The Tower holds number 16, and it is the seventeenth Tarot Card of the Major Arcana cards.
The Tower tarot card, in its core, usually represents the disruption of reality as you know it, significant changes taking place. The Tower’s planet rules are Mars.
The Tower Meaning
When drawing tarot cards, usually they are put in a vertical setting, spread on a timeline of the past, present, and future. In this kind of drawing, The Tower may come up straight, as well as reversed. Some psychic readers like to read reversed tarot cards.
Some don’t. Either way, the other tarot cards in the drawing will make up for the way the psychic reader conducts their readings, because a tarot card deck is connected to the energy of the psychic reader, so it ‘talks’ to them.
The Tower card would represent:
|Experiencing a sudden, profound change||Unexpectedly disrupted plans|
|Chaos and crisis||Shaking things up|
|Erupting in anger and emotional outburst||Letting everything crash|
|Being humbled||The sudden revelation of the truth|
|Seeing past illusions||A sudden burst of insight|
|Going bankrupt||Dealing with trauma and abandonment issues|
|Having an accident||Natural disasters|
In a reverse position, The Tower would mean precisely the opposite of its core qualities, bringing in the drawing:
|Resisting fated change||Handling a crisis|
|Avoiding tragedy||Trying to delay the inevitable|
There are also spreads where the tarot cards pulled are placed on vertical as well as horizontal positions. If The Tower would sit in a horizontal position, it advises you to get yourself ready because things are about to change.
You may be expecting things to change because you may have been hoping for that, in which case you should get ready to deal with significant changes that will come unexpectedly. On the other hand, if you have not wished for anything to change, it will still happen, so you should prepare mentally to deal with them even if you don’t see anything yet. It can be a sudden revelation of the truth that will push you to make some hard decisions, or it may be sudden changes taken by others that will force you to change your lifestyle as well, such as a sudden breakup or a job loss.
The Tower – One card pull [Yes or No]
One Card Readings are for when you need a fast, straight to the point answer, you wish not to see the future events or the past events. You just need a specific answer to the question for a present situation that is bothering you. You shuffle the cards, then choose only One Card, or you read the One Card that falls out while you are shuffling. Whichever method you use to pull the card, listed below are some of the questions and answers you may get when you pull The Tower.
Yes or No Answer
Upright Position: If you pull the card in an upright position, it means No.
Reversed Position: If you pull the card in a reversed position, it means Yes.
The Tower – Love and Relationships
The Tower would signify that your relationship may fall apart, and you may go through a breakup or divorce situation. It indicates that you are going through traumatic events or dealing with significant issues that have destroyed the relationship.
On the other hand, it can also signify that the relationship may change significantly into something better, because you and your partner may let go of old beliefs or mindsets that have kept you both stuck in a dark place before. It can signify that the curtains will fall, and you will be able to see the real person behind the fake façade.
How someone sees you or feels about you?
The answer would be they see you as someone who may get themselves into pretty destructive habits and, as a result destroying the relationship you two have together. It may also signify that they see the relationship being over, even if they have not communicated this to you yet. On a brighter side, it can indicate that your partner believes that you can go through anything together, but you both need to be fighting for this relationship.
Just starting dating?
If you have started dating a new person, The Tower may indicate that your date may mirror some of your most destructive habits or force you to face some truth about yourself that you were not ready to accept yet. It does not indicate a relationship taking place.
It may signify that you will only have a couple of dates, and that will be all, but the purpose behind the dates it is for you to learn more about yourself and destroy your old beliefs about relationships, love, partnership, etc.
What not to do?
In terms of what not to do, it would advise you to open your eyes and see your relationship for what it is. If you are afraid to voice your decision of wanting to end your relationship, you should seek help and support. You may fear such a change, but it is more painful to stay in a relationship that doesn’t provide for you anymore, or that is not a safe place for you.
