The Thoth Tarot Key 11-Lust & The
SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 8-Strength:
The Thoth Lust Card-Key 11-is
represented in many decks, as the Strength-key-11 card or the Strength
card as Key 8. Crowley believe that there is far more truth and magick
in the title of Lust and the number 11.
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
implies not only Strength but " the joy of strength exercised".
To me, it is vigor and the rapture of vigor expressed in the True Presence of our Photon Psyche.
This Rapturous Vigor represents something I call "Will to Be"; when the
Soul's/Psyche'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.
that the knowledge 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 easily 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 or Tet
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 and the fire) that combines the
many headed lion body with a haloed Serpent tail.
The Thoth Lust card
portrays the original marriage as it occurs in nature showing a divine
drunkenness or ecstasy rather than the Strength Tarot Card traditional-
woman with her hand in the mouth of a lion. The Scarlett Woman, on the
Thoth card (representing the Moon) 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. Here is the reasoning behind diversity and
The Thoth Deck Lust card portrays the Will of the Aeon.
The goddess is holding high The Grail filled with "the blood of Saints"
(A western magic euphemism for menstrual blood) , 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.
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, 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).
The Lust Card of Thoth Tarot and Strength card of the SpellCaster's Tarot, is THE Qabalistic Tree of Life- PATH OF TETH: Key 11-Lust ( Key 8-Strength):
* Primary color: Yellow-Greenish
* Musical note: E
*Astrological Sign: Leo (fixed fire)
* Word Meaning: Snake
* Simple Letter: Taste
*Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Flaming Sword
THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM (Dr.Paul Foster Case) : The
Nineteenth Path is the Intelligence of all the activities and spiritual
beings, and is so called because of the affluence diffused by it from
the most high blessing and most exalted sublime glory.
Connecting both Geburah (severity) and Chesed (mercy)
, The Path of Teth,
forms the first path of the Microprosopus (The Lesser Countenance of
the Universe known as the Microcosm) . This Path is the outpouring of
energy from Chesed
in the process of creation, therefore, Chesed is the ejaculating Phallus--which is why Crowley named his card Lust-"
frenzy"- instead of the more common usage of Strength. His most
repeated instruction was to ,"Inflame Thyself with Prayer"
corresponds to the Alchemist expression of, " The heat of the furnace
makes the Stone."
(Philosopher's Stone). Here Great Passion is a heat
acquired and confined by the initiate during an magical exercise such
as that of the Middle Pillar (Crowley's book-777).
This is not for the impatient or "fearful of effort" and extreme passion, as Paul Foster Case stated often and repeatedly," By
prolonged practice...pursued something for months and years without
apparent result, those who follow the Way of Liberation (to expand and
liberate-Tantra) effect changes in their subconsciousness. These changes
are symbolized by Key 8 (Key 11) (Strength/Lust card) and produce at
the same time the result shown in Key 16 (The Tower)."
The student must understand that the whole point of meditation
exercises is an actual and subtle change in the structure of the body
cells. Dion Fortune (Mystical Qaballah) called the Qaballah, "Yoga of
the West"---Yoga being "communion". In actuality it is the Tantra yoga
of the West. Tantra is Sanskrit for "to expand and liberate" and
Yoga-meaning communion, makes the expression Tantra Yoga, mean," To
expand and liberate through communion", a mutual and often
lengthy process of 2 becoming 1. The Word Qabalah means "receiving", so to receive and to expand and liberate, is the Qabalistic way.
Indeed, I had to go through years of
effort in exercises (Tantra and Qaballah) and meditation to be able to "Stand On The Path of Teth", my persona immersed
in the "divine frenzy". Then to teach the Great Passion "To Be", to my
students, without going into a sexual obsession, for the body reacts sexually to this power. The Energy flow is as Tireless as the stars,
and one's Psyche also becomes that in its expression, but only after a
constant "dipping" in and out of that Fiery Passion, sometimes to points
of one's own considerable frenzy, that burns away the indoctrinated
perspectives of the man-made world. The Fire cleanses one of all illusions.
