‘Card for the Day’
XVI – The Tower
Some of the Occult explanations attached to this card are meagre and quite disconcerting. It may be too dramatic to indicate that it depicts minimal effects in all its aspects, because it bears this evidence on the surface. It is also said that it contains the first allusion to a material building, but I do not believe that the Tower is more or less material than the pillars which we have met with in previous cards. I fails to show any Papus in supposing that it is literally the fall of Adam, but there is more leaning to that of his alternative–that it signifies the materialisation of the spiritual word. The bibliographer Christian tends to portrait imagines that it is the downfall of the mind, seeking to penetrate the mystery of God. I agree rather with Grand Orient that it is the ruin of the House of ‘We’, when evil has prevailed therein, and above all that it is the rending of a House of Doctrine. I understand that the reference is, however, to a House of Falsehood. It illustrates also in the most detailed way the old truth that “except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”
There is a sense in which the catastrophe is a reflection from the The Devil card, but not on the side of the symbolism which has been tried to be indicate here. It is more so a question of analogy; one is concerned with the fall into the material and animal state, while the other signifies destruction on the intellectual side. The Tower has been spoken of as the chastisement of pride and the intellect overwhelmed in the attempt to penetrate the Mystery of God; but in neither case do these explanations account for the two persons who are the living sufferers. The one is the literal word made void and the other its false interpretation. In yet a deeper sense, it may signify also the end of a dispensation, but that is down to the readers’ interpretation as a whole.
Meanings: Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin. It is a card in particular of unforeseen catastrophe.
Reversed: According to one account, the same in a lesser degree also oppression, imprisonment, tyranny.
Oracle Degree: 15° Leo 00′ – 15° Leo 59′
SUNSHINE JUST AFTER A STORM
The storm has come through and swept away elements of life that have been clogging up the situation, clearing the air and resolving issues. The worst is over and at last the situation can resolve and recovery begin. There is still work to be done, but for now enjoy the release and the pleasure of new beginnings. The warmth of renewal.
If negative – fearing that the storm will soon return. Being stuck in fear.