The Running Press Tarot-Key 11-Strength, goes along with the traditional name of Key 11. Hence, before Crowley, this card was formally called Strength. However, this card fails to imply the joy of Strength exercised. Normally the Divine Feminine is shown with her hands holding open the lion's mouth. However, the lion is shown as a passive, if not domestic, participant in this card's illustration. Traditionally the Sun was always depicted as Leo the Lion. Hence the great strength of the Sun is indicated here. The Red bird perched on the Feminine's arm, could be a human soul, as birds were the ancient Egyptian ba, one of the seven souls that could actually fly out of the tomb.
In this Military Industrial Empire, which indoctrinates by dividing and conquering, 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 harmonic- spiral of energy 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 their very presence. The love of vigor, is Lust of Being. The love of vigorous action.
This card represents the powerful purpose of the Divine Feminine, with the Grail (womb) held high, filled with the "Scarlett womb" energy that is the primal force of Life. From it radiates the atoms, and serpentine vibrations of all forms. The Seven heads of the Lion are respectively that of an, angel, saint, poet, adulteress, warrior, satyr, and lion-serpent. The Priestess (key 2) represented as the Scarlet Woman, is seen riding the Lust for life that is all around us, through us and as us as she holds the reigns representing the passion that unites the seven. Around her are the bloodless and opaque figures of the saints whose whole life has been absorbed into the Grail.
The anima, and animus of Earth, are the many faces of life that all are under the leadership of the Active "Will to Form" known as the Creatrix. 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 Creation and Earth; this Divine Frenzy.
However, in most of us, we are divided against ourselves and devote the creative power of lust to good and bad emotional creativity. Resulting in division of forces causing the Will to Force and The Will to Form to divide the Psyche making it unable to call upon the inner power that cleaves us from our chains of fear based self-imposed slavery of the body's animal survival thinking. Hence, we become reactive rather than active force.
We are Divinity dancing as the active Creatrix and Creator, whose self-expression is " Active 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 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 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 vigorous being. It is the luster of Will- that ejaculated this universe of I Am 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 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. Fear of our "beasts within" or our body, steadily weakens our identity 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 LUST card, ATU
-11, replaces the Traditional - STRENGTH, Spiral Tarot, Rider-Waite-Smith and Manara Tarot Decks, to name a few. So it may be confusing when I place it in the Path of Teth, which is normally called STRENGTH-Key 11. 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 that began with the Creative's Shout of "I Will Be"! Lust is the Passionate expression of the- I AM as 2 actions of Self-expressive masculine and receptive feminine, 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 particals, 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 called the "inner soul" and/or "inner sun". Kundalini 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. 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 into the very aura of Earth! 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-0 and split into two- 8. It is a type of
Self-annihilation that is also the process of becoming the illusion of two, Force and Form, who then become One Dragonish expression of Frenzy and Form,. Therefore, 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 and/or Beautiful Beasts. Genetically modified Organisms derived from Angelic and animal interbreeding, 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 of wholeness, and not some mad Hatter type of personality, that can't even control its own thought because it is divided against itself.
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 Divine Creative, 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 as alchemy, the power 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.
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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