|What is the Beast?|
|The Training of the Beast|
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Paul Foster Case's The Tarot describes the Beast as the unconscious part of ourselves.
In Hubbard's science, the "Beast" is Homo sapiens with their sub-conscious reactive minds. Hubbard's system trains in a new system of thought and behavior, that results in Homo Novis and, ultimately, Operating Thetan. They supposedly become "living embodiments of LRH technology." Ref. CSI (1996) Golden Age of Tech brochure.
Note the horizontal figure eight above the head of the woman in Key 8. The symbol signifies the "Holy Spirit."1 Hubbard uses the same symbol to represent "God," "Infinity" and the eighth dynamic The public PR is that "the science of Scientology does not intrude into the dynamic of the Supreme Being." However, Hubbard taught Scientologists that they are gods and makers of gods.
1 The horizontal figure 8 ... is the ancient occult number ascribed to Hermes. This horizontal 8 is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It means dominion on the horizontal plane.
The lion, as king of beasts, represents all subhuman forces, all subhuman expressions of the cosmic vital electricity.
The meaning of the picture [Key 8 of the Tarot] should now be plain. The Great Secret is the law that subconsciousness is at all times in control of every subhuman manifestation of cosmic energy. The extent of this control is far greater than is usually supposed.
Subconsciousness always directs the activities of subhuman forces of nature. This is true whether the action of those forces be hostile or friendly to man. Subconsciousness, in turn, is always amenable to impressions originating at the self-conscious level of mentations.
Our mental patterns are determined by self-conscious interpretation of experience. Let observation and attention (the Magician) be faulty, superficial, negative or fearful and the resulting sequence of subconscious reactions is bound to be destructive. Then the spoken word and unuttered speech of thought (the Chariot) will be vehicles for a destructive pattern, and we shall set wild beasts at our own vitals.
Change the pattern, and you change the result. Make it accurate, profound, courageous, positive. Then you tame the lion and he becomes your servant.
The woman's yellow hair identifies her with the Empress, so that we may understand her to represent creative imagination and the subconscious generation of mental imagery. [...]
— Paul Foster Case
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