The Tower is an Old Energy Archetype from the Masonic Tarot Deck. In the Book of Power, the archetype is typically used to enforce notions initiation and progress on the esoteric path. In the Book of Slavery...
List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot
Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)
Error, failure, and the consequences thereof.
"(The Lightning Struck Tower; the work of the poor workman.) Hiram falls beneath the blows of the 'three bad brethren'. The first personifies Ignorance, which is incapable of seizing the mind, makes teaching impossible and spreads the errors which every half. understood truth engenders. The second denotes Fanaticism, which reduces the Temple to the proportions of an exclusive and isolated tower. The third resembles Ambition which is incapable of moderating itself in the erection of the Tower of Babel destined to crumble into ruins."
Dramatic lightning strikes lead to pushing through resistance, obstacles, repression, moving one towards change, healing, and transformation. This is fine and certainly points to a particular dynamic in spiritual advancement, but it ignores the impact of Toxic Socialization and the fact that dramatic transformation and enlightenments that blow through resistance wouldn't be necessary with a healthy socialization process geared towards meeting all Seven Essential Needs.
- Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990.
- Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980.