Monday, October 3, 2011

"... it has been thought better to change the traditional title. LUST implies not only strength, but the joy of strength exercised. It is vigor, and the rapture of vigor. 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 that of the primitive, creative order; its is completely independent of the criticism of reason. This card portrays the will of the Aeon." [Aleister Crowley]

"The difference between Crowley's LUST card and the traditional STRENGTH card can be illustrated by two formulas: that of St. George killing the Dragon, and that of Beauty and the Beast. In the STRENGTH card, St. George kills the dragon to save the damsel in distress, thus the woman and the beast are kept separate, and the woman is mild and powerless. In the LUST card, the woman herself falls in love with the Beast, and while in some versions of the tale the Beast becomes a man due to her love, in others the woman becomes a Beast as well. Thus, LUST relates more to the acceptance of the bestial lust and vigor for life, rather than the denial and destruction of its primal force." [Kim Huggens]

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