The Tower: Velvet Room Tarot, February 2019

So adventurers, it’s official: winter has come. And yet, with this month’s tarot, it would seem it’s out of the oven and into the frying pan for us!

The Tower is typically the most dreaded card in tarot. If the picture on the card wasn’t any indication, The Tower represents chaos and destruction, plain and simple.

But as far as I’m concerned, this is the perfect card for February, the coldest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. Instead of resisting the change The Tower heralds, it’s time to just surrender. And February, being as cold as it, makes that super easy to do.

Can anyone say: hibernation?

The Tower

In addition to the destructive meanings of this card, The Tower also symbolizes revelation and awakening. In other words, take some deep breaths, my friends—it’s not all bad!

The Tower is about so much more than just “getting smoked,” dammit!

The characters holding The Tower arcana in the Persona series are: the alcoholic monk, Mutatsu, in Persona 3, the perfectionistic junior high student, Shu Nakajima, in Persona 4, and the competitive gamer kid, Shinya Oda, in Persona 5.

All these characters can initially come off as abrasive and conceited, but as you progress through their social links, you soon come to find that these dudes are all bark, no bite. And, if you really get to know The Tower and all it stands for, you’ll find that it’s the same deal with this infamous card.

Still, it doesn’t mean that getting to that point is gonna be a cake walk!

Fire and Blood

The image on The Tower is intimidating, to say the least. We have a tower, perched upon a precarious mountain and being completely destroyed by a rogue bolt of lightning. Meanwhile, the two former inhabitants of said tower are left to flail helplessly as they fall to their doom.

No wonder this card has such a bad rap!

Under the energy of The Tower, it’s easy to feel like the poor people on this card, helpless as we fall to certain death. But from where I’m standing, I believe that is only because we—as humans—have such an aversion to change.

Though the people in the tower just had their home destroyed, who’s to say it isn’t for the best? Whether or not the people realized, what if that tower was, in fact, their prison? And though it looks like they’re falling to their deaths, we can’t actually see what’s below the mountain, can we? It could be fortified with giant globs of cotton candy for all we know!

Though maybe that last one wasn’t the most reassuring analogy, my point is: we only fear change because we always assume the worst. In actuality, we have no idea what change is going to bring, so why not assume the best? At least you’ll be obliviously happy before you fall to your death?

Like the mantra of the Targaryeans in Game of Thrones, “fire and blood,” though The Tower may seem intimidating, initial impressions can be deceiving. Daenerys is able to do a lot of good under that banner!

Pride as a Blade

“If it rusts, it can never be trusted
If its owner fails to control it, it will cut him
Yes, pride is like a blade.”

― Tite Kubo, Bleach, Volume 08

The Tower brings to mind the above quote which—fun fact—just so happens to have been my “senior quote” in high school: my chosen quote to be played as I walked for graduation. (Yes, I am that much of a nerd!)

Despite coming from a manga, however, that quote has always stuck with me, and the Persona characters associated with The Tower bring relevance to that quote today.

Whether or not you’re familiar with the Persona series, maybe you gathered from above that all three Tower characters are more than a little on the arrogant side?

And yet, the ironic thing, is that they fail to see—at least, until the conclusion of their social links—that that arrogance is at the root of their problems.

This is applicable to us because we all operate from this level at one point in our lives or another. Maybe we’re not arrogant, per se, but when things go wrong, we have this tendency to blame the world for our problems. And that brings up yet another profound quote that’s always stuck with me—one from one of the most legendary IRL mentor figures out there: the big JC himself.

The Beam in Your Eye

“Hypocrite! First remove the beam of wood from your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s!”

-Jesus, Matthew 7:5

Given I’m not really a religious person, you may think it odd for me to quote the Bible, but I think it’s important to note that Christianity—and all religions, for that matter—actually do have some kernels of knowledge here and there. After all, if there was nothing redeemable about religion whatsoever, people wouldn’t prescribe to it in the first place!

And the above quote (the one um… above the meme) is definitely one of those kernels, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve found that it’s the perfect antidote for the heavy, oppressive energy of The Tower.

It all comes back to what I refer to as “You’re Not Me! Syndrome.” In a society that’s becoming increasingly concerned with public image and comparison, it’s easy for us to forget that we create our own realities.

When it boils down to it, reality is but a mirror. Everything in our lives is a manifestation of our inner beliefs about ourselves and the world. So, when in doubt, just remember: life is happening for you, not to you.

The Reversed Tower

Whereas The Tower is about change in our external world, the reversed Tower is all about personal transformation. It can also indicate areas of our lives where we’re being resistant to change.

So ask yourself, adventurer: is there anywhere in your life where you need to let the past die? Anything you’re holding onto?

We’ve been getting this message a lot lately, and the way I see it, The Tower is the final warning. It showed up to let us know that—whether we’re ready or not—the past is about to be force-choked into oblivion.

Better to go along willingly, no?

Revelation

Don’t forget that the reversed Tower is also about revelation and awakening. Remember, it’s not all bad! If we’re able to take a step back from our lives me may just see the silver lining, however small.

Whether or not life blows up in your face this month, however, it’s always a good idea to slow down and ask yourself if you’re really seeing clearly. Focus on the big picture. Remove that “beam of wood” from your eye and you may just be surprised at what you discover!

In Conclusion

Tell me, adventurers, where do you see The Tower showing up in your life? Does it scare you, or are you embracing the change, Kylo-style? And am I the only one who suspects only a former carpenter could think up that Jesus quote? (Seriously—a beam of wood??? Da’ fuck???)

What I’m Playing: Kingdom Hearts 3 – SO worth the wait.
What I’m Watching: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 6 – I dunno what it is, but I just can’t super into this show like I want to. Now Dragon Prince on the other hand…
What I’m Listening to: Resist, Within Temptation – Can’t. Stop. Listening. So… good.
What I’m Reading: Conversations with God, Book 4 – Halfway through and yeah, I’m still just not feeling this like I was feeling the original trilogy. Maybe it’s ’cause everything so far has just seemed like a rehash?
What I’m Writing: Tribe-born – Having some SERIOUS resistance to writing the climax. I just want it to be as awesome as it is in my head, you know? But I suspect that when I actually write it out, it just… won’t be. #neuroticwriterproblems
What I’m Contemplating: Entering “Pitch Wars” in August. Somehow, I’d never heard of this, but damn! It sounds like “The Voice” for writers! Count me in!

Looking for a reading with a more personal touch? I got you covered, adventurer. I’m psyched to announce that I’ve just launched tarot reading services – yay! You can book your own personal reading (or um… not) here.

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