Planet of Spirit: Mars; Moon
Tunnel of Set: 11/21 (Gashkalah-A’arab Zaraq)
Planet of Tunnel: Jupiter
Disease of Tunnel: Gout
Color of Tunnel: Bright Blue Rayed with Yellow
Musical Key: A#
Tarot of Tunnel: The Wheel of Fortune
Siddhi of Tunnel: Dream Feeding; Ascendancy (Political or Otherwise)
Letter of Tunnel: Kaph/Koph
Gematria: 315; 737; 1312
Kurgasiax is a being of much age and wisdom, and he grants the wizard great magickal power. His name means “the Great Smiter,” and he rules over bad luck and synchronicity. He dwells within the pathway between Gashkalah (Jupiter/Astaroth) and A’arab Zaraq (Venus/Bael), which is either the 11th or 21st pathway depending on whether or not you start counting with the ten primary Qliphothic spheres. According to Frater 414, he has a very fatherly and loving personality.
Kurgasiax teaches the witch to become a more dangerously subversive influence in the social circles he enters. He grants the witch the social skills needed to mislead, intimidate, attenuate, and exonerate. She teaches the magickian to discern perfidy behind the mask of influence. He can bring about rejection and worldly power.
Kurgasiax can give the witch’s astral double a pair of small horns which act as antennae, channeling psychic information as needed. He helps the witch recover atavisms and teaches her how to use them. He also teaches the magickian to shapeshift her astral double into a giant snake. He knows the secrets of succubi and incubi.
Kurgasiax awakens latent magickal spells. He presides over the fate and destiny of a given issue. He presides over change, evolution, and downward spirals. He rules over the past and the hand of fate. He records the past and teaches the magickian to learn from it. Ruling your potentials and weakness alike, he presides over the past and whatever you are capable of achieving in the future. He balances the actions of the past with the present to engender personal growth.
According to the Shadow Tarot by Linda Falorio:
[In] the Tunnel of Kurgasiax we find we are mercilessly bound to inexorable existence by the Three Fates, the Norns, the Moerae. On the Nightside of the Tree, the implacable Triple Goddess ties the yet-to-be-born human soul to the end of a carefully measured linen thread, which then she pays out yearly until comes the time for Her to cut it, thus relinquishing the soul to Death.
Cort Williams describes the tunnel as follows:
A’arab Zaraq, the Qliphah of Netzach, sphere of unbridled passion, ruled by Ba’al (the sturm-and-drang storm god, a sort of Qliphothic dying-and-resurrected god man). This sphere is acted upon by Gasheklah, the Qliphah of Chesed, sphere of unbalanced mercy. Passion, unchecked by the benevolent governance of Jupiter, leads to putrefaction. The Jupiterian dignity of the Self is sacrificed upon the altar of emotion. The Self becomes a burnt-offering, consumed upon the pyre of passion, given unto the Beloved.
Linda Falorio continues:
A need for work with the energies of Kurgasiax is suggested when we find ourselves feeling “special” compared to our fellow humans, believing that we are lucky, and blessed in the eyes of the gods, hold the optimistic view that one can escape fate and evade one’s karma. This may be coupled with belief in “coincidence,” and belief in an orderly, reasonable, sensible and fair Universe where “good” eventually wins out over “evil,” where “bad” things never happen to “good” people, where God is in his heaven and all is right with the world.
Powers of this tunnel are feelings of connectedness with the thread of life as carried by the human bloodlines, traced back via mitochondrial DNA far into a dim reptilian past of bright sunlight filtering above the hot and dusty plain. Here is satori of the revelation of Sangraal: the holy continuity of generations dwelling upon Earth, whose archetypal patterns of becoming have been created over eons by their action on the psychic ether. Here is a sense of the mythic that makes everyday life at once awesome, terrifying, and grand, that makes all life meaningful in that it has no necessary meaning beyond itself. Here is power to accept Fate, to take joy in the seasons of the year, and the turning of the Wheel, enjoying freedom to pursue one’s path knowing there is no right or wrong, but only raw necessity, that we are the way we are because we have no other choice, because it is decreed by culture acting upon the archaic pattern of our DNA.
Yet, “Every man and woman is a star,” every act the fiat of a god.
Frater Apollonius analyzes the sigil and tunnel of Kurgasiax as follows:
The sigil for the genii associated with Vau in the Mercurial house presents a flaming wheel, spinning widdershins with the Egyptian symbol for the right Eye of Ra at its center; symbolizing the Sun. The Egyptian symbol for the left is called the Eye of Thoth, symbolizing the Moon. Both eyes together are the Two Eyes of Horus; the eye being the sensory organ that is able to perceive light, and is the symbol for spiritual ability. It is also interesting to note that the paths of these two Hebrew letters form the right column on the Tree-of-Life.
The inner rim of the wheel in the sigil presents a series of numbers, letters and an infinity symbol. These are, starting from the top and moving in a counter-clockwise manner: V, O, V, 8, V, 10, V 3, V, . The numbers together equal 21; suggesting the Universe Atu, which is attributed to the Tav (Cross) as a complement to the nail (Vau) that is the feature of the Tiphareth Initiation. There are five V‘s (or nails), suggesting the motto the Master of the Temple. And finally, the infinity symbol, which is itself representative of Universal Conscoiusness and the Universal Mind. This represents the newfound spark; the Neophyte having forged a connection with the Agape current.
The sigil for the qliphotic genii associated with Kaph (Fortune Atu-The Wheel) presents what looks like a horned animal (the Beast) with three legs (suggesting the three path down from Tiphareth); drawn as a stick figure with squiggly lines for legs and x‘s at their ends for feet. A single vertical line connects to the head; itself a horned circle, containing an equilateral cross; symbol for the Earth. With the horns, it is a variation on the Mark of the Beast, also contained in the Seal of Babalon and reminiscent of the alchemical symbol for the Sun and the Moon conjoined.
The two sigils work together to generate the theme of the Solar-Phallic Beast in Thelemic philosophy. The eyes that can perceive light and hence show spiritual capacity come with the knowledge of human nature in terms of the Sun and the Moon. At this stage in the Aspirant‘s initiatory evolution, one gains clarity of the self and one‘s physical body as the chalice holding the Star of Force and Fire; a vision of Tiphareth.
The value of Kurgasiax’s names are as follows, listed with their myriad correspondences:
315: To Forget/To Deprive; Yetzirah; To Stand Out; The Phallus, The Secret Formula of Pluto; Her Precious Thing; Pearl/Crystal/Piece of Ice; Mincharai (Angel of 2nd Taurus); Army/Battle Line/Nakedness; Shrewdness/Craftiness/Prudence; City/Town; Smoke; Vibration/Quivering
737: Great Tree; Flame; Of His Wife
1312: You Shall Bring Them Back
Sources: Qliphothic Wor(L)ds; The Shadow Tarot; Liber Azerate; Frater Apollonius’s Analysis of Liber 231; and more