XVI. THE TOWER
tower is being struck by lightning. The symbolism reveals that the structure
of the personality (our conscious mind and ordinary, outer life) is being hit
with a jolt of heavenly energy (Spirit). What we thought was solid and whole no
longer serves our highest good. We receive a flash of intuition (the lightning
bolt) that tears apart our previous sense of security and unity (indicated by
our house being on fire and the
you count the number of small "dots" on either side of the tower, you
will come up with the number twenty-two. Twenty-two in numerology is called the
"Master Builder." There are twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet
and it is from these letters that all the words in the Torah are created. There
are also twenty-two cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. As we know, the
primary wisdom of this Hebrew teaching is contained in these cards. Upon closer
inspection, we find that these are not "dots" at all, but the Hebrew
letter "Yod." An- other term for "Yod" (associated with the
practice of astrology) is the "Finger of God." The Yod indicates a
divinely inspired set of circumstances which, on the surface, may be very
challenging. The purpose for this struggle is, how- ever, linked to our ultimate
good. We must struggle to gain greater awareness, and this awareness can only
come when we have freed ourselves from what is familiar. Healing and wholeness
will follow. The Tower tells us that we may not be able to avoid a certain
degree of tearing down in the present moment, but that we do have the inner
wisdom to recreate our lives at a higher level. A door is closed to us. It may
even fall down upon us, but a new doorway is opening. The falling crown
symbolizes that even though we may have achieved some form of great knowledge or
high achievement, we must be prepared to sacrifice whatever is required in order
to secure greater growth along the way.
the reading-What was achieved in the querent's life up to this point is in the process of
being destroyed. Difficulties at the present time can be attributed to short-
sightedness. The querent did not have the understanding of the larger picture
and made do with the smaller. The current situation will probably not work out
according to the person's frame of reference. A more expanded vision is
required, necessitating the destruction of the status quo.
setbacks indicated by the upright position of this card are less devastating
in the reversed position. Things will have to change and adjustments must be
made, but circumstances are not as difficult as they might have been.
due to personal ignorance or misuse of power. The querent must deal with a more
precise assessment of who he is and what he can do.
meaning,-A flash of understanding revealing the "self' as the "Self"
This revelation destroys some of the personality's hold on one's creative
potential. The opening into the Higher World requires some destruction in the