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The Tower - reversed


Card position:


The Querent

This card represents your present career situation. These are your strengths and weaknesses in achieving your goals.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin. It is a card in particular of unforeseen catastrophe.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

According to one account, the same in a lesser degree also oppression, imprisonment, tyranny.

Inner Symbolism

Occult explanations attached to this card are meagre and mostly disconcerting. It is idle to indicate that it depicts min in all its aspects, because it bears this evidence on the surface. It is said further that it contains the first allusion to a material building, but I do not conceive that the Tower is more or less material than the pillars which we have met with in three previous cases. I see nothing to warrant Papus in supposing that it is literally the fall of Adam, but there is more in favour of his alternative--that it signifies the materialization of the spiritual word. The bibliographer Christian 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 comprehensive 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 previous card, but not on the side of the symbolism which I have tried to indicate therein. It is more correctly 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 there is no possibility here for the consideration of this involved question.

Description

16. The Tower struck by Lightning. Its alternative titles are: Castle of Plutus, God's House and the Tower of Babel. In the last case, the figures falling therefrom are held to be Nimrod and his minister. It is assuredly a card of confusion, and the design corresponds, broadly speaking, to any of the designations except Maison Dieu, unless we are to understand that the House of God has been abandoned and the veil of the temple rent. It is a little surprising that the device has not so far been allocated to the destruction Of Solomon's Temple, when the lightning would symbolize the fire and sword with which that edifice was visited by the King of the Chaldees.


The Tower - reversed


Card position:


The Querent

This card represents your present career situation. These are your strengths and weaknesses in achieving your goals.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

The Lightning-struck Tower - Ruin, Disruption, Over-throw, Loss, Bankruptcy.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

These in a more or less partial degree.

Symbolism of the Keys

The Lightning-struck Tower - A Tower whose Upper part is like a crown, struck by a lightning-flash. (Two men fall headlong from it, One of whom is in such an attitude as to form a Hebrew letter Ayin.) Sparks and debris are falling. It shows Ruin, Disruption.


The Tower - reversed


Card position:


The Querent

This card represents your present career situation. These are your strengths and weaknesses in achieving your goals.

Card interpretation:


Description and Meaning

"Occult explanations attached to this card are meagre and mostly disconcerting." (Waite) The reason for this is easily seen: the principles of Uranus and Neptune were not much known in antiquity save that they were the general principles of the Heavens (the Air or also the atmosphere) and the Ocean, and as such we find them in the Pantheon and in the original Tarot, not yet as the much later discovered planets, which personify these general cosmic principles. Later ages added very little, if anything at all, to those original explanations. Still Ouranos and Poseidon were known in Greece as well as Dourga and Varouna in India.

And the stone tower struck by a flash of lightning is another version of the legend of Ouranos mutilating his son Chronos, which means, that Heaven is not content with a body of fixed dimensions and form, nor any heavenly force with the limitations put to it by physical authorities or architects. This may warn man, not to build upon physical existence alone or to think himself safe upon a material basis, however high and solid it may appear from a material point of view. The general meaning, however, is not incidental but essential. ". . . the ruin of the house of life, when evil has prevailed therein" (Waite) is one of many possible occurrences; it may signify 'blighted ambitions and hopes,' etc. (Papus), but the universal and every day significance is: the renewal of the form, or rather of embodied life, by the force of Heaven, and of microcosm by the life of macrocosm, which incidentally of course breaks up forms here and there, if they are no longer fit for survival; the house of doctrine as well as every structure made by vanity, dogmatism and separativeness.

The Hebrew letter Ayin is addicted to this card. Papus utterly fails in giving any elucidation of this relationship. Waite has put it very clearly in this quotation: "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it."

So the card of the Tower signifies the relation between macro- and micro-cosm and will mean rupture, sudden disillusion, disenchantment, but also it symbolises intuition, renewal, help from above and clear insight in relation to vanity and sham projects, illusion and meaningless formalism.

Astrological Correspondence

Uranus


Two of Wands - reversed


Card position:


The Workplace

This card represents your workplace or business, possibly including any bosses, colleagues or subordinates. This is the current business or office dynamic that may affect your career.

Card interpretation:


Description

A tall man looks from a battlemented roof over sea and shore; he holds a globe in his right hand, while a staff in his left rests on the battlement; another is fixed in a ring. The Rose and Cross and Lily should be noticed on the left side.

