peppercat888 asked: hello, so I'm wondering how I would go about communicating with Set? I really want to reach out to Him and start forming a relationship (? I'm not sure if that's the right term..) with Him but I don't know where to start. I would hope that He communicates with me once I reach out to Him but how will I know if He is? are there any signs I should look out for? and how would I start by reaching out to Him in the first place? an offering (like what?)? I'm new to this so I would love any help thanks
Well the beauty of talking with Set is that he tends to shy away from subtle. So if you like being hit upside the head with clue-by-fours, he’s your deity.
I recommend reading this post for ideas on reaching out to him.
A list of approved offerings can be found here. If you want Set specific offerings, I’d say:
- balls (upside down heart)
- Phallic symbols
- anything gold, shiny or tacky
- dark chocolate baked goods (UPG)
- rich foods (UPG)
There are lots of other things I could go into, but I’d recommend you start simple. Then you can work your way up from there.
As for whether he responds or what to look for? That’s all gonna vary. Each person’s ability to communicate is going to vary, and the symbols a deity uses is going to be different for each person, too. I recommend taking a look at this post on more about communicating with the Unseen. Remember that not everyone has an easy time with communicating with gods or spirits, etc. It’s perfectly normal not to hear back from them. There are lots of people who have fulfilling religious practices without a working “god phone”.
Above all, I recommend you take your time. Learn about the gods and the religion. Get to understand how it all works. It’ll make your relationship with him even more meaningful if you can get behind the cultural/religious structure that he exists within.
Hope that helps some.
Anonymous asked: Do you have a list of Set's epithets or know where I can find one?
To the best of my knowledge, there is no complete list of epithets for him. I conferred with a friend, and here are some epithets that could be remembered:
- Powerful of Foreleg
- He-of-Gold-Town (Nubti)
- Great-of-Strength (Aapehti) / He-of-Twofold-Strength
- Lord of the Oasis/Town
- Foreteller of Speech (followed by “Who comes forth from Wensy/Wenes, I have not caused disturbance” — comes from the Declaration of Innocence Before the Gods of the Tribunal.)
- The Inebriated One / The One Who Causes You to be Drunk (Sutekh)
- Lord of Sepermeru (one of Set’s most important cult centers during the Ramesside Period)
- Lord of the Northern Sky (He’s associated with the circumpolar stars, the Imperishable Stars (Ikhemw-sek))
- Lord of (Ta-)Shemau (Upper Egypt)
- Lord of the Desert/Red Land (also a reference to wind; Meeks, Rundle-Clark, and I believe Te Velde all talk about Set as God of the wind. Meeks also talks about the desert and its relation to Set knowing the Nubian language, which Heru-sa-Aset did not)
- The Red Lord
- He-Before-Whom-the-Sky-Trembles / Voice of the Thunder
Hope that helps.