Set (aka Seth, Suti & Sutekh) Brother of Osiris, Isis and Nephthys. Somewhat estranged husband of Nephthys. Son of Nuit and Geb. Murderer of Osiris. He is depicted as a man with the head of an unidentified animal. Some have guessed that the 'Set animal' was some sort of donkey, jackel or dog. He is also associated with the serpent, crocodile, hippopotamus and pig. This animal, whatever it was, has been hunted to the point of extinction. It was a desert predator and had a red coat. For this reason, Set is often associated with red haired people and animals. He is associated with the heat and violent dust storms of the Egyptian desert. He is a hunter by nature and well equipped to live off of the land. Set is said to be a god of drunkeness and war. Followers of Set can be assured that their enemies are his enemies and he will do everything in his power to destroy them. His cult center was located in Ombos. His most villainous side is portrayed in the often mentioned tale of his battle with his brother Osiris and his nephew Horus. For more information, see Osiris' page. For many Set represents the element of limitation. All good things must come to an end, and Set is there perform such a task. This is not necessarily a negative thing. He instigates change where things have grown stagnant, whether it be for good or evil. The distinction is irrelevant to him. In this sense he brings about new beginnings, even if they should arrive unwelcomely. For this reason, he is a god of change, confusion and chaos. During much of Egyptian history Set was a god who struck fear and anger in the hearts of the people. This occurred to the point where people and animals with red hair were shunned and in some case killed because of their 'physical allegiance' to Set. However, during the 19th Dynasty Pharaohs such as Seti I and Ramses II made an attempt at popularizing the worship of Set. Some believe this was due to the fact that the above mentioned Pharaohs had features corresponding to Set, i.e. red hair. It certainly didn't hurt that both pharaohs were famed warriors and gained a lot of territory for the kingdom.
External Links Sympathy for the Original Devil - highly recommended! This is a website entirely devoted to Set. It is presented in a very original, modern and relevant format. Modern Egyptian Ritual Magick - Set Set, Egyptian god of chaos The Battles of Horus and Set ©2006 Fruit of the Nile. All Rights Reserved.
Sacred Days of Set (These dates have been compiled by Reverend Harold Moss and are used here with his permission) 27th of Thuthi [Thoth](August 14) Day of peace between Set and Horus 23rd of Hethara [Hathor](October 9) Ra judges the dispute between Set and Horus 26th of Hethara [Hathor](October 12) Red Land given to Set 3rd of Mechir (December 18) Set goes forth 17th of Parmuti (March 2) Set goes forth The 3rd Epagomenal day (July 16) Birthday of Set Note: The Ancient Egyptian calendar is still a topic of much debate. Some accounts give July 4 as the 3rd Epagomenal day; While others place this date in early to mid August. Other Gods