XVI The Tower

The Tower is a card that often elicits a sense of unease or even dread, but it holds an important message about the power of destruction and rebirth. In Tarot readings, this card can signify sudden change, upheaval, or a breakdown of old structures in order to make way for something new. While the Tower may represent chaos and turmoil, it also brings the potential for growth and transformation.

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In the upheaval of destruction and chaos, I am reborn, rising from the ashes with renewed strength and resilience.


When the Tower appears upright in a Tarot reading, it often signals a major disruption or upheaval in one's life. This could be a sudden change in circumstances, a crisis, or an unexpected revelation that forces the individual to confront long-held beliefs or patterns of behavior. While this can be a difficult and unsettling time, it is also an opportunity for growth and rebuilding. The Tower reminds us that sometimes we need to break down old structures in order to create something stronger and more stable.

This card can also suggest a need for surrender and release, letting go of control and allowing the universe to guide us towards our true path.


When the Tower appears reversed in a Tarot reading, it can indicate a resistance to change or a clinging to old patterns that are no longer serving the individual. This card can also suggest a fear of upheaval or a desire to avoid facing difficult truths. It is important to recognize that avoiding change will only lead to stagnation and ultimately greater discomfort down the line. The Tower in reverse encourages us to embrace the potential for transformation and trust in the process of destruction and rebuilding. It may also suggest a need for humility and a willingness to accept guidance or support from others.

Conclusion: The Tower may be a challenging card to encounter in a Tarot reading, but it carries an important lesson about the power of destruction and renewal. It can represent the moment when the universe shakes us to our core and forces us to take stock of our lives, and make drastic changes.

Whether appearing upright or reversed, this card asks us to confront our fears, embrace change, and trust in the process of growth and transformation. By releasing old patterns and structures that no longer serve us, we create space for something new and ultimately more fulfilling to emerge.

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    Also called: batons, staves, clubs, or rods

    Element: Fire

    Astrological signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

    They symbolize: will, action, desire, ambition, masculine energy


    Also called: chalices, goblets, or vessels

    Element: Water

    Astrological signs:Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

    They symbolize: emotions, feelings, the subconscious, intuition


    Also called: blades, daggers, or spades

    Element: Air

    Astrological signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

    They symbolize: thoughts, intellect, communication, mental processes


    Also called: coins, disks, or rings

    Element: Earth

    Astrological signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

    They symbolize: foundations, the material and physical realm.

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