Lust on the Path of Initiation

Diary of a Dog Fiend.

This card, marking the second ‘Decade’ of the series seem more properly called ‘Power’ or ‘Lust’. Rider-Waite put ‘Justice’ here. Crowley changed the positions of some of the Trumps, possibly exposing a ‘blind’ that Waite felt obliged to keep; So it is from the safety of the calm, royal figure wearing a crown, sword upright in her right hand to the raucous Crowley idea we go . They are both manifestations of the same power. The Goddess riding the seven headed Lion is Babalon, Sekhmet, Kali, Magdalene… She is the ecstasy of Freedom and Divine Intoxication. The Magician has negotiated the first ten mysteries and has earned his ‘foaming wine’. Eleven is a vital number in Magick is it the ‘plus one’ of Infinity. The Twin Pillars of the Temple. The Tree including DA’ATH- ‘Knowledge’. The Naked Goddess with the Grail of flesh.

The seven heads and the enraptured woman…

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