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Amprodias ~ Fool
Zamradiel ~ Lovers
Characith ~ Chariot
Temphioth ~ Lust
Yamatu ~ Hermit
Kurgasiax ~ Fortune
Lafcursiax ~ Justice
Malkunofat~Hanged Man
Niantiel ~ Death
Saksaksalim ~ Art
A'ano'nin ~Devil
Parfaxitas ~Tower
Tzuflifu ~ Emperor
Qulielfi ~ Moon
Raflifu ~ Sun

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The Irrational taken to the extreme results in perfect freedom, with the ability to perceive pure essence, and to extend consciousness into outré realities.

The Shadow Tarot


"A, the  heart of IAO, dwelleth in ecstasy in the secret place of the thunders. Between Asar and Asi he abideth in joy."

Aleister Crowley, Liber CCXXXI

     "The eleventh path or kala is attributed the element Air and its negative aspect is the demon or shadow known as Amprodias ... This shadow may be evoked by vibrating the name Amprodias in the key of 'E' (Note 1: This should rise from a barely audible susurration to a piercing whistle as of air being forced along a narrow pipe.) ..."

     "The sigil of Amprodias exhibits a gaping mouth typical of the uterus which utters the Word ... "

Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden

excerpted from . . .

The Shadow Tarot 

© Linda Falorio, 1995, 1998

          The image is of the Void from which all manifestation proceeds, disguised as NyarlathotepMad God of the Necronomicon/Lovecraft mythos, Dark-starred Crawling Chaos at the heart of matter lurking just beyond the brink of rational consciousnessMessenger, and Servant, of the Great Old Ones. Here is the Black Hole at the center of the Universe where lies the Great Inane, surrounded by idiot flute players piping the quixotic music of the spheres, as reality, that primal slime, the nuclear chaos of Yog-Sothoth churning beyond human space-time froths into existence.

           The quintile mathematical traditions of the Great Old Ones have transformed the swastika into an inverted five-armed Dorje thunderbolt streaking through the Void, rupturing seamless reality with high voltage electrical blasts. Mole-like hands of the Faceless One, Wordless Utterer, the Voice of Silence, dig deep, penetrating the caverns of the mind with wormlike tendrils, dragging consciousness into Vishudda Chakra to be torn apart by mindless whirlings. This Daäthian violet Gateway to the Inner Void is infested with the nether and averse aspects of erstwhile beguiling fairies. Vampyres, they haunt these chasms of inner space, imprisoning the minds of foolhardy magicians in transparent cells floating through the Void like immense soap bubbles blown by the Fool of the dayside Tarot.

            The trance of this tunnel is "The Universal Joke," i.e.: There is no meaning in existence, the universe is pure caprice,  it is nothing more nor less than an immense practical joke played on its hapless victims. Here, the irrational, taken to the limits of absurdity results in perfect freedom. "Loosening the girders of the soul," the normal chains of cause-effect that bind us to mundane reality, that bind us into the conscious life of the human species, no longer obtain. Thus we float airily above reality freed of prejudice, unclouded by illusion, and able to objectively perceive pure Essence.


A need to work with the energies of Amprodias may be signaled by our experience of sorrow at the cruelty of Nature, by our feeling of despair at its inherent meaninglessness, and by our lacking of perspective and humor when faced with grim reality. On the other end of the scale we may encounter in ourselves or others feelings of contempt for the unenlightened masses, a detachment from ordinary human sorrows, and aloofness from mundane concerns. Thus feeling bored, stuck, restless, and rootless, yet fearing change, we feel apprehension of the future which results in blind clinging to the security of mundane routine.

     Too much unbalanced working here may ultimately result in fragmentation of the ego, in brain-fevered deliriums, perhaps addictions to hyped-up, hypertrophied manic states, which result in high blood pressure, burn out, and exhaustion, especially of the type associated with the effects of repeated extraterrestrial contacts upon the human nervous system.

            Yet if allowed to flow unimpeded by such destructive attitudes, the energy of this 11th Tunnel accelerates our vibratory vitality, enabling us to glimpse alien consciousnesses resident in parallel dimensions, operating at such velocities that we are normally unaware of their existence. Through such accelerated vibratory consciousness, we achieve greatly heightened powers of perception, giving insight into outré mathematics and alternative non-Euclidean geometries and transdimensional realities.

     In the Tunnel of Amprodias we are able to mind-meld with transhuman entities, and to "speak in tongues. Here is true laughter, which is the safeguard of sanity; here is healthy release of tension through the bioenergetic circuit of excitation> tension> release> relaxation> JOY! Here is freedom of thought, energy, courage, and the independence to pursue one's Will.

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