Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 16, The Tower & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 16, The Tower: Marduk and Tiamat.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 16, The Tower & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 16, The Tower: Marduk and Tiamat.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Key 16- The Tower:
The universal principle of renovation and restoration.

This card is often misunderstood and seen as a doom and gloom -Armageddon end of an Aeon symbol. It's  actually more about your own man-made personality, which is static and has crystallized thought to the point where you repeat the same thoughts and expect different results. There is insanity in such a process.

The Tower is a hallmark image of the Tower of Babel brought down by God the Destroyer (Shiva). In less archaic language, the personality de-constructed and reconstructed by enlighten thought.

  1. The fire breathing dragon at the base, is the Spiritual and/or Life force that transforms life constantly in order to keep evolving the living.
  2. The four figures falling out of the tower symbolize the crystallized thought of the "wanna-be", i.e. yesterdays'  thought formed people who seek only comfort and fear change. These are thoughts that hold us back from our impeccable performance in life motion. Evolutionary Life is all about performance rather than conformance. Essential Self is progressive thought; not enslaved thought.
  3. The open eye at the top represents the Eye of Horus, the Egyptian god of perception; the perceptive state of awakening and seeing the deeper/inner authentic self that is not human defined but is God made.
  4. Awakening people are required to come into alignment with the Greater Self, which is symbolized by the Oriental fire breathing dragon. We are Dragons! ( the union of Angel, animal and daemon---i.e. "those who are not bound by laws but expand and liberate laws from states of stasis by transubstantiation").
  5.  The haloed serpent, reminds us that by shedding old ways of thinking we become expanded and liberated. Expanded consciousness requires expanded definitions of self.
  6. The dove represents the inner peace that we have when we become the authentic god-made being which comes from shedding the outer definition of man-made being.

The Tower Card-Key 16, is the Path of Peh, meaning Mouth. Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Peh,"The Exciting Intelligence". As vibrations excite matter, the Mouth sends forth vibrations as sound or words to excite Air (Mind).

Hod , the eighth Sephira called Splendor, is the center of the reasoning process and is connected to the center of the intuition-desire nature, Netzach, 7th Sephira-Victory, by the Path of Peh-THE TOWER. This Path of the Personality
brings into balance what is out of balance and is related to Mars, the Roman god of War and the North.

Traditionally the North
was the quarter seen as the "greatest place of darkness", for when the Mysteries where initiated, the North side of King Solomon's temple was the darkest side. But all is not doom and gloom here, as any initiate in the Mysteries knows, it is from the darkest night that comes Light and that
"enlightenment has its origin in the hidden sources of power which terrify the minds of the ignorant".

To us moderns who are
familiar with Quantum Physics Theory, it is said that from the Dark Energy and Dark Matter are the birth places of Light energy.

Peh, the Hebrew word, is called a double letter, for it not only means -Mouth but also-Grace-Indignation; a union of opposites.
Double letters, are considered "gateways of the Soul", that have two possible directions of passage.

It is also a fact that the mouth has two passages as well. One passage takes in nourishment into the organic system and another expresses speech.  Thus, we can we the similarity between the two actions of the Path of Peh, for it not only is a devastating Path of the Higher Vibrations that burn away the dross of our material bound Personalities, it is also the entrance that nourishes the consciousness with the Spiritual knowledge, (enlightenment) from the Real Personality of the Psyche.

Many of us are familiar
with chanting and the effects of the  power of  vitiation on the physical body. Many Mysteries underexpose on the use of "god names" or "Words of Power" to effect the destruction of "negative energies", in body and environment.  (Relative to speech, we know that the
Logos, is also called the Word).  Because there is only One Energy, these "negative energies" are really negative emotional perspectives, that The Tower card represents the destruction of, and/or are our own personal towers of false concepts and institutions that are commonly believed to be reality. By tearing down, room is made for something new directly form the Soul (your sole reason to be).

Now I know that Mars is the symbol of the Roman war god of destruction but few remember that Mars is also attributed with the power of  crop fertility, just like the Sumero-Babylonian Marduk. Again the process of destruction to build anew is seen here as the peace and calm of the soil that is distributed by the sharp plow in order to plant healthy crops. This really is the core of the message of The Tower-Key 16.

In the  both Thoth Deck and Babylonian Tarot version of THE TOWER, we see stylized lightning or energy strikes knocking off the Chaos dragon Tiamat or the geometric shapes of  human forms which symbolize the crystallized man-made personalities that see reality as a  world of straight lines; straight lines as in 'black and White" or "good and bad".  It is obvious to the scholar, the man-made personality, sees a reality foreign to Nature and the Universe, which is circular and/or spiral in nature, and is known for its lack of straight lines. In the Spiral Universe of the Divine Creative, "it exists because it is supposed to", therefore the paradox of if it is good for some, it is bad for others and if it is bad for some, it is good for others, is a product of circular or cyclic limitations.

