XVI The Tower ‘Destructive Creation’ | Spiritual Sage Tarot Discussion

XVI The Tower ruled by both Aries and Scorpio, is a clear ‘course correction’ card and signals not being on your correct path. I see the Tower as being extremely merciful, showing the magnificence of God’s mercy by forcing us to “pull our heads in” and see Truth.

The severity of XVI Tower’s effects within our lives, seems to directly correspond with each’s own level of self-awareness, and exactly how far from Truth we have strayed…. Fire being potentially devastatingly destructive (Mars), or can purify being wholly cleansing (Pluto), with lessons to be learnt either side of the primal powers of Fire.

XIV Temperance (Sagittarius) ‘The Alchemy of Humanity’s Water & Wine’

XIV Temperance Major Arcana is a transformative alchemical card. Medieval alchemy was fundamentally concerned in transformation of the essence of things, usually from something base to something refined. The most obvious example is the attempt to turn lead into gold, but more broadly, alchemy can be understood as the attempt to purify and refine, not only with physical objects, but also esoterically and with the human soul itself.

Spiritually then, the alchemy of XIV Temperance concerns the transformation of the soul in this manner, specifically about taking parts of the soul and concentrating them into something wholly refined and beautifully unique.