Hero's Journey Part 4.
The Tower


Canvas with swirling paint has a gun pointed at a whirlwind, and a building with a figure in the window in the background.
Hero's Journey Part 4.
The Tower
Mixed media on Canvas 9" x 9"
Emily Schleiner, 2021

In my twenties I moved to New York City intending to create an art cooperative. Some friends and I moved into a surprisingly inexpensive apartment only to find we had a neighbor who raged at his family, nearby business owners who sexually harassed, and muggers to contend with. One night I heard shots fired, and saw a crowd dispersing from my window. Later, a detective asked, then demanded that I testify in court, but I was afraid. I told them no, I would not testify. I was afraid of becoming a target of violence. The detectives said they might issue me a subpoena, requiring me to appear in court. Eventually the detectives informed me that another neighbor had stepped in to testify, and I was not needed. I moved out of my apartment when the super of my building stabbed a guest at his party.

In Hero's Journey Part 4, Emily Schleiner focuses on a life experience called to mind by the Tower, a Tarot card that tears away solid sense of stability, indicating unexpected change and outer transformation. A gun is fired into a swirling cloud as an image of Schleiner looks on from a window in the background.

A tower is on fire with people jumping out of windows.
The Tower card from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck was created by A. E. Waite and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith (also called the Rider-Waite Tarot deck). It is now a part of the Public Domain.