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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

Passing through fires of transformation, we shed preconscious conditioning, all limiting definitions of the Self. Dross thus burned away, spirit is set free.

The Shadow Tarot


"Then also the pyramid was builded so that the Initiation might be complete."

Aleister Crowley, Liber CCXXXI

"The 31st tunnel is under the domination of Shalicu whose name should be vibrated in the key of 'C' in a sibilant and sinister whispering . . . "

"The sigil . . . comprise[s] the three-fold formula of Crossing the Abyss . . ."

Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden

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The Shadow Tarot 

© Linda Falorio, 1995

The sigil of Tunnel 31 emerges from a fiery rupture between the worldsthe African "Orunapadi"the Furnace of Hell. It is that great volcanic furnace at the center of existence also known as Eater of Excrement, Tlazolteotl, Great and Terrible Mother through whose womb all things are born and which spews forth the manifested universe, then sucks all back into Her fires to be reformed, renewed, and resurrected from the torments of purgatory, Egyptian Underworld of Amenta. Sun heroes of old aeons are thus mutated in Her abyssal fires to Dark Daughters of the New Aeon.

Here is the world destroyed by fire as it is written in The Apocalypse, the Book of Revelations of Saint John. For here is the fire which purifies gross matter, the dross is burned away, the spirit is set free, with the power to reincarnate, and to move between the worlds at will. This is the tunnel of Plutonian forces, the tunnel of deep transformation/ mutation/ evolution of the psyche and the DNA. This lies beyond the energic bonds of matter at the interface of being and non-being, of time and anti-time. Gate for the Aeon of Maat, its appearance rises, fleeting, flickering in the waters of nether space, Night, Nothingness.

The sigil glows lividly upon the appearance of a nuclear reactor's venting tower, the ultimate symbol of Choronzon which appears as a "complete embedded minimal surface of finite topology," defined through the powers of Chaos and Her servants: mathematics and computer graphics. This convoluted surface, a twisting interface between the worlds represents the boundary between Universe A and Universe B. It is the "crack in the cosmic Egg,@ that flaw in consensus reality, that Gate through which forces outside the human life wave seek to enter consciousness, whose alien radiations may heal or kill, may stimulate regenerative evolution, or, may trigger morbid mutations leading to extinction of the race.

At the bottom of the card are three heads of Cerberus, dog-headed ravenous beast of the Abyss that guards the Gate, demanding courage in the descent to the Faceless One, Great Lady of the Place Below, courage in following the Wordless Way, the Path of the Shaman into the earth to have one's bones replaced by bones of gold, bones of silver, bones of steel.

Feathers of the TzITzISH bird, an ultimate symbol of the Aeon of Maat float upon the upper air, ephemeral as salamander gills. They remind us of the Hebrew letter Shin, Spirit, triple-tongued flame, fire of desire, the dark-starred chaos at the heart of matter, Shin, the letter of Set/Shaitan, of Chozzar, the god of Atlantean Maithuna Magicks.

Rising above all is the Fire Opal, the ultimate kala, the universal medicine which exudes as a precious stone from the Muladhara chakra of the woman who embodies the Fire Snake, and in whom is all power given, for, "The manifestation of Nuit is at an End"(Liber Al vel Legis).


The need to work with the energies of Shalicu may be signaled by experiencing resistance to, or fear of change, experimentation, innovation, anarchy, chaos. There may be feelings of alienation, of nonconformism, which result in feeling oneself to be "a rebel without a cause," or, there may be over identification with prevailing social norms, and bowing to peer pressure. We may find belief in Divine salvation, or disbelief in UFO's,

Among the powers we may achieve through working here is the ability to shed limitations of preconscious human pasts, to de-condition our responses, thus breaking free of crystallized, arbitrary definitions of self, as well as ingrained emotional patterns and ways of interpreting reality. Thus we are able to re-learn to view Self objectively, outside of space, time, and society, being detached from social, cultural, and national identities, customs, mores and beliefs. Here we are able to achieve transcendence of threatened nuclear annihilation through the physics of the Void, creating new histories, new realities; here we achieve transforming encounters with extraterrestrial infra life-waves, and far-future adumbrations of post-human selves spinning inexorably back into the transmundane present.

The danger is in becoming time-warped into bondage to nihilistic post-industrial mutant expressionist societies.

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