XVI - the Tower
vengeful angel gestures over a tower that is cracked and burning.
People flee, screaming and praying. A large crown floats over
the crumbling tower, and a man falls from the top.
Man's creations may crumble.
success cannot protect us from ill fortune. The Gods can be
jealous, and even the strongest fortress can fall to the ground.
is a warning against complacency and smugness. All that we achieve
is as fragile as a house of cards, and may collapse at the slightest
breath. Appreciate the important things in life - health, love
and happiness - and be thankful for them as long as they last.
Unfounded accusations, rebellion against an unfair situation)
notes to self: Somewhat
different to the Rider-Waite card, but more recognisable to
RWS readers than in my original.
I've taken a slightly more medieval interpretation - this is
fairly obviously and directly the wrath of God, indicated by
the presence of the angel. Many angels depicted in this era
were the scary divine-vengence type rather than pleasant, benevolent