venerdì 18 dicembre 2015

destruction as revelation - The Tower

The Tower, Thoth Tarot card XVI.

The Tower is usually considered to be the wrost tarot card of all the Major Arcana and it is but is not just that. The picture shows Frieda Harris's eloquent representation of this trump for Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot with a big overseeing eye emanating its rays over the rest of the image made of different figures and objects. Among them, a few abstract humans fall from an amost bending tower. At the bottom, a huge opened mouth shoots tongues of fires. This Atu, as Crowley termed his Trumps, is synonimous of destruction but also of liberation and, I would say, revelation. In this sense, as with all the tarot cards in general, even this one should not be interpreted univocally but in a more layered sense.

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