The Tower is a one of the 22 card from the subset of Major Arcana Cards. The first look at this card leaves us with fear and bewilderment. On the right, there is a lightning that strikes the very top of the tower, causing fire and casting off a crown on the left hand side. In addition, there are two figures that are being tossed out of the tower – a male and a female. They are falling with their heads first. If you take the trouble to count the sparks, you will end up with number 22. We may ask ourselves why this number at all?
There is another important, well, sort of question we are faced after looking at this card … – it makes us wonder who will survive, isn’t it? If you practice tarot meditation, you can meditate on this tarot card, you ask yourself the same question.
Let us go deeper, and explore the deeper spiritual meanings of this card.
In prognosis and readings, the Tower means fight, struggle, danger, disaster, demolition, failure of plans, or sudden death. This card wants to show us how suppression of feelings and emotions leads into future disaster. Note how the lightning strikes into the top of the Self, destroying the whole psychic structure.
The alchemists considered that the water element is the source of life, whereas the fire element is responsible for the dissolving and softening processes. Those are the forces that free the Soul from the chains and limitations and enable it to discover its center. When the Spirit is mature, Its principles become hardened, and step by step it becomes impossible to accept new material that would be easily embedded into the given structure. This way, the Spirit looses its link to the dynamics of reality, It is being surrounded by the wall of dogmatic prejudices and beliefs.
This is exactly the message of the Tower Tarot Card. If the Spirit is not flexible, it won’t be able to adjust to the ever changing circumstances of everyday life. If such Spirit is faced with danger, it can only fail to respond, leaving the problems to the Soul … to clear up the mess.
Message of the Tower Card: Every structure can be defended provided that it is flexible, elastic and capable of evolving. We are just human constructions, … we can only hope to survive if we can adjust ourselves, since life itself is in constant flow and alternation.
The tower card in reading: Suffering is a consequence of the deeds of the forces of destiny —- read karmic forces. The tower card signifies the gifts of the negative spiritual forces - some sort of questionable enlightenment which is like a lightning -… destroying everything which is contrary to its nature. These forces are very sensitive and they vanish when there are no more barriers of lower and higher nature – that is – when God’s light starts to shine within the human personality.
Article written by Pythia.
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