The Tower, or "Lightning Struck
Tower," represents the fall of earthly attachments and false structures of
the egotistical mind. The lightning bolt is wisdom from the Higher Self, displacing
The crown is related to Keter,
but when it is misused. It describes false materialism, putting the wrong
things on the altar. It shows the result of the wrong use of will. It's fall
shows the price of being presumptuous.
The solitary tower shows the
error of personal isolation. The 22 falling Yods represent the 22 letters
of the Hebrew alphabet, floating in air to show their power is not of the
Some say this is the fall of
Adam, or the Tower of Babel - the destruction of artificial attempts to reach
divinity. The letter Peh means "mouth," as in the source of speech, connected
to the confounding of human speech at the fall of Babel. This is also a lesson
about the power of speech, and the importance of controlling it, for our own
benefit and the benefit of others.
eyes and ears do not always depend on our will power,
but our tongues do."
Eliahu it says "Malchut Peh, Torah sh'baal Peh karinan lach" -
this is saying that "Torah" or "learning, law, authority"
is the Kingdom of Malchut, and the "Master
of the Mouth" - or more simply, "Mastery of Speech is the Sum of Wisdom."
The famous incantantion "ABRACADABRA" is a slurring of the Hebrew
words "adabra" - "what I will say" - "ke" "like"
- "adabra" - "what will become." The "bra" in
"adabra" is from the root "borei" - as in Briah,
the world of Creation.
What we say becomes real. Our words
create reality, and we must use them with great care. In modern parlance,
this idea is called "the power of affirmation" - saying something out loud
engraves it in our minds, and we do things to bring it about, or it affects
the people who hear it. Being in control of what you say can change the course
of your life, and the life of everyone connected to you.
The "Diamond Thunderbolt" is a
masculine symbol, representing sudden, cutting-through wisdom or realization.
Plutarch said that lightning imparted fertility to the soil it struck.
The lightning bolt enters the
tree at the top, and passes through all of the Sephirot.
pouring its light into ashes --
the forces tear loose from the axis
for faults in the clouds of delusion
in formless reflections of matter
At any given moment,
there are approximately 2000 thunderstorms occurring on Earth. This results
in the planet being struck by lightning an estimated 100 Times a Second.
The people fall headfirst, showing that their mental structures are being
broken down and replaced. They are clothed in red and blue, showing conscious
and unconsious mind concealing (the clothes) underlying nature.
Some see the Tree of Life as the original Garden of Eden; with the male
and female poles united. The "Fall from Grace" is the separating of humanity
from divinity, as incarnation is the process of separating and reuniting with
Key 16 spans the tree, defining the first manifestation of separating desire,
in the Realm of Personality. Moving up the tree, through individuation, desire
eventually rejoins the source at Keter.
In the Yesod/Hod/Netzach/Tipharet crucible, Key 16, The Tower, is the burned-off
slag, while Temperance, Key 14,
is the purified metal.
This Key looks at the dialectic process; the endless argument of thesis
and antithesis becoming synthesis, and synthesis becoming the new thesis.
It also symbolizes a clean break with the past.
Mars' placement at birth sets
the character for the person's vitality, and urge to accomplish. It represents
endurance, the ability to heal, courage, and confidence.
Mars infuences the desire nature
and sex drive. Afflictions to Mars create inhibitions, timidity, cruelty,
violence, excessive anger, impotence, lack of vigor.
Mars takes 687 days to complete
its solar orbit though the zodiac.
Mars adds strength wherever it
is placed in the chart. Hard aspects with other planets can 'angry up the
blood,' or perhaps impair Mars. Easy aspects can increase strength, or focus
Martian energy like a laser.