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The Tower

Overall meaning
The Tower represents chaos and destruction, sudden upheaval and unexpected change. This change is usually scary, life-changing, and often unavoidable. One positive aspect is that the destruction The Tower brings is usually directed at something that was built on a poor foundation or unrealistic goals and dreams.

However, this does not change that The Tower represents a whole series of tragic, traumatic or life-changing events such as the death of a loved one, divorce, a bad break-up, assault, abuse, bankruptcy, dismissal, accident, etc.

If the surrounding cards are positive, The Tower can represent a big change that will change your life as you know it, but ultimately the change will be good. Placement of The Tower in your tarot deck is also important. The Tower can point to something in your past that you have already experienced, or it can point to something in your future.

Something that will occur if you are on a path that leads to danger for yourself, your job, finances, love. In this situation, The Tower is a warning, a call to change course.

A burning tall gray tower atop a solitary mountain peak. A fierce storm rages and yellow lightning strikes the tower, and the crown that once formed the roof is now about to fall. The card’s black background and terrifying drawing together seem very gloomy and violent. It is a turbulent scene where human life is also in danger.

The Tower looks quite serious and is naturally often misinterpreted. The tower itself can also symbolize the personality, and the fire and lightning show that everything that is not a true part of our being must be burned or thrown out of the personality.

The man and woman who fall or fatally throw themselves from the tower into the abyss represent old mental, emotional, intuitive and physical modes of expression that have become obsolete and no longer belong as part of the authentic or essential Self. Pain and fear are painted on their faces.

The card symbolizes freedom from constraint as the tall narrow imprisoning tower is now shaken to its foundations. The elements rage around the tower – man’s construction – demonstrating the triumph of nature over man’s arrogance.

The card symbolizes that something is being destroyed, but exactly what it is is not entirely clear. But this is an abrupt change that really takes something with it. The change comes unexpectedly, it is unfair and does not immediately bring anything good with it. But if you are stuck in an unbearable situation, the card means a breakthrough.

In any case, the card says something about restoration, renewal and deconstruction of old forms. The card shows that rigid, confining, outdated and inappropriate structures or ideas must be torn down and replaced by new ones.

In this way, the card offers, for example, an opportunity for purification, renewal and cleaning up old behavior patterns or delusions. It can symbolize false pride, boastful ideas, creeds or ideologies that need to be corrected or removed. It is a sign that new and healthier structures must be built.

The Tower is not a bad card as you might think. All tarot cards should be seen as neutral as a starting point. When you get rid of old habits and structures, it can of course seem difficult, but it is also liberating.

Other words that characterize the tower are: sudden disaster, revolution, profound inner transformation, destruction, defeat, self-knowledge and trust in development. Selfish ambitions will be controlled. Upheaval of the existing, change, disaster, difficulties.

The tarot card is associated with number 16 – which in numerology is often reduced to 7 (the sum of 1+6) which means that you must pay attention to these two numbers in relation to the challenge you are asking the tarot cards about.

The card is linked to the planet Mars and its vitality and action.

I am determined to realize myself as I really am. I happily break down old useless patterns.

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