What Does The Tower Tarot Card Mean?

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The Tower Tarot Card Meaning: Upright, Reversed & In Love

Within the deck of 78 cards, each Tarot card has a number, name and picture associated with it that can answer questions or create predictions. However, there is some variation because the meaning changes depending on whether the card presents as upright or reversed.

Tower Tarot Card Meaning

The Tower Tarot card is one of the Major Arcana cards and quite literally means that change is imminent, though it may not be expected or very pleasant.

Upright meaning keywords: unexpected change, upheaval, chaos, disaster, divorce, breakups, truth, transformation

Reversed meaning keywords: resisting, avoiding change and disaster, delaying the inevitable, sidestepping chaos

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Even if we are not in the practice of Tarot, we talk about the “tower moment,” in which the truth came out and everything changed. This reference relates to the Tower Tarot card because it holds such a strong and powerful energy in terms of life quite literally crumbling around to make room for the new.

But many of us resist the "tower moments" in life, which is part of the lesson associated with this Tarot card: we can’t put off forever what is meant to happen as part of our soul’s destiny.

While the Tower card can quite literally mean that the truth about affairs or financial cheating will come out, it can also represent that point of no return in a situation where everything has to change.

This signifies that moment when what is unstable can no longer stand.

The Tower Tarot Card Description

The symbol for this card is that of a tall tower perched at the top of a rocky mountain or cliff.

The scene itself looks quite chaotic with lightning, fire, and people appearing to jump from its heights, instigating a feeling of chaos and upheaval just from looking at it.

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But to see the deeper meaning, notice that while the tower seems to be strong and stable the foundation itself, it is weak, signifying that we only experience "tower moments" in areas of life that lack strength.

The bolt of lighting represents a sudden and unexpected thought that acts as a catalyst for greater awareness, knowledge, and different decisions. This is the process behind the unexpected change associated with the Tower card.

At the top we see a toppled crown, a reminder of the power of the energy from our own crown chakra. Around the image are 22 flames, representing the 12 zodiac signs and the 10 points of the tree of life, meaning that even darkest times have the divine within them.

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Upright Tower Meaning

This is the card that causes an audible gasp during a Tarot reading because no matter what comes after it, things are about to get real.

The Tower Tarot card comes up to signify change and pivotal moments in our life that are always unexpected, even if we participated in the creation of the moment itself by our actions or words.

To see beyond the chaos and destruction means we understand and appreciate that we are headed for a major life change that might feel out of control.

To receive the upright Tower card can be either literal or metaphorical.

In the literal meaning, we have to be watchful of our own house crumbling through immoral or violent activity. It can also represent a traumatic event, such as a death on the horizon. This card means experiencing a horrible event that changes our lives forever.

But in its metaphorical meaning, the Tower card represents more of an end of an era than a literal ending. And while, yes, this could mean a breakup or divorce, whatever area of our lives the Tower touches is better off after the dust has settled.

In this way, we could pull the Tower card, but because of the rest of the layout, this card could represent an imminent marriage or pregnancy, signifying more of an ending to our lives as we have known instead of bringing a negative event.

Even though the Tower card is generally unwelcome, it is the catalyst for change within our lives that we all need from time to time, even if we don’t want it.

Reverse Tower Meaning

The reverse meaning is completely different from the upright meaning. In this case, it serves as a warning for future action.

To receive the Tower card in reverse means we have avoided that dreaded "tower moment" in our lives. Perhaps we made different decisions, or the hands of fate were just being generous that day; regardless, the meaning is that we have been spared.

However, to learn the lesson from the reverse Tower card is the most important part of this drawing. If we don’t, we will have to experience the full energy of this card upright.

There is also an energy of detachment associated with this card in reverse, trusting that if something was taken away from us, it was for our highest good. This means if the universe closes a door, it is to make sure we don’t stand there trying to open it, instead trusting that it is not meant for us.

Tower Tarot Card's Ruling Zodiac Sign

To understand the zodiac sign associated with this card, we have to go back to the symbology and meaning of the image.

