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In the SLB image, a woman lies face down, perhaps asleep, perhaps not. We see her amid hay and fruit, with a cat sleeping beside her and a crow cawing from his perch on her bottom. In the background, through a window, we see a tower block burning, black smoke billowing up from the angry red flames.
I find the association of sleep with the Tower an interesting one. When we wake up, it will be a new day. And perhaps our dreams will have helped us bring a new perspective to the destruction and shock we have been through. More negatively, it could be seen that she will be taken unawares, waking to this scene of destruction. Still, she'll have some healthy snacks to bolster her morale, and a cat to cuddle, which always helps!
This is a tower that allows no room for the human, for groundedness. Although it's destruction is shocking and shattering, perhaps we can build something in its place that better represents the human spirit, that keeps us in touch with reality...
It's interesting that, despite both cards showing a modern tower block on fire, they evoke such different responses. The first has quite a grounded, human feel to it, with the woman, animals and elements of nature in the foreground. The second shows only the enormity of the edifice, with many different flags falling from the wreckage - a nod to the tower of Babel. It speaks of reaching too far beyond what sits easily with the human soul.
I am feeling rather shattered today, I've been up since 3.30am :( I shall try to go back to bed in a little while, and hope to find a renewed sense of the possibilities of life when I awake.
I am grateful for the ground beneath my feet.