Ophidia Rosa's The Tower card explores the at-times daunting nexus between light and darkness in the Tarot―a paradoxical theme throughout traditional readings, in which every positive action can contain an equal and opposite reaction. While The Tower often prepares us for a tumultuous, destructive moment, this tearing-down of structure or ideals may also unlock us from constraint, making it a liberating force, as well.
The Ophidia Rosa muses: "Free from the rapture a perfect bloom can instill. In ideals we were captured, now we're lost with free will."
In my own personal practice, I've read the Tarot as a guide for action, be it in response to the deck's offering of beacons of hope or more adverse forebodings. With The Tower, it is up to us to navigate impending darkness with an awareness that vibrant, unbound light is contained among the very shadows it creates.
The Death card is a personal favorite of mine, as it empowers us to leave all that does not serve us behind and to embrace transformation. Don't be fooled by its daunting name, for at its heart is a wondrous peak in the cycle of life: the letting go, the dusk becoming dawn.
The Ophidia Rosa muses: "Shuffle off coils that ground grand intentions. We're winged and weeded, a pure mother of invention."
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