The Tower - 16


The Tower16 is The Tower, sometimes referred to as The Lightning-Struck Tower.

The picture shows destruction as a force of nature, perhaps to remind us how powerless man can sometimes be. It also presumably points to a future that - if you decide to stick around - will need a clean-up and a new beginning. You may be going from strength to strength in the long run, but this number points to a shake-up of sorts. Take advantage of its opportunities rather than cling to earlier outlines.

Maybe you are warning yourself that things are not going to pan out as you consciously planned or hoped or expected. How then do you - or should you - react to destruction or failure?

A project may become unworkable; a relationship may be too fragile to last; an idea that seemed strong and logical may be a lot weaker than you thought it was. If you are left with a pile of rubble, how will you handle it, and will you be able to put the pieces back together again? If there is hard work ahead, will the end result be worth the effort? Some things that are broken can never be the same again; sometimes it's a good idea to move on. You decide what it's worth to you; then act.

This card may also show a great opportunity to rebuild something anew - rather than simply reproduce or duplicate what went before. You chose the number, and so you may be telling yourself to think for a while before you act. Can you re-organize the parts into a different kind of whole? Can you salvage something with lasting and increasing value from what you have? Can you create with minimal or no defects or weaknesses - or perhaps with none at all?

Maybe look at the Toyota Production System, part of which is Poka-yoke - a Japanese term that means something like "mistake-proofing". The idea is that you prevent errors from happening by making sure the operation can be done only the correct way. If a computer disc will fit the slot only one way, it cannot be inserted incorrectly; no problem. If a template will fit only the top left corner, it can't be put there upside down; there is then no problem to be fixed, or repairs to be undertaken later.

With forethought, you re-build stronger and better; and that's probably worth the effort.

You might also - before the point of destruction is reached - voluntarily dismantle or de-construct whatever is the subject of your enquiry. Then re-assemble it so the impending problem cannot arise. There may be some disorganization for a while, but there likely won't be the same amount of mess to clean up before you can re-organize.

Even with this, though, there is always the chance of nature upsetting your plans. Natural disasters happen anyway, so what relief measures can you incorporate into the program or into the design?

Redundancy - lots of it - is a good thing.