Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth- ATU XI-Lust
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 I AM Energy into Self- manifestation in the womb of “To Be”. It is the indivisible creative strength of I Am The Divine Image/Child that radiates through us, outward, as a Sun of creative passion that restores life in the dead. Therefore, even in the most imposed mundane indolence, we can dance!
-1988 speech on "enfleshenment"-Eli
The Golden Tarot- Key 11-Strength (La Fortezza)
In this world of the Military Industrial Empire, which indoctrinates by propaganda and dividing and conquering through dogma and media, we have forgotten our Lust for being by dividing our spirit and mind from our bodies; as if spirit was an achievement rather than the harmonic spiral of energy animating us and/or our higher mental-nature into matter. 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. (whole spirit)who changes environment by the strength of Will and the powerful Lust of Being that began with Kether-Eheieh (I Will Be!). This card represents the powerful purpose of the Divine Hermaphrodite-Immortal Being that is our Soul, before our identity was lost in the a Paper Mache' mask of pasted on words.
On the Thoth Card, the Scarlet woman and/or Red Goddess is shown with the Grail held high, filled with the "Scarlett womb" energy that is the primal force of Life and/or "The Cleansing Blood of Mother". The High Priestess (key 2) is seen riding the Lust for life that is all around us, through us and is us. The anima, (female) and animus(Male) of Earth species assumed separation, 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, with the strength and the courage necessary to acknowledge the inner convictions so necessary to manifest as the Passionate Creative-Self. Deep In all of us is this irresistible strength of Spiritual Will ; this Divine Frenzy of I Am Me!
The Golden Tarot -Key 11-Strength, is done in the Traditional way of the old Tarot. However, instead of prying open the mouth of a lion, as in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot -Key 8-Strenth card, he is trying to club the lion to death. This image is based on the Sumer Hero myth of Gilgamesh, which later became the Greek Hercules myth. The lion stands for the inflated ego and/or the "animal survival" mind that seeks fame or fortune above all else. The Power of this card comes from Courage (from the Latin-cor-meaning "heart") that comes from the Soul and/or "heart" to tame the predator in mankind. However, a more modern approach is to Love as the solution rather than violence and it takes courage to love our predatory self, domesticating our "animal within".
Rider-Waite-Smith, Key 8- Strength
However, in most of us, the Divine-frenzy is suppressed as we are divided against ourselves and devote the creative power of lust to good and bad emotional Patriarchy-indoctrinated-creativity or lack thereof, resulting in division of forces and unable to call upon the inner power that cleaves us from our chains of fear based reactions, and therefore, indoctrinated self-imposed slavery. We are born to be the Children of Divinity dancing as the active images of Goddess and God and/or The Divine Creative, whose self-expression is "Being"-I AM ME! To Crowley, the Lust card replaces Strength, for it is more about the Love of Vigor, rather than suppressing the vigorous courage of the predator to move forward.
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 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”. Divinity, not a mask of "Words", gave you the right to define yourself as an image of the Supreme Being (Qabalah tree of life). Peer pressure, culture and language is not your definition!
We see in the Thoth Tarot card the universal myth known as "beauty and the beast". This key and/or the 19th Path of Teth, represents the Beauty (Tiphareth The 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life) that is represented in all of us a Soul built of combinations of talent, gifts, and creative resources from inherited Divinity, which can quell our body's bestial natures. When our Spirit, Mind, and Body are in a balanced combination of movement and repose--we manifest Divine Beauty. While the divided, play only a tune of discord, the undivided are a melody of Creative joy. The Spirit, I AM, daily kisses the body awake with the Divine Love of Being. This is Lust as Crowley states: "Lust through the joy of Strength exercised".
The multi-headed lion represents the beasts within which Beauty has tamed to do her creative biding, thus transforming the lion head into "the heads of the Saints" (Crowley). She expands and liberates the living from their past bonds of survival thinking onward to greater achievements of courageous and vigorous creation. Our word Lust comes from the root word Lustre which is radiance. We cannot shine if we are not in our strength which becomes divide and therefore, weak because of our ignorant fear of the survival mind of the "beasts within". Inner Strength is steadily weaken by daily divisionism, until we cannot radiate our purpose on this earth. Beauty (The Sun/Son of the Divine Creative) created the Soul that is our true "us" to radiate ourselves into the movement of vigorous life! We all have much more purpose than we can see in a world of slaves and masters! Strength and Lustre are inseparable partners in creation.
