The Meaning of the Tower Card in Tarot
Number 16 of the Major Arcana is the Tower card. It shows a crowned tower struck by a bolt of lightning. Two figures, a male and a female, fall from the tower. It is a card of calamity.
The equivalent card in the Tarot of Creativity is called The Awakening. The figure in this card holds a newspaper over her head and a mask in her hands. She is stuck inside this world that reports (and interprets) outside events. While the newspaper is covering her head, she can’t see, but her mask is off. Once she removes the newspaper, she will be able to see the outside world beyond what she is being told.
When I get the tower card these days I know that the status quo is about to break apart. This means insecure feelings for a while but it also means that your life is about to change in a big way. It is up to how you react to the event as to whether the result is net positive or negative.
The main trick is to not resist what is happening, or rather, don’t judge or try to figure out what is happening. Instead, allow yourself to “go with the flow” of the change. This way your ego gets out of the way —this allows for something else that isn’t thought-based or ego-based to come through.
The crown on the tower represents the ego and material success. The lightning bolt is directed by Jovian sources to strike down the tower of success and egoic status. It is the Tower of Babble.
The falling figures are both male and female, so it is not just one side of your brain/existence/male/female balance that is affected. It is everything imaginable.
An Unimaginable World
And that is the key word here: Imaginable. What is imaginable is the Known. The Known is based upon what we have deduced about the past. It’s not really the past—it’s our thoughts—or rather, what we think of past events.
What is coming to supplant the known is the unknown or perhaps even the unknowable. This is huge!!! Petty tyrants manipulate the known. The world that is being rendered asunder is the World of the Petty Tyrant—the world that tells you that you cannot trust your intuition and be free; the world of fear which manifests as insurance, taxes, war, disease, debt-slavery, and high-finance. The old Matrix of fear and domination.
The Ego’s Crisis and the Soul’s Desire
This card is clearly telling you that you won’t be able to think your way out of this crisis. You just have to go through it and feel your way forward. Normally, when times are secure we feel we can ignore the call to align ourselves with this intent. But, paradoxically, it is only when crisis strikes and temporarily dethrones the ego that we have the chance to do “something radically different” and discover our soul’s desire.
What is happening is that the ego is being “dethroned” by the higher self masquerading as a crisis. Magic occurs in the space between thoughts, and this tiny moment of the now is where the alignment with the amorphous higher self can occur. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to align yourself with the intent of your greater self. The higher self, like a guide on a hill, can see farther and better than us. We need to open up to its guidance; guidance that can only come through our intuition, not through our thoughts.
Fear of the Unknown or Excitement for a New Future?
What is struggling to be born is something that we have never seen in our lifetime. In fact, no one in eons has ever seen—it exists outside the known and outside of history, and even outside of known possibilities. It is the unknown, and it is truly exciting.
Man is said to “be at his best in the face of the unknown.” Fear is just one way of interpreting the energy that is running through our bodies right now. The Buddhists say that fear is just the “unskillful” version of the energy of excitement. What faces us is unbelievably exciting: a future is poised to be launched that is completely unlike the past.
All we have to do is convert fear into excitement and hold the energy of excitement in the face of the unknown.
Intent is the river that flows incessantly by our front door. Only when we are free of fear—or perhaps compelled by fear to jump into that river—that we are able to float on the current of intent and allow it to carry us into a better future.
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