Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot Key 11: LUST & The B.O.T.A. Tarot Key 11: JUSTICE
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot Key 11: LUST & The B.O.T.A. Tarot Key 11: JUSTICE

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck Key 11-Lust, is represented in many decks, as the Strength-key-8 card;  as most decks call Key 11-Justice. 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 just 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, symbolized as a Lion, 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) is shown a little drunk, maybe a little mad with ecstasy riding upon a lust inflamed lion. This illustration 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. Zeus was said to visit his female lovers as a Serpent. Similar fables are to found in every religion based on the Dying God (the Aeon of Osiris).

 Again: The Thoth Deck LUST card, key-11, replaces the "watered down" 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 place it in the Path of Teth, which is normally called STRENGTH-Key  8 and not with those decks Justice Key 11.

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 as the two of I AM , 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 Life-Force.  Thus, Lust, where active and passive forces come together in a swirling motion, 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 unladen 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 (Gaäl), 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/Binah key 3.

Again, this is a very powerful Qabalistic path of Magick and those of sensitive psyche, will be profoundly affected. One must appreciate the fact, that this Hermetic Path of Teth (meaning Snake), Lust Card, is a statement of methodology, whereby the Original 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 physical and therefore sensual 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 "fence sitting" persona.

In other words, one must be diligently trained in channeling higher and higher vibratory levels of Vital Life Force, where all three of themselves, Soul, Mind and Body function as one mechanism of creation, before they "Ride the Lion-Serpent". For this "Bad boy" 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 Kundalini Serpent Power. This Spiraling Power is the Force of Fiery Life 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 (Scarlet Woman), 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", whores 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,Priestess of the Temple of 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 the embodiment 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". This Solar Vitality, is not of Earthly being, it is our "stash" of inherited power form the "Angels that mated with the women of men". It makes an ordinary human into a Titan, and it must never be summoned by those who are not "Whole in themselves"! For as any great force of purification, it will exploit the cracks in ones psyche! This is True Star Power, and it will be the most powerful magic practiced, i.e. "Sex Magick", this I know as I have been trained in the "Fiery Arts" but only after I had been totally destroyed and resurrected by the Scarlet Woman (There is no husband until she calls him husband). Some would call this the "dark night of the Soul", but let me tell you, this is the "Burning" where total annihilation of the dragonish self happens and a Phoenix arises out of the ashes. Do Not Mess around with this Force! Please, do not follow those who wish to open up you kundalini in practices, before you are "at one with your inner self" and or Christos or Buddha within. We do not need more people admitted to the "mad house".

Therefore, the practices of Divination, such as Tarot, Runes, Numerology, and Astrology will begin the gentle process of "rising the kundalini", as one grows equally with self-knowledge. The inner self will be in charge of this growth and all will be well. Remember, the Thoth Tarot, and others of the Hermetic Qabalah, speak in symbolic image to the Divine Collective Unconscious, in such away that all is held in balance and progressive enlightenment. Trust the Spirit of you, who out of it's own "Lust to be" created you.

Since the Lust card is related to the Sun, there are Correspondences:  11-Lust & 19-TheSun. By knowing and utilizing these correspondences, one greatly enhances ritual magick.
To reiterate: The Thoth Deck, 11-Lust is the Strength or Justice Card in many other decks. Crowley (and Lady Frieda Harris) knew that the Lust of Creation, was the underlying Strength in Life Itself.
In this correspondence the astrological sign is; Strength/Lust-Leo and the astrological Planet; The Sun. I know many people fear and therefore do not understand the word Lust, but it relays the tremendous passion that gave birth to the "Big Bang" and the word Strength seems to be a bit watered down. As A.Crowley wrote about the Lust card: "Migrate Energy with Love; but let Love devour all things."

The astrological form of key 11- Lust: I will. The astrological motion of the Sun-Key19: I seek myself through what I create.

