Set Theory 1.0

Heru and Sutekh

I often get the idea that people don’t understand Balance, and the roles of Heru (Horus) and Sutekh (Set). One of the reasons is undoubtedly that due to the Christian influence on Western civilization we tend to see things in Good/Bad polarities. It’s interesting that most of us can wrap our minds around the different creation stories as being both true and not-true. But we fasten on the “Sutekh killed Ausir and fought Heru for the throne” story as the one true version and let that color our thinking. Heru is Good, and Sutekh is Evil. Maybe that’s not the whole story.ย  Exhibit A and exhibit B.

If people move beyond the Heru Good / Set Bad, they tend to view Heru as order and Sutekh as chaos. That’s a little better, but still, people have difficulty thinking of any positive application of “chaos”, so it’s still bad in their minds. So we still have a balance between good and bad. Not quiteย  right, still. We like order. We like having a steady paycheck. We like having the people we love stick around. Hmmmm.

I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett, and love his Discworld books and other stories. In addition to being entertaining, there is a huge dollop of wisdom sneaked in there. He seems to have an almost Kemetic worldview sometimes. So. Perfect order. His Auditors of Reality come to mind. They make sure the universe is an orderly place. They hate life, imagination, just about anything that isn’t dead and sterile. Let’s get our heads around that as “perfect order.”

My model for that dichotomy is “Static” and “Dynamic”. You can see positives and negatives in both of them, and the balance between both makes sense and feels right.

Let’s take it one step further and think of cosmology. You could think of the ultimate in “Static” as the heat death of the universe (one possible fate, there are several others). Dead stars, dead planets. The ultimate in “Dynamic” was the moment of the Big Bang, when it was too hot for ordinary matter. We could not exist in either- we inhabit the balance between them. You can almost see Sutekh up there, in the front of Ra’s “Millions of Years” barque, spearing Apep and the formless uncreated Nuun that was the pre-universe.

  • Qefathethert

    I always understood the order/chaos thing better. But I don't think of chaos as bad. It is the spark that keeps cool stuff happening.
    Of course, I'm a beloved of Set. So, there ya go.
    Good post! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Seshathotep

    Thanks. I knew you got it already. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Meresaset

    This is pretty much how I see Sutekh. Chaos isn't always bad. It keeps things from going stale. I connect with both with Ausir and Sutekh(but not Heru for whatever reason) and I never had a problem. This post got me thinking I should do a post and/or video on Him. He gets so misunderstood.

  • Seshathotep

    You should! The "Set is Evil" theme is all over the interwebs. Even the facebook Set group has some people like that.

  • Marina

    I never like this idea of 'so-and-so is evil' – in any religion. It's limiting. We are not divided in good and evil – even Hitler was vegetarian and loved children – so why should our Gods be?The only reason why I don't usually work with Suthek is because I think his energy is complicated to deal with. He IS aggressive, he IS chaotic, it's not something that you can easily work with. He must be respected – His power. Aset is a dynamic feminine principle – Suthek is the male one. Wesir is the 'passive' male principle; Neb-het, the female one. All of them are needed in creation, and all of them balance each other other out. There's no good or evil – there's an interplay of forces that happens both in the huge universe that surrounds us and inside our very cells.That is the beauty of creation. To limit Sethek to 'evil' and Heru to 'good' is to look at this beauty through tiny lenses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Seshathotep

    VERY well said!

  • Meresaset

    I joined that group recently, so I know exactly what you're talking about.

  • Setken

    I love the richness that the Netjeru bring to my life and you have articulated well how one aspect of that manifests, particularly in relation to Set. Dua Set!