Monday, August 5, 2013

Strength to Lust

Interestingly, Crowley renamed the tarot key Strength to Lust and changed its attributions. In keeping with the horror/spirituality thread theme and the last post, some of his writing on this Key from the Book of Thoth:


There is in this card a divine drunkenness or ecstasy. The woman is shown as more than a little drunk, and more than a little mad; and the lion also is aflame with lust. This signifies that the type of energy described is of the primitive, creative order; it is completely independent of the criticism of reason. This card portrays the will of the Aeon. In the background are the bloodless images of the saints, on whom this image travels, for their whole life has been absorbed into the Holy’ Grail.

This sacrament is the physical-magical formula for attaining initiation, for the accomplishment of the Great Work. It is in alchemy the process of distillation, operated by internal ferment, and the influence of the Sun and Moon.

Behind the figures of the Beast and his Bride are ten luminous rayed circles; they are the Sephiroth latent and not yet in order, for every new Aeon demands a new system of classification of the Universe.

At the top of the card is shown an emblem of the new light, with ten horns of the Beast, which are serpents, sent forth in every direction to destroy and re-create the world."

All hail to the de/re of a "new system of classification of the Universe!" Amen.

PS: The cult of Babylon is now accepting applications for initiation. You won't however find them; if eligible they will find you!

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