Reverse Position (Love and Relationships)
If you pull The Tower, reversed indicates that your relationship is over, and it has possibly been for a long time, but you both have not taken the decision to end it yet officially. It can also signify that your relationship has changed tremendously, and you have to decide if this is the state you want your relationship to be in, or if you like how it has changed for you. It can be that your relationship has transformed into an unhealthy one when you don’t feel safe or happy anymore.
The Tower – Finance, Business and Career
In business and career, The Tower may signify that you may lose your job out of the blue, by getting fired or maybe your company will cease to exist. It can also indicate a sudden change in your work environment, which may turn toxic and unhealthy for you.
It can signify a lack of security, balance, and support at your job. Regarding finances, it can indicate a sudden loss of a significant amount of money, such as bankruptcy or losing money due to risky investments.
What not to do?
The Tower would advise you to put logic in place when dealing with your colleagues or with risky investments. If you notice that your strategy is not working well, or if you know that you risk losing your job any time soon, you should not give up or give in to other’s control. You should also look for other job opportunities, so you can turn a disastrous situation or a sudden change into a positive one that benefits you.
Reverse Position (Business and Finance)
In this case, it could indicate that you are avoiding a job loss or big arguments that could turn into nasty fights at a workplace. It can signify that you have successfully managed to turn bad situations in your favor, and you have succeeded in keeping your job. Regarding finances, it can indicate that you have managed to avoid losing money by handling well a crisis, as well as managing to find opportunities to keep your financial balance.
The Tower – Timing
When will something happen answer?
If it is a question that involves around the timing of an event and you pull The Tower, it foretells that the event you are asking about will happen suddenly and unexpectedly, but you won’t be able to control it or avoid it.
The Tower – The Message Answer
Sometimes, we don’t have a specific question. We just want to know how our day will look like, or how we should approach the day ahead. This reading is best performed in the morning, so you form an idea of what that day will bring you.
The Tower would foretell a day when you may notice things falling apart around you or changes taking places. It usually indicates that these are fated events, so you better buckle up and face whatever is coming to you. These are not things that you can avoid.
If you pull The Tower in reverse, it indicates a day when you may avoid negative changes in your life or deal with a crisis for which you will have to find a way to handle better than you initially thought.
The Tower – Cards Combinations
That’s why it is essential to have a look at how The Tower communicates with the other tarot cards. Taking into account, there are 78 tarot cards in a deck. We will have a look at how The Tower would be interpreted and affect the outcome of the reading in the light of Suits.
Interaction with the Cup Suits
The Cup Suits represent emotions, feelings, relationships, and contract-ships. This suit is associated with the Water element. If we were to draw The Tower along with the Cup Suits, this is a spread that indicates you may see changes taking place in your relationships, family relations, or friendships. These changes may bring closures, or you may part ways with your closed circle because you may see their true nature. It may not be a welcomed change, but it will be a decision you need to make.
Interaction with the Pentacles Suits
The Tower, along with another card of the Pentacles Suit, would foretell financial issues like a sudden loss of money. This spread may signify getting fired unexpectedly, going bankrupt, or losing lots of money. The surrounding cards can indicate if this change is going to open the path for new and better things like the Sun tarot card, or if it is going to bring hard times like the Five of Pentacles.
Interaction with the Swords Suits
The Swords Suit, along with The Tower, is also an interesting drawing. The Swords Suit has a reputation of a negative suit. This spread would indicate that the bad situations you have found yourself lately will change for the better. It suggests the collapse of old systems, past trauma, and heartbreak, to make a place for better things. You should be more open to new possibilities as they are coming for you and have faith in better days.
Interaction with the Wands Suits
The Tower and the Wands Suit is a combination that foretells the opening of new paths. This spread indicates that you will see some changes and new opportunities in your life, but this does not necessarily suggest that these will be good changes. Whatever it is going to happen, it is a fated event that you can’t control or avoid. You should pull yourself together and be ready for a ride into the unknown future.
Overall, The Tower, either by itself or pulled in a tarot card draw, is a card of crisis and chaos, sudden changes that bring loss but also open paths and make space for new opportunities.