Friday, January 11, 2013

XVI The Tower

XVI The Tower

Keywords: Blow to the ego, Chaos, Constructive efforts, Crisis, Downfall, Downturn in fortune, Emotional outburst, Exposing the hidden, Impulsiveness, Insight, Necessary disruption, Release, Revelation, Sudden irreversible change, Time to wake up, Truthful realization, Undaunted courage, Upheaval

Reinforcing Card Possibilities:

Death - Sweeping impact, Powerful forces
Sun - Enlightenment, Revelation
Five of Pentacles - Hard times

Opposing Card Possibilities: 

Chariot - Victory, Control
Temperance - Middle ground, Staying together, Contained
Star - Serenity, Calm
Six of Wands - Acclaim, Pride
Ten of Cups - Peace, Serenity

Going through sudden change!
Experiencing upheaval
Having plans disrupted
Being surprised
Undergoing a crisis
Having routines shaken up
Being in chaos

Having an emotional outburst
Erupting in anger
Crashing through ego defenses
Breaking through pretense
Letting everything go

Falling down!
Being humbled
Experiencing a crash
Toppling from the heights
Having a downturn in fortune
Suffering a blow to the ego

Having a revelation!
Suddenly realizing the truth
Exposing what was hidden
Having a burst of insight
Seeing through illusions
Getting the answer
Seeing everything in a flash

The Tower is an unsettling card. Fire, lightning, falling on jagged rocks - definitely looks like trouble! Card 16 will not be welcomed by those who dislike change. It represents a sudden, dramatic upheaval or reversal in fortune. Usually change is gradual, giving us time to adapt, but sometimes it is quick and explosive. This is the action of the Tower.

In films, the hero sometimes slaps someone who is groggy or babbling. Having tried everything else, he finally resorts to a sharp sting to snap him out of it. Sudden crises are life's way of telling you to wake up. Something's wrong, and you're not responding. Are you too full of pride? Expect a blow to your ego. Are you holding back your anger? Expect the dam to burst. Are you stuck in a rut? Expect a surprise.

How you respond to the Tower's change makes all the difference in how uncomfortable the experience will be. Recognize that the disruption occurred because it was needed. Perhaps embracing the change is too much to ask, but try to find the positive in it. In fact, you may feel tremendous release that you have finally been forced in a new direction. You may have a burst of insight about your situation and reach a new level of understanding about it.

Irreversible change is coming. Release the old way of life rather than lamenting the past. Accept the changes and plan for the future.

You're getting to the point-of-no-return. The no-longer-needed will be abruptly removed, maybe violently. No pussy-footing around now, for the new possibilities to present themselves the old hurdles must be destroyed.

Catastrophe brings drastic irreversible change. Out of devastation comes new life & insights, and a revelation. You have need of undaunted courage at this time.

A possible accident.

You need to develop very strong foundations in life. You reap what you sow through applied creative energies.

Fight for high principles, but save energy for constructive pursuits. Constructive efforts dominate evil influences. Love paralyzes evil. Self-development to modify inner conflicts helps to avert danger.

Release undesirable instincts. Impulsiveness attracts failure and irritability invites mistakes.

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