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The Tower Tarot Card Meaning

Written and illustrated by Grace Duong

The traditional Rider Waite depiction of the Tower card features a tower being struck by lightning, fire and smoke surrounding the tower, and all hell breaking loose. Two figures, typically a male and a female, are seen jumping out of the tower head first into the unknown. These figures represent the upheaval and destruction of established structures or beliefs. The tower is often shown with a crown at the top, symbolizing worldly achievement or arrogance. The tower is built on a shaky foundation, indicating that it was easy to tear down because of this. However, there are 22 flames representing the zodiac signs and that divine intervention is at play, even in moments of chaos and destruction. At the top of the tower is a crown, being knocked off the building, illuminating the crown chakra and noticing where energy flows. Even in times of darkness, you can always listen to your intuition. The lightning bolt, which is often interpreted as a symbol of divine intervention, represents the sudden and unexpected change that the Tower card brings. It signifies the breaking down of old structures, beliefs, or situations that are no longer serving a person’s growth or highest good. While the imagery may seem ominous, the Tower card is also associated with liberation, as the destruction paves the way for rebuilding and renewal.

In the Mystic Monday’s Tarot deck, the Tower card is depicted as transparent tower structures against a red background. The transparency represents the lack of a solid foundation and that the foundation is still being built. The two lightning bolts are the only solid elements, representing sudden realizations that produce sudden changes. Change is imminent and will bring destruction to then build a solid foundation out of the rubble.

 

The Tower Numerology

Sixteen symbolizes nurturance, beauty, and support. When you pull a card associated with sixteen, it means that during this time, you will need to give yourself extra care. While you may have endured challenging times, there is beauty in the storm, and beauty in new beginnings. You always have the ability to see the silver lining and to change the outcome whenever you wish. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support.

Numerology 16 breaks down into the number 7 and carries the same energetics of reflection, introspection, and assessment.

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THE TOWER

✨ Upright Keywords:
Destruction, Abrupt Change, Lightning

✨ Reversed Keywords:
Warning, Fear of Change, Avoidance

🌬️ Element: Fire

🪐 Planet: Mars

#️⃣ Numerology: 16

Minor Arcana: Seven’s (7’s)
Seven of Cups
Seven of Pentacles
Seven of Swords
Seven of Wands

General The Tower Card Upright Meaning

Flash! Fast as a bolt of lightning, your world has instantaneously shifted before your eyes. The Tower is a card of sudden change—one that shakes the foundations of what you have built. It can be subconscious, like beliefs that have been established by your parents, or it can be literal, like a fire that has burned down the house. Regardless, the turn of events has split you wide open, cutting to the core of your being. This card is a rude awakening for you to transform your attitudes about previous beliefs. Salvage what you can from the wreckage and make a game plan to move forward. This is also a card of rebuilding after loss. Build yourself from the ground up. How will you handle this chaotic time? With grace and ease, or raw emotion? The choice is yours. With destruction comes creation, so all is not lost.

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General The Tower Reversed Meaning

Whew! You’ve managed to avoid a disaster, getting out of harm’s way just in time. The Tower Reversed is a warning that drastic changes are on the way, however you are given time to prepare before the storm. This is an opportunity to take preventative measures to soften the blow, so to speak. There is also an indication that you are resisting change and you are doing everything in your power to avoid these unfortunate but necessary occurrences. Prolonging the situation will not help. Face your fears and accept change as a start to a new beginning. Contradicting thoughts and actions make way for a confusing outcome. Actions speak louder than words, communicating your innermost thoughts. Take risks, be bold, and put yourself out there. As they say—go big or go home.

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