Through the retroversion of the senses we achieve inspiration,
drunkenness of the senses, with the ability to see the world aglow with colored lights.
The Shadow Tarot
"The Virgin of God is enthroned upon an
oyster-shell; she is like a pearl, and seeketh 70 to her 4. In her heart is Hadit the
Aleister Crowley, Liber CCXXXI
"The fourteenth tunnel is suffused with the
kala of Venus ... The name of its sentinel is Dagdagiel. She may be evoked by vibrating
her name in the key of 'F' sharp accompanied by a crooning or lilting sound
sigil of Dagdagiel shows the letter Daleth reversed and in the form of a gallows from
which hangs an inverted triangle above the letters A V D. The triangle is the inverted
pyramid set in the Abyss with its apex in the Void (Ain), for this reciprocal tunnel is
reflected into the gulfs beyond Kether."
Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden
excerpted from . . .
The Shadow Tarot
© Linda Falorio, 1995, 1998
Dagdagiel is seen here as sensual, debauched Venus, depicted as
abhorred Alphitothe White Sow, Phagmo Dorjewallowing shamelessly, enmired, in
sheer orgasmic delight. She is the profligate mother, who, not recognizing her own
offspring eats them with gluttonous desire. Her retromingent vulvathe secreting part,
represents the Womb of Time, the Eye of the Void, the Gate for the Aeon of Maat, and
indicates that She is High Priestess of the Mysteries within, Who bows before No Man.
This the 14th Tunnel's door is fashioned as an
oyster-shell, which is a symbol of male sexual prowess and staying poweryet it has the
salt-sea scent and shape of the feminine organ. Outside the shell we find the Chaos of the
spider's web; within, the web becomes a network of "infinitely corroding light"
whose interstices are black holes in interstellar space. These black holes are the
midnight crossroads between dimensions, they are transcosmic vortices through the Void
that suck us unaware into the Twilight Dreamtime; they are vortices that first spew out
then suck the Universe back upon itself into Non-being.
Crawling upon the sigil in a ring of fire are the
Spider, Snake, and Scorpion, all symbols of Serk, Weaver of the first web, Caster of the
first Circle. On the right is Odudua, also known as Erzulie Bon Rouge, the Goddess of
Love, and the Goddess of Deathfor is not Love called "the little death"?
Refusing none, She gives herself to all without distinction. Her consort, the Beast Shugal, beckons her within these dream dimensions, where together they distill the
ultimate love-wine, the blood essence, the milk of Life. The Shakti answers with the sign
of Koth, or, Kotha, the voluptuous Goddess of Desire, "whom Satan, beholding,
The need to work with the energies of Dagdagiel may be signaled by experiencing an inner
lack of joy, the feeling of inability to appreciate life's simple, sensual pleasures. One
may feel out of touch with one's body, emotionally unable to reach out to others, however
one may wish to do so. There may be a sense of premature physical and/or emotional aging
that results from bioenergetic body-armoring, and which may be signaled by experiencing
irrational anger at, and abhorrence of pornography. Here we find emphasis on rationality
and analytic thought, with inability to live through the senses, to stay in the present,
having too much focus on the future. Here too, we may find lack of perspective, with
fearfulness, and an inability to relax, to enjoy, and to go with the flow of the moment.
The powers of Dagdagiel are those of drunkenness of
the senses, the ability to see the world aglow with colored lights. Here is appreciation
of, and mastery of the Green Ray of nature, with the possibility of communication
with and cooperation with the Devas., who are the elemental Sprites, or Spirits of Nature.
Here too are sexual prowess and fecundity; here is the power of communion with all life,
the ability to make life thrive and grow. Here especially is the retroversion of the
senses, the power to merge with all forms of life, with all creatures, human and
otherwise, with all races, cultures, creeds, the power to merge with all aspects of
existence, to merge even with those which seem naturally repugnant to narrowed
senseswithout fear of harm. And here is the ability to find in this merging
inspiration, divinity, forgetfulness of self, orgasm, bliss. For here is the power of Love
which denies none, and "conquers even ravening beasts."
Danger lies in lack of discernment and judgment when
seeking ultimate oblivion "in the kisses of Nu." Danger lies in the dissipationphysical and moral, including diseases such as AIDSwhich are attendant upon total
hedonistic surrender to impulse, and immersion in sensual desire without thought of future
consequences, and especially without thought of mothering those things we love.