The Path of Teth (Strength/Lust)
leads to the edge of the Abyss---the Source of All,
The Ultimate Simplicity; the paradox is that the nearer we are to the
ONE- the more complex becomes the Symbolism for words cannot convey the
Knowledge- flow of the "Fiery Sun" (The Fiery creative-Conscious) ! Thus,
Leo is the symbol of the "Sun Lion" and it is the lion which is
permitted to open the Sacred Scroll of the Apocalypse. In other words,
the Solar intelligence, represented by this Key, can open higher levels
of consciousness beyond the Sun (Tiphareth) itself.Here, on the SpellCaster's Tarot-Lady Lust, is riding the Solar Lion, while invoking or casting a spell with wand raised. Here, the Powerful Animal instinct is linked with the Higher Consciousness of the Photon-Mind, that is the Higher Self and/or The Photon Sun Core of our Galaxy. With in us all resides a Power, to change all that is observed. We are all unstoppable, when the Lion of Spirit, and the Beast of Earth are linked in one focus.
The symbolism of this is "Sun god"
(or Christian Christ)
is often the image of Sun God Mithras, whose body is human, but whose
head is that of a lion, showing a brute force ("divine frenzy") which
may be used constructively or destructively. He is also often shown with
the twin serpent forces of Masculine and Feminine, suggesting an
androgynous creativity. This Path of Teth
, Serpent, is the
Forge of Geburah's Sword and indicates a caution that the invoking
philosopher may be overwhelmed by this power. Therefore, not unlike the
story of Daniel in the Lion's den, he must hold back the destructive
power of the Lion through force of will; a will that strong takes time
to develop and is not an over-night sensation; it takes time... often a
lot of it. I have students protesting this, yet they haven't even
developed the will to stop being a "want-to-be" as their personality's
reality, is still that of desire; yet, the Path of Teth, the
Lust/Strength card, is called the "Lust without need of result". . You
must be an undaunted "I AM" to wield the PRIMAL Will of one who Controls
the Lion! But the fact that their Personality, and/or animal ego, is
fighting to hold onto its delusional past of "survival thinking",
AVOIDING meditations and "sex" rituals---shows that it sees the danger
of Real Sun/Son before it and fears its personal survival! Now those of
cultural mind must willfully proceed, by overcoming the inner trickster
who tries to waylay them with excuses why not to meditate or skry on a
tarot card. Meditation on The Cards aids us in releasing the false self
and become the Real Person of Photon Psyche who's older than time itself!
In Alchemy, the symbol of the lion has three forms;
1-The Green Lion, the energy of nature before it is purified and subjected to the will.
The Red Lion, the force of nature under perfect control (The controlled
energy flow developed by Tantra Yoga) which is the Alchemical Sulphur (solar energy) combined with Mercury (will).
3- the Old Lion, the completely purified consciousness, linking the Soul with the Higher Spiritual Self which is "older than time itself."
Because of the inexplicable knowledge of this Path
, words tend to develop confusion rather than clarity, as often the symbolic Lion -Sun, is at one level, the Kerub of Fire
symbol of the Four elements, but this is not the same flow as the lion
of the Sun's Spiritual Fire and/ or Kundalini, which is also a Serpent
(Serpentine flow) of Fire and Water, Divine Masculine and Divine
Feminine, respectively. The fiery Lion-Serpent is an aspect of the Life
Force, which in manifestation, is a duality of activity (masculine) and
passivity (feminine). Kundalini, the Sacred Fire, is the active phase,
purposely unleashed and directed by the Will of Watery Mother, i.e. "Holy Grail".
This "divine frenzy" of Lust
without need of result,
represents a very important initiatory formula dealing with the Serpent
Power (shown on the Thoth Lust Card as the Haloed Serpent Tail) which is used
to stimulate the various centers of energy in the body (Chakras). There
are seven Chakras which are activated by the Lion-Serpent Power. Hence,
this taming of the Lion by the "Womb-man" in the Lust Card, means that
to bring the energies symbolized by the Lion with it's head of
Archetypes, under perfect control, is to open the seven- seals (Chakras)
on the Book of Reality above the Abyss. Where one may know "The Above"
(Supernal Triangle of the Tree of Life)--from which all manifestation
emerges. This "opening" is an important Path of transition---a gateway
to Daath (knowledge) and/or the Solar Self.
