The Eighth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of the card is Daughter of the Flaming Sword, Leader of the Lion. The course of Strength (or Fortitude) is the reciprocal path which straddles the Tree from Geburah to Chesed. It is "Mercy tempering Severity. The Glory of Strength. Jupiter acting through Leo upon Mars." Just below the Abyss, it is a major path which connects the two great opposing forces of the Higher Self. This corresponds on the human body to the channel of energy that connects the right and left arms. (True strength is achieved when both arms work in harmony.)

In this deck the lion is shown with its tail ending in the form of the serpent. (Teth, the Hebrew letter assigned to this path, means snake.) The transforming of one animal into another alludes to the shape-shifting interchange of symbols and energies of the path. The snake and the lion are one. The lion represents brute strength which can be used for good or ill. The serpent represents a form of energy not unlike that of the Eastern Kundalini. This serpent energy is used to activate the body's energy centers. Coupled with the lion, it is the kinetic-fire phase of this serpent energy, guided by the Will of the Higher Self symbolized by the woman with the veil.

A second lion is shown to emphasize the alchemical symbolism which is everywhere on this path. This is the Green Lion who alludes to raw, wild energy, as opposed to the Red Lion who has been tamed by the woman. This is potent yet harnessed energy under the control of Will. The woman seen here in the desert of Daath is the same as that in The Universe card; Aima Elohim in one of her many guises. The desert she stands upon is streaked with yellow, the color of the path of Teth. She holds in her hand four flowers which represent both Chesed and her own virginity—for it takes innocence to tame the beast (as in the myth of the Unicorn). A fine gold line at the top of the card is the horizon line of the Abyss. Above it are the Supernals in white, gray and black. The Sun, which rules Leo, is also seen at the horizon, though it has become a nugget of gold. This is the Philosopher's Stone, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.

Interpretation in a Tarot Reading

Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested as in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy, etc. Compare with Justice.

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