Becoming one with all sensation, the individuality is annihilated,
consciousness breaks through to paranormal awareness; via union of opposites, the Elixir
The Shadow Tarot
"And a mighty angel appeared as a woman, pouring vials of woe upon the flames,
lighting the pure stream with her brand of cursing. And the iniquity was very great."
Aleister Crowley, Liber CCXXXI
"The 25th ray illumines the Tunnel of Saksaksalim whose number is 300 and whose
non-being may be induced to assume form by the vibration of a high pitched electric
crackling sound in the key of 'G' sharp . . . "
". . . the Golden Dawn symbolism of the 5o = 6o Grade . . .
should be studied . . . "
Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden
excerpted from . . .
The Shadow Tarot
© Linda Falorio, 1995
In the Tunnel of Saksaksalim lurks a goat-headed Shadow, intrepid Worker of the Current
of the Void of Infinite Space, who by stimulation of the 16 kalas x 16 marmas of the
etheric body, through Atlantean Red and Black Temple work yielding 256 vibrating nodes in
the web of light, has distilled rare endocrine elixirs into the cup whose base is the
sigil of the ancient priestess Ayizan. By imbibing these magickally prepared elixirs, the
Worker has become Gyander/Androgyne—Priest/ess of Maat—bisexualized, thus
transcending the limitations of polarized existence.
The Ayin, Eye of Infinite Potential of the Shadow Priest/ess combining male and female,
human and animal, transfixes the alchemical dragon—Tiamat-Kingu-Moon—with rainbow
arrows of the five senses, the five jewels of the cow. Becoming one with all sensation,
the individuality is annihilated in back-brain satori with the Now.
The enlightened consciousness is kindled by the Arrow's path from Moon to Sun, breaking
through the Veil of Paroketh, Knot of Vishnu, manipura chakra, separation of Heaven and
Earth, flowering into the eight-petalled lotus, cross-of-four-quarters plus the
in-between-points through which "evil" enters dayside reality.
By Viparita karani, "remaining upside down," by retroversion of the senses,
and use of the Death Posture of Austin Osman Spare, s/he traverses the Great Void,
entering the Neither-Neither world of Universe B.
On the left we see the black globe of Nephthys, manifestation of non-manifestation,
"the black outer shell of the world sphere," in which weaves and glows a yin-yang electron beam subjected to opposing
magnetic fields. Below this is a standing stone upon a crescent: both ancient symbols of
Choronzon. Upon the standing stone is carved the figure of Many-Breasted Diana, dark
counterpart of Diana Virgin, Huntress of the Moon. Her accompanying Hound is the Southern
constellation Canis Major, Great Dog, of which Sirius is the principal star. The other
Southern stars depicted are six of the Pleiades, the unseen seventh having already made
transition to Universe B.
A need to work with the energies of Saksaksalim is suggested when we encounter over
identification with gender, or a fascination with as well as lack of understanding of the
opposite sex. Here we may find a spirituality that identifies the body with its lusts and
appetites as animal and unclean, as it fretfully holds to dayside one-pointed
consciousness, blindly holding to faith in a universe of "solid" matter, which
is predictable, and ultimately knowable. Here too, we may find denial of one's
shadow-side, which is projected instead onto an evil, alien world, and then rebounds,
generating repulsion and fear of all which is perceived as "not-I";
Among the powers are of this tunnel is spiritual transcendence through identification
with the sensible objects of consciousness, along with the ability to mass energy,
intelligence, sensual desire and instinctual aversion, for union with all one perceives to
be one's polar opposite. Thus are united male and female, positive and negative, matter
and anti-matter, left brain and right brain within oneself, in breaking through primitive
mammalian consciousness to paranormal levels of awareness. Here is acceptance of Mystery,
of the "chaos factor," acceptance of the Void that exists at the heart of energy/matter, and
through which all continually unfolds into existence. Here is power to manipulate
electromagnetic currents vital to biological life, as in the Taoist "white tiger,
green dragon" tantric yogas of dual cultivation, thus producing healing elixirs for
producing immortality in the living flesh.
The danger is utter physical exhaustion, danger in depletion of oneself and/or one's
partner in unbalanced pursuit of the ultimate tantric union: platform orgasm with the