The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan
The Tower is a major arcana card that represents having the rug pulled out from under you, suddenly, and swiftly. The imagery depicts a tower of some kind being struck by lightning from above, crumbling, often on fire, with people falling from it.
This, dear humans, is just such a moment in which we find ourselves in our collective history.
Now, before you go feeling all doom and gloom, every card in the Tarot has a double meaning, and the Tower is no different. It’s got a strong Plutonian theme built into it–destruction, revelation of what is hidden, and rebirth.
The Tower represents the establishment. The status quo of your life. The old foundations which your current beliefs and reality are built upon. And the tower is falling apart. The one thing that we know about the Tower is that once it’s done crumbling, it brings us a new clarity through a change in perspective. In some ways, you can look at the tower as being a moment of apocalypse: an unveiling of that which was hidden from our consciousness. The exposure of the shadow. A massive shift in your worldview.
Any tower that is not strong enough to weather the storm, is because its foundations are faulty. Just like any old, dilapidated building susceptible to being shaken at its very foundations by sudden, natural forces, the tower must first be demolished and a new foundation laid so that we can build something more stable, more sustainable, and better.
Our tower–our establishment–is not weathering the current storm. This is because its foundations are faulty.
So what do we do in a collective Tower moment?
The harder one clings to the tower as it crumbles, the more difficult the situation will be.
I see the Tower as being very much in line with wishing for things to go back to “normal.” The people fear that our lifestyle is going to be stripped away.
But what was the card that comes before the Tower that represents the foundations of “normal” upon which it is built?
The Devil. Dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN.
Oooooh the Devil. Scary. But not really. The Devil card, associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and the planet Saturn, often depicts two people bound to a demonic-looking figure with some form of an inverted pentagram. The five points of a pentagram represent the four elements with the addition of “spirit” as the point at the top. When a pentagram is inverted, such as with the Devil card, it represents the triumph of matter over spirit.
The Devil represents all of our negative habits, patterns, addictions, and the chains that bind us to them. The seduction of materialism and worldly pleasures being prioritized higher than our own connection with the divine. It represents illusions. It is literally a card of bondage and slavery to our own egoic desires. With the influence of Saturn thrown in, it is the original “comfort zone” and the systems and structures we’ve built around that comfort zone to keep it in place.
UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT:
Being afraid that our civil liberties are going to be permanently taken away by some kind of conspiracy by a faceless global elite to turn us into a prison planet, believing we are losing our freedoms and struggling to maintain what once was–is clinging to the establishment status quo, because we were comfortable in a system where we profited and benefited from just enough freedom to keep us complacent, while millions across the globe suffered for our benefit.
The Truth is, we’ve never been truly free. We’ve been living with the illusion of freedom, slaves to our own misconstrued visions of material success which have built and nurtured the current systems we find ourselves in, and which have resulted in spiritual poverty. We created a gilded cage with golden bars and smiled in agreement with one another each time we laid another dollar bill on the altar of human greed.
All of the discomfort we are feeling collectively in this moment–the rage, the fear, the anxiety– is the revelation of our own addictions, misgivings, and the illusion of stability we held dear, and by clinging to what once was, we are clinging to the bars of our former cages, yearning for the chains that kept us bound because we fear that which we cannot yet see.
To quote Dolores from West World, a character whose most intrinsic drive was free herself and her kind from an illusory world where they were slaves to the lower desires and whims of mankind:
A strange new light can be just as frightening as the dark.
A New Hope
The way to survive the fall of the tower is to let it crumble and embrace the revelations and new vision for the future that it brings, and that vision appears in the form of the next card in the major arcana, the Star.
The star represents a guiding light from the Heavens that leads the way toward something new. It is a card full of hope and destiny. It is the card associated with Aquarius and the traditional imagery often depicts a young woman with a pitcher or cups of water, the same imagery that is reflected in the visuals associated with Aquarius.
Are you noticing that Saturn, Capricorn, Pluto and Aquarius are present in these cards just as they are currently present in our own sky, and that they are speaking about the same themes as I wrote a couple of weeks ago in relation to astrology?
When I pulled oracle cards yesterday, the card I drew when asking about humanity’s current situation was Hold Your Vision, and it’s very appropriate here with the Star.
The Star and its promise of unfettered possibility is where we are headed. But first, the Tower must crumble. Keep your eyes not on the things which are falling away, but toward the star that appears in the sky when the smoke clears, and start to envision what could be, because it’s coming and each of us will be tasked with creating it. It will not happen overnight. Building new things takes time, so start to ask yourself what you might contribute.
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