26th, boxing day.
The exchange of those 'boxes' with surprises and goodies.
Today's Card is XI - Lust
Strength, Fortitude, Lust for Life) is numbered eleven and is a card of
spontaneity and enthusiasm. This is the card which gives us the
strength and nourishment we need to get through.
We usually see a young innocent girl opening the jaws
of a lion and peering in. She must be reasonably certain she can cope
with the results of her actions! There is no sense of competition
between the two. Here we see the literal meaning of the card - walking
straight into the jaws of danger and relying upon our own experiences
and quick-wittedness to see us through.
Lust tells us to joyously accept life - to trust
ourselves to make the right choices and to be able to deal with
whatever happens. With trust and self-belief we can grow and work
towards happiness and fulfilment.
The Passion is the step into the second decade of the Major Arcana, the point
where the journey into the inner depth begins. In other decks, this trump is called
'The Power', a symbol for the mastery of our own animal side. Crowley named the card
'Lust' - and most people don't really think of mastering their inner animal, but
enjoy it full tilt...
In a combination of both, the animal side shouldn't be 'mastered' in the meaning of
'surpressed', nor should it be let out to 'romp around'. It should not be ignored,
but accepted as a natural part of oneself. In that manner, one will not only be able
to profit from its instinctive natural power, but also to save the power needed to
The Passion implies vitality, energy and power. The card tells us to use these
riches. In most aspects of life, an endeavor will have much more success when
passion is put into it.
Drive: Energy, passion, charisma, joy of life
Light: Power, vitality, unconditional devotion