The Milo Manara Erotic Tarot-Key 11-Strength, keeps the traditional tarot name for this Key, but shows an image that is much like the title of the Thoth ATU 11-Lust. However, if this is a metaphor for the strong hold the female has on the male phallus, it is appropriate. The Phallus represents the fertile and/or fecund force of creation. It begins with "I Will Be" of Kether, on the Tree of Life, and burns its way down the Tree in a vigorous Lightning Path of fecund creation.
Then there is the fact that the act of giving birth to, is a feminine act. The Creatrix has given birth to the phallus, as the "other", her most beloved. Therefore, the phallus is another way to be the womb. The female, is the form that has been transformed into male, so that the process of conception and birth, can build the diversity of Life itself. Life is vigor. Lust is love of vigor. Love of Life. Strength is power, vigor, courage, virtue, triumph over brutality, and ambition. All of this is shown in the Manara Card. Milo assigned the meaning of Libra to this card, it is "I balance", harmony and union.
In this Military Industrial Empire, which indoctrinates by dividing and conquering, we have forgotten our Lust for being by dividing our spirit from our bodies; as if spirit was an achievement of the flesh rather than the Willed- Spiral of energy animating us as Life. Because of this divisionism we have become automatons of our environment who are reaction instead of the powerful positive active expression of I AM ME who changes environment by the vigorous power, Lust of Being.
The Thoth -ATU 11-Lust card represents the powerful purpose of androgynous being, with the Grail held high, filled with the "Scarlett womb" energy that is the primal force of Life. The Priestess (key 2) is seen riding the Lust for vigorous life that is all around us, through us and is us.
The anima (feminine-Spirit), and animus (masculine Soul) are the many faces of life that all are under the leadership of the Active Goddess. This is the universal principle of Passion, awareness and aliveness! This is self-esteem, and the courage necessary to acknowledge the inner convictions so necessary to manifest as the Passionate Creative-Self. In all of us is this irresistible strength of Earth and Sun/Son; this Divine Frenzy.
However, in most of us, we are divided against ourselves and devote the creative power of lust to good and bad creativity, all of which is designated by those who rule definition. Resulting in division of forces and unable to call upon the inner power that cleaves us from our chains of fear based self-imposed slavery. In slavery, slowly our vigor bleeds away.
We are Divinity dancing as the active Goddess and God whose self-expression is "Being"!
When this card falls in a reading, it means that you are in union with or you should be listening to the passionate roar of I Am that resides in your very essence of soul in order to find the bliss within that radiates you as it’s very creative and unashamed self.
We live in the Eternal Now! We are not to be "wanna-be's" who are the faux life of the past, hoping for a pretend future, therefore, not living the truth of today's passionate expression of I Am Me! Our definition belongs to no one, not our environment, not our parents, not our rulers and not our theologians –our definition belongs only to our passionate creative self as the Divine grant of “freedom of choice” to be . Divinity gave you the right to define yourself as an image of the Supreme Being (Qabalah tree of life). Peer pressure is not your definition!
To those of magic, lust is not obsession with the opposite sex. It is obsession with being. It is the luster of Will- The I AM, that ejaculated this universe of self into self- manifestation in the womb of “To Be”. It is the indivisible creative strength of I Am Me that radiates through us, outward, as a sun of creative passion that restores life in the dead. Therefore even in the most mundane indolence, we can dance!
-Eli Serabeth, the class text: Enfleshenment
We see in this card the universal myth known as "beauty and the beast". This key represents the beauty (Tiphareth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life) that is represented in all of us as combinations of talent, gifts, and creative resources which can quell our bestial natures. When our heart, mind and spirit are in a balanced combination of movement and repose--we manifest divine beauty. The multi-headed lion on the Thoth Lust card represents the beasts within which Beauty has tamed to do her creative biding. She expands and liberates the living from their past bonds of survival thinking onward to greater achievements of courageous creation. The "Will to Form", is the Creatrix and she loves her "beasts". Hence, we must as a psyche,love our own beast-the homo sapiens form we have adopted as "self-expression" in this world of matter, if we wish to communicate with Her.
Lust comes from the root word Lustre which is radiance. We cannot shine if we are not in our strength. Fear of our "beasts within" steadily weakens us until we cannot radiate our purpose on this earth. Beauty created us to radiate ourselves into the movement of life! We all have much more purpose than we can see! Strength and Lustre are inseparable partners in creation. This can easily be seen as a soft and spongy mushroom pushes through hard concrete as if it was mere soggy tissue paper. In all of us is this quiet manifestation of strength.
The Thoth Deck LUST card, key-11, replaces the STRENGTH, card which is the 9 of Wands in the Thoth Deck. Strength is key 11 in the Golden Dawn and Ryder-Waite, Spiral Tarot and Manara Tarot Decks. So it may be confusing when I place it in the Path of Teth, which is normally called strength. As I stated, I agree with Aliester Crowley's expansion of the STRENGTH card, into the LUST card, because it is the Passionate Vital Force of Universal Construction, "the motion within the movement" of everything...the Vigorous dance of atoms and the Passionate expression of the- I AM as Two, the I-phallus and the Am-womb, who then Join to become One Passion that creates all, i.e... The Active and Passive force of Kundalini, and/or of the 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 strong atomic 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 active phase, purposely unleased 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-Creatrix who has tamed the Lion-Serpent and the womb 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/Strength is a statement of methodology; whereby the Will to Be ls 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 - to-Power in this dimension of crystallized energy; a power to weave our very own Vital Life Force into masterpieces of movement and repose! So let us all ride the “Lion Serpent” or Inner Dragon, with the powerful presence of loving control and shameless presence! This is the Divine Frenzy that obliterated one and split into two. It is the divine 0 that equals 8.
Self-annihilation is also the process of becoming two, Force and Form, who then become One Dragonish expression of Frenzy and Form, when the Red-Babalon (Crowley’s spelling for purposes of Gematria) unites with the Golden Fiery Force of the Solar Husband, the offspring are Beautiful Monsters. Genetically modified Organisms derived from Angelic and animal interbreeding, the biblical Nephlim is created to challenge the rules of limits and expand them if not to eliminate them altogether.
This requires a focused willful spiritual intelligence, and not some mad Hatter type of personality, that can't even control its own thought.
Skry the Lust card only after you are capable of holding 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 denial based 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" of greed and sexual conquest 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., where lust becomes a violent form of masturbation.
Lust represents a very important initiatory formula dealing with Serpent Power. This Spiraling Power is the Force that opens, stimulates or spools up 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 becomes; “the heat of the furnace makes the Stone" or if religious; “inflame thyself with Prayer". The Heat applied, is the Great Passion at friction in the confines of a condensed magnetic field that is the human. This Heat or burning is experienced often in Tantric exercises, or the exercise of the Middle Pillar (Aliester 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. Then there is the modern knowledge that only from Red Stars, are the wombs in which the carbon atom is created. Carbon, is the most flexible of all atoms and will unite with most any other atom and therefore creating our periodic table of elements. Hence, the Red Star Carbon Atom, is the Scarlet womb-man of the Universe; the Divine Whore, as she will mate with all,is scarlet and is not in the least interested in a monogamous relationship. The Carbon atom is indeed in love with vigorous union.
When the Lust/Strength card is thrown during a reading:
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