The Path of Teth, connects Chesed
(Mercy) and Geburah (Severity) and channels a great outpouring of
Energy from the Masculine Chesed, to the Feminine Geburah. This Great
Outpouring, is the Path on which Fire becomes Light, which produces a
"heated" manifestation. The Path of the Flaming Sword and/or "Flaming
Serpent" is also known as the progeny of the "Daughter of the Flaming
Sword", i.e. The Lust/Strength tarot card. The SpellCaster's Tarot depicts the
Daughter of the Flaming sword, as a very convincing Woman of
Strength, The Red color of this
Scarlet Woman's hair, represent the mysterious Scarlet Woman that is called the "Babylon" by Crowley.
The Red Gail and the White Grail, both aspects of the Great All Mother
and Divine Creative, are shown as a volcanic island, where serpents swim to, radiating the white light.
The Supernal Triangle
is composed of Kether (Crown), Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah
(Understanding), and is composed of what Paul Foster Case stated in his
BOOK OF TOKENS, as the "Radiant darkness of the Limitless light." The
Supernal Triangle is above the Abyss, while the Path of Teth
crosses just below
it (the yellow path between Chesed and Geburah). Thus the Path of Teth, Lust, is the first Path of Microprosopus (Microcosm or Lesser Countenance.
) and the Primary Path of the Higher Self, linking great opposites below the Abyss.
As symbols interchange
such as the Lion and Serpent (later: Chimera), one understands that the
realities these symbols represent, can also be interchanged. In
truth, the 1st law of Thermodynamics states that: ," There is only one Energy that can not be created nor destroyed, only transformed,"
which can be interpreted as the One Spirit of Qabalah
. Transformation means that Spirit
can take any form it wills and in great fecund diversity, as the earth and Universe has shown.
Wisdom, is often
represented by the snake holding its tail in its mouth (also a 8
symbol). Many of us of the western cultures, know that the Serpent was
also considered the Tempter
, in the garden of Eden myth. However, since it is Fiery, the Serpent is vital Life Force
, and/or the Redeemer, a green serpent.
But then the Sun itself is both Tempter
, burning in its invisible heat, the tempted-nude-sun bather to near death on the beach and Redeemer
, by providing Vital Life Force to all things alive.
Transformation as sexual union can be confusing
but it should be known that without the flow of vital life force
between opposites, there would be no "Limited Light", that all
manifestation is constructed of. It should be noted that the "Power of
Limitation" begins as a sexual dance of particles. Thus, we have the Greater Countenance, the
Macrosopos, of Limitless Light, that can only be known as Darkness or
Dark Fire (Dark Energy), designing Two -Self concepts, Masculine
electric and Feminine Magnetic, so that limits could be produced by the
interchange of Forces and Form. The Dark Light is the invisible/unseen
subjective infinity of the One,(Macrosopos) and the Limited light of
manifestation is the Objective, and knowable finite side of the One
(Microsopos). The whole of which is often called by Gnostics as "The
Mirror"---one side infinitely dark, the Abyss, and the other side
reflective of the image of all who look into it. That could also be
called the Unconscious and the consciousness.
To put this simply, The Lust of the One,
by becoming Two who must always join in impassioned flow or mutual
attraction to create, (electric and magnetic become electromagnetic),
this union is the stuff of Vital Life Force. I think you can now see why
Vital Life force, is also called "sex energy". Crowley's idea of Lust
as the joy of Creation experiencing its strength, in my opinion, is right on the
button. For only in the Human body/Spirit Mind context, can the Divine Creative experience its Joyful Creative Strength! Hence, only through the intimacy of sensuality, can Creation experience itself!
The Lion symbol,
in the context of the Qabalah, has to do with Strength and is not a
representation of intellect, as it refers to the greatest strength of
all, the Light of the Sun, the ruler of Leo the Lion of Astrology. The
Solar Power represented in this Lust/Strength Card, can open the Higher
levels of Consciousness beyond the Sun (Tiphareth) itself. The graphic
representation of the Ancient god Mithra, whose body was that of a man
and whose head was that of a lion, depicts this concept
Also the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet,
was often shown drawn with a lioness head along with the Serpent and
Sun crown. She was a form of The Western Hathor (and later- Isis), as
the Sun sets in the West and in Egypt the West was the direction one
goes upon death to the Underworld.
