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The Tower Tarot Card: Disruption and the Seeds of Transformation

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The Tower Tarot Card: Disruption and the Seeds of Transformation

The Tower. Just its name in a tarot reading can send shivers down your spine. This card is infamous for depicting sudden, disruptive change, often of a chaotic and destructive nature.  But fear not! While the Tower does represent upheaval, it’s not all doom and gloom.

Let’s delve deeper into the symbolism of the Tower tarot card and explore how it can illuminate the challenges and opportunities for growth that lie ahead.

What Does The Tower Tarot Card Mean?

A List Of Information About The Tower Tarot Card

  • Number: 16, after the Devil
  • Element: Earth Element
  • Celestial Body: Mars
  • Kabbalah Pathway: Path 27, connecting Sphere 8 with Sphere 7
  • Corresponding Tarot Card: The Emperor
  • Reinforcing Cards: The Death, The Sun, Five of Pentacles
What Does The Tower Tarot Card Mean

The once grand and majestic tower stands tall, but it is struck by a sudden lightning bolt, causing it to collapse and burn, as this thunderous flash represents the wrath and judgment of the divine. The tower symbolizes materialism, and the crown atop the tower represents authority and achievement.

With the crown struck down by the lightning, it foretells that power, wealth, and accomplishments are all swept away in this abrupt change. The two men falling from the tower seem to be the emperor and the cleric, their posture and expressions of terror as they plummet downward, foreshadowing that in the face of such unforeseen disaster, regardless of class or wealth, no one is spared.

The towering structure and crown symbolize human pride and arrogance, which are the very causes of destruction. It evokes parallels with the biblical Tower of Babel.

Among all 22 Major Arcana cards in the tarot, The Tower might be the most frightening card. It is the only card in the major arcana that almost invariably yields negative interpretations, whether upright or reversed, from any perspective; the only question is the degree of negativity and the individual’s acceptance of it.

However, many times, the appearance of The Tower doesn’t necessarily signify actual destruction but rather our fear of it, our panic over imagined catastrophes and sudden changes.

Therefore, when The Tower appears, there’s no need to panic, especially if the other cards in the spread don’t explicitly suggest destructive meanings.

The world is seldom as wonderful as we imagine, but it’s also rarely as terrible as we fear. Overcome external obstacles and inner anxieties, making room for new growth and development.

The Upright Meaning Of The Tower Tarot

The Upright Meaning Of The Tower Tarot
  • Love:

There seems to be a sudden and unexpected change or dissolution between you and your partner, with your relationship being undermined by rumors, leading your partner to leave you. The “Tower” card also suggests that a certain structure or pattern is no longer sustainable, and sudden changes are necessary for your further growth.

  • Wealth:

Loss of money, financial deficit, bankruptcy, being affected by others’ actions, experiencing job changes, and serious financial mistakes have occurred, and this loss cannot be recovered in the short term.

  • Interpersonal Relationships:

Arguments with others, falling out due to quarrels, being irritable and easily offending others.

  • Career:

Situations are rapidly deteriorating, dissatisfaction with superiors without a solution, encountering disasters, unexpected bottlenecks in projects, your career is undergoing a drastic change.

Your job or the company you work for may undergo sudden changes, and you may suddenly be laid off or the projects you are working on may be abruptly halted. Whether you like it or not, you must let go of these and seek new opportunities for employment.

The Reversed Meaning Of The Tower

The Reversed Meaning Of The Tower

When The Tower appears in reverse, signs of change are still evident, but the degree of change is not as pronounced as when upright. It may describe a sense of ongoing obstruction or imprisonment because you’re not allowing all the changes to occur. By exerting firm control over your actions, you can alleviate this pain, but doing so may also slow down your growth.

The reversed Tower indicates resistance to releasing what you’ve suppressed, which could lead to another force emerging and bringing about another sudden, explosive change. No matter how much you resist change, it will happen sooner or later. It may also describe clinging to the past, staying in a situation that’s long been inappropriate.

  • Love:

Expressing feelings directly, facing relationship crises, re-experiencing romantic passion, sensing an impending breakup, emotional setbacks. The opposition between you and your partner has improved, but the sense of distrust cannot be completely eliminated, so ultimately you will part ways.

  • Wealth:

Starting to accumulate again, seeming wealthy on the surface but actually struggling, on the brink of bankruptcy, your financial luck is lost, and your desired promotions and raises have not been granted. Misfortunes never come singly; your home may be burglarized, causing you further financial loss, worsening your already tight finances.

  • Interpersonal Relationships:

Signs of relationship deadlock, ongoing disputes with friends, insistence on winning without conceding.

  • Career:

Your career prospects are poor; making wrong judgments at work has caused losses, leading to potential unemployment or significant declines in job performance.

Free Printable Tower Tarot Card

Free Printable Tower Tarot Card

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