The Tower Tarot Card Meaning Keywords
UPRIGHT: Destruction, chaos, upheaval, awakening, sudden change
REVERSED: Fear of change, refusal to let go
- Name of the Card: The Tower
- Number: 16
- Other Names: La-Maison-Diev, La Foudre or La Fouldre
- Element: Fire
- Kabbalistic Letter: Pe
- Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: Mouth
- Sign: Mars
- Yes/No key interpretations: No
- Animals: Horse, bear, wolf, boar
- Stone: Ruby, any red stone
The Tower is the tarot card number 16 in major Arcana. 16 symbolizes the search for wisdom. 1+6 = 7, 7 is the number of renewal, awareness and wider point of view.
The Imagery and Symbolic Meanings of the Tower Tarot Card
There is a tower that is struck by a lightning bolt. The Tower is a symbol of power and grandeur and it depicts the hope for the future. A tower is also considered a phallic symbol. Light symbolizes knowledge and wisdom and a sudden strike by lightning bolt means sudden awareness and destruction of ignorance. It symbolizes a sudden revelation. The grey clouds in the background show short-lived bad events and the black color symbolize power, strength, and aggression. A crown is blown off the top of the tower. Crown is a symbol of power and authority and it shows that there is a loss of power, authority, and status. Male and female figures are falling off the tower. Their blue dress depicts, trust, wisdom, and confidence but nothing is helping them. They are falling headfirst and there are rocks at the bottom of the card that also shows difficult times. There are 22 flames in the background. These flames represent 22 cards of major arcana and also there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. In the Kabbalah, there are 22 paths between the Sephirot.
Astrology and the Tower
The path of the Tower card is ruled by the planet Mars. Mars is the planet of aggression, sexuality, self-assertion, energy, impulsiveness, quick action and courage. Mars is the god of war and the ruler of Aries. Aries corresponds to the Emperor Tarot card. When we are acting out our Mars, we are assertive and adventurous. Mars is fast, instinctive, rash, aggressive, and angry just like the Tower tarot card.
The Tower and Kabbalah
The path of the Tower on Tree of life is called Pe or Peh which means mouth. We nourish the body through the mouth and we also speak through our mouth.
This path connects Hod (Splendor) to Netzach (Victory). This path is also known as the path of the Personality.
The Tower as a Person
This card represents people who have changed after some drastic change of events in their lives. If you knew them a long time back, it is time to understand that they have faced chaos and adversities which have made them realize the meaning of life. They have gotten their wakeup call. They have fallen from their pedestal of ignorance and now their thoughts have changed. This card may represent insecure and afraid people.
On the contrary, this card also denotes people who get emotional outbursts and can say anything to anyone on their faces. These people are capable of shaking up the lives of others.
The Tower Card in General Reading
If this card appears in a general reading, it means that a sudden and destructive change is taking place but do not worry, we will learn life-changing lessons from that experience. Ambitions on false premises are shaken up by a revelation of wisdom and truth. A sudden incident will make you reevaluate your lifestyle and preferences. This card is a card of Chaos. You are maybe losing your power and position but you should know that you should embrace the change and move on. A sudden change of job, home, or any other significant change is also possible when this card appears. Whatever shakes up might come your way, you should be assured that you will be released from false concepts and have an awakening of spirit.
The Tower Tarot Card in a Daily reading
If The Tower Tarot Card appears in a daily reading, embrace yourself for a sudden, unexpected and unpleasant change. This change will be unexpected but you have to make room for this change. In the long run, this change will prove to be beneficial for you but today it will be chaotic and destructive. Many times this card appears in my readings when an earthquake jolted the region where I live. I have also heard that before 911, this card appeared in the readings of many people.
The Tower Tarot Card in a Love Reading
If the Tower Tarot Card appears in a Love reading, it means that a sudden and unexpected change is coming in your relationship. It can be a break-up, a divorce or destruction of any kind. A sudden revelation of truth will change the whole situation. Things will fall apart but the change makes way for something new. If you are single and get this card about the person you are thinking about, their life might be a mess right now. They can be shaken, afraid and insecure and it can also be you. Truth has been told that left you this way. You need to strengthen yourself, put your feet on the ground and regain your confidence before moving into a relationship.
The Tower Tarot Card in a Career Reading
If you get the Tower Tarot Card in a Career reading it would mean that your work life will be shaken up. You can face a loss of a job or a big unpleasant change in your position. This card also warns you to control your own emotional outbursts at your workplace and hide their secrets or you might change someone’s position of authority forever.
The Tower Tarot Card in a Health Reading
If this card appears in a health reading, it would mean that you can face sudden illness, accident or mental health problems related to anger. You should take really good care of yourself, take the vitamins and strengthen your immune system so it can face any health-related challenge that suddenly enters your life.
The Tower Reversed Tarot Card Meaning
When this card is in a reversed position the people will still be falling down but their hands will be trying to hold on to what is above them. This can be their old beliefs and old ideas. The lightning bolt will be striking from the bottom now. The shakeup is still happening but the crown remains intact on the woman’s head.
In a reversed position this card represents that you are resisting the change and refusing to let go. You are still sticking to the old bellies and notions, even though you know the truth.
In a love reading, the reversed tarot card indicates that you are clinging to a relationship that has almost ended and where the facts are revealed to you. You have gone through a shakeup but you are in denial. You have not lost all of it. You have your dignity intact and you can start rebuilding the relationship.
In a career reading, the upside-down tower card shows that even though you feel that the circumstances at your workplace are conspiring against you, you are trying to hold your position. You should know that you are trying to fly but you have no wings. It is better to put your feet on the ground, accept the change in your career and move on.
If the reversed Tower card appears in a health Tarot reading, it might mean that you are ignoring your health issues. You have refused to change your routine or lifestyle and trying to stick to old habits which are not helping you anymore.