The General Description of Characith
Days of the Week: Monday; Saturday
Color: Indigo, Red, Black, Pink, Light Blue
Direction: Southeast (Primary), West
Qliphoth: Aogiel (Uranus/Beelzebuth)
D/N: Equally Diurnal & Nocturnal
Holy Days: April 30th; Halloween
Primary Element: Water
Secondary Element: Earth
Gematria: 129; 640; 857
Primary Planet: Earth
Secondary Planet: Uranus; Moon
Tunnel: 18 (Satariel-Golochab)
Hebrew Letter: Chet or Cheth
Tarot: Atu VII (the Chariot)
Musical Key: D Sharp
Above: Sigil of Characith from Liber 231 on
Characith is an archdemon of the Tunnels of Set (the paths between the Qliphothic spheres) who can impart great magickal development to the witch. She manifested to me as female– a succubitic protectress of the Black Lodge who endeavors the furtherance of the demon magick in the West. She can help the witch dominate and control forces which prevent evolution and impart might, blessings, ecstasy, supremacy, and protection unto her.
Characith can start, cultivate, and control the development of wars. Her original sigil, as channeled by Aleister Crowley in Liber 231, depicts a camel-headed entity issuing forth from the feet of a downward-facing mummy. The death of that which is old, insofar as this phenomenon describes an evolutionary/alchemical process, is under the domain of this archdemoness. She rules the power of obsession– especially sexual obsession.
Characith has aptitudes in candle magick, object enchantment, crystal magick, lunar magick, necromancy, and hydromancy. Her teachings and auspices are apt for bone divination as well as skrying (especially with a crystal ball but also with a black mirror). She teaches charm magick and imparts gnosis of various mysteries of demon magick.
Characith can strengthen the witch’s personal magnetism and vampyric powers, and she can help the witch self-initiate through the elements of fire, water, and earth. She can help the witch self-initiate through Qamar, which is the Planetary Sphere of the Moon which Qabbalists self-initiate through via the Sephira called Yesod.
Characith can enchant vehicles and prevent the entry of certain things into a building or house. Her auspices and teachings are useful in shielding and warding. She’ll be quite helpful for any matters concerning a haunted house or location– she is particularly useful for such matters. She also presides over mind tricks, glamours, bewitchment, and the evil eye.
Characith can help the witch understand/learn about demonology, mythology, theology, scripture, cosmology, astrology, and astronomy. She’s a matron of astral travel, astral shapeshifting, spoken spell craft, invisibility, and atavism. She can impart bravery, aggression, courage, and bravery to the witch and divest her of risk-aversion and submissiveness. She can protect the witch and teach her to manipulate memory and alter the past.
Characith rules the Qliphothic tunnel branching from Satariel (Saturn/Lucifugus Rofocalus) to Golachab (Mars/Asmoday). This is the eighteenth pathway and its Zodiac sign is Cancer. Herein dwell a demonic collective/demonic species known as the Shichiriron, which name translates to “Black Ones.” This tunnel can be visited via astral projection and meditation journey alike, and the witch can call its energies into her for magickal self-transformation. According to The Shadow Tarotby Linda Falorio:
The need to work with the energies of Characith is signaled by the experience of feelings of abhorrence at the basic formula of this planet— that life must feed upon life. This may manifest as intolerance, and refusal to take responsibility for our base animal instincts and their inevitable outcomes, as well as unrepressed horror at alien life forms and their “noxious” feeding habits, and displeasure at sea-tastes and the smells of vital sexual fluids, with implied disregard for the feminine element in nature, and in oneself.
Linda Falorio describes this pathway as follows:
The entrance to the tunnel of Characith is the Graal, the yoni, the soft pink flesh of the Mother who herein distills her hell-broth of ecstasy and magickal immortality. Shadowed within is a symbol of the God Set, evidence of the identity of the phallus with kteis, of corpora cavernosa/clitoris with prostatic glands/prostate (cf. “Eve’s Secrets: A New Theory of Female Sexuality”). The Ophidian Serpent curls upon the sigil, extending forked tongue to a shimmering drop of the elixir of immortality which has been distilled into the Cup.
