uttered as the protection spell for Horus among the crocodiles, makes a good invocation of the power of Horus in any appropriate context

Amduat: The Great Awakening

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By guest Blogger Diana Kreikamp

The ancient Egyptian Amduat is an important funeral text with twelve illustrations from Egyptian antiquity that describes the journey after life.

The Amduat tells the story of the Sungod Râ as he travels through the twelve hours of the night. At the end of the day the sun has lost his power to shine. Aged and exhausted Râ sinks beneath the horizon of the West. The sun has died and the world becomes shrouded in darkness. Then, twelve hours later, the sun arises again from the horizon of the East. Râ is reborn and his renewed appearance returns the light to the world. Thus, Râ has transformed death into a new life.

The extraordinary thing about the Amduat is the fact that the transformation process of the death and subsequent rebirth of Râ, has been described and depicted in twelve phases, or hours. The Amduat sends a clear message that death isn’t the end. Death is simply a transition from the old into a new phase; a new life. This grants men insight and trust in the mysteries surrounding death. It is clear that the Amduat is so much more than a simple mythical story telling the nightly voyage of the sun.

The Duat

The word Amduat means; “Book of the Hidden Chambre”. The word can also be translated as “What is in the Duat”. When a person dies, their soul goes to an area known as the Duat. After sundown, the Sungod Râ disappears in the Duat to start his journey through the First Hour of the night. The Sungod sails on a river through this nightly landscape on his boat. There are various Gods and animals standing on both sides of this river to support Râ during his journey. However, there also are creatures there intending to destroy Râ.

Every hour is inhabited by different beings and has a different landscape. For example, one such hour is dominated by a dry dessert whereas another one contains an abundance of water. The twelve hour journey proves to be full of challenges. Râ has to brave many counteracting forces to eventually become reborn at the end of the Twelfth Hour in the Eastern horizon.

Universal journey

To understand the ancient symbolical language of the Amduat, I completed many years of research and translated various old hieroglyphic texts anew to properly understand the underlying message. During ten years I meditated daily using the texts and images of the Amduat. The Egyptian heritage centers on spirituality and goes far beyond the layer of rational thinking. Back then, life was about making contact with the Divine through worship and servitude of the Gods in the many temples.

Meditation exceeds rational thinking and allows you to descend into the dimension beyond the visible and tangible earthly life. You connect with a different layer of knowledge that lies deep within the sub consciousness. In doing so, I discovered that the nightly voyage of the Sungod is a symbolical reference to the universal journey of mankind.

Raising awareness

The sun, or the light, is the symbol of consciousness and of the higher aspect of oneself. On a more profound layer, the journey through the Duat is a voyage that makes one aware of his True Self. The Duat symbolises our inner world, or our sub consciousness. In order to become aware of it, we have to descend into our inner world. The knowledge we gain while there, can be brought up so we can reflect it to the knowledge in the world outside of ourselves. The reflection of two opposites gifts us a reference and allows our consciousness to expand, or our awareness to rise.

During our lives, we develop ourselves as a child into adulthood, which makes our consciousness grow naturally. Each time, old perspectives and convictions are let go to make place for a renewed vision and consciousness. This makes us grow and become more aware of who we are and our place in the world.

However, there lies the paradox since this natural process of becoming aware usually happens unconsciously. Most people live their lives without knowing exactly who they are. The connection with the true core, or their Higher Self, is on a subconscious level. Every human being has to follow their own path. When we are conscious of the higher aspect of ourselves, then our inner Sungod can take the lead. Then we can connect and identify ourselves with the hidden light within and use it as our inner power. The Knowledge of our Self reveals our unique talents that can subsequently be put to use in your daily lives to complete the tasks we are meant to do.

Spiritual system

The Amduat contains an ingenious system that we can use to become aware of who we truly are. It teaches us to connect with our True Self to awaken in a higher plane of consciousness. By following the sun through the twelve hours of the night, we are brought back to our core and make contact with our own inner Sungod, the Higher Self. On the way, inner blockades need to be cleared that otherwise impede the descent into our true core. Every time again a layer is scraped off in your inner being, similar to polishing a diamond in the rough.

This is an intense process for during this journey your True Self is revealed. Of course, this sounds fantastic. However, do be aware that the confrontation with this light aspect will have the same impact as the confrontations with the shadow part of yourself. We are inclined to deny both sides and to turn a blind eye to the truth.

Death and rebirth

The journey through the twelve hours of the night is an initiation during which a transition takes place. The old consciousness is dissolved and transformed in the rebirth and awakening of a new consciousness. This is why it is a journey of life and death. During our life, only our old consciousness dies to make place for the birth of a renewed self. We no longer are the child we once were, nor the same person we were yesterday. We have transformed ourselves again and again into a renewed version of ourselves.

When working with the Amduat, we simultaneously learn to die in a befitting manner at the end of our lives. That is the moment when we truly experience the journey to rebirth. Therefore, the voyage through the Duat is destined for both the deceased and any living soul on earth.

Meditation

Even though the Amduat is thousands of years old, the system is still applicable now. In my book I explain the voyage of the sun in great detail. Each hour is described from an academic as well as an esoteric perspective. By bridging the gap between rational and inner knowledge, you are able to gain a more profound understanding. Furthermore, every hour I explain the process of transformation that you will experience when you partake in the journey through meditation.

The Amduat contains many texts and hundreds of Deities to focus your meditation on. These Deities are gateways that open when you focus your attention on them. All of them are reflections of your inner being and set something in motion within you. The resulting inner images then take on a tangible form in real life as well. They subject you to trials and hold up a mirror to you. Each hour has its own energy and specific effect on you. Step by step, you learn to look beyond the outer layers and make contact with the true reality hidden underneath. That is how the Amduat provides a system to stimulate the process of raising awareness in a structured manner.

Diana Kreikamp

Reading the book

Do you want to dive into the heritage of the ancient Egyptians; the Amduat? Then read the book; Amduat: The Great Awakening. It contains the nightly voyage through the Duat in much detail as well as a wealth of information about the ancient Egyptian tradition.

Diana Kreikamp, “Amduat: The Great Awakening”.
(Released in May 2021)