In worship of Nature in all Her forms, in joyful celebration, in
animal innocence, and the lustful dance of spirit clothed with form, lies the ability to
The Shadow Tarot
"The Lord Khem arose, He who is holy among the highest, and set up his crowned
staff for to redeem the universe."
"The 26th Tunnel is under the aegis of A'ano'nin those number is 237. His name
should be uttered in a raucous and bleating tone in the key of 'A' . . . "
"The sigil of A'ano'nin shows the Ur-Hekau surmounted by the head of the priest
and surrounded by the letters BKRN, which add up to 272."
Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden
excerpted from . . .
The Shadow Tarot
© Linda Falorio, 1995
Set, having become the taunting Scarlet Woman in this Nightside tunnel dominates the
reification of A'ano'nin. Radiant as the sun which sets behind Her, as the reddened
eclipsed moon, Her alluring Evil Eye of Night exudes powerful pheromonic essences that
affect primitive mammalian backbrain limbic consciousness, regulating the most basic
levels of instinctual behavior. Emotions heightened, and senses intensified by this
stimulation of the ancient rhinencephalon, satyrs and fauns cavort in the priapic bliss
engendered to which She gives the ancient Sign of Blessing: It is the Witches Sabbath,
The pentagram, the five-pointed star, ancient seal of protection and sign by which
humanity is known throughout the worlds, represents the four elements whose combinations
constitute the manifested universe crowned by the fifth element of Spirit, to which
humanity aspires. Inverted it becomes the sign of Pater Pan, the generative spirit of
creation. Here is the Goat-Foot God, the Devil, Saturn, ruler of the heaviness of matter,
of the slow, inexorable rhythms of nature's daily life.
Here is matter ruling spirit—matter/Mother—She who clothes all things with form,
she who keeps our boundaries, she who holds us in reality. For it is Woman who brings
about Man's downfall through subtle pheromonic workings of her body. Spirit is pulled into
incarnation by physical desire, falling from heavenly origins into the abyss of time,
reveling in the sensate joy of getting down and dirty, covered with "filth and
with material existence.
Here is Wiccan worship of the Goddess and God, Nature in Her myriad manifestations,
celebration of joy, animal innocence, and life, here is the lustful dance of spirit
clothed with form and flesh, here is the worship of the Impulse which brings us back time
after time, pulling us into physical incarnation.
A need to work with the energies of A'ano'nin
is suggested when we find blind submission to authority, feeling trapped, as though we are
nothing more than myrmidons to corporate, patriarchal anality, made to dutifully sacrifice
natural needs and functions to demands of industrial efficiency. Here we may experience
impotence accompanied by guilt at the natural urge to joy and sexual expression, and find
discomfort with a free outpouring of orgasmic energy. There may be a sense of vengeful
righteousness in the imposition of one's sex-morality upon others, while at the same time
feeling isolated, trapped, controlled, depressed, alienated from nature and the body. Such
longing to escape the sorrow of existence may result in addiction to religions and
world-views that deny sensual pleasure in the here and now, paying homage instead to false
promises of "transcendence" of our worldly woes.
The powers of this tunnel include living through the senses, being attuned to the vast
rhythms of nature, following the wisdom of the body, and taking joy in all phases of the
cycles affecting human life. Thus are derived wisdom and power, and the ability to draw
healing energy and physical vitality from contact with the earth as Tellus derived his
strength, and here is the ability to "ground" potentially disruptive forces. In
working with the energies of this tunnel, we find resources to contact all manners of
fairies, gnomes, sylphs, undines, and devas of the kingdoms of the earth, we learn to find
power-spots, to communicate with all forms of life, and gain the ability to materialize
desires. Here we connect with a feeling of oneness, and a sense of ease in a wholistic
world of which humanity is a natural part, where instincts are not evil, where everything,
everyone, and every act are acceptable and a necessary unfolding of The Faceless One,
Hecate, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, the Unfathomable Great Goddess.