In the 12th Tunnel of Baratchial, the mocking Ape of
Thoth has deposed The Magus of Power of Dayside Tarots, instinctually manipulating the
Elements of Formationnot elements of solar consciousness, but those of the Dark
Sciences of the Voidto dissolve ego, alter consciousness, and to see beyond the veil
that separates the Worlds.
The first element of Fire here takes the form of Amanita Muscaria"Fly Agaric" sprung from lightning, Flesh of the gods, which was a divinely
given means of traveling with Them, used since ancient times by witches, sorcerers, and
The element of Water appears in the guise of Bufo Marinus, whose
toxic propertiesbufo genin, bufotoxin, and bufoteninewhich are extracted by
boiling in oil, are 150 times more powerful a heart stimulant than curare. This sea toad
extract, known to the Chinese as "Ch'an su""toad venom"was
used as an hallucinogenic snuff by the Amazon Indians of the Upper Orinoco. Remains of
this toxic substance were found at Cozumel, where the Mayan priesthood used this
hallucinogen's ingestion to worship their fierce rain-god Tlaloc.
The element of Air is represented by the Crapaud de
Mer, the "puffer fish" known for its ability to puff its body up with air.
The puffer fish, also known as the blow fish, sea squab, or "fugu," yields
tetrodotoxin, a deadly neurotoxin 160,000 times more potent than cocaine. This chemical
has been known to create a living death, imprisoning the active and aware intelligence and
consciousness in a physically unresponsive body. Prepared as the Japanese culinary
delicacy sushi , it imparts to the gourmet diner the added intoxication of a (usually!)
successful brush with death. The uses of the puffer fish in ritual zombification can be
easily understood, and is very ancient, remains having been found in Egyptian tombs of the
Ti (5th) Dynasty.
The element of Earth is imparted by a human skull and tibia
shavings, both traditional ingredients of dark preparations. The cauldron, which is
the womb in which all these elements combine into a hell-broth, is of a design of the
ancient Anasazi people of the American Southwest, who entered our dimensional world
through the first kiva's sipapu, climbing into Time, only to mysteriously disappearing
once more into the transdimensional Void.
The fifth element of Spirit is represented by Witches and
Wizards, who appear as smoke illusions born of this hellish brew. They are drawn upward by
the transcosmic forces sweeping from the pathways of the Great Inane, and are sucked at
last into the Void, the Ain, the Unwinking Eye that is the ultimate OBLIVION.
is the Tunnel of Dark Science, where witch doctors search for bioactive preparations to
subtly affect the human psyche, where pharmacologists search for new drugs deep in
Amazonian forests, where scientists search for new elements which may be stably combined
only via the weightlessness of interstellar space, and where lies the constant search for
new ways to chemically manipulate the environment and ourselves, for peace, and for war.
The need to work with the energies of Baratchial may be signaled
by experiencing feelings of inordinate investment in the individual ego and its products,
such as are mirrored in the idee fixeι that "Man is the Crown of
Creation." Here too, we encounter those who cling to solar consciousness, being
absolutely horrified at the thought of any suggestion of experimentation with altered
realities, either by others or themselves.
For in this Tunnel is power of the Psychonaut extraordinaire.
Here is the power to realize consciousness and ego as by-products of biochemistry,
affected by the individual subconscious mind, affected by the collective unconscious, and
affected by the animal nature, the "little self." Here we find the power to
willfully manipulate consciousness through biochemical means, in order to explore unknown
worlds within. In this way we seek our evolution into far unknown future selves,
deliberately mutating consciousness by absorbing cosmic rays of "infinitely corroding
light" into the unshielded, yielding psyche.
Danger to the undeveloped ego is Zombification into an unthinking
slave of Science, of mass-culture, and mass-consciousness.