Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Tower (16)

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Visual Card Description:  An obelisk inscribed with hieroglyphs is teetering over the edge of a platform and the top part has already broken off, seconds away from crushing a worker below who is frantically trying to push the tower upright with the help of a colleague as a not so helpful colleague is on the other side, pushing in the opposite direction. There are some hieroglyphs above the obelisk.

Free Association:  Futility, Impending Doom, Failed Communication, Opposing Forces, Disharmony, Egoism

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Tower is a card about change. Just as with the Devil and Death, the Tower is not as frightening or as ominous as the pictorial representation in most decks. Trying to hold too tightly to the status quo can be disastrous now.  Roll with the changes.

It is likely that some people/situations that you have counted on as being there for you may no longer be there in quite the same way. This doesn’t have to be dire; change is the nature of life, and trying to prevent it is like trying to row upstream without a paddle. If  you have been building castles in the air this may be the time that some of them come crashing down to earth. That’s only a problem if you let it be. You will be able to replace them with some more realistic and reachable dreams and goals if some fantasies fall apart this month. Dreaming is important, but it’s also important to be living in reality too. You will get through this time just fine; particularly if you remember that you have all the resources you need, already inside you, to deal with life and to do what you need to do.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Arrogance, haughtiness, pride.  Problems that come after a series of warnings.  Downfall of wrong convictions, broken balance, danger, exile, fall, deserved punishment.  Destruction of wealth conquered through strength and deceit.

My interpretation:  After a series of unfortunate mishaps, one-sided conversations, stubbornness and egoism, all of the efforts in the project have come to nothing because it will ultimately crumble apart.  This could’ve been avoided if there was agreement to give mutual respect on all sides.  There may have been some idealism involved in the beginning of the project to start with- there has to be a solid foundation before anything else can be built upon it.  With this lacking, it was sure to fail.  There may also be a lack of resources that have led to this downfall.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

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