Vampires are created of those who linger here to drink, for they too easily become addicted to the pleasures of the pursuance of their dark desires. Draining life to sustain their energy and life beyond its ordinary span, they acquire the power of bewitchment, casting strange enchantments to lure fresh victims to their astral touch. The vampire’s fangs have thus become dread dentata embedded in the luscious touch of pink.
The two red suns represent “the two suns of the upper and lower horizon,@ even as they appear to be the puncture wounds inflicted by the vampire’s abominable nightly habits. Symbolic of the reddened moon, Moon of Blood, Black Sun of Tiphareth drinking the blood of the Goddess, they too are linked with the Magick of the XIo. Subliminal reminders, they engender nostalgia for a long lost planet far beyond our world where there are two moons.
Powers associated with working this tunnel are the abilities to take what one wants, to satisfy one’s needs, to ensure survival at any and all costs. Here may be found boundless energy, creativity, and eternal youth. Working here bestows personal magnetism; there is a fatal sexual attraction which may be turned on as one will choose. Here is the enviable ability to live in the moment, to accept all manifestations of existence as bliss, and lose oneself in mindful ecstasy.
The Call for Characith
Extollate Characith, Amata Daemonum, Et Domina Transfiguratio
“Praise Characith, Demonic Enchantress, and Lady of Transfiguration”
Liftoach Pandemonium, Et Germinet Characith
“Open the Infernal Plane, and Bring Forth Characith”
Advoco Ambrosia Characith, Agente Ex Qliphoth, Diva De Terra
“I Call the Everlasting Characith, Emissary of the Qliphoth, Spirit of the Earth”
Invoco Characith In Nomine Qliphoth
“I Call Characith in the Name of the Qliphoth”
Mimtimgallathandra Mimtarrathorraggawl Limkandrathorraggal Limkellathorraggawl Limkallathandra Characith
Channeled Magickal Chant which Calls Upon Characith
In Nomine Adamas Ater, Aperiatur Acharayim, Et Germinet, Et Germinet Characith
“In the Name of the Black Diamond, Open the Backwards Tree, and Bring Forth, and Bring Forth Characith”
Here you’ll find a magickally charged music sample for Characith’s Tunnel of Set
The Zodiacal/Planetary Correspondence
The 18th Path is under the aegis of Cancer. Its tunnel is sentinelled by Characith whose number is 640. Cancer is the astro-glyph of the Holy Graal and 640 is the number of KVS ThNChVMIM, the Cup of Consolation; and that which consoles the Adept on the Path of Cheth is the Graal of Our Lady.
The Common Disease of Characith : Addiction
Such is the nature of this Chalice which yields both ecstasy and magical immortality that it kalas are highly addictive. Should the Adept linger over long in this tunnel the adiction becomes obsessive and he run the risk of becoming a vampire, draining cup after cup of the hell broth distilled by the Great Harlot, the Mother of Abominations, who yields eagerly to the dark desires of those who are drunk on the wine of her fornications.
The Magical Formula of Characith
The magical formula of this kala is cunnilinctus which, if it exceeds the proper limits leads not only to the death of the partner but also of the magician himself.
The Order of Qliphoth of Characith
The Order of Qliphoth inhabitationg the tunnel of Charavith is therefore known as the Schichiririon, ‘the Black’.
The Thoth Tarot Trump Correspondence
In the Arcana of Thoth the letter vheth (8) is ascribed to path 18 and it is significant that the positive reflection of the negative qliphoth assumes the form of Krisna the Charioteer. Apollo the Charioteer is also attributed to this path, and the ‘Lord of the Triumph of Light’ (a title of this Atu) is reflected into the Black Sun of Tiphareth, the Child of the Waters of the Abyss that swirl in the Graal of Babalon. When the sun reddens or sets he is said to be drinking the cunnilinctus’, and expression used in a certain secret comment on the Kaula rite of the Vama Marg.
