Passing through fires of transformation, we shed preconscious
conditioning, all limiting definitions of the Self. Dross thus burned away, spirit is set
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
excerpted from . . .
The Shadow Tarot
© Linda Falorio, 1995
The sigil of Tunnel 31 emerges from a fiery rupture between the worlds—the 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
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
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
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