The 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
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
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;
- The Aeon of Isis (the first Aeon)
was connected to Pisces and Virgo.
- The last Aeon, that of Osiris, is
connected to Aries and Libra.
- 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;
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, r
eplaces 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.
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.
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
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
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"
was served by Vestal Virgins who were originally harlot-priestesses.
Then, "Hearth" and "Earth" both arose from the altar of the Saxon
, 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.
( pronounced-Easter), the Mesopotamian creatrix, was considered the
"Great Whore of Babylon", (Briffault 3, 169) who announced, "A prostitute compassionate am I."
(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.
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.
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