16 The Tower
XVI The Tower
is the reverse side of good things of the Chariot, of the happy picture of the three selves working in perfect accord. Plans go wrong for lack of Guidance. Accidents. Illness. If with other difficult cards, deepens trouble. With Death, wars or danger of grave sort. Chaos. The Tower, one of the two, stands atop a mountain. Three windows represent the three selves. The Crown represents the Aumakua, the falling figure in blue the uhane, and the falling figure in the red cloak, the unihipili.
The Tower represents a sudden, dramatic upheaval or reversal in fortune. Usually change is gradual, giving us time to adapt, but sometimes it is quick and explosive. This is the action of the Tower.