A woman straddles the beast with seven heads: the angel, the saint, the poet, the adulteress, the warrior, the satyr, and the lion-serpent. The woman holds the reins in one hand, in the other a cup (holy grail) of love and death.
- Tree of Life Path: #19—Chesed to Geburah
- Zodiacal Trump: Leo
- Hebrew Letter: Teth (“Serpent”)
Path #19: Chesed to Geburah
A horizontal path holds unique significance in that it spans the three columns, the entire width of the tree. Between Geburah (Mars) and Chesed (Jupiter), the path of between them indicates a tempered ferocity. The path that lies between these opposite forces is symbolic of the abilities of this path: manifesting the un-manifested.
The Lust card, originally titled Strength, appears differently than we might be used to. Lust indicates desire and need to acquire something. It’s this attraction and animalistic drive that pulls the individual, sometimes beyond reason.
If we look at Strength in the Rider-Waite we will see the Lemniscate figure, which is also found in the Magician. This figure in one way corresponds to the connected relationship between the metaphysical and the material planes. Both the Magus and Lust share this special talent, that of manifestation. To take the desires of heart or mind and bring them to fruition is this ability in our mundane reality. This is what we call practicing Magick, and Lust/Strength is this ability to bring the querent’s will into the world.
When this card appears it indicates a strong will-power, spiritual strength, using magick or higher powers, courage, and passionate desires.
“Courage, strength, energy and action, une grand passion; resort to magick, the use of magical power.” 6
“Courage. Strength. Energy. Use of magical power. Control of the life force. Great love affair. Resort to magic.” 5
“This card was formally called Strength. It implies, however, not only strength, but joy in strength exercised. The seven heads of the lion are, respectively, that of an angel, saint, poet, adulteress, warrior, satyr, and lion-serpent. The central figure is the woman, who has surrendered herself to all the forces of creation and who rides astride the Beast. In her left hand she holds the reins, as representing the passion which unites them, and in her right she holds aloft the Cup aflame with love and death. In this Cup are mingled the elements of the sacrament of the Aeon. In the background are the boodless figures of the saints on whom this mirage travails, for their whole life has been absorbed into the Holy Grail.” 5
“Leo. Teth. This card was called Strength. i means joy in desire. The lion has seven heads, an angel, a saint, a poet, a warrior, a bacchante, a satyr and a lion-serpent. The woman has given herself to the forces of life. She holds the Cup or impregnated womb. The horns surrounding it represent the male element. The figures under the feet of the lion are the martyrs to whom this path towards Union is an empty dream. The reins which are held by the woman are the passion which unites her to the Beast.” 5
Axank’s Dream Recall
April 1-2, 2015
In a classroom there was a short film called ‘Bano’ showing, produced by The Knife, with a soundtrack by Autechre. It had very interesting use of line-work in the animation, often ignoring laws of three-dimensional space. The story was essentially about a boy who cloned himself by pulling his clone out of a cell spiced with plant DNA. After the film there was popcorn and mess everywhere that I had to vacuum up.