From the desert you came
Stripped my plans
Till I was dust enough to enter the lesser gate
Whakapapa: the poem evolved from a ‘saying’ from the Self: ‘The Seth of the Self’ (22/3/13). When I received this ‘saying’ I had no comprehension as to what ‘the Seth’ meant; though I did have a sense that ‘the Seth’ was a complimentary opposite of the Self, which somehow completed the Self. When I looked up ‘Seth’ on the internet (see link below) & I discovered Seth was an early Egyptian god. He was the god of: chaos, confusion, storms, wind, the desert and foreign lands. The hieroglyph for Seth was used in words like: ‘turmoil’, ‘illness’, ‘confusion’, ‘storm’ and ‘rage.’ One of the Pyramid Texts says: ‘Horus has seized Seth. He has put him beneath you, so he can lift you up. He will groan beneath you as an earthquake…’ Pyramid Texts 356. (Horus was the god of the rulers, the pharaohs, the law, war, young men, the light, the sun.) This tells me the Self has two complimentary sides. There is the side of light & order, (This would be the ‘Horus of the Self’). The Self also has a side of chaos & confusion which works with the side of light and order. The text shows the two sides of the Self working together harmoniously together. The side of light and order (Horus) seizes the side of confusion, turmoil & chaos (Seth) and ‘puts him beneath a person so he can lift her or him up.’ The ‘Seth of the Self’ works within, (or sometimes even creates) the chaos, confusion & turmoil we experience at difficult & painful times in our lives. However the Self’s motive is: ‘So he can lift you up.’ The Self is always working for our higher good, though the ego, in its pain & confusion, often fails to comprehend the hand of the Self in its dark times. This ‘working for our higher good’ is reinforced by Seth, being the only god in Egypt who had the power to destroy ‘Aped.’ ‘Aped’ was the ancient spirit of evil and destruction who dwelt in eternal darkness. We could say then ‘The Seth of Self’ is the more powerful side of the Self which has the ultimate power to defeat the powers of evil & darkness in order to bring Life and Light.
I am grateful to Caroline Seawright for her article:
‘Set, (Seth) God of storms, slayer of Apep, equal to and rival of Horus.’