The Tower tarot card brings up strong emotions. It represents unexpected, unwanted, and unseen change.
The Tower shows up when things are about to drastically change in your life. Things are going to get worse before they get better.
The change is ultimately good, but some shit is about to go down before you get there. You are under attack from forces beyond your control or understanding.
There is nothing you can do.
It’s an unexpected attack, so you won’t see it coming and you can’t prepare for it.
With such a scary and unwanted meaning, many people consider this to be a “negative” card. However, there aren’t really any negative cards in the tarot deck.
The Tower is necessary for change and growth. Ultimately, it has a powerful and inspiring message: there is something wonderful on the other side of this pain, but the only way out of this mess is to go through it.
In The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, The Tower card represents the last of the major life lessons: you can’t control everything and bad things happen to good people.
That’s a guarantee. Now, what are you going to do about it?
Keywords for The Tower Tarot Card
- Sudden and unwanted breakthrough and change
- Necessary upheaval or crisis
- Under attack by forces beyond your control
- Violence, hostile takeover
Keywords for The Tower Reversed
- Fear of change
- Stressing over nothing
- Disaster has been averted
- Listen to the rumblings of change and prepare
Patterns and Correspondences of The Tower Card
- Major Arcana = the lessons along your life’s journey
- Zodiac sign = Taurus, Aquarius
- Planet = Mars
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The Tower Tarot Card Meanings for Love
There’s a dramatic upheaval about to happen in your love life.
The change will be BIG and unexpected. It might even be good.
But whatever happens will knock you on your ass and you won’t be prepared for it. The best you can do is accept it when it comes and deal with it when it happens.
Don’t assume the change will mean heartbreak and loneliness. It might, but no matter what change comes, this situation will ultimately be for the best. This is something you must go through to get to the true relationship you are meant to have.
The Tower Tarot Card Meanings for Work
In a corporate or business setting, The Tower can indicate a hostile takeover or unwanted business interference. There are (usually unknown or unseen) outside forces attacking, causing you misery and distress, and possibly even ruining everything you’ve created.
There is sometimes an element of deception here, too.
But remember, this drastic upheaval is ultimately for the better. You will be forced to majorly shift your perspective about your work and your role in it.
Even though this change is not welcome, it is necessary and will result in a stronger business or career more in line with your values, passions, and talents. This awful thing that feels like “the end of the world” is actually one of the best things that could happen to you!
The Tower Tarot Card Meanings for Health
This is not a great card if you’re trying to get or stay healthy. You (or your body) is under attack from outside forces. It’s time to rally the troops and address the situation as quickly as you can. This is your Rock Bottom.
This means you need to immediately schedule a full medical exam, including blood work and appropriate tests. Visit the dentist and whatever other medical professionals you use and trust.
Definitely get a second opinion about any negative or questionable results and trust your gut. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
When it comes to losing weight or taking medications, be extremely cautious. You might be sold some snake-oil or other useless (or even harmful) solutions. Getting healthy – truly healthy – isn’t quick or easy. Don’t be swindled into believing otherwise.
Rarely, this card indicates actual physical violence or abuse.
The Tower Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Financially, there is nothing good about The Tower. Be as conservative as you can with your finances right now. There’s some major upheaval coming and you can’t do anything to control or predict it.
Ultimately, this change is for the best, however, so don’t despair. Things will work out, just not how you planned.
This is definitely not the time to be making any investments, redistributions, or committing to big expenses.
If you are in partnership with anyone, personally or professionally, it is your responsibility to fully understand all of your shared financials. There may be something underhanded or sneaky happening and you will be blindsided by the betrayal when it comes to light.
Protect yourself the best you can by refusing to sign any document you don’t fully understand and by asking questions until you feel 100% confident you understand the answer. Don’t be bullied by someone who “knows better” than you about this stuff. No one is born understanding how money works. This is a skill you can learn with study and concentrated effort.
The Tower Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
The Tower card is sometimes called “the Liberator.” It frees you from your chains, your past, your hopes, your expectations, and everything you thought you wanted.
You are being given the opportunity to start over and re-create yourself from scratch. What a wonderful opportunity!
Even though this card is an omen of unwanted change, everything about this change is ultimately good. A major, and necessary, shift in your perspective is coming. Be open to all ideas and everything else coming your way.
This will change your life. And you will (ultimately) be grateful.
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