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Sol Invictus: The God Tarot Paperback – 15 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US); Tcr Crds/P edition (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764327615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764327612
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 3.8 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,510,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

As an eclectic Pagan, Kim Huggens has spent many years studying the Gods and mythologies of different cultures. Her experience with Tarot began when she was nine years old and she now reads Tarot professionally. Nic Phillips, the artist for this tarot deck, has a broad and in-depth knowledge of mythology and Pagan subjects, as well as a lifelong interest in art and illustration.

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XVI The Tower



As Shiva Nataraj dances upon the demon of ignorance his third eye opens and blasts the tower to pieces. Fires burn at the tower's weakening foundations, and a golden crown topples from its great height. From the ruined structure a white dove escapes, soaring into the darkness and away from the destruction. But Shiva continues dancing his cosmic dance - and he will not stop.

As above...

Gods and Symbols

"Listen, O Lord of the meeting rivers,
Things standing shall fall,
But the moving shall ever stay."
(Ramanujan, 1973, 88.)
(Hindu vacana poetry written in praise of Shiva)

Shiva - a Deva ("shining one") of India - is worshipped today in his many forms by Hindus and in particular Saivites (who see him as the only ultimate reality.) He has many forms, but most famous is his aspect as Shiva the Destroyer, one of the trimurti - Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. This trinity work together to keep the universe in order: so when Shiva destroys he leaves room for Brahma to create once more.

As the destroyer, Shiva is often depicted enacting his dance of destruction, tandava, and is known as Nataraj. This dance never stops, because destruction is constant in the universe, but on an individual, human level it often feels terrible. Shiva's destruction can indicate death or decay, as well as the crumbling of one's way of life, but it can also be positive - such as the destruction of bad habits or false ideas. However, no matter what the destruction is it will always feel painful on a human level because we are in the wheel of samsara (reincarnation and thus, suffering), and not in the realm of the devas.

Shiva has many names, and they demonstrate his many aspects. He is often known as Tryambaka ("three-eyes") because as well as the usual two eyes he possesses a third eye (Jnana.) When he opens the eye of Jnana its gaze burns samsara to ashes - as we see illustrated in the card. Shiva's cosmic eye sends a lightning bolt out of the blue into the tower that symbolizes the human construct - whether that is habits, beliefs, ways of life, a business deal, or something more vital. It is interesting that Shiva also represents the lingam, or phallus, because the tower can be seen as symbolic of the penis - in this case, a phallus from which the essence is being released in an explosion. The image is undoubtedly one of sexual release or of frustrations being freed, and with it we get a more positive view of this card - for after the phallus has toppled like the tower, it will rise again (just as Brahma will create in the space Shiva has given him.)

In his aspect of Shiva Nilakantha ("blue-throated one"), Shiva is said to have swallowed a poison that threatened to engulf the world. This poison could not get further than his throat however, causing it to turn blue. It is said that when this cycle of the world comes to an end Shiva Nilakantha will vomit forth this fiery poison and destroy everything - just as fire destroys everything in its path (but also purifies.)

Shiva is also called Mahakala - Great Time. He is the all-powerful, all-destroying, inescapable time which humans are prey to, as is the rest of creation. All must crumble and fall. However, this indicates that Shiva does not destroy wantonly but instead in order to purify what has become corrupted and rotten. In fact, some people have interpreted the name `Shiva' to mean "he who purifies everyone by the utterance of his name."

In the card image Shiva tramples the demon of ignorance, or what we can interpret to be an aspect of one's self or the ego. Often we find that when everything crumbles down around us our egos are crushed as well, and thus we are given an opportunity for a fresh start with our personalities. The experience of XVI The Tower calls for a complete re-evaluation of our selves and lives after the destruction. The snakes that Shiva bears on his body are symbolic of the fact that the destruction he creates allows the continual purification and rebirth of the universe and the individual - just as the snake sheds its old skin in place of its new one.

The dance of Shiva Nataraj not only destroys - the shake-up he causes arouses energies and feelings that may have lain dormant in the psyche and the environment around us, and thus the Tower can be seen as a card of sudden realization or the blinding flash of inspiration: when the trappings of the building are torn down and the crown of the ego fallen, we can see clearer and are free to start rebuilding.

~ From "XVI The Tower"

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