Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 07mar2017. I am excited today; I’m trying something new to me, I’m setting off to explore the Tunnels of Set, that is to say, the nighttime side of the Tree of Life. I have NO frame of reference except the book that accompanies the deck, *The Shadow Tarot* by Linda Falorio. Here is how she describes the start of her journey, and a definition of the tunnels. “"Thus we began our exploration/ reification of the Sethian Tunnels, that dark repository of primordial instincts, of root primitive atavisms, of alien awarenesses, and strange adumbrations of far future selves. Filled with terror, filled with power, this is our fearful birth right. Unacknowledged and unclaimed, it is yet full of lethal fascination, for in backward turning ever lies the possibility of becoming "other" — more than human." *The Shadow Tarot* by Linda Falorio. Amazon, Marston Gate (2014.) Another definition is; “". . . a network of dream cells in the subconscious mind," reached by projecting consciousness through Daath, "the gateway of the manifestation of non-manifestation - the entrance to the Nightside of the Tree of Life" . . . "Thus we began our exploration/ reification of the Sethian Tunnels, that dark repository of primordial instincts, of root primitive atavisms, of alien awarenesses, and strange adumbrations of far future selves. Filled with terror, filled with power, this is our fearful birth right. Unacknowledged and unclaimed, it is yet full of lethal fascination, for in backward turning ever lies the possibility of becoming "other" — more than human." *The Shadow Tarot* by Linda Falorio. Amazon, Marston Gate (2014.)So, tagging a “please & thank you, Set” on to my morning prayer/ritual, I pulled this morning’s reading. Voilà the results: Sulfur = #25 Saksaksalim (Temperance); Mercury = #14 Dagdagiel (Empress), and Salt = Aldebaran, Watcher of Primordial Fire (Page of Wands.) I give the regular Tarot equivalents, but don’t be fooled; these “demons” (energies) demonstrate the quality of the archetypes and Tarot meanings,
but don’t forget that they are “transdimensional intelligences seeking to guide in Pathways that access the Original Dark, a repository of VAST and unknown power. I believe the label “demons” is both inaccurate & misleading; this has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to with Satanism or any of the humanly conceived forms of Evil; this is “simply” access to the universe(s) before the birth of the Solar Light. This is the 1st realm, the feminine, which gave way to the 2nd, the Solar/phallocentric age of the masculine. These are the Primordial Waters, the Great, Dark Chaos before the Big Bang. This is where our divinity is rooted, if I read things aright. In a “regular” reading, this would be a snap, non? XIV Temperance, III the Empress & the Page of Wands. Here, however, that isn’t the case. #25 Saksaksalim; “The Powers are of Saksaksalim are spiritual transcendence through the sensible objects of consciousness, ability to mass energy, intelligence, sensual desire and instinctual aversion for union with all one perceives to be one’s polar opposite. In Saksaksalim are united male and female, positive and negative, matter and anti-matter, left-brain and right-brain, breaking through primitive mammalian consciousness to paranormal levels of awareness. In Saksaksalim is acceptance of the Mystery, of the “chaos factor,” of the Void that exists at the heart of energy/matter and through which all continually unfolds into existence.” (Ibid) Moving on to Mercury, here I have drawn #14 Dagdagiel (or “vaguely,” the Empress.)” “The Powers of Dagdagiel are those of drunkenness of the senses, the ability to see the world aglow with colored lights. Here is the appreciation of, and mastery of the Green Ray of Nature, with the possibility of communication with and cooperation with the Devas*; Here, too, are sexual prowess and fecundity; there is the power of communion with all life, the ability to make life thrive and grow.” (Ibid) Fine and good for Mercury, and an obvious asset to Saksaksalim in the masculine. Finally, to energize and catalyze this due I have drawn Aldebaran, the Watcher of
Primordial Fire. “Pleasure, Harmony, Balance. Aldebaran, “Eye-Star of Osiris,” SAH, is a pale rose star marking the Bull’s Left Eye, ‘God’s Eye,’ Aleph, in Sumeria feared as Hastur. ¶ The great ‘red giant’ star is one of the four Royal Stars or ‘Watchers of the Heavens,’ the ‘Archangel Stars.’ As ‘Watcher of the East,’ ALDEBARAN signified the Archangel Michael, one of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ and marked the exact zero point of the Vernal Equinox c. 3044 B.C.E. in the constellation Taurus. Aldebaran was then ‘The Leading Star of Stars,’ and all star longitudes were measured from Aldebaran or from its opposite, Antares . . . In a reading ALDEBARAN, Watcher of Primordial Fire is a lover science, nature and the Occult, studious, honorable, intelligent, eloquent, steadfast, fierce, courageous and just, a popular individual who holds a responsible position . . . .” (Ibid) I perceive this Watcher as far more multi-talented than my usual reading/impression of the Page of Wands. When paired with Dagdagiel, it signifies honor or fame through literature, music, art and creative abilities; favorable for health and marriage. When paired with Saksaksalim, it signifies great spiritual and religious honor or high military position (I’m not in the military, so . . . .)” (It has failed miserable at the “health” part, unless that should be counted as my extraordinary ability to live the life I did without some sort of serious or mortal health-related setback. Possible . . . ?) The part about the Occult relieves me; I am deep in the Occult here without my waders, and I am trusting in Set to and his “companions” to guide me in these dark tunnels of extraordinary knowledge and power. I feel that this is a GOOD step for me; I am not attracted to Satanism or demonolatry AT ALL, so I feel safe from THAT erroneous interpretation of using these cards. Also, it can only be of GREAT service on my Journey to dive in and actively work in Shadow to achieve my own reunification. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a positive introduction to the immense universes of Shadow. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!