The crown depicted on the Tower card, which represents the crown chakra, is tied into our physical heads. The zodiac sign of Aries rules this, tying these two together.

Aries is a Fire sign and the first of the Zodiac. Aries is a strong, impulsive, and sometimes harsh sign that will ultimately justify any means, as long as it gets to the desired end. In many ways, this energy is connected to the Tower itself because of the determination and lack of care for our plans.

There is also a great benefit from having these two connected. Even if Aries nature can help create that "tower moment," its motivation and drive to focus and achieve will help us work through whatever happens, no matter how unexpected.

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The Tower Tarot Card's Meaning in Love and Relationships

"Tower moments," especially in love, can be some of the most difficult to process; however, they are also the ones we have to trust the most, because if something (or even someone) is meant for us, we will never feel like we have lost them.

Love and Relationships: Upright Tower Meaning

To receive this card upright in a love reading can mean a divorce or breakup on the horizon. We have to be aware of bracing ourselves for the unexpected as much as we can, practicing understanding and open communication with ourselves and our partner.

Even if we are able to stay together, the relationship will never be the same. And even though that means it can be much better, we have to have faith and do the work to get there.

But depending on the cards that surround the Tower card, it can mean good news. Even the best moments in life tend to bring a little fear and unease, such as becoming parents for the first time or getting married.

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Love and Relationships: Reversed Tower Meaning

Similar to an upright Tower card, reversed, all of these changes in life may be welcome, but because they might happen unexpectedly, they can challenge us. In this way, we have to understand that while fear is natural, we don’t have to let it ruin the amazing times of life.

In reverse, this card has a somewhat complicated meaning. A reversed Tower often signifies that the "tower moment" has already occurred, but we are ignoring it out of fear of change.

If we get this card and it is in this position, we have to look closely at our relationship, and if it feels like we are trying to keep something alive that has already died.

The biggest lesson the Tower card teaches is that regardless of how we try to avoid change, it always seems to find us.

The Tower Tarot Card's Meaning in Career

Regardless of position in a reading, the Tower card in the career sector can indicate change and instability. The Tower card asks us to understand that sometimes we have to go through difficult or uncomfortable times to end up where we want to be.

Career: Upright Tower Meaning

To receive the Tower card in the upright position indicates that we lack security when it comes to our jobs or career path. 

This can be because we aren't settled within our role or feel drawn to pursue something else; however it can also indicate that someone may be out for our position or that we may be terminated soon. 

In this position, the Tower card also represents a significant change we will have to go through in our careers that will end up creating more difficulty for us, but which we will be better for.

This means more responsibility or moving, but we will be compensated at a higher rate and enjoy our jobs... eventually. 

Career: Reversed Tower Meaning

The Tower card in reverse asks us to look at our beliefs surrounding our comfort zone when it comes to our careers.

Just because we avoid layoffs or a relocation doesn't mean it is always in our best interest. This card is calling our attention to whether or not we are inhibiting our own growth by resisting the change that will benefit us. 

The Tower Tarot Card's Meaning in Finance

In a reading that concerns finances, this card is a warning that the path you are on is one of destruction. 

Finance: Upright Tower Meaning

If we receive the Tower card in the upright position, it warns us to be careful with our money. This means we may be headed for bankruptcy or extreme financial loss. 

The Tower card also encourages us to put aside money so if the unexpected happens, we will be protected. 

Finance: Reversed Tower Meaning

In fiances, the Tower card in reverse signifies that we may be putting too much effort in staying afloat. This can mean that we are living outside of our means, or even putting preference on financial and material statuses that are causing greater stress.

Sometimes letting our financial house fall, learn, and then create one that is more stable is better than constantly struggling. 

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Kate Rose is an artist, writer, passionate yogi, spiritual astrologist, relationship and life coach, and motivational speaker. As a spiritual intuitive, she practices the religion of astrology and love. For more of her work, visit her website.

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