Linda Falorio, 1995
It demands passion and courage, fearing neither men nor gods, to
establish life outside traditional male-female roles, in defiance of cultural prejudice.
The Shadow Tarot
"Transformed, the holy virgin appeared as a fluidic fire, making her beauty into a
Aleister Crowley, Liber 231
"The 28th tunnel is sentinelled by Tzuflifu, whose number is 302 and whose name
should be chanted in the key of 'A' sharp . . . "
Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden
excerpted from . . .
The Shadow Tarot
© Linda Falorio, 1995
The sigil of the tunnel Tzuflifu is the focus of a huge geometric spiral which
represents the gaping maw of the black hole behind the star Sirius. This threshold between
time and anti-time sucks us into the Gate of the Black Abyss, pitching us headlong into
the wormhole that leads to Universe B from the Dayside world. Here the archaic goddess
Bast, Cat-Goddess of the desert and of sexual heat, implacable goddess of ruthless
feminine passion is reflected into future consciousness as an enraged hyena, holding the
severed genitals of Uranus exultantly aloft for all to witness.
Upon her head this future Goddess wears the lunar crescent surmounted by a spiral disk,
representing Her power to dance between the anti-worlds. Around her waist she wears the
serpent which signifies that she has mastered for herself the "dawning or opening
power of the phallus.@
Thus She is godless, not having need for the invention of male deity. She is Erzulie Bon
Rouge -- Goddess of Love, Goddess of War, Warrior-goddess of the Amazons. Having taken
back Her long-relinquished power, she wields her blade in righteous anger at the
suppression and denial of the power of the Feminine.
The Shadour, foot-binding, clitoridectomy—all cultural devices depriving the
feminine of aggressive, sexual power—these She shall avenge, as She avenges all
travesties endured by the feminine spirit. Thus, She brings back the feminine power of
ecstatic, orgiastic consciousness rooted in the creative joy of the body bringing life. In
freeing the feminine spirit from patriarchal bonds, she restores Woman to her rightful
place as independent, equal.
At the lower left stands the tripod of the Oracle, made of human skulls and leg bones
and surmounted by the kali yantra, a symbol of the ultimate power of the feminine. The
Erinyes, the Furies—"those who walk in darkness"— avenging spirits born of
the blood of castrated Uranus who punish sins against the Mother fly furiously about, girt
with lunar serpents, weeping tears of blood, their wings and hair as lightning bolts
fraught with malignant electricity.
Wrath is the province of the Goddess. Woe to them who live in the time when Woman
recovers her rightful powers, and, too long suppressed erupts with violence at injustice
suffered. For as it has been said: "The Goddess is returning, and is She ever
The need to work with the energies of the Tunnel of Tzuflifu is signaled by the
appearance of irrational, unfocussed anger erupting into blind rebellion against
authority. We may encounter such things in the outer world, or within ourselves. We may
encounter destructive self-abuse, as well as abuse of spouses, children, animals, abuses
of the environment, and of all those things which are intimate expressions of the feminine
bond with nature. There may be feelings of depression, of powerlessness, of impotence. We
may see longing for old-fashioned values, virtues, and sex-roles, in "a man's world,@ where men hold power, contend and
strive, and where women are defined as the "weaker sex,@ confined to hearth and home,
dependent, constrained to "love, honor, and obey,@ and to "worship his
grace" each Saturday night.
Not surprisingly, this attitude is linked with false "macho,@ exhibited as bullying oppression
of the weak, and linked too, with misogyny, and with celibacy, with both hatred of and
fear of men. Thus in the Tunnel of Tzuflifu we encounter men who feel burdened by
responsibility, and women who feel themselves weak and inferior, unable, and, unwilling to
throw off their emotional slavery.
When we have successfully integrated the powers of this tunnel, we find both our
independence, and our passion. We find that we are not afraid to display righteous anger
at abuses of authority and power, and we find within ourselves the courage to fight
against culturally institutionalized injustice. We are able to productively use our
aggressive energies and passions to go after what we want. Able to stand up for ourselves,
we contact the inner moral strength that enables us to establish life outside traditional
sex roles, fearing neither man's nor God's retaliation at such hubris.
With the realization that women's liberation liberates men too, from sex-role bondage
comes reaffirmation of the power of the feminine, comes freedom and strength to not always
have to strive, compete, to be the sexual aggressor. We thus achieve the freedom to allow
ourselves to be irrational, emotional, dependent, protected, soft, caring, and weak, we
achieve freedom with the realization that "Every man and every woman is a star. Every
number is infinite; There is no difference" (Liber AL vel Legis, I. 3, 4).