The Tower symbolizes the construct that most people call "I" or "me", being shattered by the influx of the Fiery High Self  of "I AM". The Tower is a symbol as a place of destruction that is being remade in the individual consciousness for higher Knowledge. The toppling Tower also represents the destruction of  man made institutions, government, religions, or any accepted values.

Yet this striking down, is not to be construed as the destruction of evil, rather it is a process of change, as "stepping stones" of perspective are built that contributes to the continual building up and striking down of concepts that lead into the Inner Realms of Higher Self; kind of like the building up and striking down of miles as one travels.

Another way to understand
THE TOWER'S  process, is that upon first approach to these "Higher Planes" of  subjective reality, many people anthropomorphize the States of Conscious Energy, as Archangels or "Spiritual Beings", as that is how they culturally "realize" them;
However, these Creative Forces are formless, subjective, so in order to incorporate these forces into our own anthropomorphized "reality", we must destroy the previous false concepts of these angelic beings and know them as states of  I Am Me; states of Master and Masterpiece in balanced union; States of our Collective Soul.

This is a necessary process of progressive and expanding Self-Awareness as we journey on the "Above all things, know thyself" Paths of the Tree of Life. After all just to travel in the present, we must destroy the perspectives of our past!
The Higher Self,
is our True Ego which is not ours alone, but of the Soul Collective, so The Tower's solitary destruct also represents the eradication of the false ego; the one made by the survival consciousness of the animal body.

The lightning flashes, seen on the Thoth card,
are representative of sudden inspiration, or flashes of perception, that occur when we realize our Real Identities. This inner conflict is  why A.Crowley subtitled THE TOWER as WAR and The Babylonian Tarot of Sandra Tabatha Cicero, depicts the War of Chaos and Order.  But these are not the only perspective on the inner conflict of survival persona and the Higher Self, as throughout esoteric literature are depicted these moments of "inner-war".

For instance, in the Bhagavad Gita, there is described symbolic battle of self perspectives, and/or component parts of Self: The Higher Genius is portrayed as Krishna (Solar Logos), guiding Arjuna (lower personality) onto his inner, and personal field of conflict.
In Western literature, we have Christ, going through his days in the desert, solitary and alone, while being continually tempted by the lower personality of Satan, which relates to the survival based ego trying to usurp the Rule of the True Ego.
In yesterday's blog of The Tower, I mentioned that this card is about the destruction of the old order.

In the Thoth Deck Tower card, the all seeing eye (I) observes and directs the destruction of the Tower, representing the old order, while Dis, the Roman god of  the dead, belches flames against the tower base. The path of the Tower, is often considered to be an affirmation of the Primal Will that it alone is the True Crown (Kether) that brings into balance the pure positive or male-Chokma and the pure negative or female-Binah. Neither of which are man-made definitions, but functions of the Immortal Self and therefore flees the understanding of the pursuing reason of mortality.

On one side of the card is the dove, representing one of the two forms of desire,"The will to die"; on the other side of the card, is the Sacred Serpent, which represents the other form of desire, "The Will to Live". These are ancient symbols of Life and death, as the serpent sheds its skin, as a kind of resurrection and the dove flies towards the heavens as a "Holy Spirit".

The Dove is also considered to be a  Feminine symbol of Venus and the Serpent a Masculine one, as She is balanced peace of magnetism and he is the serpentine-lightning-electric force that is the "motion in all movement".
There are obvious sexual connotations to this card, in the past, these were broadly suggested so that "polite society" would not be offended. However, "God is Sex", God being the Divine Dual Collective of The Universal Unconscious/Conscious, i.e. The Universal Imagination (will to form) and the Universal Reason (will to force).  The Tower itself is a phallic symbol, the Mouth, (Crowley insisted) can be seen as the opening of the male reproductive male organ from which the Yod (seed of life), ejaculates.

In Crowley's 1923 diary, he states that,"...the Blasted Tower which is really a Phallus shooting forth lightnings of seed".  As the Alchemist and modern chemist know, the forced transmutation of energy from one form to another is done by Fire's excitable and  destructive nature. This initial activation of transformation ultimately leads to fruition as energy is released to be restructured into another form. 

As a practicing Tantric and Qabalist, I know the Physical Male body is a type of capacitor of Positive electric force and the Physical Female body is a crucible (womb) of Negative Magnetic Energy (female Shakti), that captures the electric discharge of the Solar Logos (Male-Shiva), eventually producing active form. As in Tantra, Qabalah understands that the Tree of All Life, is a balancing of opposites; a balancing of Force and Form.

