The Power of the Tower is the Power of Change.
If you are pulling the tower in your readings on a regular basis and need a more in depth perspective of the meaning, you have arrived at the right place.
I have gotten a lot of questions about this card over the years and so I decided to do some special research and contemplation about its meaning, especially when pared with other cards or in a spread.
When you see the tower appear in a spread you can feel the energy of some sort of impending upheaval. Being a major arcana it represents a change that can significantly alter something in your life, even pointing you in a new direction.
While the death card tells you that change is needed, the tower, in the future position, is warning you of its presence or impending fruition. It warns you that change is inevitable. The tower’s type of change will often begin with chaos when conditions have been under the thumb of some kind of pressure, control or denial. The chaos that develops is a result of an unprepared mind. Perhaps you did not listen to the message of the death card and now the tower is here. Change has come.
If you are doing a single card reading and the tower is drawn with no specific question in mind, it is likely that the card represents surrounding chaotic conditions. If this chaos has already manifested in your life, you probably know exactly what it is. If you don’t know immediately what it is, perhaps you are turning a blind eye to the truth. If you continue to deny the truth of the tower, your suffering will be intense and last longer. If the chaos is not apparent to you, then it could represent a chaotic situation within your inner psyche.
In any case, the situation is falling apart at the seams, crumbling, or being shaken up as it relates directly to you. This chaos may have been in the works for a long time and it is just now being realized. The truth of the situation has made itself known, and it is difficult not to be effected by it.
Normally change is gradual, but the tower represents the sudden realization or outward manifestation of that change and it is very unsettling. If you are in the habit of putting up a resistance to change, the tower will not be a very comfortable energy. The more you resist what is, the more you will suffer.
Don’t be too surprised. The chain of circumstances that has lead to this experience has been in the making for a long time. You may be undergoing a crisis now, but you should know that this change is something that has to occur because of the shear force of all the contributing factors and karma behind it. This change is needed. Suggesting that you embrace the change may be too much to ask, but if you adapt quickly you can get on the new path sooner, which by the way will be a great improvement. You may not see it yet, but there are huge positive’s involved with this upheaval.
The tower can represent an actual storm or explosion that tears through the physical world causing destruction, but this is simply the energy bursting through the explicate order into your reality. The true personal meaning of the tower is inner change. This inner change may not come willingly, thus the physical manifestation comes to fruition as a destructive force of a physical nature.
It is important to realize that when the natural order of things are ignored or suppressed that energy builds up until the day it has to burst forth. A good example is a small seed that sprouts and grows and then and breaks through the pavement or cement, enlarging the cracks and destroying the road. Nature, left unrestrained will over take an abandoned a city until the roads are broken overgrown. The tower is a force of karma.