Carolyn's Introduction

This loving tribute to Tarot as Muse is a fundraiser for Ink People Center for the Arts, conceived by Kathryne DeLorme, Carolyn Ayres and Libby Maynard. The twenty-two images seen here have been made into a collectible Major Arcana Tarot Deck which can purchased online with Ink People or found at the following venues in Humboldt County. In Eureka, Humboldt Herbals at 300 2nd Street and the Sewell Gallery of Fine Arts at 423 F street. In Arcata, the Global Village Gallery at 973 H Street; Hair Unlimited at 1640 G Street and New World Water at 778 18th street The original art was exhibited July 7th, 2012 at the new Ink Annex, 47B West Third Street, Eureka, California.
For more information contact Carolyn Ayres at tarotofbecoming

Monday, May 14, 2012

16. The Tower

The Tower can be seen as the illusion of our security, the Devil card again which whispers, “If you follow the rules, you will be safe.” The Tower is built of fears and worries, our need for security and our fear of change.  This is the ego/personality we build as a buffer, to protect us, that keeps us from taking responsibility for what is going on in our lives. Unless we are willing to take the risk and pull  our tower down ourselves, we risk being blasted apart by a difficult insight or tragedy.  After the fall, it’s up to us whether we find the positive effect and so see the gift and healing that is offered when our lives fall apart.

Key words: God speaks/ Sudden awakening/ Liberation / Blasting insight/ Divorce/ Breaking up of the status quo/ Grave illness/ Physical death

Madeline  McMurray         THE TOWER 

“My first response to the tower card was one of excitement.  For me, the deeper meaning of life is often discovered in the “falling apart” moments of my life.  The image of lightning splitting the tower in half speaks of divine power and the complex mystery of death and rebirth, the message of destruction which is one I accept and work with on a daily basis.  This is the territory of psychotherapy which is my calling and my profession. 

The image of this card came to me at the moment I picked it up as I know this card to be a statement of reality.  Breakdown and collapse as symbolized by the destruction of the towers is actually natural to our human condition.  Every life stage; birth, growth, relationship, family, maturity, old age, and death involves the destruction of our old patterns to make room for life’s next step. Our psychological and spiritual work is to let go to the falling apart of life.”

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