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A very different picture of this archetype, and yet one that brings me a clear sense of "yes, this is what the Tower means!" A massive volcanic explosion will change the face of the man's island home, and may also lead to a frightening ride on a stormy sea in his canoe. Yet, after it is all over, there will be new, fertile land to farm. Perhaps not tomorrow, but eventually. And so this card reminds us both of the power and fearfulness of Tower events, and also of their growth potential.
The image is based on the eruption in 1883 of Krakatoa, in Indonesia. Googling, I couldn't find anything suggesting Krakatoa is seen as a sacred place. However, it would certainly fit with Hollywood ideas of propitiating volcano gods...
As for me, I'm going through this kind of major upheaval at the moment. I wondered when would be appropriate to write about it. Would I draw the Empress or the Ace of Cups or the Queen of Pentacles? No, it's the Tower, but that feels right. In case you haven't guessed yet, I'm pregnant :)
It's still early days, but having had a miscarriage in the past (before Big Boy was born) with little or no support, I decided that this time round I'd tell people about it. After all, it's pretty uncomfy in a conversation to suddenly throw in, "Well, I didn't tell you I was pregnant, but I lost the baby, and that's why I'm feeling sh*t."
Whether it all works out or not, it'll be a big upheaval. If it doesn't work out, that's pretty emotionally shocking :( And if it does, another baby means a change in the family dynamic, new ways of living, changed sleeping arrangements, rescheduled plans..
I am grateful that Tower events always allow us to grow, in one way or another.