The Tower Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Major Arcana

The Tower Upright Draw Keywords





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The Tower Upright Draw Meaning

When looking upon The Tower, you see several things, such as the crashing waves (in some versions), a fire brimming from the parapet, lightning, and people falling to their doom. Looking at these symbols closely helps with understanding the overall meaning of drawing this card.

The Fall – this is often an image used to depict an absolute loss of control. The people falling in the image have nothing to save them. There’s no safety net. Usually, there will be two people plummeting—a male and a female. It is believed that the male represents conscious thought and action, and the female is unconscious. Both are headed in the same direction, which means that this change is happening on all levels.

The Fire – people generally perceive fire to be dangerous and powerful. When fire rages, nothing recognizable is left behind. The fire displayed on the Tower carries a ton of meaning because it indicates that the flames of change are burning brightly on your horizon. Whether that change is good or bad, however, is up to you.

Therefore, when the Tower appears in your reading, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions, such as what routines in your life have been broken up. Something has come along and rocked you to your very core, which can leave you feeling vulnerable and depressed.

The moments in our lives where The Tower comes in really allows us to see things for what they are. The fragility of life, who are the people that are going to be there for us, is what’s really important. So for all of the chaos, it can allow you to have a phoenix moment and rise again, stronger and better than before. You just have to get through it first.

The Tower In Love and Relationships

The Tower card can indicate that your long-term relationship is, unfortunately, coming to a close. If you don’t want to see the relationship end on a bad note (or at all), then you need to do something to change the course. This is an important time to reset the sails and try for calmer waters. Don’t make assumptions about the relationships. Don’t look the other way. Have a conversation and grasp the situation. The longer you leave things in the state that they are in, the more certain it will be that an irreversible change will occur.

The Tower In Career And Finances

You may be experiencing arguments and other stressors at work. Though there might not be dramatic changes coming that leave you without work or a steady income, you should begin thinking about what would happen if you were without work and money. If you’re not in a state of crisis, take this moment to ask yourself what you can change about work to make yourself happier.

I have often seen The Tower come in when businesses go through a large structural reorganization when new managers and CEOs are put in place, and when companies file for bankruptcy. See what happens first before you hit the panic button; quietly on the side, get your resume updated and start putting feelers out there for new opportunities if the time comes.

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The Tower Reverse Draw Keywords

fear of change




The Tower Reverse Draw Meaning

Upright, The Tower signifies the turmoil and destruction of the stable world you once knew. Reversed, The Tower becomes a signal that you may be avoiding change or offsetting self-destruction (depending on the cards surrounding The Tower and situation, you will know what the extreme of this is). If you’re running away from difficulties, don’t. Stop resisting change.

Subconsciously, you want to change, but you’re afraid of the fall. Yes, there is a lot to risk, but sometimes you have to jump beyond your comfort zone to see what lies beyond the walls. Whether you fall into temptation or fall into good graces is something that you determine on the journey. The Tower is an unavoidable change anyway, you can not negotiate your way out of it so you may as well get on board and face it head-on.

The Tower Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

There is either destructive behavior going on or the relationship is no longer serving you. Are you sticking with the status quo because you fear change? Nothing ever stands still. You might as well accept what is, change what you can, and move forward with intention.

The Tower Reverse Draw Career and Finances

The Tower card in both upright and reversed positions is asking you to evaluate the present state of things. Are you resisting change or falling headlong into it without control? Keep a positive attitude about the tides of change. If you go with the flow and accept the situation and understand why it’s happening, you will survive the fall.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For The Tower

The Tower Tarot cards often seen show us a literal Tower engulfed in chaos. With lightning strikes at the crown, bursts of flames coming from the windows, turbulent weather, and people falling to a less than favorable destination. The grim scene depicts the emotions that we often feel during moments of upheaval in our lives. Sometimes we are like those two unfortunate people seen plummeting into oblivion beyond the edges of the card. Perhaps we can even see this man and woman as the unfortunate subjects once tethered to The Devil.

No matter what we take from the visual clues and symbols, one thing is sure. Nothing is going to be the same. This is the heart of this Major Arcanas meaning.

The Muse of Tarot For The Tower

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

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The Tower is burning, and things are going to be shit for a while, but it won’t last. This card usually comes into a person’s life shockingly and unexpectedly. There may be a need to mourn the loss of your previous life and the future you planned. Dolorem can assist you with figuring out what to do when the storm is over so you cab clean up the mess left behind.

About The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana consists of the 22 cards that embody universal aspects of the human experience through symbology and archetypes. They are representations of our collective consciousness, those consistent, directing patterns of influence that are an inherent part of human nature. Each Major Arcana card is given a number, a place in a specific well-thought-out order, and a title which links the card to its meaning and deeper lesson.