This lust to be; this strength, can easily demonstrated as the inner power of a soft and spongy mushroom as it pushes through hard concrete as if this hard surface was mere soggy tissue paper. In all of us lives this quiet manifestation of strength that can push through what seems to be imposing blockages.
The Thoth Deck LUST card, ATU-11, replaces the traditional STRENGTH, card which is Key-8 in the old Tarot Decks. Strength is key 8 in the Triple Goddess Tarot, Golden Dawn, Rider-Waite-Smith, Spiral Tarot, Haindl Tarot and Manara Tarot Decks, to name a few. So it may be confusing when I place it in the Path of Teth (path of the serpent), which is normally called STRENGTH-Key 8. The Golden Tarot, goes along with Crowley's numbering as Key-11. As I stated, I agree with Aleister 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 and the indivisible strength of I AM. Lust is the Passionate expression of the- I AM as Two (0=2), the I-phallus and the Am-womb, who then Join to become One Passion that creates all, and is in all of us, i.e., The Active and Passive force of Kundalini, and/or of the Lion-Serpent. This lion serpent is shown as the "Holy Serpent" tail of the beast on the Thoth Card. It can also be called "Serpent theory" instead of the Quantum Physics "String Theory", where every particle has a serpentine string of active, vigorous energy with in it. In other words, there is within all, vibratory strings of Vital Fiery strong atomic Force. The Hindus call it the sound/vibration of OM.
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 unleashed by Will which is another way to say "courage".
The Thoth 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 creation 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. So once again, we are reminded that this is a very powerful path and those of sensitive self-absorbed psyche, will be profoundly affected in the negative and fear life's transformative motion must avoid exposure to this vigorous energy. One must appreciate the fact, that this Path of Teth (meaning- serpent), Lust Card, is a statement of methodology; whereby the Will controls the Vital Life Energy, not the ego, and if we are of divided will, this energy will empower what we "will the most" and if that is "emotional dysfunction" and/or fear based identity, we will crash and burn with vital energy going to "self-destruction".
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 Souls- Will- to-Power- and/or be Present in this dimension of crystallized energy; a power to weave our very own Vital Life Force into our own masterpieces of movement and repose! So let us all ride the “Lion Serpent” or Inner Dragon/Sun, with the powerful presence of loving control and shameless presence! With this "fire within" we can resurrect our Divine Identity from the ashes of slavery.
This is the Divine Frenzy that obliterated "Alone" (0)and split into 2. It is an Self-annihilation, of 0 is also the process of becoming 2, Will to Force and Will to Form, the I and Am, who then become the 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 Children.
All about us on Earth, in pictographs, statues, and written word do we have proof of being genetically modified Organisms derived from Galactic/ Angelic/DNA splicing from "Those who from the Sky came", known to Sumerian's as Annunaki. This Angel- hominid-interbreeding, creating the biblical Nephilim and/or children from Angel (all beings who came from the sky are given wings by artists) and hominid breeding. However, because of the well documented *"War of the Gods", we the "Meek" (slaves) have inherited the Earth. The Souls of the Creators, are Us and the body of Homo Sapiens Sapiens, is our new "will to form", form is our Merkabah, and/or our physical and intimate expression of "I AM Me". Some of us have yet to "love" this beast we operate in our name of "I AM". However, to reject the body, is to divide the Spirit, Mind, Body connection that makes us a "Supreme Being", as we are all quantumly entangled and/or connected to the Universal Creative Being, the I AM.
*(War of the Gods, documented in Vedic, Nordic, Greek, Sumerian, Jewish, and Assyrian literature, to name a few)
To be Whole requires a focused willful spiritual intelligence, and not some mad Hatter type of personality, that can't even control its own thought, as it is told what to see by those who control worded identity. 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, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc., where lust becomes a violent form of masturbation.
Lust represents a very important initiatory formula dealing with Serpent/Vital Solar 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 and Toaist exercises, or the exercise of the Middle Pillar (Aleister Crowley's book, 777), all of which I recommend to the interested party.
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!
When the Lust/Strength Card is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- 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 and the ability to give love.
- Mind over matter.
- If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Feeling blocked from one's power.
- You need some form of meditation or relaxation which may help restore strength.
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