The Tower

The Tower

The Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)

The Tower is the sixteenth card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot and symbolizes sudden upheavals, chaos and change. The card’s image shows a tall tower struck by lightning and people falling out of the tower. It represents that sometimes dramatic and unexpected events can occur which shake up our lives and our fundamental structures, forcing us to adapt and change.

Upright Meaning

When The Tower appears upright in a tarot reading, it means that you can expect sudden changes, disruptions or conflicts in your life. The card urges you to be prepared to handle these challenges and to understand that they can lead to positive changes and new insights in the long run. It is a time to let go of old structures and to be open to building something new and better.

Reversed Meaning

If The Tower is reversed in a reading, it may indicate that you have already experienced a sudden change or crisis and that you are now on the way to recovering and rebuilding your life again. It can also mean that you are trying to prevent or deny such a change from happening, which can make it harder to cope when it does occur. The card urges you to be open to change and to see the possibilities in chaos and upheaval.

Example Interpretation

If The Tower appears in a reading alongside the Three of Pentacles and the Six of Swords, it could be interpreted as a sudden and unexpected change (The Tower) leading to new collaborations, efforts and successes on the material plane (Three of Pentacles). In order to achieve this, it is important to seek support, advice and help from others (Six of Swords) when navigating through this period of upheaval and change.


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