Divinatory Meanings

Between the alternative readings there is no marriage possible; on the one hand, riches, fortune, magnificence; on the other, physical suffering, disease, chagrin, sadness, mortification. The design gives one suggestion; here is a lord overlooking his dominion and alternately contemplating a globe; it looks like the malady, the mortification, the sadness of Alexander amidst the grandeur of this world's wealth.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Surprise, wonder, enchantment, emotion, trouble, fear.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A young lady may expect trivial disappointments.


Two of Wands - reversed


Card position:


The Workplace

This card represents your workplace or business, possibly including any bosses, colleagues or subordinates. This is the current business or office dynamic that may affect your career.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Deuce of Sceptres - Riches, Fortune, Opulence, Magnificence, Grandeur.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Surprise, Astonishment, Event, Extraordinary Occurrence.


Two of Wands - reversed


Card position:


The Workplace

This card represents your workplace or business, possibly including any bosses, colleagues or subordinates. This is the current business or office dynamic that may affect your career.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Melancholy, sadness, surprise, astonishment, consternation, terror, fear, enchantment, trouble, but also on the other hand riches, fortune and magnificence.

Theory

Air on the Second house, that of Taurus, which explains at once the latter significances ascribed to the card by some authors; the other category of definitions derives from the earthy nature of the Second house, which, put into the tone of the airy element, may cause something of the oppression, which the heaviness of this fixed and earthy house exercises on the mind. It is the impression of heaviness, of a load on the back, which easily may attain the more concise form of a fear, a gloom, a feeling of being downcast, impotent, weak and not able to resist circumstances. So it may signify the pressure of material conditions, the responsibility imparted by riches, but also projects or conceptions of an economical nature and the idea of capital and capitalising. Further the combination of the principles of air with the house of Taurus must give music, and we may be sure that this card always has some significance in that way and in the sphere of art intellectually and in general. This is a very important significance.

Conclusion

Music, art, artistic ability in general; capital, riches, heavy responsibility, pressure, obsession, melancholy, fear, weakness, impossibility or material power (on one side and on the other), gloom, dullness, 'spleen,' impotence, subjection to material circumstances; attitude of 'wait and see'; the future is for those that can (afford to) wait. Country life.


Ace of Pentacles - reversed


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External Forces

This card represents any external forces, operating either on your workplace or on you specifically. This may be an economic factor affecting your sector; any business competitors; work and family issues; perhaps, a career change opportunity.

Card interpretation:


Description

A hand--issuing, as usual, from a cloud--holds up a pentacle.

Divinatory Meanings

Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches. In any case it shews prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The most favourable of all cards.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A share in the finding of treasure.


Ace of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


External Forces

This card represents any external forces, operating either on your workplace or on you specifically. This may be an economic factor affecting your sector; any business competitors; work and family issues; perhaps, a career change opportunity.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Ace of Pentacles - Perfect Contentment, Felicity, Prosperity, Triumph.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Purse of Gold, Money, Gain, Help, Profit, Riches.


Ace of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


External Forces

This card represents any external forces, operating either on your workplace or on you specifically. This may be an economic factor affecting your sector; any business competitors; work and family issues; perhaps, a career change opportunity.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Perfect contentment, felicity, happiness, ecstasy, perfect joy, perfect remedy, fulfilment of what has been asked in prayer. Reversed: Capital, riches, opulence, treasure. Something of principal value or valuable, dear, expensive, rare, highly esteemed.

Theory

The element of Fire, of the nature of the Sun and Venus, on the house of the Sun, the Fifth: indeed this card has been well defined by the traditional renderings, which give it all as very benefic. How could it be anything else? The aces are all more or less a commencement, new prospects, etc. If you get the ace of pentacles or hearts on one of your houses in the horoscopic figure, you may be pretty sure that the matters to which the house in question relates will be beneficial and, on account of the fiery element, irresistible. It means the commencement of that what is wished for, desired, and this is what man calls his happiness. It is the spark of the Ego demonstrated in the practice of daily life; and this is what may well be called the note of good, which also brings good luck to other people. So there is creative energy in this card. Not yet worked out into details, but originally decided and fairly sure to work out in the future in lucky events and prosperous happenings. So there is promise in it and it is above all a card of good augury of a new and prosperous beginning. It is like a bright spark. Even among very bad cards it is the bright spark of hope and good-will, though of course in such cases it may be too weak to conquer adverse circumstances immediately. It may mean further a person or thing of first ranking. A child. A speculation.

Conclusion

Creative energy, fulfilment of hope, wish and desire, good luck, bright prospects, beginning of a new era in life, happiness, good augury; a child; a speculation. As to material effects it is benefic without being in itself the indication of riches or gold. It may be a present, a donation. Profit. Promise. Goodness. Favour. It may indicate the person, who is chiefly of interest, and of benefic influence.