The Tower is almost always considered an ill omen and usually follows The Devil around in the decks that contain it. The card was used in a variety early European printed tarot. Many designs depicted nude or scantily clad people fleeing burning buildings and lightning. The Tower’s imagery is probably a reference the Tower of Babel. The card’s story has also been attributed to a medieval liturgical drama, known as the Harrowing of Hell. The story usually ended with pyrotechnics and Jesus Christ smashing open the gates of hell.
The Foshay Tower was named for and built by Wilbur Foshay. The art student turned businessman amassed his fortune building up three utility company empires. Foshay located his business and residence on the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth floors. The home in the sky, he never occupied, included a marble wallec three-bedroom, three-bath suite, a fireplace and a library. Foshay invited 25,000 guests to an all expense paid dedication ceremony. Half naked dancers entertained and each guest received a gold pocket watch. The military gave 19-gun salutes and John Philip Sousa conducted the “Foshay Tower–Washington Memorial March” march he wrote for the occasion. Foshay wrote Sousa a check for $20,000 before the show. Six weeks after the building’s opened in 1929, Foshay’s corporate empire was thrown into receivership and his check to Sousa bounced. In 1932 he was convicted of orchestrating a pyramid scheme with shares of his own stock. Foshay was sentenced to 15 years in prison. President Franklin Roosevelt commuted 10 years, but Foshay only served three years in Leavenworth because of “good behavior.” President Truman granted Foshay a full and unconditional pardon in 1947.
If the Tower comes up in your Tarot reading, you’re probably in for a long run of failure, ruin and calamity .That being said, don’t be discouraged. Sometimes you need to destroy a village in order to save it and the best way to keep the enemy from following is to burn all the bridges behind you. Keep in mind, a weekday catastrophe may eliminate the need for a weekend of spring cleaning.