Thoth Tarot Atu Lust XI
Thou art The Daughter of the Flaming Sword. Thou art the fire of Vulcan. Thou art the Scarlet Woman riding upon the Beast. Thou art the path of the Moon crossing with the path of the Sun; in whom the Woman and the Lion are united in the sacred marriage – and their child is Ra Hoor Khuit. Thou art the power of creation, the Initiation of Life through baptism of Fire. Thy weapons are the Discipline itself, and the Phoenix Wand of Set as the Lord Initiating. Thy magick power is that of the Training of Wild Beasts. We invoke thee, o thou who art life and magick and fire and art. Thou Lion of Light, we invoke thee, and we adore thee!
– From the Ceremony of the Sun entering the sign of the Lion, Ritual Magick – the Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light Volume VI (Ordo Astri).
Leo and The Flaming Sword
Path 19, Teth
– The 19th path is The Daughter of the Flaming Sword
The 19th path connects Chesed, the sphere of Jupiter, with Geburah, the sphere of Mars, and is imaged forth by the Tarot key Lust XI; the path (Sepher Yetzirah) is called the Intelligence of the Secret of all Spiritual Activities or the Occult Intelligence; the 19th path is the first that is wholly beneath the Abyss when descending, and the last before the Abyss when ascending the Tree; it is therefore the (secret) ruler and governor of all that is below, even as it receives the influence (mezla, 78) from that which is above; the earlier versions of the 11th Tarot trump (such as the first printed Tarot of Marseilles) depicted a curious form of what the ancient Egyptians termed as the “Opening of the Mouth”; the woman appeared to be forcing the mouth of a lion or other beast open; this is an image of the tearing open of the Gate of Knowledge, Daath – something that requires great spiritual strength and courage to do without suffering calamity since there is a high risk of obsession by the flow of images on this high-powered path; the secret of the path is that material nature veils or conceals the numinous source of all; the magical power of the 19th path is the Power of Training Wild Beasts
– The human psychological aspects of the 19th path are here referred to the Order of Qliphoth, Shalhebiron (603); the magical and occult understanding of the path is best approached through the Genius of the Qliphoth, Temphioth (610)
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