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Amprodias ~ Fool
Zamradiel ~ Lovers
Characith ~ Chariot
Temphioth ~ Lust
Yamatu ~ Hermit
Kurgasiax ~ Fortune
Lafcursiax ~ Justice
Malkunofat~Hanged Man
Niantiel ~ Death
Saksaksalim ~ Art
A'ano'nin ~Devil
Parfaxitas ~Tower
Tzuflifu ~ Emperor
Qulielfi ~ Moon
Raflifu ~ Sun

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© Linda Falorio, 1995

Following Wu-Wei, Kia, Neither-Neither, unobscured by ego-masks, the Self experiences ecstasy, coming to knowledge as a Warrior on the path with Heart.

The Shadow Tarot


"Then did the sun appear unclouded, and the mouth of Asi was on the mouth of Asar."

Aleister Crowley, Liber CCXXXI

"The 30th tunnel is under the aegis of Raflifu whose name should be vibrated mellifluously in the key of 'D' . . . "

"The sigil of Raflifu exhibits the horned trident of Typhon (or Choronzon) flanked on either side by the axe or NETER sign and surmounted by a black sun in the arms of a crescent moon . . . "

Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden


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The Shadow Tarot 

© Linda Falorio, 1995


Above, the Hawk of solar consciousness casts the 30th Tunnel of Raflifu in deep shadow with wings hooded to devour its prey in darkness. For here is the power of the Sun in the depths of darkness, here is the Dark Sun, the Sun in Amenta; here, is ego-consciousness surrendered in the Shamanic passage to the Underworld of the subconscious self. The Self, thus unobscured by maya-generating ego experiences cellular ecstasy: "consciousness of the continuity of existence, the unfragmentary non-atomic fact of my universality" (Liber AL, I.26). Stars are thus illumined in the shadow of the Sun.

Below, lurks the Dark Double Hoor-paar-kraat: The Hidden God, The Dark God, Adonai, The Daimon, The Personal Genius, The Unknowable Self. Yet Lucifer, Shaitan-Aiwass, The Lord of Hell and of the Underworld who by initiating HOMO into good and evil made him fully human, tempts him now with the ultimate Initiation: "Know Thyself". His method, Liber Samekh, the Sumerian ritual of Goetia —howlings— liberates consciousness into wild intoxication with existence, releases the psyche into Dionysian madness, illumines the subconscious Self with LVX, the Light of Gnosis, and yields the nature of one's Angel, which is in essence the True Will, making humans as the very gods.

Between them, in Amenta, hangs the eight-armed cuttlefish, known as "The Entangler", a symbol of right-brain spontaneity, and of the uninhibited animal functioning of the Huna concept of "the little self". She is the NETER Goddess, Thetis, "She Who Disposes", "She Who Orders", Great Typhon, who in propelling phallically along produces the Red Tincture which appears Below as gold. Blank eyes are mirrors of no-self, the antithesis of solar consciousness.

Here in the 30th Tunnel of Raflifu are the Masks of God, here are the masks of personality worn by the Self through successive incarnations. Here is the Dark King, anointed with sepia cuttlefish ink, here is The Wicker Man, Cuchulain in the Cauldron of Caridwen undergoing rebirth and illumination. Here is The Buddha beneath his Bo-tree, and Wotan hanging on the world tree Ygdrasill, here is Inanna disrobed to enter Ereshkigal's dark realm, there to hang upon a peg like rotting meat. Here is Ankh-af-na-Khonsu coming forth from Amenta to take his pleasure among the living. Here, is ego-surrendered, setting the eternal spirit free.


The need to work with the energies of the 30th Tunnel of Raflifu is signaled when we encounter in our lives tendencies to hero-worship, when we see dependence on a "higher power", perhaps accompanied by feelings of worthlessness, insignificance and powerlessness. Here too, we may find overweening pride and glorification of the personal ego, as well as confusion and internal conflict, a lack of centering, of direction, and of purpose. We may encounter dissatisfaction, and depression, as well as the intellectualization of motivations accompanied by alienation from true feelings, which leads to callousness and failure to see the Spirit inherent in all Life and in the Earth herself.

Among the powers we may achieve through working in the 30th Tunnel of Raflifu is transcendence of the ego, and evolution beyond the Existential Centaur phase of psychological development to the Transpersonal, Subtle, and Causal realms, giving access to the wealth of the subconscious. In this Tunnel we find access to past-life, reincarnation awarenesses, we find access to the Self whose hidden face lies beyond the masks, and access to the Magick which underlies the phenomenal world. Here we may contact our Inner Guides, and thus effectively channel transpersonal material. Here we find the source of our own creative genius, arriving at a cultured innocence, and the inner peace necessary to create the meaning of our lives.

By following the path of Wu-Wei, Kia, Neither-Neither, NOX, by removing ego-interference through the use of mantras and meditation, through exhaustion and dissipation, the natural lucid wisdom of subconsciousness comes through, uniting body, mind, cellular consciousness, and animal wisdom into a healthy, effortlessly functioning, unarmoured personality — a warrior on the path with heart.

Danger comes through working in this Tunnel of Raflifu without prior healthy ego-development and integration, which can lead to obsessions, possession, to psychic and/or psychological disintegration of the personality and fragile ego.

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