Chaos, disaster, sudden change, destruction, self-awakening, upheavalGo to Upright Meaning
Personal transformation, preventing disaster, delaying the inevitable, change resistanceGo to Reversed Meaning
Against the black night an angry sky rages. In it, a bolt of lightning tears the sky in half and strikes a tower. Two people are thrown in flames to the ground as the tower burns. The man has a golden crown and the woman a red mantle and green cloak. They are royalty who are kept a distance from their kingdom and the intimacy of their subjects.
Now, thrown to the floor they are at once equals to those isolated from them. An abrupt and shocking end and an uncomfortable rebirth symbolized by the lightning is afoot.
Tower Tarot Card Meanings
Upright Card Meaning
There is no way to soften the calamitous impacts of The Tower. The Tower represents upheaval, destruction, and chaos. With one throw of the dice of fate, years of hard work can be undone and thrown into misery and ruin.
If you are not already going through difficult times when this card appears in a reading, it is best to brace yourself because they are coming. You will face difficult experiences that will do their best to test your resolve and strength.
It is hard to find positive aspects of The Tower’s destructive force, but calamity can also lead to clarity. Just like the flash of lightning during a thunderstorm briefly illuminates the darkened sky, in your moment of disaster try to look for the piercing light of enlightenment, which never comes without difficulty. Perhaps that which was destroyed was not serving you after all, and you are better off starting anew.
Tower Tarot Card Meanings
Reversed Card Meaning
The negative energy of The Tower is unfortunately not tempered by the card’s reversal. However, when reversed it signals bad luck of a different kind. The sudden disaster of The Tower when upright is replaced with a prolonged repression or struggle under the yoke of tyranny. Despite your suffering, you will find no enlightenment here. A repressed lifetime may not contain the acute pain experienced during the fall of The Tower, but just the same it prevents a person from realizing their true potential. Even if you are afraid that things could get worse, do not be afraid to push for change.
Alternatively, The Tower reversed could represent your own fear of disaster. This is normal as disaster is a thing to be feared. However, are you plugging up the crumbling facades of something that is best turned into rubble just because of your fear? If you are directing all your energy towards preventing a disaster that is almost inevitable, you have none left over for pursuits that would serve you more. Stop trying to block the universe’s attempt to enlighten you.
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