Rune stones are: Lust-Uruz, the run of strength, sacrificial animals, and physical endurance.

The Rune stone for The Sun: Sowelu, the rune of wholeness and the life forces; means "the Sun." Primary color is Yellow and secondary is mustard.

Lust and The Sun are associated with the Third Chakra (the Navel or Manipura Chakra) of the solar plexus and indicate will power, wishes, metabolism, humor, wisdom, ego, attitudes, prejudices, reactions, ideas, intellectual analysis, ...it is the chakra of the Inner Intelligence.

The stones/minerals of this association are; Topaz, amber, citrine, tsilaisite tourmaline, yellow fluorites, yellow calcedony.

The corresponding musical notes are: Lust-E# and for The Sun-D.

The Qabalistic letters are: Lust-simple letter-Taste. The path (Tree of Life) Hebrew alphabet-Teth, The Intelligence of all the activities of the Spiritual Beings. The symbolic meaning is-snake.

For The Sun- double letter- Fertility-Barrenness. The path-Resh, The Collecting Intelligence. Symbol of meaning-Head.

The Herbal essences: Lust- Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Orange. For The Sun the herbal essences are: Cinnamon, Mandarin or Tangerine, Frankincense.

The Correspondence of Lust and The Sun produces Passive Magick which is the ability to create magick by trusting the (lust) plan of operation to God. The most potent kind of magic since the Original Lust is involved and it comes with release from personal desire for one's own ends, patience through faith (trust) and power through acceptance. In other words, releasing the goal to the expansion and liberation of Life (The Great Work) of which you are a part of.

Again, when assembling all these correspondences, mineral, essences, etc. One of each is enough; However, each has an associating "vibration" so the greater the influence is felt with the "many". For those of you who really wish to do powerful passive magic meditation, assemble the stones/minerals in a large circle, place within that circle a pillow to sit on, the Lust Card and The Sun card as focal points of meditation, Herbal essences may be outside the circle . Have a pitch pipe inside the circle with you and blow the notes associated with both cards and vocalize your trust in The Divine Creative (Thy will be done)---then focus on the union of the Cards.

I often place four cinnamon essence-lit candles in a square (four corners of the room) and circle the stones within that square and place a bowl of water with Rosemary herb/ or Juniper Berry essence with in the circle with me. The Vibrations of Energy seem to be greatly enhanced by such a construct as the flames of the candles hold the invoked energy within it, causing a circular motion within the square.

The B.O.T.A. Key 11 is called JUSTICE,  and stands for equilibrium, balance etc., all of which are represented by title and scales. Also represented is the Hindu doctrine of Karma: literal interpretation is that of Action or Work and manifests itself as the law of undeviating justice. (Such is the Kundalini, for all that isn't actively worked out in the emotions, mind and body of a person will be enacted with great undeviating power, posing great danger to a culturally indoctrinated persona).

This card also represents the truth of the "Cause and effect" world we live in, as every action has an equal and opposite reaction and/or we reap what we sow.
The two curtains suggest the duality of equal and opposite and balance just by their symmetry.

The repeat of the pillar and veil symbolism of Key 2, is shown by the Throne.
The movement of spirit in the world of form is represented as the circle and square on the front of the crown.

The sword represents discrimination/discernment which is closely allied to Justice.

Dr. Paul Foster Case states in his booklet-Highlights of Tarot that:
"Key 11 is the agency through which all of the forces represented by Keys 1 to 10 are transferred to the manifesting powers represented by the Keys 12 to 21. This cryptic statement deserves
a great deal of thought on your part. You will be well rewarded by your effort."

When the Lust or Justice 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.
  • Use of magical power.
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Control of the Life force
  • A great love affair with the "secret lover".
As pertaining to the Justice card:
  • Justice.
  • Balance.
  • Adjustment towards equilibrium.
  • Suspension of action pending a decision.
  • May refer to law suits, trials, marriages, treaties, etc.  

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