Okay, you’ve drawn The Tower again and you really don’t like that card. Of course you don’t. That card has a way of being scary. Look at the traditional Rider Waite version of it- the tower is being struck by lightning, the roof has been blasted off, and people are falling to their death. Yikes! To look at this card, you can all but hear the screams of terrified onlookers, the agonized cries of those falling to a guaranteed demise, and the sirens of fire trucks filling the air, certain to arrive too late to make any difference whatsoever. Pretty well sums it up. This card is about destruction, and when it comes up in a reading it signifies that something horrible is about to happen. So, why wouldn’t it fill you with dread? With fear? Right? Right? Wrong. That is only one way to look at this card. It doesn’t have to be the only way, though. In fact, it is quite logical and acceptable to see The Tower as the best omen in the deck.
Consider this; there is a you inside of you that you may not be aware of. This is the real you. The core you. See it as a light. Feel it as a light. Sense its expansion, for it grows. Likewise, there is a you that is outside of you- a much grander you. It wants to get in. It wants to enter your heart to connect with that core you. This is your higher self- the ultimate you. The two ultimate yous, the one within and the one beyond- they want to unite, and when they do, miracles occur.
What stops these two yous from connecting? You do. Your ego does. Your mind does. Your mind that knows fear. Your mind that knows limits. Your mind that imposes these limits on what you can accomplish and expect. Your mind, which needs to control- control to the point where your spirit doesn’t have a chance to be heard over all the noise it makes or be seen through the clutter it litters the inner landscape with.
Your mind, your ego imprisons the spirit- this core you. It walls it in with cinderblocks and cement composed of each and every limiting thought and doubt you have ever had about yourself. It creates this prison brick by brick, doubt by doubt, limiting thought, limiting belief by limiting thought and limiting belief. It gets to a point where this core you, this light of your spirit is so walled in and imprisoned that your mind all forgets that it is there, going on about its business of telling you what you can, but more significantly- can’t do. With the spirit imprisoned, out of sight there is no force heard to argue. The ego wins again.
But that inner light will not stay imprisoned forever. It is a force that shines too brightly. It will never stop trying to be heard, to be seen, to connect with its higher self. It will shine and shine, finding the cracks in the cement, any minute fissure through which it can get itself out there to be seen and to be heard. When it can be contained no longer, when the force of its shining is stronger and louder than the ego’s force of containment, it will begin to crack the cement binding the cinderblocks together, and shine outward.
This is assisted by the outer you, your higher self. It will continue to send its light inward, waiting to be seen, waiting to be sensed. This light will never stop trying to be heard over the ruckus of the mind. It will scream louder and louder until you finally acknowledge its existence and listen to what it has to say. When the outer light trying to get in meets the inner light shining outward, when the cement finally does crack, this can be sensed as an awakening. This is when the tower, the prison holding your inner light, explodes. Those people you see falling to their demise in the card? Consider them as the holders of the self-doubt and negativity. Bid them farewell.
This explosion is a liberation. Now you are free. Your inner self, that core you is free of its confinement and has reconciled with the ego, the ego now giving it the chance to be heard that it always wanted. Now your core you can explore the world and find what it needs to find. With this, you are becoming whole. There is nothing left to keep you imprisoned. You are free. You are light. You are enlightened. Embrace this new found freedom and be mindful of the prison limiting thoughts and doubts create. Be mindful of this both in yourself and in others via the words you speak to them. Do you make others doubt themselves unnecessarily? Be mindful of this. Your words may be building a prison.
Now, does the tower card seem so scary? Let it be the liberation card instead. There is life-affirming power in that.