The Tower Tarot Card – A Complete Guide!

The Tower Tarot Card, A Complete Guide!

The Tower card is the 16th card of the Major Arcana. The card shows a tower structure in flames, surrounded by clouds and a bolt of lightning. Two people, along with a crown, are seen to be falling towards the ground.

The imagery on this card is a typical scene of destruction and disruption. In this article, you’ll find a variety of interpretations on the Tower card and what it can represent.

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What does the Tower Tarot card mean?

The Tower card upright signals a significant change in the physical, mental, and spiritual realms of the querent’s life, brought upon them by an external force. It can indicate an unexpected moment of disaster and chaos, but it will always bring spiritual enlightenment, a new perspective, and more stable foundations.

Did you think that something in your life was stable and truthful? Not anymore- with the Tower, the systems, situations, relationships that you thought provided you with shelter and safety are being brought down, and for good reason.

The reason is that they were operating upon volatile and untruthful foundations. In the end, they’ve caused more harm than good. However, often these situations that endure a Tower moment are close to our hearts, which is what makes them painful- and what makes them Tower moments. Their unpredictability only adds to the shock.

The Tower (Thoth Tarot Deck)

During the burning and collapse of the tower, there is panic and upheaval, both physically and emotionally. But in the aftermath of the situation, just like in any real-world disaster, a healthy way to cope is to be alone with your grief, acknowledge it, and slowly heal, resulting in deep personal and spiritual transformation.

The Tower upright isn’t warning you about a situation that you will leave on your own. Rather, you’ve been forced to leave it behind. You’ve been tossed out of a current situation due to external forces beyond your own control, and you’re falling just like the people in the picture.

It also is not necessarily any particular event that may occur. The Tower can also be built upon falsehoods or lies. When the truth is made known to you, even perhaps through that flash of divine guidance, your circumstances must be viewed in a completely different light. Everything that you’ve thought to be true is exposed, resulting in an emotionally charged and traumatic experience.

Ultimately, the removal of this situation was to make way for better opportunities. These Tower moments occur for you, reflective of how the bad situations in life occur for the good ones to be appreciated. The divine realm knows which lessons need to be learned.

What does the Tower Tarot card mean reversed?

Reversed, the Tower card can indicate that this significant change lies in the internal mindset or belief system, transforming and questioning inner beliefs. The reversal shows that there is a lack of unexpectedness; rather, you could be resisting change that you know is vital to your growth.

This card is the embodiment of being able to see the bigger picture. Change starts with the individual’s self. They will unlikely be able to accept change in the external if the internal is blind to the truth of a situation.

The first situation that the Tower reversed can talk about is having the willingness to actively challenge or remove our old limiting beliefs. This process, unlike the upright, does not have to be sudden or fast-paced. Instead, the installing of new beliefs will take months of sustained learning and practice.

You are questioning old ways of life. One most common example of this is having to endure a spiritual awakening, which also brings on a slew of physical impacts, such as headaches, moodiness, or shifts in sleeping patterns. Once again, a spiritual transformation can be slow and less glorious than what it sounds like, but it occurs for the ultimate benefit of the querent.

However, with the Tower reversed, there could be significant refusal to go along with external changes. This results in unnecessary inner conflict and stress. In fact, hiding from a situation or attempting to search for an easy way out will not prevent the tower from toppling over in the future.

Sometimes, the best step to take is to embrace the truth, the change, or the truth of these changes, and find clarity on the way.

The Tower as How Someone Sees, Thinks, or Feels towards you

The Tower may indicate that you’ve had a significant effect on their life. Whenever you reappear, you may bring chaos or conflict to them. There may be a cycle of fighting and breaking. However, there are many more interpretations that are possible.

When the Tower card is drawn as how someone perceives you, this means that you may have shown yourself to be contrary to what they had expected. Your actions may seem unpredictable. You may challenge their inner belief systems. It may refer to the way you entered their life or how you have changed as a person.

The person of inquiry may have been someone who initially possessed a different inner belief system in contrast to yours. An example of such a belief system may be a person’s perspective upon money or self-worth. Your actions and your way of perceiving the world may have caused them to start questioning their own and see themselves in a new light.

However, this is not necessarily only limited to inner belief systems. Perhaps you have played a role in their lives that has resulted in a significant change in either their private or public realms.

The Tower does not always refer to something negative- only that this change refers to a complete collapse of the old into the new. You may have been the person to offer them a new job that changes their lifestyle completely, or inversely, caused them to sacrifice or lose things that they used to hold onto.

Otherwise, it may just be the fact that your personality is what they perceive to be Tower-like. You may like to continuously challenge them- for example, urging them to step out of their comfort zones. Your thoughts, actions, and words can be hard to predict and quite sporadic. They’re not sure what to expect next, whether it’s a burst of emotion or some other instantaneous decision.

