The Tower Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XVI The Tower Correspondences:
Keywords and phrases:
Abrupt change, shakes things up, turbulence.
The Tower Tarot Card Meanings
Most people are familiar with the image of The Tower and most of us prefer not to see it in our readings. Just as we never know exactly where lightning is going to strike, the effect of this card is usually sudden, abrupt, and unanticipated.
The Tower tends to bring a bit of a shake-up and, just as the man plunges headlong from the building, it may release us from something we would otherwise cling to, perhaps through a false sense of security or philosophy. The Tower breaks through false illusions, leaving no option but to let go and move forward.
The Tower heralds a sudden change that can throw things into disarray, whether through an incident or news that reaches you, so it can have some shock factor attached. As with all the cards though, there are varying degrees in how it may be experienced, which can be easier to see with larger spreads. Often, people see The Tower and consider it to represent complete ruin or destruction to an entire way of life, but it’s usually one event with reverberating shockwaves that tends to rock the boat.
The card is associated with Mars, planet of war, violence, accidents or destruction. I tend to think of this card similar to the effects felt from an eclipse, as it often releases us from something we’d otherwise hang onto, regardless of whether or not it’s good for us. A house built on shaky ground will eventually collapse but can then be rebuilt on solid ground; hindsight is a good teacher. At the very least, The Tower brings a clear out but it may shake your core beliefs about something in the process.
When ill-dignified or for those who read reversals, the effects of The Tower are usually less chaotic, although still not necessarily pleasant and can still bring some form of collapse. Some readers view it as a personal revelation.
The Tower Tarot Card Combinations
Three of Wands > The Tower: Problems in the pipeline with future plans, in business watch for over expansion or expanding too quickly as it won't be stable and lead to collapse.
Ace of Cups > The Tower: Turbulence in a new relationship, may come to a sudden end. What may be anticipated as a happy new beginning abruptly comes to a close with chaos and turmoil.
Eight of Swords> Nine of Wands > The Tower: Like a pressure cooker or breaking point situation; the straw that broke the camel's back...
Eight of Pentacles > The Tower: New work or study course may come to an abrupt halt.
The Tower > Four of Swords > The Hermit: Taking some time to lick your wounds and applying careful thought to recover your position.
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