The Tower | Ryder Waite Tarot | Lightening Bolt
If you’ve manage to take yourself above the tree tops and think about 2020, you’ll realise that it’s much more than COVID, fires, unrest, conflict and political turmoil. This is our awesome change energy and it’s a demonstration of the power of the Universe. A number of Ryder Waite Tarot cards explain what’s happening, none describe it more aptly than The Tower. My lightening bolt description is not a “We must do this!” story. It’s a reflection of 2020 energy, which incidentally, is a one-in-500-year-event. so when we think of the events of 2020 we need to understand that all the things that are happening are symptoms of the energy.
The Ryder Waite Tarot picture of The Tower is a materialistic conception of the Universe or, put another way, the lightening bolt of destruction that comes to a life that’s based purely on materialistic principles. This can be an individual, a couple, a community or state, or a whole country. Frequently, energies and explanations from the Tarot experience can be widened from the individual to the expanse of the mass (as in a population).
Specifically, what we’re seeing or reflecting on is the total breakdown of the individual who fundamentally lives a life of wealth creation, fame and physical pleasure. Individually, these traits are fine, It’s when they are the only traits is when things go totally awry. This is especially true when the whole life is lived only for these traits—unfortunately, for the individual, they are hard to spot. Groups are easier for outsiders to notice—almost impossible for those within. However, under the influence of The Tower, there’s sure to be a crash, and quickly. Think back to 1989 when the Berlin Wall was reduced to rubble—that crash happened within a couple of days.
Aspects of The Tower
Let’s look at The Tower itself and note, I’m talking about the individual—individual person, individual group, individual community, individual state, or country.
Grey Tower, Gold Crown
Prisons around the world are grey. If this is a person, he or she has very successfully built a prison around him/herself. Consider people who live in the protection of the gated community—are they locked in, or trying to lock others out? The gold crown represents, the untouchable, “I’m right in what I do and no one can touch me!”. Surely an arrogant and greedy way to look at life.
The explosion is external to this person. This person always looks at thing externally. It must be someone else’s fault. “Why have people turned against me?’, “Why have I lost my job?”, or moreover, “Why has my work, (and) career totally collapsed?”, and lastly, “Why is there some much violence around me?”. These are the symptoms of the explosion.
As said, this is external. These individuals can’t look within themselves. More external examples are the death or illness of someone close, and economic problems in the home and extending into society–COVID 19 is a great example. Think about other explosions—natural disasters, such as storms, fires, often leading to floods. Note the lightening bolt, floods come from storms and lightening—even bush fires and volcanic eruptions have lightening.
Drops of Fire
Some hints in tarot surprise us. Consider those little fire-like petals falling to the ground. These are referred to yods (shaped like a Hebrew letter yod) and they’re a saving grace for people under this influence. Yods are a form of grace and calmness. They allow us to free ourself peacefully, but only if we heed the warnings and move. Yods represent an either/or scenario—either you free yourself gracefully and consistently or the forces of life will arrange the explosion. For most, it’s the explosion.
Background : Dark but not Black
The background represents what this person or population is not seeing. We’ve already seen the grey tower and it’s prison-like consciousness, so this person does not even attempt to look beyond his or her material life—it’s not that these people want to look, it’s that they are incapable of looking.
All At Once : The Lightening Bolt
Consider the Ryder Waite Tarot, The Tower, as the lightening bolt. Sudden energy built up far away and released with a blinding flash. This is The Tower’s big message. There is a river flowing within but unfortunately it’s not flowing freely. There’s a blockage between the conscious and the unconscious. The blockage is like a dam—the river is flowing, but the dam is filling relentlessly. Water flowing from storms (and lightening) all around and people not even knowing that there’s an obstruction. Just imagine what would happen if one of those lightening bolts struck the dam wall—the effects are immediate—no warning.
What we’re seeing is the blocked-up energy released with a rush.
The Ryder Waite Tarot story, in every card, has has a hierarchy of meanings. The dam story is an explanation of part of the story. The real underlying story is one of truth. Truth is evasive, it comes to us all at once or not at all. Every day we are tested by the forces of nature, we receive snippets but rarely the ‘truth’. It’s not until we’re 100% ready that we receive the truth. Everything else is a mind story or elements of truth. We ask if we’re ready for it? Mostly, we are not.
Because of The Tower (and The Lightening), its combined power and suddenness are absolute.The period of violent upheaval can be literal—accidents, material loss, personal loss etc—or psychological. Little wonder events like a partnership breakup results in frustration, anger and even violence.
Lastly, let’s consider the lightening bolt for a moment. When there is storm with thunder, rain and lightening, have you noticed it’s an energetic time. Rivers run free, the ground is replenished, and the air becomes electrically charged—we only need to listen to an old radio on AM band to hear the effects of lightening, its pervasive. I love to watch a summer storm sweep past my house.
Lightening can lead to freedom with with new beginnings. In this case the freedom, if we’re ready, can be in the form of a flash of enlightenment. Be aware though, enlightenment is not some thing you can learn, it’s an inner being, a knowing. The storm and lightening may cause damage, but if ready, we re-build, we learn and we grow.
This is the cycle of life.
This is true freedom.
Psychic Andrew Warnes