The Tower


The Tower is characterized by a strong looking tower built on a mountain on a rocky foundation. The tower has been struck by lightning, and it’s on fire. Twenty-two symbolic flames are surrounding the tower. The flames are shooting out of the windows that are meant to be the escape route for those trapped inside. There is also the opposite card i.e. The Tower Reversed which is also explained below for the benefit of our readers.

We can see the two lovers who we saw on the Lovers and the Death cards plunging headlong to the ground. The Tower is a representation of an ambition built on a rocky foundation. One needs to destroy this kind of ambition to build a new one based on a stronger foundation. It means you have to destroy the old ways for you to usher something new.

The 22 flames signify the 22 Major Arcana cards and the 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. The lightening is truth or inspiration, and it moves from left to right, signifying a spiritual awakening.

The Tower in the Upright Position

The Tower in the upright position depicts:

  • Sudden change
  • Revolution
  • Emotional upheaval
  • Being exposed
  • Truth being revealed

The Tower in this position represents a sudden groundbreaking change caused by revelations of truth. Such a change will rock the foundations of your life. The old ways will no longer be useful, and you must embrace new values and beliefs. The card also warns you that it’s time to face the truth of an issue if you want to move forward positively. Stop living in an illusion. When it comes to work and career, the Tower in an upright position may be telling you that change is coming or its time to start over. Think of the skills that you can use in case you lose your job.

In love and romance, this card represents a change in your relationship. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad change, but it is something that is going to affect your relationship significantly, and it will be permanent. In case you are looking for a partner, the card is advising you that there are things that need to change if you are to find love. In business and money, the Tower in the upright position could mean a loss of money or a financial setback. Don’t risk your money now. Hold on to what you have until things get better.

Concerning your health, this card will often appear before or after an illness. If it is the former, it may mean that you’ll be ill or face a loss. Although you can’t change the inventible, you can come up with ways to cope during this period of ill health. If it’s the latter, you’ll get better and recover.

The Tower in a Reversed Position

When you reverse the Tower card, it indicates:

  • Trapped
  • Stuck
  • Fear
  • Delaying disaster

When you reverse the Tower card, it indicates a disaster looming, but you are trying to avoid it. However, you won’t be able to avoid its manifestation. You may be fearful of the coming change, but you need to be aware that it is necessary if you are to come out wiser and better.  From this new change or disaster, you will emerge more self-reliant.

Also Read: Meaning of The Hanged Man Tarot Card

The Tower in a Time based position

  • Past – When this card appears in the past position, it may mean that the past may come to hunt you. Maybe there is an unresolved thing in the past that will negatively affect your current situation.
  • Present – In the present, this card reveals that a big change is underway. The change may have already started, and the card lets you know that the change is inventible.
  • Future – In the future position, the Tower signifies events that will disrupt your life. Don’t worry about them, and if you already have signs of such events, this is a warning that they will happen.

Interpreting the Tower sometimes as meaning danger, crisis, sudden change, destruction, higher learning, and liberation. It is always good for anyone to thus have a good understanding of this card so that they can make positive changes to their life.

Other Associations

  • Element – Fire
  • Yes or no question – No
  • Astrology – Mars

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