The Brute Solar force of Kundalini
(Serpent Force--Vital Life Force) can be used destructively or
constructively, and on the very Path of Teth, flows the Vital Life
force from Chesed (Mercy) to Geburah (Severity) which forges the Sword of Geburah
the possibility of the initiate being overwhelmed by the power which one evokes their Inner Radiant Being. We are reminded
Re-Minded) here, that as the Sun is a vital life force to
manifestation, the Dark Sun, is vital to the flow of Higher
Thought. Therefore, knowing your limits, will keep you from objectively
becoming Sun burned in the flesh and subjectively experiencing the severity of a Mind Burn ( Emotional trauma) in the consciousness. Lust,
in a Divine Creative- sense, can "burn out your low voltage
earthly lights"! So the initiate must become adept at Self Knowledge, so
that they don't damage their "I sight" , by expanding it beyond the
"point of no return" when joining a personal intelligence with Higher
Intellectual Forces. Have fun deciphering that!
Putting aside metaphor,
too much Sun/Vital Force and/or Kundalini can be psychosomatically dangerous, so that is why the Tantrics, and Gnostics,
go through long, diligent meditations, exercises of intellect, rituals
both singular and dual and the use of philological devices (such as
Tarot) so that this flow of Vital Life Force is unblocked, unrestricted
(not feared), and can flow through and out into another, forming a Vital
Spiral of energy flow, that Re-Vitalizes Life. Making one a "Sun on Earth". So all of you who wish
to experience the Rapture of Kundalini, note that the Rapture can
become a Raptor to those whose "House is not built on a strong
foundation" of Love, both of Self and Others. Love of Being, is what
holds your molecules together, even under the rapid increase in atomic
vibration that your body under goes when the "Kundalini rises " The Lust
of God----is the Orgasm that never stops flowing, causing the
destruction and reconstruction of all life. It is also a rapture in the
individual that one can adapt to, but is never willing to stop.Kundalini fire, produces the "Philosophers Stone", a material change in the physical body.
Correspondences: 11-Lust & 19-The Sun.
In the Thoth Tarot, 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 the diversity of Life Itself.
this correspondence the astrological sign is; Strength/Lust-Leo and the
astrological Planet, The Sun. I know many people fear the word Lust, but it relays the tremendous passion that gave birth to the "Big Bang", the explosion of Photons, 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 Lust: I will.
The astrological motion of the Sun: 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 Chakra- of the solar
plexus that in Sanskrit is called the Manipura Chakra. This chakra
indicates will power, wishes, metabolism, humor, wisdom, ego, attitudes,
prejudices, reactions, ideas, intellectual analysis, ...it is the
chakra of The Intelligence.
The stones/minerals of this association are; Topaz, amber, citrine, tsilaisite tourmaline, yellow fluorites, yellow chalcedony.
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. The "Spiritual Beings" are what is often
called the 7 Immortals and/or Auric bodies of your Aura. However, I
think this is in error, for the 8th body of your Aura is the Physical
Body. It to is a Spiritual Being, called "organic matter", for it is
designed of Oroboros, the Serpent that Eats its own Tail. Which is a
metaphor for Organic Matter that eats itself to stay alive; a form of
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 Magic which is the ability to create magic by trusting
the (lust) plan of operation to the Divine Creative within. 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 of personal wants to the expansion and liberation of Life of
which you are a part of.
Again, when assembling all these correspondences for a magic ritual,
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 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
"Come forth, o children, under the stars,
& take your fill of love! I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is
in yours. My joy is to see your joy." [quoted from the BOOK OF THOTH by Master Theron]
alluded to previously in the explanation of the Thoth Tarot Lust card,
passionate prose may better explain this card than the stolid words of
academia. In fact, the scholars of the Aeon of Osiris, foresaw this
coming Aeon of Horus with the jaded eyes of fear, and horror. By not
understanding the recessions of the Eons (Aeon), they regarded every
change a catastrophe. They viewed the Scarlett Woman and the Beast, as fearful unknowns and poisoned every definition of the Aeon of Horus with diatribes of fear filled ignorance. The Beast,
is the Natural Animal mind of Earth, consisting of both the reptile
brain and the mammal brain., which are awake and functioning in most
people. However, the Hu-Man brain, which translates to mean God-Mind (Hu
is Mandarin for God and Man-Hindu word Manas meaning mind), is
either sound asleep in the majority of mankind or so distracted
by conflicting thought from the Social Group Mind that it would be
better off asleep.
