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Steampunk tarot (Moore) - XVI - The Tower

Sometimes I like to start by citing a quote from the accompanying book.
From Barbar Moore: "Structures are meant to enhance our lives, to give us just enough security so that we can soar. When that structure overtakes our spirit, that structure is no longer serving a beneficial purpose. The thing we created to enhance our life is now destroying it. The natural reaction of the universe then, is to destroy that structure in order to save our life"

We have had shedloads of earthquakes in Christchurch where I live, and the Tower has toppled for many. For many others it is still teetering about to come down as they await decisions on whether their homes can be repaired or not. For some, they have been in this situation for 19 months. You can see this card has been pertinent to me for some time.

Onto the card itself We see a huge tree as the main focus of the card. The trunk is wide and solid. This tree is old and well rooted. It would not come down easily, and certainly could withstand nmost of what is thrown at it. Off the trunk off this tree we see shoots which are actually other smaller trees, so we are certainly given a clue as to the fact this tree is HUGE!
Built around the top of the tree we see turrets and other pasts of a steampunk castle. Linking the buildings is a winding set of stairs. The lightening is hitting the building and causing damage. We see an explosion of flame on the right hand side. The tower part of the card is in darkness.
The root part of the tree appears to be more daylight, but it still appears slightly blurred.

Maybe we can see why the builder decided to build the 'tower' on this tree. He/she thought it would be the best foundation possible. Yep, they were right. But that applies to the lower part. They set their sights high, and are paying the price. We know how trees react in storms and can transfer the energy from lightening. Yet they are not safe places to be in a thunder storm, so surely with hindsight he/she would realise this was bit of a daft place to build. Maybe this could relate the coming down of ego or arrogance.
If so, the card forewarns of a humbling experience.

I also am drawn to the ornateness of the tower. Having been through the earthquakes I have re-evalued what is important, and what is necessary to provide in life. We surround ourseslves with trimmings, and then we get upset if one of those trimmings is damaged or lost. Lose your home, and you then realise those trimmings mean nothing. So this card may at the time be devestating, but out of all the cards in the deck, this one I believe can lead to the biggest lesson being learned, or the largest shift in perspective.

I also believe the tree here is telling us something. Plan for the future and long term, and get it right first time. And also, keep it simple. Less chance of you feeling attachment to something that is not needed in the first place. Oh - and if you do want to create something special around you (and who doesn't, after all we are human) just look at how you go about it. Showing off to the world could cause it to come crashing down at some stage, and the fall from that distance will lead to a bigger bump on the rear end when you do land.

I have to say, at first glance this card could look a little simple. But the tree and where the tower is built on that tree potentially can say heaps to us
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