This Is Why I Love The Tower (or, How I Fucked Up)

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a tarot reader. And I see tarot cards in a lot of my everyday life, both in small moments and huge. Like the one that happened today.

For a while now, I’ve been looking at All Will Suffer Me as a young adult novel. Not necessarily as I was writing it. But from the start, I had it in the back of my mind that it would be in on the young adult shelves. So when I started querying and pitching it on Twitter, that’s how I categorized it. As a young adult epic fantasy novel.

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A Tower Moment (or, How I realized I’m an idiot)

So yesterday I did my morning tarot reading, and one of my favorite cards came up: The Tower.

Of course, most people see The Tower as a not-so-great card. Some people see it as downright negative. Which makes sense when The Devil is all about fear and holding yourself back, and The Star is a card of healing and new hope. The Tower is the transition between the two. But instead of a smooth transition, this card signifies an explosion of enlightenment that crushes your assumptions and forces you to fall out of your ivory tower.

When you put it that way, I can see why it gets a bad rap. But it really shouldn’t.

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