The Tower is the Tarot card meaning destruction. What you have previously held as true is now about to be challenged. Everything will fall apart. Strap in your seatbelt, because you’re in for a bumpy ride!
The breakdowns like the ones predicted by The Tower are often life changing. Bankruptcy, divorce, infidelity in love, death and serious illnesses are common ‘Tower’ events. Once all is lost in this way, you will need to work hard to rebuild your life.
The collapses which come from The Tower often appear out of nowhere. Suddenly you will find yourself watching as your universe crumbles to the floor. This destruction will not be something which you have expected.
In some cases The Tower can represent rebellion and revolution. Perhaps you have or will go through a time when your attitude and actions will come as a shock to others. In this case, non-conformity should be warned against because the results of such an attitude will not be pretty; it is not uncommon for the Tower to represent time spent in prison.
Although The Tower is up there with one of the worst cards you can pull, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. If The Tower appears as a positive in a Tarot reading it can mean that once the storm passes you will rebuild your life into something stronger. Your ‘take no shit’ attitude will work in your favor and you won’t be surprised that way again.
The Tower's Historical Meaning
The meaning of The Tower has remained the same for hundreds of years. However, it should be noted that on Marseilles Tarot decks -which predates the RWS - The Tower is called The House of God (take from this what you will).
The Tower in a Love Reading
The Tower can represent two things; the end of your relationship or the death of your partner. There is also a possibility that your partner will spend time in jail, but this is not as likely as death or divorce.
Obviously, The Tower marks the conclusion of an important relationship. This ending will be unexpected and very painful. The Tower predicts that you will not be the one to walk away, your partner will leave you without giving a reason why. One day they'll be here, the next they'll be gone. The Tower is also not good if you’re asking someone’s feelings towards you. This card can indicate that they are somewhat tired of you.
It is common for The Tower to symbolise the untimely death of your partner. This will not happen after a long drawn out illness; it will be something which takes you by surprise. If your partner doesn't die then The Tower can represent the death of someone close to you both, usually another relative.
The Tower in a Business Reading
Just like in a love Tarot reading, The Tower's meaning is pretty straight forward; it symbolises failure. In this case, your company will be annihilated seemly out of nowhere.
The Towercan be associated with very specific catastrophes, many of which are out of your control. There will be a horrendous flood which destroy your office space. There will be a recession. You'll end up in prison for tax fraud. These are all Tower events, so prepare for the worst.
The Tower will be pulled by people who put all of their finances into their business and loose everything. Going bankrupt is a frequent theme for Tower situations.
The Tower as a Yes or No
Without a doubt, The Tower is a definite no.
The Tower a Positive Reading
In a positive reading, The Tower can predict;
- A take no shit attitude
- You will become stronger than you were before
The Tower in a Negative Reading
In a more negative reading or spread position, The Tower can predict;
- A major loss of money
- Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
- Complete failure
- Divorce and heartache
- Shocking endings
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