The Rider-Waite Tower card
Is it the Tower of Destruction or the House of God? In card number sixteen of the Major Arcana, we are met with yet another image that often inspires fear and superstition.
This is the first podcast in which Julienne Givot and Cyndera Quackenbush are divorced from their own tower (the recording studio) and explore this card’s symbolism from the telephone. With the sudden shock experienced in this stage of the fool’s journey, will those tethered to their addictions be struck from their habits? Does hitting rock bottom ultimately free us?
Cyndera explores how a client once completely dissembled her own psychic castle and Julienne reveals the qualities of the Liberator archetype. A closer look at current events and films such as the Hunger Games, Castaway and Groundhog Day also helps us all to “think outside the tower.” Also, don’t miss this podcast’s first homework assignment to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild through the lens of the Archetypal Tarot Journey. We’ll be discussing it in the next edition along with the 17th card of the major arcana: The Star.
Details and references below.
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Archetypes related to the Tower card: The Liberator
The Tower from the Marseilles deck
Popular Associations with the Tower Card:
- Chaos —– Sudden change —– Impact —– Hard times
- Crisis —– Revelation —– Disruption —– Realizing the truth
- Disillusion —– Crash —– Burst —– Uncomfortable experience
- Downfall —– Ruin —– Ego blow —– Explosive transformation
Film references for The Tower Card:
Cast Away (2000) Tom Hanks – A FedEx executive is transformed physically and emotionally after a crash landing on a deserted island.
The Hunger Games (2012) – Jennifer Lawrence
The Beasts of The Southern Wild (2012)
Film references for the Liberator archetype:
Norma Rae (1979)
Religion/Myth: Milarepa – Buddhist Saint who had to rebuild a tower again and again as a part of his karma.