A friend of mine that I “talk Tarot” to recently told me that since she’s known me she always thinks about “The Tower.” I didn’t really know how to feel about that. “I don’t mean you are a towering disco inferno, I mean that you always make me think of The Tower.” So, let’s think about The Tower.
The Tower card is the 16th card in a Major Arcana. On the card you’ll basically find a large towering structure that’s being struck by lightening, on fire, people falling, chaos and commotion in still life. When the Tower is revealed in a spread it can represent the need for release, sudden change and revelations. Inverted this card may represent realizing your path isn’t right, denial, incomplete things, early stages, losing momentum, being restricted or something that is only present in appearance.
Another card of needed or inevitable change is the Death card. The Death card is the 13th card of the deck. One of the reasons I really love my deck is my 13 card doesn’t have a name. The mere word is scary, brings macabre images and seems final. However, if you pay close attention, it’s not the last card of the deck so in theory you know it’s not the end, though it could feel like it at the time. Logically, we would conclude that the Death card would represent great loss, extreme change, exposure, transition and termination. Inverted this card may stand for stagnation or desire for change. The symbols on this card are the cloaked specter, the Sun or some glimmer of light, a rose, and sometimes lifeless bodies.
The other day I was talking about Jacqueline’s blog Contracts and Free Will with my Tarot friend and we decided we were gonna figure out our eternal names. Of course this was followed by a series of silly names and even regular names. “Your name is probably Booby or Betty…how about Pepper or Cupcake? I bet your name is Phoenix ‘cuz you are always starting over in a blaze of glory,” she said laughing. But, it got me thinking because I am always reassuring people that The Tower and Death cards should be looked at like phoenixes.
There are times, however, that cards can mean exactly what the pictures show. I have had the Death card appear in times of life loss and I have had the Tower appear when someone’s home has burned. Just remember though, that there is light coming and life still exists after Death. In the ashes of a structure another structure shall be raised.