Today’s card is the Blasted Tower, also known as the Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty, number sixteen of the Major Arcana. Each of the Major Arcana cards represents a principle of occult worship or enlightenment, with this card being the 22nd and final card of the Majors, which are numbered 0 – 21. When studying these principles, one would start with the number 0, The Fool, representing innocence, the beginning of a journey, and the initiate, and ending with number 21, The Universe. Having traveled through the theoretical concepts of Magick, therefore, one would need only to apply these principles in real life to move forward on the path of enlightenment.
This card’s lesson is about lessons; we have seen that it is wise and prudent to choose a teacher or mentor that has tried and established a method of worship, or magick if you will, from whom you can learn. Two main criteria should be considered in selecting a teacher of the occult:
• Choose someone that has ‘references’; while I don’t mean this literally, I do think your choice should be someone that has a local following that will speak to their character and ability as a practitioner of the occult.
• Choose someone who can teach; not all who can do, can teach. It does no good to watch someone go about the steps or practices of magick if they can’t explain it to others. Not all individuals have the innate ability to relay information in a way that is relevant, easily understood, and captivating to others. This skill is much like charisma and one that you either have or you don’t: choose someone that ‘has it’!
While some will have a teacher or coven who is willing to undertake the training of an acolyte in the ways of witchcraft, more often it is likely that you will first learn about ‘The Craft’ through books. While there are several thousand that cover various occult and New Age volumes available, I would be happy to recommend some excellent ones. The building of knowledge about magick is as important as the act of performing magick; each is an integral part of the journey. One can only hope to learn and grow until their time for endings has come.
Having shared all this, I also admit that there is not an easy answer to the problems that life presents. Each of us must face loss, rejection, defeat, pain, and loss. The Blasted Tower can represent those moments in life where everything is ‘blowing up’; just remember that, in moments of trial and despair, the best in us, the Light, is likely to shine forth on our future. We have only to look forward instead of back to see it. As a card of fortune, this one signals the end of metaphorical imprisonment, and that a shift is about to happen in the way you see certain situations. This can either be the realization that the only thing holding us back is ourselves or it can represent a shift in the way we see spirituality. This ‘ending’ of thought or delusion will be abrupt but will bring in new perspectives and opportunities that you have longed for.
May the next explosion you experience be a ‘Big Bang’, creating endless beauty and possibility in your life!