The Tower – Fears Past, Present and Future

One of my Facebook friends noticed recently that events can model movies rather than the other way around which encouraged her to give those “conspiracy theorists” a second thought.

Adding to the “conspiracy awareness,” I mentioned 1974’s movie hit The Towering Inferno.  During that same era, airplane and other disaster movies were popular which then led to the spoofs such as Airplane!.

All life is a stage, said Shakespeare. Are we generating content for media or is media generating content for life?

Maybe it’s both rather than one or the other. But maybe like light and shadow they are part of the same whole. Our fears are projected out and then fed back to us in a vicious cycle of control.

We are not taught (as Native Americans were) that the earth is here to feed and protect us; instead it is a dog-eat-dog (or god-eat-god) world where we must struggle to survive. Today’s young adult literature is also filled with this type of imagery – they are being educated into this mindset.

The Tower Past

Happening upon tarot cards right before college, I brought them with me for fun and entertainment. It was only after experiencing the accuracy of the readings that I paused for many years a bit scared of them.

What I noticed immediately from the Rider Waite deck with its medieval images was that no matter how young we were in our first year of college, the fear of death was very close to the surface. While I expected college to be like the movie Animal House, much was my shock that actually it was a very conservative place with fear of death just under the surface and fear of being alone leading people to partner-up as soon as feasibly possible.

Animal House, then, wasn’t a script turned into reality. Too bad; it would have been more fun.

The scariest card for me was always The Tower with a lightening strike through the tower walls blowing the roof (as crown) off, casting man and women into the abyss – we don’t see in the card where they will land. The Tower for me represents when the rug is pulled out from under us. The man and woman are in free fall and the crown being dismantled from the top of the tower represent a loss of self, position and ego.

According to my Internet search, Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall comes from the 1611 King James Version of the Bible, Book of Proverbs, 16:18. This is the tower. We may lose objects of the physical world with the tower, but it’s the loss of pride that is most killing.

And there’s an even older image -The Tower of Babel. Once again Biblical; according to Wikipedia:

The Tower of Babel narrative in Genesis 11:1–9 is an origin myth meant to explain why the world’s peoples speak different languages.

According to the story, a united human race in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar. There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven. God, observing their city and tower, confounds their speech so that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them around the world.

The Tower, then, not only dismantles our social structures and dislodges our egos, it also separates us.

The Tower Present: Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto in astrology pulls the rug from under us during its generational transit of about 20 years. Psychologically it represents the forced removal of those people, objects and habits we cling to – i.e., the tower tarot card. When the World Trade Center tower fell in 2001, Pluto was in the sign of Sagittarius which is known for zealous crusading.

While the physical tower fell in 2001, social structures remained intact. If anything, it generated a rise in nationalism in the United States which led to the invasion of other countries and a continuation of the two thousand year old struggle of religions originating in the Middle East. Nationalism’s shadow side is separation from others in the world.

When Pluto moved into Capricorn in late 2007, social structures began to collapse, the first being the housing market. Capricorn seeks social stability and success within the social order.

The social instability continued into politics and in 2020 with Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in Capricorn (and Uranus now in Taurus which rules the body), social instability took a great leap and crossed into the dominion of the body and ability to earn one’s living without government interference. The governments of the world had a single response which exerted complete control over the individual by blocking the ability of many to survive without government assistance.

The Tower Future:  Shift to Fire and Air

Enjoy 2022 as the energies will begin shifting again in 2023. Outer planets that describe generational energies (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) shift slowly. They often move into a sign for a short while then return to the previous sign in what’s called retrograde (backwards movement from our vantage point far away).

In 2023 – 2025, Pluto will be shifting to fixed air Aquarius, Neptune into cardinal fire Aries and Uranus into mutable air Gemini. The first will be Pluto which in about a year will have a short stint in Aquarius.

After years of heavy Capricorn and earth energy, in many ways it will feel lighter, maybe even a Roaring 2020s.

If the fears of the Tower move into the air and fire elements, what will they look like?

Much global war now occurs as cyber war where our technological dependence creates vulnerabilities. By putting everything in “the cloud” (aka air), now anyone and everyone has a chance at it. A major attack on the United States government systems was discovered in December 2020 but is hardly acknowledged as a major war.

Each day more and more frequencies are pushed through our airwaves penetrating not just our devices, but our bodies. Expect more awareness of what this is doing to our bodies and minds. Some waves like microwaves are used for attacks, even though most of us have them in our kitchens . . .

Air is also about communication and it’s evident to this astrologer that the new Tower of Babel isn’t different languages, but so much junk information that there is no common ground in which to communicate. We may fear we have no true source of what’s actually occurring “out there” as we live separately and through screens.

Fire is about self-expression and in Aries is about competition, self-assertion and self-dominion. Expect more glamorization of the warrior type. As Neptune leave Pisces, I’m expecting a few martyrs arising from the ashes of Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces.

And lastly, I’m definitely expecting aliens (from the sky, of course). In the regular media, aliens are coming to attack you. In the new age media, they are benevolent teachers. Like humans, aliens probably come in all forms but we are certainly educated to have fear around this. As writer Barbara Hand Clow says, if you see little green men on the news, you’ll know it’s staged. Just as you choose your friends, choose your aliens wisely.

While there are truly things to fear in this world, it’s amazing how mass fears can come and go so quickly. Nuclear war didn’t disappear but the great fear of it in the 1950s through the 1980s magically disappeared in the 1990s.

So while I have listed fears, there’s no need to fear them. The thought of aliens are not aliens.  But, then again, while you can’t see 5G waves coursing through your home, they are there. But these kinds of fears are real and solvable, if we wanted to solve them.

About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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