In the Tower card, the Mars force is presented as the sexual energy of the Microcosm ( Microprosopus), and  the image of the Tower is in some ways the phallus. The Babylonian Tarot card suggest this mars force of the Microcosm as Marduk; all of which points to the all important understanding that, it is the Higher Sexual Energy ( that at first flows from Chokma to Binah, in the Upper Trinity of Kether, Chokma, Binah that is called the Supernal Triangle) that destroys the perception Personality about the nature of sexual function.

There is a kind of destruction of the male sex organ itself in orgasm which relates to the destruction of the Singularity in the "Big Bang" (no pun intended)!

There is an interpretation here, that the fall from the Tower, enables  the sacrifice of one's perception of the sexual function, is continually required by human kind, in order to maintain the given Path by which one may return to the Source of All. However, the Path is initiatory as it prepares us for the Knowledge and Conversion of the Solar Logos of Tiphareth. What should be noted here, is that when you "ejaculate" electric energy into the magnetic crucible, you get electromagnetic energy; a place where the,"... male the male and the female one and the same..." ...a partial quote from the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas:
Here's the whole quote, when asked by the disciples when they shall enter the Kingdom of God (The Supernal Triangle), : (22) "Jesus said to them,' When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the Kingdom."
This quote completely explains the Qabalistic Tree of Life and will require in depth study, skying of the Tower card, and Self Knowledge to understand; However, I'll give you some clues,
  • "eyes into an eye" refers to changing perspective of the reality of sight, from the separatism of eyes, to the All seeing eye (I)......
  • the turning of a hand into a hand refers to the Hebrew word Yod--meaning Hand and also called the Seed of Spirit.
  • The male-female transformation has already been explained, in this blog.  It should be noted that the Higher Mysteries are sexual, but in perspectives far beyond the libido of  hormone besotted  bodies.

The Path of Peh, The Tower, may be symbolically phallic, but this does not make it a "male only Path" as this Path exists prior to the differentiation of the sexes necessary for multiple and diverse incarnation. This Tower path is an amalgamation of both male electric and female magnetic force. However, on the path of Peh, one must focus on the male electric force, sexual force, that resides in all of us, as on other paths one must deal with female components.  Only in working in groups  are the different polarities of the physical male and female bodies considered as they both experience the Path differently, according to their polarities.

The Babylonian Tarot, Key 16, The Tower/Marduk and Tiamat, shows this unique balance of Electric male and Magnetic Female ; of Higher Self, and personality,  also in a mythos of war, depicting a great battle in heaven (above the earth) between light and darkness. [The old gods are analogous to the Dark Energy and Dark Matter that were altered  by Force, to become the Visible spectrum energy/matter we call Light.]

In the Babylonian story of Enuma Elish explains the generational gap between the Eld (older gods-Dark and slow) and the younger active Elohim or gods.
 Apsu, the most ancient god, created the younger gods, but got tired of their activity and noise, thereby vowing to obliterate them. Ea, learned of this and cast a spell over Apsu, so that he fell asleep. Ea then killed him and established a portion of the world as it is now..."the waters of Apsu sank down, and over them Ea established the Earth".

This "whup ass" however, didn't win the war of chaos, as the chaos dragon Tiamat (Entropy) convinced her allies, to avenge the death of her husband Apsu. Negotiations between the two factions, Ea and allies, Tiamat and allies, fell through. As was their wont, the Babylonian gods, fearing a great calamity, voted to elect a champion to lead them in a fight against Tiamat and her army of serpents and monster dragons and they chose Marduk, son of Ea (Son/Sun of God). Marduk armed himself with the weapons of the Storm God; thunder and lightning, bow and arrow, mace, a net, four winds, seven storms, and a evil-disease-carrying wind.

When Marduk showed up in his flaming chariot, the opposing army fled the scene, only Tiamat stayed. Marduk defeated Tiamat by forcing her to swallow the evil wind, (mouth comparison to the path of Peh) and killed her with an arrow (phallic analogy).  He proceeded to create the starry heavens and the earth by splitting Tiamat into two separate halves (Electric and Magnetic Energy created from Dark Energy). He then posted guards over her parts, and bade them, " to allow not her water's to escape" (Conscious and Unconscious). Tiamat's saliva ( expressions from mouth) became the clouds, and her two eyes became the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

When the Tower card is thrown during a divination, it usually means:
  • That the querent will be experiencing an ego- personal process of eliminating all that is artificial, false-to-fact, and no longer useful to them; usually in a 16week or month process.
  • Healing, and restoration comes from this process. This is much like a doctors  axiom of ,"This is gonna hurt a bit, but it will feel better soon".
  • To the querent, the Tower Card means ambition, fighting, war and courage.
  • Unexpected events that require us to let go. 
  • The necessary toppling of existing forms to make way for new life and new ways.
  • Demolition of outmoded beliefs.
If ill dignified by the cards accompanying it, the Tower can mean destruction, danger, fall and ruin.

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