11 Strength/ Lust

11 Strength /Lust ( 9th letter teth: snake/serpent in womb shaped circle) Path 22 Venus in Leo, ruled by the Sun, element fire. The card shows a woman with white robe, holding the mouth of a lion, showing courage and power (balance between mercy and judgement), discipline and control. Older tarots showed a woman holding or breaking a stone pillar (in some decks the Justice card is 11).
She represents the influence of Chesed upon Geburah, controlling the fiery solar force of the lion (shin), the dualistic, sexual energy of 11th sepirah Da'ath (sometimes dark horse instead of lion, yin ). 11= two 1's: Amun Ra solar god emanates twin lion gods Shu (similar to Apollo) and Tefnut (moon, moisture) through masturbation and spitting. Isis and Nephthys. The hero Orion with lion skin, Horus defeating Set (the destructive aspect of the sun), Hercules.

Going into the cave, the inner depth, 2nd decade of arcana, to confront the lion's gaze, enter the lionsgate at august 8. The power of persuasion to control animal nature, closing the mouth of the lion, using the solar force right, through patience, persistence and mental equilibrium. Kindness, love is a stronger, more crushing force than anger. Authority and love of a parent. True will in contrast with temporal will of a restless child with no willpower. Chastity of Cybele or Artemis. Like Justice and Temperance, Strength is a cardinal virtue. Fighting the Babylonian lion (empire of Nebuchadnezzar, Roman Empire), Daniel in lions den.


When this is accomplished, one receives the golden crown, Kether (k=11). When not used right (too much anger or cowardness), the power and might of the lion becomes a fierce, destructive lion goddess like Sekhmet that corrects the person as maintainer of order (Ma'at). She wears a red dress, the color of blood (the Lady in Red, Femme Fatale in movies).
She was celebrated in beginning of the year, through festivals of intoxication to soothe her wildness (like excessive flooding of the Nile).


In Satanism excessive decadence is seen as the key to opening the portal of Da'ath, the virtue turned into sin. In Crowley's Thelema that force is inverted as deadly sin Lust, symbolized by Babalon, the whore of Babylon from the Book of Revelation, riding Therion, the beast, holding the reins, the passion that unites them (he saw himself as the beast 666). The seven headed beast is the Roman empire, Rome was built on seven hills, seven chakra's out of balance. Its tail is the lion-serpent Abraxas the demiurge. In her right hand she holds the Holy grail cup, inverted as the cup of Babalon, filled with fornication and abomination, 10 horns of the beast. Ego death, necessary to become one with the All, pictured as pouring all lifeblood in her cup, that she uses to 'flood the world with beauty' (Tiferet, story of American Beauty). 11 nr of magic itself. Beauty and the Beast, Venus and Saturn. According to Wilhelm Reich, the orgasm is the force that binds the universe together. In Jungian psychology, the beauty and the beast, conscious and unconscious.


Babalon has 3 aspects: the Great Mother (Binah), the Gateway to the City of pyramids (Da'ath) and the Scarlet Woman. In sex magic, the mixture of female sexual fluids and semen produced in the sexual act with the Scarlet Woman or Babalon is called the Elixir of Life (the mixture of menstrual blood and semen is called the Elixir Rubeus). Cat imagery is used in beta kitten programming to create sex slaves as embodiments of their goddess Babalon. Teth: spindle, wheel, basket, urban town, twist, snake, surround, contain, mud, an inclination, staff, below, bed,..

Example: King Kong.

10 Wheel of Fortune

12 the Hanged Man

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