Playing catch-up here.
Tarot Meditation "Lust, XI."
"Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven."
12:11-12:21 (too many distractions)
She lifts the Grail of blood and wine to the Supernals: rapture, ecstasy, the divine madness that accompanies the drunken exaltations of Lust. Artistic abandon, the primal urge satisfied; existence vindicated in the joy of union. [My black cat always asks to be let in the door or window to join my meditations.
Chesed to Geburah: the King, exemplified by the qualities of Leo rules by virtue of Severity balanced with Mercy, each in proper measure. The secret of rulership is to maintain a balance between Love and Fear, for Mercy without Strength is weakness, and Severity unmitigated is mere brutality. Witness the Roman emperors: those unable to rule with this balance were quickly destroyed: the debauch and weakness of Commodus; the brutality of Nero; the mad hedonism of Caligula and the hermaphroditic pedophilia of Heliogabalus. Those very few who united force of Will and regal dignity to Passion were cherished emperors: Marcus Aurelius is one of these philosopher kings who ruled in righteous affirmation of the nobility necessary to kingship and exemplified by Leo.
Unlike Aries, the Leonian is not so bloodthirsty: though there is enough bloodlust and thrill of battle there is a nobility of temperament that tempers rage in the well-aspected types: witness the magnanimity of Alexander the Great in certain circumstances.
The Scarlet Woman: I look forward to a deeper contemplation of this card as it represents a transitional phase between Aeon currents. The Blood of the Saints fermented into wine made to reawaken the Eld of the All-Father: one must give oneself completely to Babalon--the lower (but not lesser) manifestation of Nuit--a complete reversal of the virgin goddess which was the paradigm of the Old Aeon.
--The Chaos of the Abyss: She transmutes Chaos into the Elixer of Life and offers this to the Supernals.
[cursory notes; many distractions]
4.24.14-4.25.14 "XI. Lust" 11:45 P.M.-1:16 A.M.
[Synchronicity abides. Prior to this meditation as I was making notes my girlfriend walked into the room suggestively clad and a love-making session promptly ensued. I withheld orgasm so as to reserve Magical Force for the ensuing meditations; I lengthened the meditation to a half-hour so as to penetrate deeply (haha) into the meaning of the card.]
The antithesis of the Old Aeon concepts of morality: Babalon--wanton abandon of whoredom. Yet does she offer all to the Supernals above, receiving their influence in return. The lifting and drooping down of the head of the Snake mentioned in the Book of the Law.
The Saints have given their all to Babalon and are united to the ecstasy of the Supernals, the All: "My joy is in your joy." All may partake of Her. I notice that She holds the reins of Passion: uncontrolled lust is a destructive force: "All unto me," "Love under
Will." Rapture without adherence to one's True Will is distraction and dissipation.
Wanton abandon, debauch, intoxication, lust, divine madness: all is permitted; these are means by which Truth can manifest if the rapture is that of the Blood of the Grail--that is, sacramental. The relinquishing of the self (little "s") for the attainment of the infinite--this is the Mystery I see reflected in this card. It is easily intellectually grasped but like all things of value difficult of true comprehension.
Strong determination furthers the absolute. (Note: highly unsatisfactory meditation. Tired/intoxicated.)
Coyotes howl outside the window.
4.25.14 "XI. Lust"
"In this card, therefore, appears the legend of the woman and the lion, or rather lion-serpent."
"...the Woman in the card may be regarded as a form of the Moon, very fully illuminated by the Sun, and intimately united with him in such wise as to produce, incarnate in human form, the representative or representation of the Lord of the Aeon."--The Master Therion
Babalon: the name of seven letters. "...and by a secret name when at last he knoweth me."
Mercy & Strength
Meditation: 8:20-8:41 A.M.
The bliss of union consummated; the Woman Satisfied: with abandon She gives Herself over to the miracle of the moment. Her drunken ecstasies cause Her to arch Her back, pulling the reigns of the Beast, who howls. No longer the prudish behind-closed-doors sexuality of the Old Aeon but a complete fulfillment of Womanhood, the Feminine current now vindicated in a shameless attitude of rapture. The bondage is broken, the veil torn away, and Woman brought out from under the shadow of oppression and servile obedience to Man to be set again on the throne of the Matriarch in glory, the Queen again at rule and balancing the Patriarchal dominion of the last Aeon. Now is the Aeon of the Crowned and Conquering Child. There is no formula of war or enmity between the sexes but a childlike rapture of shameless desire gratified without shame. "Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture..."
I see the Scarlet Woman as the manifest function of the Feminine whose role in the last Aeon was that of Mary, the mother of Christ. The Feminine Archetype or Paradigm is now one of liberation,--see what strides have been made since 1904! But still women are everywhere oppressed, in some places brutally and in some places in more subtle ways. It is one of the tasks of the Adepts of this Aeon to assist in restoring balance between the sexes now that we've done away (in theory, at least) with all that apple-munching Eve crap which to many ignorant minds predicated in women an innate disposition to Evil. In many countries women are still treated like cattle.
In this the Aeon of the Crowned and Conquering Child let the Woman be armed with the Sword of Will and Volition to win back Her rightful throne, and let Man assist Her to regain Her rightful place in positions of rulership, for the Scarlet Woman tempers the wanton fury of the Beast, and the Beast inflames Her with lust and glory.
I found it interesting to read about the Beast & Scarlet Woman in the Book of Revelations.
Crowley says of this card: "Every Aeon requires a new system of classification."
--The Scarlet Woman takes the Blood of the Saints, the Essence of Life, and gathers and sublimates it in Her "Cup of Fornication." She transmutes this life-force as fermented wine/blood into a sacrament to re-awaken the "Eld of the All-Father." I see this Mystery represented in the cards images as a Function or Formula that takes place simultaneously in the Mundane and Spiritual realms.
--All desire is to be directed to the highest image of aspiration; "To me...","..but always unto me." The Scarlet Woman and the Beast are in a way intercessors between the Supernal Realm and the Mundane. "This card represents the Mystery of Incarnation."