Gematria of Characith
The number of Characith, 640, is also that of ShMSh, the Sphere of the Sun, which equates with MMSK (640), meaning ‘a drink offering’, and ThMR the ‘palm of the hand’ and a ‘pal, tree’. The dates of the palm tree are connected with the phenomena of menstruation.
The Sigil of Characith
The sigil of Characith should be painted in dark greenish brown on an amber-hued circle. It shows a downward facing mummy overshadowed by a camel-headed entity that issues from its feet. This image is as it were concealed in the name Characith, for 640 is the number of MPLTzTh, a ‘horrible idol’ (simulacrum horrendum).
The Animal Correspondence for Characith
The camel is also attributed to the 18th path where it functions as a beast of burden. The crab, turtle, and whale, are also included because this path is under the aegis of Cancer, a watery influence that represents the most vital element in sacro-magical workings.
The Siddhis Associated to Characith
The siddhis associated with this kala are bewitchments and the Power of Casting Enchantments.
The Correct Pronounciation of Characith’s Call
The name of Characith should be vibrated in the key of ‘D’ sharp accompagnied by the plashings peculiar to magical fountains or waterfalls.
The Magical Weapon Correspondence for Characith
The Cup and the Furnace are the appropriate magical weapons, and in the symbolism of the vegetable kingdom the watercress is attributed to this kala because the combination of heat and moisture, fire and water, typifies the contents of the Cup that contains the fiery dew of the goddess.
The Corresponding Verse from Liber CCXXXI for Characith
The appropriate verse from Liber CCXXXI declares: « He rideth upon the chariot of eternity; the white and the black are harnessed to his car. Therefore he reflecteth the Fool and the sevenfold veil is reveiled. » This implies the orderly ruling of diverse forces. The white and the black are the two suns of the upper and lower horizon, or the height and the depth, the infernal Furnace of Amenta and the supernal Sun of the frontal Tree (Tiphareth). The solar force (Heru-Ra-Ha) is here implied, for the white and the black are Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-Paar-Kraat and it is not by chance that the initials of these gods total 640, the number of Characith. The sevenfold veil is that of the Goddess of the Seven Stars who is diaphanous in her luminosity.
The Thoth Tarot Card Correspondence of Characith
‘He’ reflects the Fool, that is the Hidden Light that is ‘A’ between I and O (Isis and Osiris). ‘A’ is Apophis, the God Set in his Ophidian form. He is the Light that imbues the graal of the goddess drained by the Adept.
The Magical Formula of Characith
The Magical Formula of the 18th kala is Abrahadabra, ‘the key of the rituals mentioned in Al. These rituals include that of the eighth degree O.T.O. which unlocks both this pat hand the 13th path, the tunnel of which is unsealed by the rite of the XI°. Had is the heart of Abrahadabra, as Apophis is the heart of IAO, the Heart Girt with the Serpent (Set) that pulses with the ophidian vibrations swirling in the Cup of Babalon. The VIII° has thus a positive link with the XI° the lunar current. This is balanced by the IX° which is the key to Path 19.
The African Powers Correspondence of Characith
The African god Loca is a denizen of the tunnel of Characith. He is a god of forests who, together with Elere, Ojehun and Abiku, evil spirits of jungle and desert, contrives to enter the wombs of women in order to be born into the human life-wave.
 Death by depletion.
 Krishna’ means literally the Black one.
 See Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogy.
 See Kenneth Grant, Cults of the Shadows, chapter 2.
 i.e. Asar (Osiris), the ‘dead’.
 L 20.
 See infrapaginal remarks in Kenneth Grant, The Nightside of Eden, p. 205.
 See remarks concerning the relation between tunnels and the formulae of sexual magick, in Kenneth Grant, The Nightside of Eden, note infra, p.205.