15. Le Foudre

The Lightning or the Tower from Tarocchino Arlecchino

About the Card

English Name(s)

The Lightning, The Tower, The House of God


  • Grand Etteilla: Card Number 19
  • Tarot de Marseille: Trump XVI

Image Description

A burning and crumbling castle decorated with a diamond pattern. A tower tumbles from the top where colorful flames erupt, and flames also stream from the sides, through the large arched gate, and from two solar discs in the upper corners. Two Harlequins are fallen in a heap in the foreground.

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Destitution, indigence, poverty, scarcity, need, necessity, distress, grief, pain, torment, suffering, affliction, unpleasantness, calamity, adversity, misfortune, bad luck, divine punishment, setback, disgrace, severity, rigidity, harshness.


Prison, imprisonment, detention, arrest, captivity, slavery, servitude, subjection, constraint, oppression, tyranny, yoke, chains, dungeon, dependence.