Additionally, particularly if you had previously drawn a card asking the same question and that card had been replaced by the Tower, it might mean that you were not who they thought you to be. This shift in perspective could have happened because of a situation, or that you’ve revealed something about yourself to them.

The Tower as a Place

The Tower card could simply refer to a particularly tall or large building. This could include skyscrapers, castles, or even actual towers. Moreover, it could signify a place where a Tower-like situation had happened, or someplace unexpected.

Did you always think or expect to meet your future spouse in a common place, such as a university or at work? Well, the Tower could signify that this won’t necessarily be the case. Whatever your question, the Tower could point to the place that you least expected.

In a more literal sense, any tall skyscrapers or large office buildings could be represented by the Tower card. Therefore, this could lead to the direction of a more urbanized cityscape. Someplace with a cathedral or castle, both buildings with tower shapes incorporated into their design, that has been preserved as a museum could also be a possibility.

Even more explicitly, the Tower could refer to actual constructed towers, such as the Eiffel Tower or even the Big Ben.

The Tower (Marseille Tarot Deck)

The Tower in a Career Reading

In terms of finances, the Tower card can indicate potential bankruptcy. Because finances and career are linked so closely together, the Tower card will most likely indicate a potential career setback.

In a career reading, the Tower indicates a highly challenging and stressful time period. There will likely be changes occurring to work environments, work positions, the actual job, or even the whole company. If self-employed, then this indicates that your business will experience a significant setback or failure.

Upright, this card is about outside circumstances that are out of the querent’s control. However, it may not necessarily be a fully negative situation, as it could even be referring to difficulty in coping with a new job position. There is a positive side to every negative event, but in the moment, especially when they’re in the Tower energy, it can feel especially discouraging.

If you own a business or have struggled with your career, then something that you’ve worked extremely hard for, for such a long time, may become seemingly undone. Look to surrounding cards if there is hope for recovery. Even if there is no hope for return, this card signifies the end of a cycle and the time to move onto newer situations.

Reversed, the Tower may indicate that a change is needed in your inner belief system or your current career. If there is a sense of stagnancy, make sure to embrace new ideas and new opportunities. A refresh or transformation may just be the thing that propels your career forward again.

The Tower in a Love or Relationship Reading

The Tower indicates the ending of a current relationship. If an ending doesn’t occur, then there will be something that is revealed that will cause the relationship to be broken down and viewed in a new light. This can refer to a significant break or an adjustment to how the relationship has been regularly progressing.

If a current relationship has not been built upon solid foundations, an event like one that the Tower signifies can easily break it apart. You may have heard of the phrase ‘having it all crash down’ when referring to the Tower card, because it is the literal collapse of a tower that wasn’t rooted firmly in the ground.

The Tower indicates emotional upheaval just as much it indicates actual physical upheaval. Having Tower moments can lead you to discover the truth about your significant other. The truth can lead to a complete break, a short break, or a re-evaluation of the relationship so that it can hopefully be built back up again.

If the querent is currently single, then there may be some past Tower situations that they still have to address before attempting to be in a relationship again. This past situation could have impacted the querent negatively and possibly even leave them with unaddressed trauma. However, the Tower card here can also indicate the actual person that they will meet, maybe in an unexpected way.

Reversed, this card speaks of needing to address inner issues before committing to another relationship. Whether this refers to simply moving on from a past situation, or rethinking certain mindsets toward love and relationships, avoid resisting change in your love life and acknowledge that you must be able to accept yourself first.

The Tower as Intentions or Wants

A woman falls from the top of a tower, which is surrounded by ominous imagery and has been struck by lightning. The situation seems nuanced- has she been pushed off? Or has she really been freed?

As intentions, the Tower signifies that the other person might want to expose or betray you, or in a sense, throw you off the tower. In a positive light, the person might instead want to challenge you, urging you to open up to movement and change, and freeing you from the tower that you have been imprisoned in.

Look deeper- not everything is as it seems. Is this person’s intentions built upon a falsehood or pretense? Revealing the painful truth about a situation is one of the aspects of the Tower, and it can also, vice versa, refer to them wanting to investigate you. There is certainly harm caused here, regardless of whether the other person’s intentions were harmful or not, because it results in you being brought down, or falling down, from where you originally were.

However, the Tower as an intention may just be to expose you to more risks and liberate you from a certain limiting mindset, job, or way of life. Reversed, their aim might be to keep you stuck and unable to move forward.

Is the Tower Tarot card a Yes or No?

Traditionally, the Tower card represents a definite ‘no’. With enforced change comes likely disruption and collapse. This yes or no outcome might have been so significant to you such that the negative answer would result in a complete Tower moment. However, the card could simply refer to unforeseen circumstances.

Depending upon context, since the Tower also refers to unexpectedness, then it may appear to assert that a yes or no question does not necessarily cover all unforeseen factors. It is very simple to assume that the Tower card represents a negative answer in most cases, but Tarot cards will often show an additional meaning instead of a straight answer.

