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XVI - the Tower

A 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.

My Interpretation: All Man's creations may crumble.

Material success cannot protect us from ill fortune. The Gods can be jealous, and even the strongest fortress can fall to the ground. This 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.

(Reversed: Unfounded accusations, rebellion against an unfair situation)

Edit 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 figures.

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