Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, U.S. Army retired and founder of Temple of Set has died by suicide

Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, U.S. Army retired and founder of Temple of Set has died by suicide

Michael Aquino Death – Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, U.S. Army retired and founder of Temple of Set has tragically passed away. Michael died from an apparent suicide. Michael Aquino was a retired Lt. Colonel, in Psychological Operations, United States Army.

He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; Defense Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency; Foreign Service Institute, Department of State; United States Army Special Warfare Center, United States Army Command and General Staff College; United States Army Intelligence School; and United States Army Space Institute.

Michael was decorated with Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 times), Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, USAF Space & Missile Badge, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Psychological Warfare Medal (First Class), and Air Service Medal (Honor Grade).

The University of California, Santa Barbara awarded him a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Political Science, as well as an M.P.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University. As an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Golden Gate University, he has taught. He was a former National Commander of the Eagle Scout Honor Society and a winner of its Knight Eagle Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Order of the Arrow’s Vigil Honor and the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity’s Distinguished Service Key.

Following his retirement as a US government servant in 2006, he was appointed as the 13th Baron of Rachane, Argyllshire by Scotland’s Lord Lyon King of Arms. He belongs to Clan Campbell. He has been a Priest of the ancient Egyptian god Set since 1975, and he was the High Priest of the International Temple of Set until 1996.

Temple of Set

Michael Aquino, an American political scientist, military officer, and high-ranking member of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, founded the Temple in the United States in 1975. Dissatisfied with LaVey’s administration of the Church, Aquino quit and, according to his account, began a ceremony to conjure Satan, who revealed to him a sacred manuscript called The Book of Coming Forth by Night.

According to Aquino, Satan revealed his true identity in this work to be Set, the name used by his disciples in ancient Egypt. Aquino was joined in forming the Temple by several other disgruntled members of LaVey’s Church, and different Setian groups sprang up around the country.

Setians believe that Set is the one true deity and that he has benefited humans by bestowing the “Black Flame,” which distinguishes them from other animal species, on them. Set is revered as a teacher whose example should be followed, but he is not worshiped as a deity.

The Temple, which has an individualistic foundation, supports the idea that practitioners should seek self-deification and therefore achieve awareness of immortality. Setians believe in the presence of magic as a force that may be used through ritual, although the Temple does not specify the nature of these rituals. Aquino labeled Setian rituals as “black magic,” a phrase he defines idiosyncratically.

Following Temple initiation, a Setian can advance through a sequence of six degrees, each of which demands increased duties to the community; as a result, the majority of members remain in the first two degrees.

The Temple, which is governed by a high priest or high priestess and a larger Council of Nine, is also divided into groupings known as pylons, where Setians might meet or correspond to further their magical activity in a specific area. Pylons of the Temple can currently be found across the United States, Australia, and Europe, with the Temple’s membership estimated to be between 200 and 500.

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