The Thoth Deck LUST card, key-11, replaces the STRENGTH, card which is Key-8, in the Golden Dawn and Ryder =-Waite Tarot Decks. So it may be confusing when I place it in the Path of Teth, which is normally called STRENGTH-Key 8. As I stated, I agree with Aleister Crowley's expansion of the STRENGTH card, into the LUST card.. Because the Passion-The Vital Force of Universal Construction, "the motion within the movement" of everything, is the Passionate expression of the I AM As Two, who then Join to become One Passion that creates All, i.e.. the Active and Passive force of Kundalini, and/or of Lion-Serpent. It can also be called "Serpent theory" instead of the Quantum Physics "String Theory", where every particle has a serpentine string of active and passive energy with in it. In other words, there is within all, vibratory strings of Vital Fiery Force. Thus, Lust , where active and passive forces come together, seems a more appropriate understanding of the underlying "motion" of Life.
The Kundalini, or Fiery Lion Serpent is the Vital aspect of Life Force, which in manifestation, is duality of passivity and activity. Kundalini is known as the Sacred Fire, when in its activephase, purposely unleaded by Will.
The UNIVERSE key 21, is the completion of the LUST CARD, and you'll see the Woman figure riding the Lion Serpent on the Lust card, dancing with the Serpent Force in the Universe card. Both illustrations are veils, concealing of principles , though at different ends of manifestation. LUST is the beginning of the Microcosm and THE UNIVERSE is the completion of it. Both of these cards are of that which is Womb, at the Highest Level, the womb-man who has tamed the Lion-Serpent and the womb-man who dances in space surrounded by the Cherubim of the four elements are both expressions of that which is the EMPRESS key 3..
Again, this is a very powerful path and those of sensitive psyche, will be profoundly affected. One must appreciate the fact, that this Path of Teth, Lust Card, is a statement of methodology; whereby the Will controls the Vital Life Energy. We must also remember, that the word Power, means "the ability to do work" and our body, if Loved as a master Craftsman loves and adores one's favorite- tools, gives us Will -Power in this dimension of crystallized energy. A power to weave our very own Vital Life Force into masterpieces ! This requires a focused willful intelligence, and not some mad hater personality, that can't even control its own thought. Skcry this card only after you are capable of holding a one- thought= or image focus during an entire meditation! Any Psyche that Touches the Lust OF The Great Father/Mother, will be profoundly charged, changed, and expanded beyond comfortable perspectives, all of which can be dangerous to our delicate egos.. In other words, one must be diligently trained in channeling higher and higher vibratory levels of Vital Life Force, before they "Ride the Lion-Serpent".. That is why A.Crowley calls the Traditional Strength card Lust. For even the "little lust" of the manifested (Microcosm) seems to be beyond the cultural ego's control, as every politicians "secret life" will show. It is hard to imagine, what the Macrocosmic Lust would do to such a weak psyche... but then again,we have examples in Adolf Hitler, etc.
Lust represents a very important initiatory formula dealing with Serpent Power. This Spiraling Power is the Force that opens,or stimulates all the Chakras (energy centers) in the Human body. The Principles embedded in the Lust Card, tell us how to use this power. This is a "Divine Frenzy" which when stated Al chemically,"the heat of the furnace makes the Stone" or if religious,"inflame thyself with Prayer". The Heat applied, is the great passion within the confines of Tantric exercises, or the exercise of the Middle Pillar (Aleister Crowley's book,777), all of which I recommend the interested party research.
Crowley's imagery may shock some, as he presents the Whore of Babylon, taming the Lion-Serpent but then he understood that the epitome of virginity (sign of Virgo), was the Sacred Virgins of the Temples, before Christianity, made them "evil women" or Saints, of which both perspectives were confusingly applied. The Christian word 'Whore" is a bastardization of the Greek word , Hetacrate, meaning female companion. Something more for the diligent student to investigate!
When the Lust card is thrown during a reading, it means the querent is relying on spiritual powers to manage the situation at hand and is receiving the strength to over come. Following ones own inner light, doing what their "heart of heart". inner -self, says is right. There can be an experiencing of a "gut level" driving force, instinctual.and compelling for protection or survival. Also, possessing the courage of one's convictions. The strength of Passion, in the Higher Nature, which are power, courage, energy, action and magnanimity. One is experiencing the Law of Self-Domination, self-rule and self control.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.