Names: Gargophias, Amarantha, Hekashua
Gematria: 342, 393, 2429
Planet of Spirit: Moon
Qliphothic Pathway: 13/23 (Thagirion-Thaumiel)
Tarot of Tunnel: Atu XIII (High Priestess)
Force of Tunnel: Creativity; Reproduction
Siddhi of Tunnel: Clairvoyance; Divination During Lunar Eclipses
Atavism of Tunnel: Frog
Disease of Tunnel: Menstrual Disorders
Musical Note: G#
Letter of Tunnel: Gimel
Colors of Tunnel: Silver; Black
Magickal Numbers: 17, 41, 54, 84
Above: Artistic Depiction of Gargophias for Pathworking and an Altar Piece
(Picture Credit: G.A. Roseberg)
Gargophias is the archfiend who inhabits the Qliphothic pathway between Thagiriron (Black Sun/Belphegor) and Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan). She is largely affiliated with necromancy, clairvoyance, divination, and self-deification. The necromantic practices which she imparts to the witch are of a singularly horrific and darksome nature.
Gargophias is an emissary of Hekate and a demon of femininity. Her name is translated to mean Lemurs. She is a spirit of chaos and the moon and she operates as a psychopomp, leading the witch through the portals and gateways of the astral plane. She is a harbinger of awakening—informing the witch of hidden knowledge and bestowing initiation upon her.
Gargophias is often paired with Raflifu. The aforementioned website likens Gargophias to a prostitute betrothed to a prince.
Gargophias hones the psychic powers of the witch and makes her causal goals bear fruit. She begets internal alchemy. She is of the nature of succubi, begetting vampyric power unto her disciple.
I found a pair of quotes from an Occult website, likely paraphrased, in my notes which read as follows: “Gargophias rules baratchian witchcraft. She waits for the witch to leap into the depths of sexual union— the mating of chaos and time. Dream interpretation, clairvoyance, and menstruation. With her dwell lemurs.” Second quote: “Gargophias’s tunnel is a mutation of the lunar current which results in lemurian children.”
Gargophias manifests with many different appearances: a blood-smeared corpse maiden with a white dress and a dislocated jaw, a demonic crone, an armored warrioress, a floating white head, a flower girl, and more, but she is always female, and her skin is generally corpse-grey or snow-white.
Gargophias rules over knot magick, binding spells, execrations, hexes, and death magick. She is the most faithful servant Hecate has, and she’s a direct link between you and her. She has all the knowledge of Hecate, and she can give it to you. She aids in the creation and use of egregores.
Frater 414 describes Gargophias in a male manifestation as “A figure, dark clothing, white face with odd tentacles flailing from the face.”
The tunnel of Gargophias is described in the Shadow Tarot of Linda Falorio as follows:
This 13th Tunnel is that of Not, Naught, the Great Negative, LA, Lilith, Lady of Night. It is the Tunnel of Sevekh, Kefekh, Khepsh of the Seven Stars. Here, She is depicted as Egyptian Ur-Hekau, Mighty One of Enchantments, gesturing to Her attendant Stars that mark the Stellar Gate into the Earth-web. Her power is of a particularly Feminine type of creation— parthenogenesis — self-fertilization —such as has been recorded in the earliest divine myths.
By the image-generating power of the back-brain, webs of dreams are spun from the miasma of the lunar flux which gushes from Her, spawning Lemurian horrors, spawning teratomas arising from that stratum of pre-human consciousness that stretched long ages before the epoch of Atlantis. Patiently, passively, apparitions build, as a pearl grows bathed in successive layers of the nacre. Thus World is dreamed into existence by the Ancient One who slumbers in the deeps of unknown Space.
Yet the Feminine knows that not all that lives has the right to continued life. This is the cruelty, the horror of existence, its ultimate irrationality, that the prerogative of the Goddess is culling. She reserves the right to kill Her offspring, to weed out the undesirable, those She finds somehow unfit for life. She cares not for our complaints, nor for solar concepts of “justice,” but bids us to laugh with Her at the irrational joy of mere existence, and to delight with Her in the Maya dance of dream illusions, that together She, and we, have spun.
Gargophias is an incredibly sexual demon. If you really interest her, you can expect to be dragged out of body in sleep and fucked regularly. This strengthens one’s connection to the spirit and makes it easier to communicate with them.
Frater 414 describes the lessons of this spirit and his/her tunnel as follows: “As he rows this canoe, he explains that this place is not all that is [or is not], but a veil. I learn that Nuit veils Herself to reveal Isis (or Babalon). All that we perceive is a veil of Nuit, take away those, and Nothing is left. So profound was this that I did not need further exploration. The veil is placed at the abyss; beyond that veil the truth is revealed. All objects are veils upon Nuit.”
Linda Falorio writes:
The need for working with the energies of Gargophias may be signaled by our experiencing in ourselves, or encountering in others, feelings and expressions of reverence for “life” for its own sake, without regard to use, form, function, Will, or desire. We may encounter an overly masculine, yang, aggressive orientation to action on the world, or, we may find that we, and others somehow find the ability to believe in the collective Dream as objective Reality. Sadly, there may be an accompanying inability to dream, or, the breakthrough of uncontrollable nightmares. One may experience lack of visual imagination, a lack of poetry, idealism, and romance in one’s life. There may be a sense of general creative drought that signals a lack of connection to the world of Spirit, and that leads to a lack of ideals, a lack of hope and vision of the future.
Yet in the tunnel of Gargophias is the power of the Feminine, bringing us to God. Here is the non-reflective power of movement in dreams, the power of clairvoyance, and contact with Spirit Helpers. Here is the instinctive power of the artist to fashion living souls from the substance of their own ectoplasm. Magick is exuded from the inner core, abundant creativity up-wells from an inexhaustible inner Source. Here too, is 21st Century science: space-migration, genetic engineering, tinkering with the archetypal blueprints of life’s proliferation. And here is the attendant possibility of spawning Frankenstein horrors based upon mutation of the DNA, those terrifying mutations of past and future selves, non-viable evolutionary dead-ends, such as the Nephilim wrought questing to create perfect worker-servants of the gods.
Danger and delight lie in the compelling temptation to turn one’s back upon the “objective” world, to become forever lost in a forest of alluring, solitary fantasy, pulled to dissolution in the waters of deep space, higher, higher, into the Void of the Absolute.
There are three different numerical values for Gargophias’s name (as their are various systems of Gematria) and they follow alongside their correspondences.
342, which is equivalent in value to the names of the demons Focalor, Bifrons, and Korson, as well as the Hebrew words meaning “sweet smell,” “path,” “way,” and “male genitals.”
393, which is equivalent in value to the Hebrew words for “freedom,” “trumpet,” and “maidservant/slavegirl.”
2429, which is equivalent in value to the Hebrew word for “justice.”
Gonjall Rothkontall Yonlathor Yellonkoth Gargophias
My Channeled Summoning Chant for Gargophias
Invito Mater Gargophias, Sanguinaria Praecantatrix
“I Call Mother Gargophias, Bloodthirsty Enchantress!”
Gargophias Baalat Tsalmaveth– Qodesh La-Amarantha
“Garophias, Ruler of the Realm of the Dead– Holy to Amarantha!”
Amarantha, Gargophias, Hekashua
The Names for Gargophias Arranged Into a Chant
Cio Gargophias Dia Elecebra– Vorsipellis, Venefica, Et Vates
“I Call Gargophias, Numinous Seductress– Shapeshifter, Witch, and Prophetess!”
Above: Sigils of Gargophias from Qabalah, Qliphoth, & Goetic Magic and Liber 231