Sunday, 15 July 2012

Howl

©Raffaele De Angelis
For this possibly sunny Sunday, the card I've drawn is less than happy: the Tower.  Let's see what the Dark Fairytale Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2012) and the Dark Angels Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2010) make of it...

 The Dark Fairytale image shows what seems like the ruins of a tower - with a gateway leading nowhere as the twoer rises from a stone promontory, or perhaps the tip of what once was a far larger building.  Leafless branches rise like grasping hands from the mist that dusts up around the Tower.  Two creatures, one clearly a wolf, the other possibly a black cat stand in front of it, the wolf howling up at the destruction.  The tower itself is lightning-struck, flames erupting from the highest windows.  That same lightning crashes down again, streaking through the crimson-toned sky.

There's a real sense here of having known for a while that the Tower was on its last legs.  Yet still, it was a home, a place of security, and the wolf for one is sad to see it go.  He howls at the shattering of his refuge.  Still, he isn't in the burning building.  Though he may mourn it, he can go and find a new place to live, a new way of life.

©Luca Russo
Far harsher is the image from the Dark Angels.  Here an angel seems to fall from the Tower from which smoke billows.  His wings may be on fire, and he doesn't look too happy to be in the air, though he may yet pull out of the fall.  Above him, lightning forks into the Tower again, as though trying to burrow it's way through the remaining defenses, to definitively topple the highest turret.  That may be another reason for the Dark Angel's panic - all that masonry about to come crashing down around him!

This seems like a more sudden catastrophe, one that was more unexpected and from which the victim is fleeing, barely intact, with nothing but a loincloth on.  A far cry from the independent wolf, still with his fur unruffled, able to set out on his own four paws in search of something new.

I see two things here, about how we can react to disasters in our lives.  One is the old saw that forewarned is forearmed.  Of course, we don't always pick up on the signs of impending doom, but that's another matter.  The second is that if we are whole unto ourselves, requiring little, then we will be less affected by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.  Another good reason for the yogic principle of non-attachment :)

I've been struggling with some of my assumptions and preconceived ideas the last couple days, and that's what I see here.  Perhaps a need to get rid of them, and that it may take a real shake-up from somewhere to make it happen.  Maybe a number of smaller quakes rather than "the big one" will do the job, we'll see...

I am grateful for change.


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