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The Tower Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

The Tower

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

shadow, tower of pisa, trumps-16, the-tower

Description

A Tower struck by Lightning. It is definitely a card of confusion, and the design can correspond to any well-known catastrophe. It may also depict the House of God, abandoned, and the Veil of the Temple, rent.

Meaning of The Tower from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Misery, distress, extreme poverty, adversity, disasters, disgrace, deception, ruin. It is a card in particular of unforeseen catastrophe.

Reversed

Oppression, imprisonment, tyranny.

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The Tower struck by Lightning. Its alternative titles are: Castle of Plutus, God's House and the Tower of Babel. In the last case, the figures falling therefrom are held to be Nimrod and his minister. It is assuredly a card of confusion, and the design corresponds, broadly speaking, to any of the designations except Maison Dieu, unless we are to understand that the House of God has been abandoned and the veil of the temple rent. It is a little surprising that the device has not so far been allocated to the destruction Of Solomon's Temple, when the lightning would symbolize the fire and sword with which that edifice was visited by the King of the Chaldees.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Ruin, Disruption, Over-throw, Loss, Bankruptcy

Reversed

These in a more or less partial degree.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Ruin. Deception.

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