The Tower card from the Thoth Tarot deck
Today we move onto the Tower in the Thoth deck and like the last card the Devil, it has connections to Capricorn – the 4 figures falling from the tower identify with the earth element. They are drawn in an abstract form to mimic the crystalline structure of rocks and minerals. This is the connection between Ayin and Capricorn. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign.
What is Ayin?
(The following comes from Wikipedia)
It is a Hebrew letter and is an important concept in Kabbalah. It is contrasted with the term Yesh meaning “something/existence/being/is”. According to kabbalistic teachings, before the universe was created there was only Ayin, and the first manifest Sephira (Divine emanation), Chokmah (Wisdom), “comes into being out of Ayin.” In this context, the sephirah Keter, the Divine will, is the intermediary between the Divine Infinity – Ein Sof – and Chochmah. Because Keter is a supreme revelation of the Ohr Ein Sof (Infinite Light), transcending the manifest sephirot, it is sometimes excluded from them.
Ayin is closely associated with the Ein Sof, which is understood as the deity prior to his self-manifestation in the creation of the spiritual and physical realms, single Infinite unity beyond any description or limitation. From the perspective of the emanated created realms, Creation takes place “Yesh me-Ayin” (“Something from Nothing”). From the Divine perspective, Creation takes place “Ayin me-Yesh” (“Nothing from Something”), as only God has absolute existence; Creation is dependent on the continuos flow of Divine lifeforce, without which it would revert to nothingness. Since the 13th century, Ayin has been one of the most important words used in kabbalistic texts.
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The eye of Horus is at the top. I love how cards are connected to each other in the Thoth Tarot and this is a perfect example because the eye is associated with the 3rd eye of the goat on the devil card. The opening of the 3rd eye chakra results in the destruction of illusion through enlightenment. The tower is symbolic of the conscious mind or ego which is destroyed by the lightening flash of spiritual illumination. The lightning bolt can also symbolize death and destruction. The lightning bolt has 5 points which is the number of Geburah and Mars.
Who was Horus?
Wikipedia offers the following: Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian history, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egypt specialists. He was most often depicted as a falcon, or as a man with a falcon head.
The earliest recorded form of Horus is the patron deity of Nekhan in Upper Egypt who is the first known national god, specifically related to the king who in time came to be regarded as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death. The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris but in another tradition Hathor is regarded as his mother and sometimes as his wife. Horus served many functions most notably being a god of the sun, war and protection. End quote.
In the Tower card it is destroying the old Aeon (the tower) by fire. I have seen some people associate this card to Leo rather than Capricorn because of this fire aspect.
Connecting to Horus (the Sun God), the sigil of the sun is drawn as the black pupil of the eye.
There are 27 rays radiating from the solar eye and the tower is attributed to the 27th path on the tree of life.
The tower represents the physical world of Malkuth and is signified by 2 barred windows. The lower window is divided into 10 squares, the number of Malkuth and the upper window is a circle is divided by a diagonal line suggesting the 4 elements of Malkuth.
So the sexual part of the card – the tower is the phallus; the lightning bolt is the orgasm and the 4 figures are the ejaculated sperm. The tower is destroyed and this symbolizes the loss of the erection after orgasm and the letter Pe (connected to this card) represents mouth so this could relate to oral sex. Oh my word.
At the bottom of the card is a mouth as well but this is Dis, the God of the underworld. He is breathing fire. There are 9 tongues coming from his mouth which is the number of Yesod. The value of Pe is 80 – the same value as the word Yesod. The path of Pe bridges Hod and Netzach and this is where intellect and emotions clash. The resulting enlightenment and illumination that resolves this conflict is represented by the solar by which is the Sun of the Tipareth.
There is a dove and a lion serpent. What do you make of these?
So, besides all of this, the Tower card is still seen as sudden and unexpected change, having the experience of a trauma and coming out on the other side, destruction and purification and stress. Things are torn down and things are rebuilt.
I love the emotional and intellectual clash as well. I have had moments like this because I function primarily on the emotional level and it is sometimes hard for me to think things through. Your heart can make you hurt too so for me, this falling apart of my feelings is like a tower moment. When you experience things and then later in life, similar things happen, you can be more prepared for it because you have been there.
I am using the following book for this post:
The Thoth Companion, the key to the true symbolic meaning of the Thoth Tarot by Michael Osiris Snuffin.