The Thoth Key 16- The Tower:
The universal principle of renovation and restoration.
This card is often
and seen as a doom and gloom -Armageddon end of an Aeon symbol; the infamous "Tower Moment" of Tarot. 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/Jehovah etc.). In
less archaic language, the personality de-constructed and reconstructed
by enlighten thought.
- 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.
four figures falling out of the tower symbolize the crystallized
thought of the "wanna-be", i.e. yesterday- thought-formed people who
seek only comfort and fear change and have already decided their future was yesterday. These past emotional thoughts, are thoughts that hold us back
from our impeccable performance in present life motion. It stands to reason that Evolutionary Life is all
about performance (often called "discomfort") rather than conformance (often called "comfort"). Therefore, Essential Self is
progressive thought; not the more comfortable enslaved thought.
- 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 humanly defined but is a creation of the Divine Creative.
- Expanding personalities 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
- The haloed serpent, reminds us that by
shedding old ways of thinking we become expanded and liberated. Expanded
consciousness requires expanded definitions of self.
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 and the Mouth sends forth vibrations as sound or words.
( Splendor), the center of the reasoning process is connected to the
center of the intuition-desire nature, Netzach (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 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.
In Qabalah, Hebrew 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, can we see 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 Collective of the
Many of us are familiar
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"
effect the destruction of "negative emotional-energies
" , in body and
environment. (Relative to speech, we know that the Logos
, is also called the Word
These "negative energies",
made popular by "new agers" 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), who is a harmonic of many vibratory Psycho dynamic expressions.Often chanting, can link one up to these vibratory expressions of the Collective Psyche.
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. Again the
process of destruction to build anew is seen here just as the peace and calm
of the soil is disturbed in order to plant healthy crops.
This really is the core of the message of The Tower-Key 16. Renewal means disturbance! Stress is therefore a corrective.
In the Thoth Deck version
THE TOWER, we see stylized lightning or energy strikes knocking off
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". 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
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.
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 "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.
is a necessary process of progressive and expanding
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 reality!
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
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. But this is not a new
perspective on the inner conflict of survival persona and the Higher
Self, as throughout esoteric literature are depicted these moments of
, in the Bhagavad Gita,
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
mythos, we have the War between Chaos
and Order represented as the Chaos Dragon Tiamat
being overcome by
(god of war).
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.
Earlier, I mentioned that this card is also about the destruction of the old order.
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
that brings into balance the pure
positive or male-Chokma and the pure negative or female-Binah. Neither
of which are man-made definitions of self, but functions of the Immortal Self, therefore fleeing the understanding of the pursuing reason of
mortality based personalities.
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".
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
There are obvious sexual connotations to this card, in
the past, these were broadly suggested so that "polite society" would
not be offended. However Crowley states that "God is Sex", the Tower itself is a phallic
symbol, the Mouth, is 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
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. For all of you "New agers" that believe in Negative energy as "bad energy"! In Science, Negative is a polarity not a value statement, for positive electrons flow to negative electrons. In Physics, Negative energy is "Anti Matter" and would destroy your surroundings if it was manifesting here. As in Tantra, Qabalah understands that the Tree of All Life, is a
balancing of opposites; a balancing of Force and Form.
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. 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/The Divine Creative.) that destroys the cultural perspectives 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 Connolly Tarot-Key 16-The Tower, illustrates the more traditional meanings of the destruction of the tower of Babble.
Here lightning is shown as a cosmic force that breaks down false structures and ideas. You'll find this cosmic lightning wielded by ancient gods of Myth, such as Thor, Odin, Zeus, Marduk, and Shiva. However, this lightning represents the light in the lantern of the Hermit card, or the cosmic power of the Magus/Magician (The Will of the Logos).
The holy spirit is shown here as a dove in the window, and a dove on the window sill of the lightning struck tower. One flies out to comfort the fallen ideals, shown as falling human forms, and the other stays to rebuild the new tower. The Destruction of the Tower fulfills our cosmic need to return to the Soul Personality and therefore, fulfilling our purpose in the Soul Collective. For we are to "create, see error, and correct that error", thus bringing wisdom, and discernment to the Psyche. There is always a new "reality" to build, so this destruction is necessary for re-construction. The female figure is holding a red rose, implying this is a loving destruction, for the sake of continuance.
The key words for this card are, Cosmic Direction.
When this 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 16 week or 16 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".
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.
If ill dignified by the cards accompanying it:
- The Tower can mean destruction, danger, fall and ruin.
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"Nothing to get all riled up about...it's just another tower moment".