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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth-Key 11-Lust & the Connolly Tarot-Key-8- Strength.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck Key 11-Lust, is represented in many decks, as the Strength-key-8 card. Crowley believe that there is far more truth and magick in the title of Lust.

Upon viewing the Tree of Life, one can see that The Lust Card is not the path of Strength of Geburah ( Severity) but rather the influence from Chesed (Mercy) upon Geburah. It is also interesting to note, that the Path of Lust is balance both vertically and horizontally. Crowley judged Lust to be a more expansive term than Strength because Lust implies not only Strength but the joy of strength exercised.  To me, it is vigor and the rapture of vigor expressed in True Presence. This Rapturous Vigor represents something I call "Will to Be"; when the Soul's will to be is fully established in the physical flesh.  " Beauty and Strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of  us!"...to quote Crowley.
I really recommend that the truly seeking student get:  THE BOOK OF THOTH (Egyptian Tarot) by Master Theron (Crowley) where the lascivious poetry and passionate prose, start a fire in your imagination. For this card cannot be understood by rationale thought, it must be felt in your guts as a burning passion to be understood.

The Zodiacal assignation of  the Lust card is Leo which is the Kerub of Fire and ruled by the Sun.  This card is considered the most powerful of the 12 zodiacal cards and represents the most critical operations of both Magick and Alchemy.



The Qabalistic Hebrew letter attributed to this card is Teth, meaning-serpent. The union of the zodiac and the letter Teth, produces the image we see illustrated on the Lust card, of the "Lion- Serpent" (latter to be called, Dragon who is a compilation of all animals) that combines the many headed lion body with a haloed Serpent tail.

The Lust card portrays the original marriage as it occurs in nature showing a divine drunkenness or ecstasy. The woman (representing the Moon and the Scarlett woman) is shown a little drunk, maybe a little mad with ecstasy riding upon a lust inflamed lion. This implies the creative and  primitive order of energy that is completely independent of the criticism of reason.

The Thoth Deck Lust card portrays the Will of the Aeon. The goddess is holding high The Grail filled with the blood of Saints, whose whole life has been absorbed by the Grail and  whose bloodless images are in the back ground of this card.

In order to understand the magical doctrine of the Aeons, it is necessary to refer to the most ancient fables, legends and of the Zodiac. The Aeons are subject to Zodiacal procession, for instance;
  1. The Aeon of Isis (the first Aeon) was connected to Pisces and Virgo.
  2. The last Aeon, that of Osiris, is connected to Aries and Libra.
  3. The present Aeon of Horus, is referred to Aquarius and Leo.
The central mystery of the Aeon of Osiris, was that of incarnation, and descriptions of all god-men were founded on some mythological story of some kind that essentially denied human fatherhood to the hero or god-man (Daemon -in Greek) by portraying a animal in god form as the impregnator of the immaculate conceptions. For example; the Dove of the Holy Ghost, impregnated the Virgin Mary, Romulus and Remus (twins of Rome) where begotten of the God Mars and a virgin and were suckled by a Wolf. The father of Gautama Buddha, was said to be an elephant with six tusks who appeared in his mothers dream. Similar fables are to found in every religion based on the Dying God (the Aeon of Osiris). I would recommend a brief study of these fables.

 As Stated; The Thoth Deck LUST card, key-11, replaces the STRENGTH, card which is Key-8, in the Golden Dawn, Connolly Tarot, Ryder-Waite, Babylonian and many other Tarot Decks. So it may be confusing when I  and Crowley 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 dance by the "I AM" as two separates, who then Join to become One Passion that creates All, i.e. the Active and Passive Motive force of Kundalini, and/or of Lion-Serpent/Electromagnetic Energy Spectrum. This Serpentine Force, 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 in a rhythmic beat, like a heart. Kundalini is known as the Sacred Fire, when in its active phase, purposely unleaded by Willed goal.

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/Grail who has tamed the Lion-Serpent and the womb-Grail,  who dances in space surrounded by the Cherubim of the  four elements are both expressions of that which is the EMPRESS/Binah key 3.

Again, this is a very powerful Qabalistic path and those of sensitive psyche, will be profoundly affected. One must appreciate the fact, that this Path of Teth (meaning Snake), 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 Willed -Power in this dimension of  crystallized energy. A power to weave our very own Vital Life Force into masterpieces of Self Identity!

This Divine Frenzy requires a focused willful intelligence, much like Gilgamesh of Sumerian/Babylonian legend (shown on Babylonian Tarot Card) and not some mad hater personality, that can't even control its own thought.

