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The Tower Tarot Card Meanings

You are the one to serve as a catalyst for change.

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What does The Tower Tarot card mean?

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The Tower Upright Meaning

In practically all renditions of the Tower card, disaster is striking or has just struck. The demons of madness and despair are released from ancient hiding places, and nature conspires with human failings to destabilize a society. The upheaval is collective and impersonal. Let us remember these images were created for the educated nobles and clergy -- reminding them that they have the most to lose if the hierarchy is toppled.

Lightning is a fitting karmic payback for the guilt of those whose fortunes come from the exploitation or abuse of others. A modern subtitle might be "revolution," indicating that through drastic social change, oppressed people can find renewed hope of better times. The Tower experience comes like a flash of lightning to topple the hierarchy of the old order, after which everyone can have a fresh start on a more equal footing.

The Tower Reversed Meaning

The Tower card reversed suggests that the drama is over. All the leaning towers have fallen. Leave behind the issues and emotions that caused this to happen.

Ask yourself what you can do now that the options of your past are closed. As you pick yourself up and begin again, you will find renewed energy for your next significant endeavor.

The Tower Advice Position

With the Tower card, think of yourself as an agent of transformation. This self-sacrificing role is likely to create stressful situations. Your vision shows you that a radical change has already been unleashed by forces much larger than mere mortals, and therefore you are no longer resisting.

Now you may be at the forefront, acknowledging and accepting the bracing presence of the future bursting in on the present. Try to mediate the harsher parts of the changes as they unfold, so the most vulnerable are the most cushioned. Acknowledge yourself, as well as the others in your life, who are offering their resources to usher in a better future.

The Tower Love Position

The Tower represents an explosive charge that is unplanned and uncontrollable but presents a brilliant opportunity for transformation in your forthcoming relationship. Because of circumstances beyond your control, you may have no choice.

Try not to judge whether this development is good or bad. You won't know for awhile whether this was the worst disaster that ever happened or a significant breakthrough. It could be a combination of both.

The Tower Career Position

When the Tower is in this position, an overflow of energy may be seeking release in the workplace. The manner of its appearance may come as a shock. And, until the tension breaks, neither you nor your coworkers may feel completely secure. This could manifest as an event that appears to occur by accident or it could be a natural development that has been building over time.

At any rate, the highly charged situation is currently at critical mass. Even a tiny shift in the energy and conditions could become unrestrained. This will turn out to be a watershed event. Some will interpret it a great disaster while others will call it a great liberation.

Nevertheless, be aware that the situation may be volatile and unstable. Stay alert and vigilant. One or more of your coworkers may be in need of your assistance at this crucial moment.

The Tower in a Yes or No Card Reading

The Tower is a card of destruction that clears the way for new beginnings. If you're looking for simple Yes or No guidance and receive The Tower, the answer is NO. Let the dust settle before deciding what comes next.