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Tarot - the Fool's Circle of Life

The Tower

by Danielle Astrid Ricard

This Archetype is number 16 of 22 Trump or Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. While the remaining pip and court cards portray more mundane realities, these cards represent higher energies, karmic forces, powers beyond our control, and superhuman strengths. In the Thoth Tarot deck, the Tower is ruled by Mars

The Tower

The Tower - Cat People Tarot

~ Blown Away ~

Good Times, Bad Times

You've got some idea in your mind about the way things are. Your tower is secure, all is well, then BLAM - a meteor hits, lighting strikes, a tornado blows it all away!! It's too late - and there ain't nothin' you can do about it.

Generally speaking, it's about the worst card in the deck. Take all the fives, the 10 of swords, top it off with the 10 of wands and multiply by 9. This is the Lightning Struck Tower. Wherever this card lands in a reading, something is in need of serious revision. Whatever you may have expected is not to be.... disappointment is the word of the day!

I should say that the Tower has some quality of hope or redemption, and it does - but at the moment the lightning strikes, it feels pretty miserable and hopeless - unless of course you're expecting to die tomorrow, or be asked for a divorce, or lose your job. In such cases, disappointment would be most welcome. Most of us however hope for and expect the best in life.

The Tower is sudden change, an unexpected accident, shocking news and that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you come to some horrifying realization. The Tower is a reversal of fortune, and a twist of fate. It may be small or large, lead to long- lasting or brief changes - but it comes quickly, with intensity, and is most certainly not fun.

Perhaps you are blind to what's coming up. Maybe you're in denial. Could be just karma kicking your behind, or some fated ocurrence that has nothing to do with you personally at all, but is part of a grander plan. Whatever it may be, it's sure to be a surprise!!!

So - open your eyes, brush off the debris, and calmly assess the damage. Then put on your hard-hat and get to work! You can rebuild, and maybe the next tower will be even better. There's got to be a silver lining, somewhere.

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MEDITATION: Contemplate your experiences with Disappointment. How did it feel, and what was your reaction?

PERSONAL DISCUSSIONS: When have you felt the energy of The Tower? What did you Learn from it? Have you seen it in other people? Have you had happy/sad experiences with this energy?

TAROT EXPERIENCE: Recalling a time when you may have you drawn this card, what were the circumstances surrounding it, and what did it mean to you? How do you feel this archetype affects the cards that come before or after?


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