 I would recommend that one Skry the Thoth card only after one is capable of holding a one- thought or image focus during an entire meditation!  For, any Psyche that Touches the Lust OF The Great Father/Mother (Divine Creative), will be profoundly charged, changed, and expanded beyond comfortable perspectives, all of which can be dangerous to the balance of our delicate persona.

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". For this "Bad girl" is not just for any rodeo rider, it is the Roar of the "Big Bang", that started it all! 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 Alchemically,"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. As Mostaffa Jahaladine Rumi, the 12th century Sufi Master Stated in his devotional poetry, "...I Want the Burning!"

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) or Horae, who acted as midwives to the Greek Gods and inspired earthly horae ( harlot-priestesses) to train men in the Sexual Mysteries. The temple dance, still called the Hora, was based on the Priestesses imitation of the zodiacal circling of "hours". Horology is Time keeping, because of the systems devised by the ancient Temple Priestesses of the Goddess. The Horae  were call the "fair ones, begetter of all things who in appointed order, bring on day and night, summer and winter, so as to months and years grow full."

These "fair ones" had many names: The Tantric word for sacred harlot was Veshya (Mahanirvanatantra, 328),  probably derived from the Divine Creatrix's oldest names in Greece and Rome, Hestia or Vesta, "the hearth mother" who was served by Vestal Virgins who were originally harlot-priestesses. Then, "Hearth" and "Earth" both arose from the altar of the Saxon Goddess Ertha, or Heartha, the northern Hestia-Vesta. In fact, in the matriarchal age, every woman's hearth-fire was her altar.  The hearth was also the omphalos (Orphic egg), (Potter & Sargent, 201) feminine hub of the Universe, and the navel-stone of the temple, around which the sacred harlots performed their Dance of Time.
In Egypt they were the "Ladies of the Hour", in Persia houris,
in Babylon harines; among Semites they were the "whores" call hor (a hole), ancestresses of the Horites.

Ishtar ( pronounced-Easter), the Mesopotamian creatrix,  was considered the "Great Whore of Babylon", (Briffault 3, 169) who announced,  "A prostitute compassionate am I."

Mary Magdalene (shown as Titan's interpretation) ,Priestess of the Temple of the Goddess Mari in King Salomon's court (Malvern,49) stated, " Not only are we compassionate of ourselves, but we are compassionate of all the race of mankind."

These ancient harlots, were revered for their learning and often commanded high social status and were considered embodiments of the Queen of Heaven, who in Palestine was called Qadeshet, the Great Whore; therefore the harlots were honored like queens at centers of learning in Greece and Asia Minor. Noteworthy, is the empress Theodora, wife of Justinian, who began her career as a temple harlot (Bullough, 125). St. Helena, the mother of Constantine, was a harlot before she became an empress-saint.

Yet the Whore of Babylon, the Fiery Feminine Divine Creative, is not "any man's" companion, she is the Mother of the Solar-Father God or "Vital Life Force" known as the "serpent force".
Something more for the diligent student to investigate!


The Connolly Tarot-Key 8- Strength, is in keeping with the more mundane tarot interpretations of the Divine Creatrix. Shown here is a young woman, holding flowers, and at peace with all that is nature. Her gentleness, is in equal standing with the power of the lion, as shown by her leaning into the beast of the sun.
Above her head is the lemnistrate (Greek-"Ribbon") the sign of the Magus, and in more modern terms, the symbol for the Mobius Loop of inter-dimensional physics fame.  It is the mystery symbol for the Divine Creative, who is one circle-0-, that is "twisted" by "I +AM" into Two--The Divine Masculine (I) and the Divine Feminine (AM); one face with two separate masks. It is the fearless strength of the Divine Creatrix that permeates this maiden showing us that Higher Forces of Creation protect those who give their fears (hidden treasures) to the Divine Creative. The key word to this card is STRENGTH.



  • When the Lust or Strength 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, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper.
"The Beast"!

4 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth-Key 11-Lust & the Connolly Tarot-Key-8- Strength.:

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Dbr on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:52 PM
Love to the Beast!!
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Eli on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:14 AM
Always! Thank you for your loving comments. May you live long and prosper!


Kerri on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:22 AM
Fantastic article! Funny that you wrote it only two days ago and I just now happened to do a search that discovered it. :)
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Eli on Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:56 AM
Thank you Kerri, for you fantastic comment. Keep searching, there is ever-more to discover. May you live long and prosper!

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