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This card is almost universally viewed as a bad omen of the tarot deck. The card would seem apparently inspired by the biblical story of the fall of the Tower of Babel. In the Bible it also says that if the LORD didn’t build the house, those who work on it labor in vain. Either verse you choose to apply, they share the theme of vanity. When pride stops working for you, it has probably crossed over into the realm of vanity. When the ego comes crashing down, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
The Surrealist version shows a devastating lightning bolt breaking the tower in two. The card captures the essence of destruction.
Diary’s variation on the image of destruction has to be the most depraved of the group. From a glass tower onlookers witness a person hit rock bottom in the worst way. It is tragic when a person can not even realize the value of one’s own life.
It is difficult to tell exactly what is going on with the Langustl Tower. There is a Tower, but perspective is twisted to the point where we can’t be certain if the Tower has fallen or you are falling off of it while dropping your stuff.
Tower of Babel itself shows up on the bifrost version. Perspective can be viewed more than one way with this card. A dark Magus uses destructive magic on his ascent to the top. Tough competition is met with drastic measures. Sometimes the ends justify the means.