La Maison Dieu: New Beginnings
The Tower signifies the emergence of something that was imprisoned. Be it the desire to move to a different city, a different country, to leave behind the old ways, to bring in more power and light, to experience awakening — the Tower signals the birth of the new.
While in some traditions the Tower is associated with the negativity of separation, expulsion, catastrophe and ruin — perhaps due to its connotations with the Tower of Babel — I believe it actually brings a message of great comfort. While every profound change is by necessity a painful process, what emerges is far greater than the temporary birth pangs and shedding of what no longer serves us.
Think about the Tower of Babel for a moment. After the flood, the very few human beings that remain on the planet have joined forces to construct a tower that would reach up to heaven. It seems a very noble enterprise — they want to reach God, they want to access His world. What could be more important than that? And so they forego the more trivial pursuits, such as working the land, beautifying the planet and building their own homes. Perhaps they they think this is too mundane? That they were surely made for greater things than tilling the fields?
Let’s get honest with ourselves — how many times have we felt that the ordinary life was not our call? That surely we are not made for the boring and the regular, and surely the way those other people live is not our way. Our path is greater and more spiritual, and we will not let ourselves be stuck in the mundane. No, all this suburban idyll is not for us, we will climb up to heavens, and we will lead the world into a new paradigm!
But God knew this plan was not going to stand. This was not the path to true awareness. What God gives the builders is a blessing rather than a punishment. He did not destroy the Tower of Babel with thunder and lighting from heavens, killing everyone involved. No, He merely disperses the people by giving them the gift of languages. When the communication between them breaks down, they are free to pursue their true calling. It may have not been as grand or as monumental as they had imagined, but by dispersing they become who they really are — human beings working their bountiful planet. By shifting the focus from the lofty and unattainable to the earthly and mundane they become grounded and start doing what really matters.
And this is, I believe, the message of the Tower for us. This card encourages us to look for a different angle, a more grounded solution to the problem. It calls for connecting to the earth and seeing things in a different way — the figures are upside-down, just like the Hanged Man, but they are not falling, they are celebrating. They are honoring the Earth.
The Tower portrays the explosion of joy that follows finding the Divine in the earthly, the mundane, the hidden, the too-simple-for-me solutions. When the old is no more, we can rejoice in the new.