General Description of Temphioth
Tunnel 19 is sentinelled by the demon Temphioth whose number is 610.
Pathway: Gamchicoth (Jupiter/Astaroth) – Golohab (Mars/Asmodeus)
Letter of Tunnel: Teth
Zodiac of Tunnel: Leo
Tarot of Tunnel: Atu VIII (Lust)
Tarot of Spirit: Atu IX (Strength)
Magickal Formula of Tunnel: Io Mega Therion
Musical Key: E
Color: Gray, Greenish Yellow
Ordeal: Sexual Heat
Siddhi: Taming Beasts; Bridling Women; Directing Insensate Passions
Atavism: Serpent’s Tongue
Gematria: 129; 610; 857
Temphioth, whose name means “Great Flaming One,” is a Qliphothic archfiend of manipulation, destruction, immortality, and sorcery. He inhabits the 19th trail of the Qliphoth—the one that leads between the Husks of Gamchicoth (Jupiter/Astaroth) and Golochab (Mars/Asmodeus).
He holds dominion over all the infernal pleasures and can give the witch the self-control necessary to resist them. True to the name, he brings about destruction via sortilege.
Temphioth helps the witch tame wild animals, control other people, and turn “astral nasties” into her personal servants. He holds dominion over initiation and the change of one’s circumstances in general. He can rewrite the witch’s personality—erasing negative traits and creating positive ones.
Temphioth helps the witch overcome death and attain immortality. He is skilled in banishing that grey energy of death that necromancers are so fond of throwing at people. He can bring about any kind of protection and conceal anything or anyone. Temphioth specializes in effecting the sustainment of spiritual energies. This means that he can immortalize the infernal energies presenced in a ritual chamber, creating a long-lasting nexion to Hell. He can strengthen the effects of any protective spell, rendering the energies more durable. If the witch has Vampyric tendrils or astral weaponry that she regularly uses, Temphioth can strengthen them exponentially. Most importantly, he can immortalize the death essence which the witch has saturated an individual with.
Temphioth helps the witch attain magickal powers which are foreign to her, and it is written that he specializes in telepathy. He can awaken and empower the third eye. In fact, he can increase the witch’s magickal power and psychic senses in any way she requests, and give the witch more control over the powers that she already has.
He can grant much wisdom and increase the witch’s awareness. He helps the witch to see through the facades of others and ascertain their hidden motives. He can transform the witch by submersing her in masculine energies.
According to Linda Falorio:
A need to work with the energies of Temphioth is suggested when one experiences feelings of joylessness, feelings of emotional, and/or intellectual dryness, coldness, an inability to take an active sexual role and arrive at orgasm, an inability to lose oneself in the creative moment. There may be experienced a lack of self-confidence, a lack of positive physical vitality and grounding in the body and the senses, or a lack of a sense of personal power.
The powers of this tunnel are the ability to become one with primitive limbic instincts, to become one with our erotic sensations, the ability to live with intensity and passion. The going becomes reality as we ourselves become the path, the central essence of our own creative acts. This tunnel grants great physical vitality, with a positive personal electricity and magnetism that can be used to create, to bless, and to heal. Here also is the ability to channel potentially dangerous life energies, as do cult devotees who dance in ecstasy with venomous snakes and take their protection from harm as a sign of beatitude and grace, as well as of proper centering and at-one-ness in the moment, when (and if) they are not fatally bitten.
Dangers of excess are burn-out, physical dissipation, and exhaustion. Blocking of these potent energies can be seen in poor circulation, coldness of heart, and depression.
Temphioth appeared to me as a grey cadaver with long, black hair that traveled past his shoulders. Mummification cloths hung loosely from his being.
Temphioth manifested as female to Frater 414, explaining that while her claws were not for show, she was “sweet and gentle also.”
The Tree of Death and Qliphoth by Jon Gee; The Shadow Tarot by Linda Falorio; The Experiments of Frater 414; Liber Obsidian Obscura by Alexander Winfield Dray; Gematria and the Tanakh by Brian Pivik; Thelemic Qabbalah Volume III by Frater Apollonius; Liber Azerate
The Sigil of Temphioth
His sigil should be etched in a sharp greenish yellow hue upon a grey arrow-shaped ground. The predominant influence is that of the lion-serpent, Teth, a glyph of the spermatozoon, which is shown in the sigil in the shape of four vesicas depending from a serpentine form attached to a beast’s head.
Thoth Tarot Trump Correspondence for Temphioth
The number 610 is that of AThRVG, meaning ‘lust’ and ‘desire’. This is in accord with the Tarot Trump entitled Lust relevant to the Path above this tunnel. The trump shows a woman mounted upon a leonine beast with seven heads : ‘The head of an Angel : the head of a Saint : the head of a Poet : the head of an Adulterous Woman : the head of a Man of Valour : the head of a Satyr : and the head of a Lion-Serpent’.
Gematria of Temphioth
Another form of 610 is ChBRTh which means ‘coupling point’, ‘place of junction’, an dit is in the tunnel of Temphioth that the magical coupling of the woman and the beast occurs. This is confirmed by the image of KPhRTh (610), the ‘mercy seat’, and ‘place of the two cherubs’, originally known as the place or house of the two beetles, such being the sign of Khepra.
