The Tower is often a card to strike fear into your heart.
A sudden bolt of lightening leaps from a black, stormy sky, destroying a tower (which presumably took quite a lot of building), sending people to their doom in an instant. Not so fun, really.
I’ve written before about how this card can ultimately be a force of liberation, but there’s no denying how scary it looks when it turns up in a reading.
This morning, I drew The Tower from the Kitty Kahane Tarot, and was presented with a different view:
This is the first ‘Tower’ card I’ve seen which doesn’t depict lightening striking something. In other decks, the tower itself may be replaced by some other thing, but there is always that terrible bolt which wreaks sudden destruction on the established order.
Here, the upset is caused by a woman who lives inside the tower, as she finally pokes her head up, toppling the sickly face at the top. Her feet appear at the bottom, suggesting that the tower itself is about to move. Things are changing here!
Normally, I see The Tower as showing that terrible moment of destruction. Afterwards, when we have processed what has happened, we can look around at the rubble and work out how/what we wish to rebuild (if at all).
It feels here as change is already in progress.
The rebuilding seems to have started. Around the tower, green shoots are already growing, and the figures falling from the top do not fight their fate. I wonder what the falling tower figure is saying. A strange yellow speech bubble spews from her mouth and she, too, appears to accept that her time at the top is done.
I’m very fond of The Tower card. I like it that lightening appears from nowhere and busts everything apart – it’s the perfect antidote to entrenched denial. ‘If you’re not going to deal with this, well, something external will come along and bloody well make you.’
On the other hand, this card is so empowering!
The women here doesn’t wait for lightening to come and change stuff – she’s ready now! So she takes matters into her own hands and makes her move. It’s exciting to see her face appear where only a brick wall was before, and weird to think that seconds earlier, she was trapped inside.
It’s a fundamentally different card, then, to my usual interpretation. Make a change. BE the change. Don’t wait for the worst to happen – act now.
PS: If you’re interested in this card and the Kitty Kahane Tarot deck, be sure to check out Chloe’s interpretation of the (German) guidebook in the comments below.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.