Arcanum XI – The Enchantress

This card is called Force, Strength, or Fortitude in many other decks, but in the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot, she is called The Enchantress.  Her number, 11 (or 1 + 10), means the use of the Will (1) to bring about change (10). According to the Egyptian tradition, this describes the transmuting of energies though directed thinking and induced emotions.  What does this mean?  Sometimes we don’t have control over our circumstances, but we do have control over how we decide to respond to our circumstances.  We do have control over our attitude about our situation.  Substituting our negative thinking with positive thinking about our situation is referred to in the Church of Light tradition as Directed Thinking.   It is further possible to energize our positive thinking by feeling positive at the same time.  The more you can feel it, the more you can energize your positive thought, which is called Induced Emotions. Through Directed Thinking and Induced Emotions at the very least we can feel better about our negative situation, and at the very most we can change it altogether.  This is essentially the secret mechanism that sometimes makes prayer so effective. It is a kind of magic that allows us to manifest in our lives.

The Enchantress is ruled by Neptune, the upper octave of Venus, representing universal love and creative imagination.   Creative imagination plays an important part in what is attracted to us.  We know this by all the books that have been published on the positive affects of visualization, which is a form of creative imagination.   Visualization works a lot like affirmation; both processes train the subconscious mind to believe that the desired outcome is true and in the present.  Like affirmation, visualization can be used affectively in every walk of life.

Here we clearly see that the maiden is holding the jaws of a lion.  She appears to be very patient and shows no sign of struggle or fear.  The lion in this case represents the animal instincts of our human nature.  The maiden, on the other hand, represents the spiritual essence our human nature.  As Veiled Isis also demonstrates, we live in both planes at the same time.  So, this card represents an overcoming of our animal instincts through patience, perseverance, spiritual development, or spiritual force.  Some of the key words for this card are:  Force, Spiritual Power, Fortitude, Creative Imagination, directed thinking and induced emotions, visualization, prayer, overcoming our animal instincts, the use of will to bring about change, to dream, to hope, highest ideals, and spiritual telepathy.

Unfortunately, there is another side to this card, too.  The Enchantress has a nickname among a small group of people who belong to the Church of Light, which is the 10% solution card.  The reason for this nickname is that, more often than not in a reading, this card does not represent spiritual struggle but represents a con artist, or someone that it pulling the wool over the eyes of the querent; for example a beguiling lover who is not truthful or faithful, or an agent who is not honest. In other words, only about 10% of the situation is known by the querent…very tricky!  How can this be explained? It must be remembered that this card corresponds to the planet Neptune, which has two key words:  Visionary, the loving, spiritual, creative side of Neptune that’s already been discussed; and Illusion, the darker side of Neptune.  Neptune was personified in Greek and Roman mythology as a god and denison of the sea.  The ocean is deep and vast and all that lies beneath it will never be fully known and certainly remains unseen.  Also, consider that this Arcanum 1 + 10 represents another cycle of The Magus; and it is in this card, The Enchantress, that the tricky side of the Magus is fully expressed.   So, it appears as if our Enchantress is not only capable of subduing the animal side of her own nature, she is also capable of enchanting someone’s socks off! Other key words for this card are:  fantasy, illusion, being conned, or being lied to.

The Spiritual message of The Enchantress is:

Remember, then, son of earth, that for power one must believe in one’s ability.  Advance with faith.  To become strong, impose silence upon the weakness of the heart.  If Arcanum XI should appear in the prophetic signs of thy horoscope thou shouldst study duty, which is the rule of right, and practice justice as if you loved it.  –C.C. Zain, The Sacred Tarot

For more information about The Enchantress and the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot, consult The Sacred Tarot available online at or view online classes at


About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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