Thoth- ATU 11-Lust
Daughter of the Flaming Sword.
In this Military Industrial Empire, which indoctrinates by dividing and conquering, through pleasure /pain training, we have forgotten our Lust for being by dividing our spirit from our mind and bodies; as if spirit was an achievement rather than the one spiral of harmonic energy microwaves animating us. 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 power, Lust of Being. In-Form-Action, has just become media imposed reaction.
The Thoth Lust card represents the powerful purpose of androgynous being, with the Grail/Graäl held high, filled with the "Scarlett womb" energy that is the primal force of Life known as "Mothers Blood". The Priestess (ATU/Key 2) is seen riding the Lust for life that is all around us, through us and is us as the Light of the Stars. Hence, the Lion Leo is her spirited mount in Lady Harris's art.
The anima, and animus of the Universe, are the many faces of life that is 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 fiery spirit; 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. 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. Nothing is black and white, that is why Chokmah the 2nd Sephiroth-Wisdom is Gray.
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 unabashed self. We live 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”, begun with I AM! 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- 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
Some 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 represents the Saints that have tamed the beast within which the Babylon 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, for Lust is the Love of vigor!
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 awaits the focused light of will.
The Thoth LUST card, ATU/Key-11, replaces the STRENGTH, card which is the Traditional Tarot Key 11 . Strength is key 11 in the Golden Dawn and Rider-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. 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. In my opinion it should also be called "Serpent theory" instead of the Quantum Physics "String Theory" (Serpent theory was coined long before 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, in a vigorous dance, seems a more appropriate understanding of the underlying "motion" of Life which the ancients always drew as a serpent.
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. Dr. Paul Foster Case, founder of B.OT.A. , calls this Fire, the Adorable Fire; Mostafa Jahaladine Rumi, a 12th Century Sufi poet called it "The Burning".
The UNIVERSE ATU- 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 and Phallus, 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, wrapped in the Frequency that began life (Python) , the "First Husband"<,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 and unlocks the "Serpent at the base of the spine" that the Hindu call Kundalini. 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 and/or the Great Work of "As above, so below". So let us all ride the “Lion Serpent” or Inner Dragon-Serpent, with the powerful presence of loving control and shameless presence! This is the Divine Frenzy that obliterated one and split into two; 0=2. It
Self-annihilation is also the process of becoming two, Force and Form, who then become One Dragonish expression of Frenzy and Form a fiery dance or rhythm of fiery light 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 Golden Children (Tiphareth-Beauty)This also includes the Genetically modified Organisms derived from Angelic and animal interbreeding, the Nephilim, that is created to challenge the rules of material limits and expand them if not to eliminate them altogether.
This perfect dance of force and form, requires a focused willful spiritual intelligence, and not some mad Hatter type of personality, that can't even control its own indoctrinated thought!
Skry the Lust card only after you are capable of holding one thought or image focus during an entire meditation! I would recommend a diligent practice of Kundalini Yoga. 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-there is a warning in this word, for untrained Lust can take one beyond any form of sanity.
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.
Kundalini yoga derives from kundalini, defined in Vedantic culture as energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection. Kundalini is believed by adherents to be power associated with the divine feminine. Kundalini yoga as a school of yoga is influenced by Shaktism and Tantra schools of Hinduism. It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of mantra, tantra, yantra, yoga, or meditation.
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 making it a "Philosopher's Stone/Material". 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 physical body. 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. Something more for the diligent student to investigate! I would recommend the getting of Barbara Walker's book: The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myth and Secrets and learn what was really known before the propaganda of the patriarchy took over our minds.
The Lust card is not about pornography or Crowley's "dirty mind". Rather it is a vibrant image of a sublime Universal Spiritual Arcanum.; The ecstatic rapture or dissolution of all that we are ("The blood of the Saints") into the Universal Self of the Divine Creative and/or godhead (symbolized as the "great whore" and the (W)Holy Gaäl that she embodies). There is nowhere in here a statement of morality or immorality. Presented in the Lust Card is the mystery of Babylon; a mystery that concerns the reabsorption of all evolving life and consciousness into Binah, the Great Supernal Female (The Universal Collective Unconscious).
Gothic Tarot-Key 11-Strength
The wisdom of self-discipline.
The Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot-Key 11-Strength, does actually display a woman carrying her own light, and a skrying orb often called a "crystal ball". Here the Red Dragon (Kundalini) yields to the Woman's will and is displaying the inner composure of the heart. Her offering to the seeker is wisdom and knowledge of self-discipline (Kundalini Yoga-Meditation etc.) allowing the diligent one to "Above all things, Know thyself".
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" tells them.
- 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
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Lack of fulfillment.
- Perversion and addiction due to repressed instincts.
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