The New Aeon of Horus,
is the period of the "22nd century" human whose God Mind (Imagination
+Consciousness) is awake and certain. Therefore, correcting and healing
the Social Group Mind of humankind, in both the group and the
individual. The Theory is, that if enough of the human species "knows
itself" and/or becomes enlightened, there will be a cascading effect in
the Societal Group Mind, awakening the rest of the "sleeping" human
species. In some fields of Scientific thought, this is called the "100th
Monkey Principle" (from studies of Japanese monkeys). You may want to
research this principle.
A.Crowley spent his entire long magick
career pursuing the Scarlett Woman,
and coined the Seven pointed Star (black and while illustration) which
included the name of the Goddess, her number and letters which he
spelled-B-A-B-A-L-O-N, because of the Gematria (refer to Liber XV
[Magick,pp.345sqq.]. This is a great mandala for meditation and by
deciphering the letters and symbols, it also reveals a Major Arcana
(secret sacrament) that absolutely must be known in order to work
Magick with the Great Red Binah (Scarlett Woman) and manifest The Great
Work ("As above, so below"). As Crowley has stated," This sacrament
is a physical-magical formula for attaining initiation.... and it is in
alchemy the process of distillation, operated by internal ferment, and
the influence of the Sun and the Moon."
On the Thoth Lust Tarot Card, Seven are the heads of the Beast
(Lion-Serpent) that the Scarlett Woman rides; the head of an Angel: the
head of a Poet: the head of a Saint: the head of a Adulterous Woman:
the head of a man of Valor: the head of a Satyr: and the head of the
Lion-Serpent. Behind the Beast, are the rayed circles of the Ten
Sephiroth, not yet in order, as every new Aeon demands a new system of
Universal classification. At the top of the Lust Card, are the Ten rays,
representing the Ten horns of the Beast and/or Ten Serpent forces sent
in every direction to destroy and re-create the world. Reincarnation is
part of this cards mystery.
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, often shown as a "lazy eight"
(figure eight laying on its side). Represented here is the Passion that
creates All, i.e. the Active and Passive Motive force of Kundalini,
and/or of Lion-Serpent/Electromagnetic microwave-vibration-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 Atoms, 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-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 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 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 and/or "The most beloved", 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!
But be warned, for "here be dragons", if your sexual desires are still
kept as those of a "wanna-be" man-made personality, upon encountering
the Kundalini, one will become so obsessed with sexual union, that they
can't eat or sleep and madly seek sexual gratification. This could be a time for institutionalization!
This Divine Frenzy requires a focused willful intelligence
much like Gilgamesh of Sumerian/Babylonian legend (shown and explained
in earlier blogs on Babylonian Tarot Cards) 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 and after one
has already met the "Secret Lover" within! 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 boy" is not just for any rodeo rider, it is
the impassioned 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 most every theologian's
or politician's "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 historical examples in Caligula, Adolf Hitler, Poe Pot etc.
To repeat a caution: 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 Mustafa 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.
( 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, via revisionism, an
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 "Powerful Form" of the Great Mother, is pretty
well illustrated on the Thoth and SpellCaster's Tarot.
Therefore, She is the Great
Whore and no man's servant; For She is impregnated by Suns....Something
more for the diligent student to investigate!
When the Lust or Strength card is thrown during a reading, it means:
querent will be experiencing or soon will be experiencing, in the next
11wks or months; passion, awareness, aliveness and strength to overcome.
- The querent is presently expressing their full creative abilities while also having a strong trust in those abilities.
is present the Principle of Courage and Self Esteem. The inner passion
of Will-To-Be- is appearing in the querent's waking consciousness.
- The querent could be called an Enchantress, or is a passionate animal /nature/ helper.
querent may also find Magical helpers through the Matriarchal Conscious
that brings sexuality and language to her people. Also, knowing from
the heart what is needed.
- Loving passion.
- 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.
If ill defined,
this card is about obstinacy and the negatives of the above passions
with out love. Spiritual and sexual deviancy, one of which is celibacy .
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!