Welcome to the Mabon 2013 edition of the Tarot Blog Hop. Today's subject is mythology which I know...well, every little about if we are talking classical mythology.
|Rough draft of the Tower card for the Monkey Tarot.|
I can't tell you the classical mythology that underlies the Tower card. I know that in Golden Dawn, the Tower is associated with Mars--but that is modern mythology. In fact, most of the mythology that I know is modern mythology.
And I am not sure that I am alone in being ignorant of classical mythology. I know that the class that I was in community college that read the Iliad and Paradise Lost seems blissfully ignorant of classical mythology for the most part (there were maybe three people in the class, other than the professor that is, who seemed to have a passing acquaintance with the subject). When I was growing up, I know that I wasn't exposed to a lot of classical mythology. Since then, I have studied mythology on my own...but I still cannot tell you how it might connect to the Tower card.
Furthermore, the mythologies that I have read the most about are not the classical mythologies that informs Western civilization. Our heritage is Greek and Roman mythology for the most part, plus the Biblical mythology, not the Norse and Ancient Egyptian mythologies that I am fond of.
Now, that does not mean that I am cut off from being to talk about the Tower card in terms of mythology...but the stories I use are really modern stories. Such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and the Cthulhu mythos. Maybe a little Star Wars to boot. I am not sure if any of those stories can be considered mythology, but they would be the stories that I would use to describe this card to someone who was unfamiliar with it. And I am willing to bet that more people are familiar with those stories than the mythic tales from Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire about Zeus and Ares (Jupiter and Mars).