Sudden change, disaster. The shattering of previously-held beliefs. Destruction of structures (physical, mental, emotional).
This is an emotional card for me, as I'm referencing a very personal part of my family history. The structure in this card is a guard tower from Topaz, one of the ten Japanese Internment Camps in the United States; it was where my grandmother was held from 1942 to 1946. More than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were interned in the camps during World War II.
The Tower's traditional depiction is a violent one; crumbling, chaotic, fiery...basically how all of 2017 felt. But The Tower is not always an ominous card - it can symbolize dramatic change when you've hit rock bottom. Especially in today's political climate, it's more important than ever to shake ourselves awake. The history that my grandmother suffered through has threatened to repeat itself over the last two decades. We cannot be complacent in our beliefs. The Tower shocks us to revelation like a bolt of lightning.
Nature reclaims the empty guard tower in my vision, flowers taking back the space, love filling the void when hate is burned away. With destruction comes creation.