New Energy Narrative
Key Phrase: My power and my glory.
Symbolism: An empowered figure in a fully activated physical unit embraces their divine creative power and brilliance. The multicolored power of creation shines brightly through. Unencumbered by archetypes of limitation and oppression, properly aligned and activated, empathic and connected to the Fabric of Consciousness, copious energies flow freely. Fully connected, the figure embraces highest purpose, which is self-conscious commitment to the Great Work. Consciousness explodes into the world. Knocked off balance by the power of Highest Self, the disconnected grasp, stumble, and eventually fall. This is the creative power of Spirit and the power and glory of The Fabric (i.e. God with a big “G”), no longer hidden, but on full display in an activated, aligned, and connected physical unit.
Narrative: This archetype presents to you the full creative potential of Consciousness acting through a fully activated and aligned Physical Unit. This is the a lightworker graduated and fully realized. This is also a warning. If you are not compassionate and careful, if you are not fully aligned and properly connected, those around you may be bowled over by the power—the consequences to those who still struggle with disconnection.
At the highest and most aligned levels, this is Consciousness descended and the empowering impact thereof. Remember, power is not about personal will and selfish strength; it is about the potential of Consciousness to alter reality, transform the world, and graduate creation. Realizing the lightworker you are, realizing why you are here, you move forward and claim full power with gusto. Using your newfound powers, you ensure the final Triumph of Spirit (i.e. victory and graduation).
At mundane levels, this is power over your world. Confident in your identity and abilities, confident in your understanding of life, you use your skills to create the world we all want and need. This is spirituality as science of connection. This is science as a manifestation of the Consciousness and power of God.
Old Energy Narrative
Key Phrase: This is a flash of insight
Symbolism: Lightning strikes a tall tower, shrouded in darkness. Figures, and a golden crown, are knocked out by the blast and fall. The presence of fiery yods imply divine roots of this horrific catastrophe.
Narrative: In the old energy this archetype is called the Tower. In the old energy, in some representations, this archetype represents punishment for “selfish, egotistical ambition,” 1 or for violations and sins against the brotherhood.2 In other words, inappropriate (according to some) use of personal power. More likely these days you will find the Tower archetype representing a flash of insight,3 or a “breakthrough revelation.”4
While we reject all notions of judgment and punishment, archetypal messages about insight and enlightenment are apropos; however, intimations that these require life-shattering shakeups are not. It is true that sometimes the flash of insight leads to a shake-up of our emotional, psychological, and intellectual core, but this is only because we are victims of old energy indoctrination. On a healthy world, insight is a gentle realization and not a catastrophic explosion. The latter is more appropriate to systems of psychological and emotional indoctrination. On a healthy world, realization leads to increased power, hence the renaming of the card, and not a frightening fall. Therefore,
- Reject all notions of judgment and punishment wherever they appear. Humans may punish each other, parents may harm their children, Capitalists may exploit their workers, but the cosmic/God/Creation participates in none of that horrible tripe. Replace ideas of judgment and actions of punishment with pathways towards enlightenment and power.
- Watch out for notions that insight and enlightenment require or followed by catastrophic psychological events. They do not. Healthy spiritual development is characterized by gentle and ongoing realization, and not punishing psychological/emotional falls. The imagery of the Tower applies to victims of Toxic Socialization only.
1Wen, Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth; Wirth, Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot.
2Wirth, Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot.
3Case, Learning Tarot Essentials: Tarot Cards for Beginners, 142.
4Bridget Biddy, “Tower Tarot Card Meanings,” Biddy Tarot (blog), 2020, https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/tower/.