Friday, August 11, 2006


TODAY'S CARD is The Tower (XVI). This version is from Kate's Kingdom Tarot Gallery:

For comparison, here's The Tower in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

THE TOWER (XVI): This card was a haunt in my readings for months prior to the Twin Towers disaster of 9/11 here in New York City (as were pairs, i.e., "twins," of card numbers). The Tower was very applicable in my personal life then. However, that does not mean it was not also foreshadowing the events of 9/11. And after choosing to write about this card for today's post on August 9th, then waking on August 10th to news of a huge failed terrorist airplane bombing plot, I'm even more inclined to believe that XVI has unfortunately taken on a possible collective meaning of global terrorism. Kate's version of The Tower put me in mind of the below scifaiku (sci-fi and fantasy form based on haiku) I wrote recently. The image I saw in my mind was painfully beautiful, but also carried hope. One of the positive meanings for XVI is of a lighthouse -- illumination, enlightenment -- and in this scifaiku the lighthouse still stands:

nuclear spring
an ancient lighthouse points
to the shattered moon*

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE TOWER CARD (XVI) (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

A "healing crisis;" or "de-toxing" as when dieting.

Headaches (especially migraines).

Heat wave.

Wishing for something to break you out of a situation or emotional state. But be careful what you wish for, you may just get it. It might be better to be pro-active and take steps to get out "on your own."

"Bingo!" You've finally got it. You finally understand; stop trying to deny it or wiggle out of it.

Lots of smoke and mirrors, dust and noise! But it's not at all what it appears to be. Relax. All will become clear soon.

Suprise! ...and not always a bad one.

Intense interactions via electronic media (email, chat room, cell phone, etc.).

Lighthouse, e.g. illumination or enlightenment.

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* I wrote this scifaiku days before I saw the ad for or read about the new T.V. show ("Three Moons Over Milford") about the effects on a small town of the moon broken into three pieces. It was some surprise to see the shattered moon in that ad!

Resource: Wicce's Tarot FAQs, nice coverage of commonly asked questions about The Tarot on a major Tarot site.

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‘til next time, keep seeking the light, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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