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The Tower card represents dramatic transformation, shattering of illusion, and sudden drastic change. This kind of transformation is abrupt and probably unsettling. It may mark the loss of a position. Visually we see a stone parapet exploding from the impact of a lightning bolt, spraying mortar and human bodies towards the ground below. The top of the Tower is often the shape of a crown. Below you can view the various artistic interpretations of the The Tower card.

The Tower

The Tower is an empty-handed trip into the void.
Destruction of the false personae, protective shields and masks.
It symbolizes the fear of being exposed.
This is the lightning bolt of crisis that breaks your resistance.
This is the confession that you are powerless.
The ultimate surrender.
The crown of false personality is knocked off.
The shell that encloses your understanding is shattered.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall and will never be the same.
This is a plunge from the precipice.
It feels like suicide.

The male and female figures take a lovers' leap, abandoning all their plans and dreams, believing that they will be smashed on the rocks below.

This falling is somewhat like Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole.
This is a surrender to the blessings of the essential self.
This is the ultimate giving-in to the flow of Life.
They will see the truth without veils. They will land in paradise.

What shields or ivory towers are you hiding behind?
What needs to be destroyed in order to free your true self?
What masks are you wearing?
Are you going down fast?

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