Similarly, reversed, it does not necessarily refer to a yes. A good question to ask yourself is this: there is a wide range of good, neutral, and bad cards in a Tarot deck. Why would the deck use the Tower card, reversed or upright, to convey this one? Reversed, it may mean that an unwillingness to accept change will result in the answer being a no.

The Tower as an Obstacle or Challenge

Upright, the Tower refers to the fact that unpredictable outside factors may present themselves to be a challenge to a goal or project. Reversed, the obstacle is a mental shift that requires the letting go of old self-belief systems and being unafraid to allow yourself to go through necessary change.

The Tower is drawn as a large, intimidating structure with a lightning flash and obvious chaos. This is a challenge that requires a lot of willpower and strength to overcome. In fact, if paired with the Strength Major Arcana card, then this may indicate that the querent needs to draw upon their inner guidance to help tackle the shifting external factors and problems.

These external problems have a high possibility of being largely unexpected, and therefore previously unaccounted for. It is important now to react with an open and analytical mind.

The Tower reversed is a situation that almost all of us will go through at some point. It signifies some sort of mental block. Even if the querent’s problem is an unwillingness to face change, then this can still be the result of a limiting mindset of low self-worth or lack.

The Tower as Action or Advice

Aim to seek clarity and truth on a situation. In the face of harsh struggles and reality, remember to let those aspects that you have no control over to just occur and pass. The best course of action here is to focus on the kind of lessons that can be taken from these disruptions, as well as what we can do next.

Once the Tarot has warned you about such a situation, then we can prepare ourselves and try to stand in our truth. It is of course completely acceptable to feel pain, frustration, or grief, but the advice that the Tower gives is to concentrate on rebuilding what you lost. There is no time limit to this: take as short or long a time as needed.

A reminder to think quickly and be adaptable to the changes that get thrown your way. It is often near impossible to try and solve the entire situation in one solution, so adaptability in this situation and other areas of your life is an important skill to have.

Reversed, the Tower may be advising you to take initiative in challenging your own mindset and beliefs. Don’t be afraid to reform new beliefs and let go of the old.

The Tower in the Outcome Position

In drawing the Tower for the outcome position, your mind may jump to the worst possible conclusion that there is. But the Tower card warns you- what you think is the worst may not even be correct! The outcome may turn out very differently, but not necessarily any worse or better.

In the outcome position, this card urges the querent to acknowledge what their belief or mindset towards their situation is in the current moment. The Tower indicates that the situation will not turn out as previously expected.

Perhaps you’ve had a goal in mind, or you had pictured the best and worst possible scenarios in your head. The Tower can indicate that although you do not achieve that goal, you will achieve something else instead, and in the end this achievement satisfies what your intentions really were. The aim here is to ask yourself what you really desire when you think about that goal or dream.

The Tower Card in the Future Position

The Tower in the Future position offers a warning to the querent. If the disruption has not occurred yet, knowing that the Tower talks of external, usually unavoidable forces, then the best course of action is to be mentally prepared, as well as physically and spiritually rejuvenated.

In the future position, the Tower is a warning for upcoming change. However, if it is drawn even after it has happened, the aftermath may continue to challenge you. Although the worst point seems to be over, it acts as a catalyst for the series of changes and difficulties you still need to overcome. 

The old will always be replaced with the new. And so, when this period of loss, confusion, and grief is over, if the Tower card appears in the Future position, then it signifies that the ramifications of the sudden upheaval still need to be dealt with.

It might be bad news to hear that the energy of the Tower card is not over quite yet, but without fully erasing this old situation, then the new will have difficulty coming in. For example, in the Future position, the Tower card might indicate that the loss of an important job might propel you into the face of new difficulties, both career and financial wise.

However, the energy of the Tower doesn’t last forever, and once these lasting mental and physical disruptions are resolved, then the future is looking to be better than before. But anything built upon a false premise or pretense will almost certainly be taken down.

What Zodiac Sign is the Tower?

The Tower card is associated with sudden and unexpected transformation which represents the more reckless and impulsive side of Aries. The Tower is also ruled by the planet Mars and corresponds with the element of fire. Appropriately, being the god of war, Mars is associated with destruction, conflict, and aggression.

The energy of Aries can bring the positive side to the Tower card. When you bring the fierce and abrupt energy of Aries to sudden and unexpected change, then you are saying, “bring it on, I’ve got this.” You are ready for whatever comes your way.

Although Aries and the Tower can represent unwise or careless decisions, you can face the results and come out the other side stronger than you went in.

Mars most definitely has positive traits as well, such as ambition and drive. However, when associated with the Tower card, a more traditional interpretation would be more suitable.

Mars brings an energy of anger and action. It is not a slow-paced energy, and so the Tower card similarly indicates a swift, abrupt change that will certainly bring disruption, but ultimately for the growth of the querent.

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