The Zodiacal/Planetary Correspondence of Temphioth
On the 19th path the lioness Sekhet is the vehicle of the force of Leo, which she represents as the torrid summer sun at its zenith, this being typical of sexual heat.
The Corresponding CCXXXI Verse
Liber CCXXXI declares : « Also came forth mother Earth [Isis] with her lion, even Sekhet, the lady of Asi. » This means that Sekhet is the sexual heat of Isis, the force that overcomes ‘evil’. It is shown by her bridling the Beast whereon she rides.
The Magical Siddhi Pertaining to Temphioth
The magical siddhi pertaining to this path is that of Training Wild Beasts, which is a direct reference to the mechanism of the XI° O.T.O., but with the woman dominant, bridling and directing the insensate passions.
The Magical Formula of Temphioth
The magical formula of this kala is thus Io Mega Therion (the Great Wild Beast). In the tunnel of Temphioth this formula is reflected as unbridled lust symbolized by the Black Cat of the Sabbatic Mysteries.
The Correct Pronounciation of the Call of Temphioth
The name of Temphioth should be vibrated in the key of ‘E’ with a roaring, hissing explosive force behind it. This is the root vibration (bija mantra) of the female.
The Symbolic Animal Ascribed to Temphioth
Whereas the 19th path is the place of the lion, the tunnel thereof is that of the serpent. The serpents that wrihe in the cauldron of the witches at the sabbath of Set are depicted in Frieda Harris’s design of the Atu entitled Lust. Its number is 11, the number of magick or ‘energy tending to change’.
The African Powers Correspondence for Temphioth
In the African and Voodoo systems this is the python-god Selwanga. Dangbe or Damballah is consecrated to Aidowedo, the goddess of the rainbow. Her symbolism has been explained particularly in Kenneth Grant’s book Cults of the Shadows, ch 2. It is connected with the lunar phase of the female and indicates the shadow-side of the IX° in contrast to the ‘coupling in the dry season’ indicated by the same formula applied to the path of this 19th kala. It is, en effect, the IX° enacted during the deluge of which the rainbow is the glyph.
The Symbol of Temphioth
The phenomenon of lightning, symbolic of the serpent’s flickering tongue also pertains to the tunnel of Temphioth, and the sudden spasm of orgasm that is represents is the mudra or ‘magical gesture’ of the Cult of the Spermatozoon.
The Typical Disease of Temphioth
A stroke (syncope) is the typical disease of this path.
The Order of Qliphoth Ascribed to Temphioth
The Order of Qliphoth ascribed to this tunnel is the Shalchiron or The Flaming; the flames that lick the cauldron of the Sabbath in which the lion-serpents are seethed.
The Supreme Symbol of Temphioth
The supreme symbol of the tunnel is the goddess Qatesh who is seen in vision (by its Adepts) as a radiantly beautiful, naked, woman mouted upon a lion. In her right hand she holds flowers, in her left a serpent. A full moon resting in a crescent is the form of her head-dress. These symbols indicate the lunar current in its active phase. The occult use of the serpent’s tongue was well known to the ancients an dis still applied to the genitals of the priestess to induce trance.
Sexo-Magical References for the Ophidian Current
Minutious research on the Paths of the Tree and in the corresponding tunnels of Set conducted by Kenneth Grant has enabled him to establish an exact system of sexo-magical references pertaining to the Ophidian Current as exponded in the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis of the O.T.O. It is, at this juncture, necessary to explain these procedures in some detail. The Sovereign Santuary contains three active degrees, viz. The VIII° has three divisions, the IX° has two divisions, and the XI° has one division. These are main divisions. There are also several sub-divisions, depending upon the skill and/or the preferences of the practicioners involved. Broadly speaking, the VIII° is of a masturbatory nature, the IX° involves coitus proper, and the XI° comports the use of the lunar current. The folowing tables will clarify the nature of these degrees and their six major divisions. It will be observed that ten kalas are employed for these major sex-magical Workings in the Tunnels of Set : the 13th., 14th., 16th., and 18th., for Works involving the Chalice; the 19th., for Works involving the Sun in the Heavens (Ra); the 24th., for Works involving the Sun in Amenta (Khep-Ra); the 26th for Works involving the lunar currents such as materialisation of objects, reification of dreams etc.; the 27th for Works involving atavistic resurgence on dry land (male); the 29th., for Works involving atavistic resurgence via oceanic sorcery (female). It will also be observed that, broadly speaking, these Workings may be divided into Works of Consecration (VIII°); Works of Inspiration (IX°); Works of Desecration (IX°); and Works of Reification (XI°).
The Magical Formula of Temphioth
To the particular kala under consideration here (i.e. the 19th) is ascribed the sex magick of the IX°+, hence the magical formula of Path 19 is Io Mega Therion, the Great Wild Beast. That of the previous kala, the 18th., to which is ascribed the VIII°, is Abrahadabra, the formula of the Great Work and of the Holy Graal. The 18th kala, the Cult of the Cup, is thus balanced by the 19th kala, the Cult of the Spermatozoon.