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Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path First Edition Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lodestar; First Edition edition (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885972105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885972101
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been nominated for and not won very prestigious awards. Last year alone I lost both the Shirley Jackson Award and the International Horror Critics Award. I am hoping to not win other awards of note in coming years. I had been cited in Best American Short Stories (as well as 70 other citing in one "best of the year" list or another).

I have had 12 books and about 400 other items published --ranging from poems in Chinese, trucker fiction in Truckers USA, a story in an honest-to-god Norton Anthology, a book on the Greek Magical Papyri, more Cthulhu Mythos stories than Lovecraft himself, a story in a Norwegian anarchist magazine. I have guest-curated at an art museum, shot fireworks professionally, been the head of a pagan religion, and worked in a corndog factory

I was born on Walpurgisnacht (April 30), 1960 in Amarillo, Texas -- a town whose major industry was the assemblage of plutonium enriched parts of atomic weapons. My mother's family had share-cropped at the first ranch in the world to use barbed wire. Mys work has been translated into 12 languages. In 1988 Ie watched a documentary entitled "Satanism in America" --a cheap piece of yellow
journalism that promoted the (now debunked) myth of "Satanic Crime." I was impressed with the calm logical answers of Dr. Michael Aquino and sent him an approving letter. My letter noted that I did not understand how "Working in a group could strengthen individuality." Dr. Aquino humorously
challenged me to join and explain it to them. Eight years later I becamethe High Priest of Set and a Magus (V*) of the Temple. My major Initiator was Dr. Stephen E. Flowers, and I have written four books on Left Hand Path topics for Flowers' Runa Raven Press. In addition to my
prose, I has published a volume of poetry, written lyrics for rock-n-roll songs, and been in a documentary about his home town, _Plutonium Circus_.

My formative teachers include Paulea Patterson, whp taught Latin at Tascosa High School in Amarillo, from whom I gained a love of classics, a high school counselor who told me that because of his ever dyslexia he should not ever even think
of becoming a writer, and Bruce Sterling, Austin Science Fiction writer, who founded the important writers' group Turkey City. I teaches a variety of on-line creative writing classes for UCLA.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tom Seymore on July 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
A concise, reader-friendly treatise on the virtues, vices and practical application of Left Hand Path philosophy, one which encourages constructive antinomianism as a path to positive Self transformation.
Uncle Setnakt talks candidly about the very hard work involved for those taking up the path of the Left, effortlessly weaving a sublime sense of humor and the sobriety of experiential wisdom to underscore key elements of his lessons.
The author also offers numerous suggestions for *practical* application of Left Hand Path principles in the "real world" (including a rather extensive solitary magical rite entitled "The Grand Initiation"), but ultimately leaves the burden of success and fulfilment entirely upon the reader - as it should be. Aside from _Lords of the Left Hand Path_ by Stephen Flowers, I would indeed list this as the ideal starting point for those unfamiliar with Left Hand Path philosophy and practice. Highly recommended!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Perez on January 1, 2001
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Setnakts guide to the LHP provides those few who find that permanent positive change in ones life comes as a result of hard work. This book isn't for everyone. There are no quick fix solutions in its pages but instead a curriculum for becoming more effective in life through increasing awareness of the self and awareness of the world and creating change in both through initiating action . Webb provides the magician/philosopher with a framework for creating change. There are detailed chapters concerning LHP philosophy and others concerning magic. There is even a very useful reading list for the inspired to seek out other effective sources.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Douglas D. Bell on November 11, 2001
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Uncle Setnakt (aka Don Webb, High Priest of the Temple of Set) has put the "left hand path" into a perspective which is probably contradictory to most people's traditional views on the subject. Such fearsome subjects as black magic, "evil" and Satanism are not defined in terms of malevolence, murder and mahem, but rather as a process by which an individual can attain excellence without the necessity of transcendental obeisance or assistance.
My first impression of this book was that it was kind of a "Chicken Soup" amalgam of disciplines, philosophies and exercises which seemed somewhat anathema to stereotypical Left Hand Path traditions. After the initial cursory perusal, I started over again from the beginning and SLOWLY began to assimilate the ideas presented. I began to realize that nearly every sentence had a potency of its own. I was becoming elucidated by the "darkness" and the psychology of "Coming Into Being" began to cohese with my inner being. My synapses were beginning to fire with excitement!
I am now in the process of reading this book again for the third time...this time with empirical intent rather than simply a vicarious mental acknowledgement of the subject.
The information presented in this book will revolutionize your thinking about magic and the LHP. By putting these ideas into practice, you will discover a cognative evolution being manifested in your life. I highly recommend this book for anyone serious about changing their lives and stepping beyond the occultic dungheap passing for magic these days. Thanks Unc!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Altjungr on June 10, 2010
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I would like to start by saying that I am not a Setian nor do I ever plan to be involved with the Temple of Set. That being said, I found this book to be incredibly valuable to my own spiritual path and an important milestone in my dechristianizing.

The wealth of this book lies in its metaphysical model. It proposes a Supreme Being (referred to in the pages as "The Prince Of Darkness" perhaps for shock value) which encourages you to challenge your perceptions instead of accepting what a priest tells you, seek strength instead of weakness, transformation instead of conformity, freedom instead of moral restriction, glorious magic instead of pious toadying, and fulfillment instead of spiritual malaise. It also contains many good resources and suggestions on how to accomplish this.

While magic takes a leading role, the only real ritual in the book is the "Grand Initiation" which is Abramelinesque in its scope. Speaking as someone who has completed the ritual (well, more or less), I can tell you that the promised effects are real, albeit more subtle then most would-be wizards would want them to be. It also develops some good magical habits. If you are interested in this book because it might "betray temple secrets" or teach you how to curse people you don't like, you will be disappointed (though you might want to check out Don Webb's other books like "Mysteries of the Temple of Set" or "The Seven Faces of Darkness"). Despite this, Uncle Setnakt shares some important magical insights that can benefit a wide range of fields. It is a book I come back to again and again.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
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This book is an excellent guide for beginners who are studying the Left-hand Path. For those who want to follow the Path of Nobility, but who do not know where to begin or do not know anyone esle who follows this Path, this book is Essential!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Cranow on December 22, 2014
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No this is not a guide on summoning demons, the devil or some other nefarious entities, rather the book is a guide with pointer on how to be sovereign , independent and more perfect . It is a path that requires hard work and discipline.

The left hand path wants the practitioner to preserve and reinforce their individuality not merge with some puffy fluffy version of god head.

This quest for attainment of sovereignty has four basic goals. Rulership of the inner world, outer world, royal power in the outer world and then inner world .

Humans are like robots with the potential to become gods. We are creatures of habit reacting automatically to symbols. To achieve inner sivereignty we must break the program and force ourselves to do the opposite . We must mock those outer symbols that control us

For Rulership of the outer we must know what we truly like and what we are ready to give up to attain our goals . Not easy when it has been prepackaged and mentally installed on your brain.

royal power in the outer world comes with identifying our fears and over coming them. Within this realm we realize that we are microcosms of a vast universe that has several levels. The surface is where we interact with the universe, medial level is our level
Of programming , core level is our personality and our daemonic level interacts with magical currents of the universe. There are correspondences in the universe . To start the intimate on this path there is a very long intimation ritual that comes complete with diary writing , purification and journaling. It is intense.

At the end of the book are resources for further growth along the path. If you are looking to perfect yourself and become as a god then this is a path you definitely want to research.
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