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The Tarot of Eli: The Thoth Tarot- ATU 11-Lust & The Witches Tarot- Key 8-Strength

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Witches Tarot- Key 8-Strength, uses the Traditional Tarot expression of this Tarot Key. Here, the auburn haired woman, leans into a very calm and purring lion. Her touch alone, calms the savage beast. The crown of oak leaves, that she wears, represents strength. A lemniscate, a sign of infinity, glows above her head. The Lemniscate (A Greek word meaning "ribbon") represents the 0 that equals 2, hence, the wyrd math of 0=8 (Wyrd is old English for "weaving" or "To weave".) Here, the O who is sexless, has invented male and female of itself as 8, 2 "O's" that are really one.

Her white and red gown, is of the colors of the goddess. Around her neck are 8 glowing rubies, signifying the life-giving "blood of the Mother", and the number of rubies is associated with the card. The ruby is noted for enhancing a positive and courageous state of mind.

The garland of red roses that are draped over the beautiful woman and magnificent lion,signifying a link of harmony and beauty that ties their strength together. The Strength of the woman is quiet strength, feminine power and enjoyment of the situation. The strength of lion,who is strong enough to tame his wild impulses, to have self control, and allow himself the pleasure of the experience. Together, they form a bond of power, strength and pleasure.

The anima, and animus of Earth, 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; this Divine Frenzy.

However, in most of us, we are divided against ourselves and our vigorous life-force and devote the creative power of lust to the ignorant duality of good and bad self-identity. 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.

KNOW YE NOT, THAT YE ARE GODS! [Psalms , 82-6] New International Version
"I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.'

We are Divinity dancing as the active Goddess and God, joined in one image, as the DNA of our earthly mother and fathers, become one in us. The Will of the Divine Creative is to be. Hence, the Kether, whose name in Hebrew is Eheieh, which means "I Will Be". Therefore, we of the HuMan (god-mind) whose self-expression is "Being", fulfill that Will!

"Blaspheme", shouts the enslaved mind, who thinks it needs a master to get to know the creator and must grovel in shame at its feet. Yet, we are the Master and the Masterpiece, manifested as one Spirit-Mind-Body, trinity of the Greater Self. Hu=is Mandarin for god, and Man, is from the Hindu word Manas, meaning Mind. You See, by our own words, we are the HuMan that owns the masterpiece of the homo sapient body. I have only one Master, the I AM of Me. I know the Lust of Being..the Love of Vigor and I stand in quiet joy with my Creator.

When the Lust 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 now! We are not to be "wanna-be's" who are the faux life of the past emotions, 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, nor our past –our definition belongs only to our passionate creative self as the Divine grant of “freedom of choice” in the Now. Divinity gave you the right to define yourself as an image of the Supreme Being-Adam Khadmon (Qabalah tree of life) and to "see error and correct it", an operation of the Aware Self that we call "Wisdom". Peer pressure is not your definition, for you are peerless in your own I AM Me! It is our uniqueness that makes us all one. Hence, each of us is on our own time-line, and evolve at our own pace.

To those of magic, lust is not obsession with the opposite sex. It is obsession with being. It is the luster of Will- 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 ( later bastardize into "son") of creative passion that restores life in the dead. Therefore even in the most mundane indolence, we can dance!

{ Eli Serabeth, 1983, the class text of "Enfleshenment"]

We see in both the Witches Tarot - key 8-Strength and the Thoth Lust-ATU 11, card the universal myth known as "beauty and the beast". This key represents the beauty (Tiphareth, the central sun 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 homo sapiens, 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.

Lust comes from the root word Lustre which is radiance. We cannot shine if we are not in our strength and we are not in our strength when our mind is divide against our body. 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 vigorous life! We all have much more purpose than we can see out of animal eyes! 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 the concrete was the one made of mere soggy tissue paper. In all of us is this quiet manifestation of strength, a sleeping roaring fire of Kundalini, the inner "lion-serpent", coiled up awaiting the Powerful call of "I AM ME". We all are Chimera's , a combination of the Divine Will and the Instinctual animal brains of Earth, i.e. the combination of the HuMan and the Homo Sapiens. Those who walk as Dragon's know this to be true. We are not fear, we are the Law of Love in manifestation, we Love under Will. No one can make us "not love", for we are Dragons who choose how we treat others, no matter how they treat us. For how others treat others, is their limitations, not ours.

As probably noted: The Thoth Deck LUST card, key-11, replaces the STRENGTH, card which is Key-8 in the Traditional Tarot Decks. Strength is also key 11 in the Golden Dawn and Ryder-Waite, Spiral Tarot and Manara Tarot Decks. So it may be confusing when Crowley and I place it in the Path of Teth, which is normally called STRENGTH-Key 8. 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. Lust is 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; an "Atom" Khadmon. 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

(in yoga) is the latent female energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine; the "inner soul" that

is known as the Sacred Fire, when in its active phase, purposely unleashed 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-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- 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 Card, is a statement of methodology; whereby the Will controls the Vital Life Energy of Spiritual Fire. 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 the loneliness of the One and split into two, as Other, the Lover and the Most Beloved.

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 Annanaki ("Those who from the sky came") and animal DNA mixing, creating the Nephilim and/or Titans, that are 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 and/or suffers from "knee jerk" emotions.

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 homo sapiens. It is our Titanic inheritance awaiting the Personality of a Dragon before it is released to our Brain. 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.

[Whore of Babylon by Dave Lebow.]

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. Something more for the diligent student to investigate, for in each of us is the Anima (Latin for Spirit), our Muse, our Female Companion, our Most Beloved-Kundalini.

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 overcome. 
  • Following one’s own inner light, doing what their "heart of heart".
  • Inner -self, says it 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 dragon like power, courage, energy, action and magnanimity.
  • One is experiencing the Law of Self-Domination, self-rule and self-control
  • This card represents the querent’s' passion, awareness, and aliveness
  • A symbol that you have a strong faith in your abilities. You have no qualms about relying on the spiritual powers within in order to handle the situation at hand.
  •  In other words you radiate your inner beauty

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