A II* Perspective
- by -
Curt Rowlett II*
[EDITOR'S NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY AN ADEPT OF THE
TEMPLE OF SET AFTER HAVING RETURNED FROM HIS FIRST TEMPLE CONCLAVE. THE
REFERENCES TO IT BEING AN UNDERGROUND GATHERING ARE FROM THE PROBLEMS
THE TEMPLE ENCOUNTERED PRIOR TO OUR ARRIVAL THERE. OUR PREVIOUS
CONCLAVE IN NEW ORLEANS WAS AN EASY AND FRIENDLY ONE WITH THE HOTEL
OFFERING EVERY ASSISTANCE AND CONSIDERATION. THEN, TWO YEARS LATER, THE
HOTEL RECEIVED ANONYMOUS THREATS IF THEY ALLOWED THE EVIL BLACK
MAGICIANS OF THE TEMPLE OF SET TO MEET THERE. ONE OF OUR MASTERS OF THE
TEMPLE CANCELLED EVERYONE'S RESERVATIONS AND WE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER
HOTEL WITHOUT GATHERING UNDER ANY CERTAIN NAME. I MYSELF SHOWED UP IN
CLERICAL ATTIRE WITH WHITE COLLAR INSERT AND CALMLY HEADED THE GROUP OF
SETIANS FIRST DEGREE, ADEPTS, PRIESTS AND PRIESTESSES, AND MASTERS OF
THE TEMPLE INTO JACKSON SQUARE WHERE WE ENJOYED THE FIRST THE COMPANY
OF ONE ANOTHER AND THEN WENT OUT TO THE FRENCH QUARTER TO SHOP AND
SIGHTSEE! THE ADEPT WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED TO THE
PRIESTHOOD OF SET BETWEEN THEN AND NOW. HIS ARTICLE IS ONE I PERSONALLY
ENJOYED SINCE IT RELATES WHAT A NEW INITIATE EXPERIENCED IN HIS FIRST
TEMPLE OF SET GATHERING.- JAMES LEWIS, SETIAN AND EDITOR OF THE TRAIL
OF THE SERPENT.]
Once again Setians have proved that nothing can stand in the way of
Black Magicians who have an objective in sight and the force of Will to
I'm speaking of the Temple of Set "Non-Clave" in New Orleans which
proceeded despite human opposition to the contrary.
Set-X was my first Conclave and my first chance to finally meet those
Initiates with whom I have been corresponding for the past 18 months. I
do not speak lightly when I say that I've never been more happy,
relaxed, and stimulated with a large group of people in my entire life.
My only regret is that the five days of Conclave passed too quickly and
that I didn't have enough time to meet and talk with all Initiates
present on an individual basis.
The wedding ceremony of Priest Mann and Setian Karen Revay was beautiful
and elegant and I hope they will have many happy and Magical years
(Zur Hochzeit alles Gute, viel Gluck fur die zukunft.)
The absence of Ipsissimus and Magistra Aquino was a disappointment, but
understandable due to the present hysteria surrounding the Temple of
Set. I had looked forward to meeting them both, but I'm sure my
disappointment was small compared to theirs at not being able to attend.
Several of our British Initiates were in attendance, however, and as a
body were impressive with their Magical knowledge and Understanding.
Their resilience at having weathered the first cancellation of Set-X and
the subsequent witch hunt that followed is commendable. Congratulations
to Priest Austen, Adept Richard Saunders, and Adept Vivian West on their
I'd like to take some time here to thank some of the Setians who worked
overtime to present a successful working environment:
Magistra Flowers for creating a wonderfully atmospheric main ritual that
still has me tingling all over; also the same to all the participants
Magister Wade for the interesting and informative workshop on hypnosis.
Magister Neilly for the good conversation and advice.
Ipsissimus Lewis for his friendship and ability to handle any crisis,
large or small.
And finally, all those Setians who worked hard and were kind enough to
make a relative newcomer feel at ease.
The only negative effect that I've noticed since New Orleans and Set-X
is the fact that I'm having almost to re-learn how to handle being
around large groups of humans again, my normal social defenses and
character armor were put on pause during Set-X and are slightly
In summation, Non-Clave New Orleans, despite the inconvenience of being
forced to go underground (which, in a way, added to the fun) was all
that I hoped it would be.
I look forward to future Conclaves and as always, to the Black Magic and
Essence of Set that binds us all together.
Published September, XXIV AS (1989 ce), Vol. VI, No 9.
of the TRAIL OF THE SERPENT. Uploaded with the permission
of the author. Mr. Rowlett can be contacted through Post
Office Box 723, Baxley, GA 31513. Letters sent there will
be forwarded to him.