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Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot-Key 16-The Tower & The Connolly Tarot-Key 16- The Tower

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; 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.
  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. 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.
  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 humanly defined but is a creation of the Divine Creative. 
  4. 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 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 and the Mouth sends forth vibrations as sound or words.
Hod ( 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 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 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 of 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 others.

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 "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.

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 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 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. 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 "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 Sumero-Babylonian mythos, we have the War between Chaos and Order represented as the Chaos Dragon Tiamat being overcome by Marduk (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.

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 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".

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 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 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. 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.
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. 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".
  • 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.
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".

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