The other morning, for my daily draw, I pulled the Tower from the Tarot of the Crone deck. I was really moved by the imagery and energy this card held, it was different than what I’m used to looking at in other decks. It wasn’t the typical Tower that many of us recognize, you know, the building being struck by lightning and people falling out from the windows as depicted in most RWS decks and clones.
In Tarot of the Crone, we see a striking obsidian face being cracked open like pottery, exposing bright yellow light. It’s electrifying in all the right ways and gives off that sense of high energy release like throwing fine china at a brick wall. You’re being broke open and released out of this outer shell.
The color yellow in this deck represents:
“The life force as exploration. Creativity. Inspiration. Enlightenment”
This Tower urges us to break out of a hollow, empty cast that we have created over time. A veil that hides our true self, the one we think others will not like or appreciate. Perhaps this is a mask we choose to wear? I instantly thought of my cardigan, it’s something I wear quite often to “hide” my body. I’m a thick chick and I personally love the curves of my body, but no thanks to society standards I feel that I need to hide it daily. It’s ridiculous, I know. My cardigan is my security blanket. While it’s comforting, it restricts me and feeds the daily need to cover up. The Tower urges me to take off this shield, unapologetically!
Usually, for me, the Tower in most RWS decks or clones indicates a sudden upheaval. This is either caused by yourself or an outside force that is completely out of your control, I always look to see where the fire or lightning is coming from. Is it an outside force that’s out of our control or is it coming from within, perhaps something we caused?
How does this card compare and contrast to the standard imagery of the Tower? I think indie decks best show fresh perspectives best, so I pulled out five decks to compare this card to, moving from left to right.
1 Collective Tarot
Renamed as “Disaster”, this deck takes the Tower to the next level by showing us ways that the high voltage energy can take effect. The card reminds me of a comic book page, showing the action in each scene, giving us a clear indication of who may be at fault here.
2 Spirit Speak Tarot
Gone in seconds, just like that. A clap of the hands and everything you once had is now on the floor, broke in pieces. This card teaches us a lesson of “impermanence” very well I think! Everything you own may be no longer at some point… the car you drive may one day break down, the mug you love and use each morning may shatter, or the book you return to daily may soon fall apart.
3 Neon Moon
All communication is down, it’s time to go back to the basics. Perhaps we tried to advance too fast, it’s a big sign that we need to start over and pace ourselves this time. Remember, we didn’t go from corded phones to touch screens over night, it was a slow evolution.
4 Daniloff Tarot
This deck really sticks to the RWS tradition but still in its own style, I really love that about the Daniloff Tarot. The fire is coming from within the Tower and a hand pointing from the clouds seems to be saying “you did it, not me”. The person falling has lost its grip of power or possibly abused their power and is now being sent back to the bottom.
5 Sickly Tarot
Another very RWS depiction, but this time the Tower shows no lightning or fire, it’s all wiggly and wobbly. Instantly, I was reminded about not having a strong foundation and things not being stable. Maybe you cut some corners in order to get something done quickly and it backfired. Let it fall so you can rebuild it back up!
What deck is your favorite Tower card from?
Let me know in the comments!