Death and the Tower
Death and the Tower card combination
If you sit and try to imagine what might be the two worst possible card combinations that you might not want to see I think you might pick the death and the tower card being drawn together..
Most tarot readers I know say that they never, under any circumstances predict death, and particularly so if they draw the death card. Most tarot card readers will tell you that the death card means “change” and it does not necessarily pertain to actual physical death.
Yet death does happen. If we are to believe that the tarot can predict an outcome of an event then why would it not predict the outcome of death as much as anything else?
While drawing the death card does not usually mean death, it seems to me that it is the most appropriate card to show up if that is the likely outcome of the event, so I am not going to tell you that the death card does not mean death.
What I will say is that it does mean change. It is not the same kind of change that you see in the tower however. The death card is a permanent, burn-your-bridges kind of change. Everyone knows that when one dies, they seldom come back from the dead. That is as permanent as it gets.
The kind of change symbolized by the death card is an inevitable kind of change. It’s message is, “change is necessary,” or “change is imminent.” This change, what ever it is, cannot be avoided; it can only be delayed.
The tower is also a card that means change. The tower’s change is also necessary and imminent. If you have drawn these two cards together you are getting a very strong message!
I imagine in most cases the tower would probably be drawn first and then the death card would follow. In this order the cards tell a story of the reason for the ‘death’ event. Perhaps the tower has fallen because it was built a on shaky foundation and the law of unintended consequences has finally caught up with the situation.
The death card following the tower sends the message that there is no way to salvage the situation. You cannot stop the tower from crumbling, and the death card is telling you to accept the inevitable, so you best just get out of the way and let it come down.
In the rare incidence of the death card being drawn first and the tower following, a different story seems to emerge.
The death card represents a change that has taken place, and could be or is probably unrelated directly to the status quo represented by the tower. As a result of that ‘death’ event, a premature crumbling of the tower could be the outcome.
For example, if the reading is about a company or corporation, it could mean that the head of the corporation leaves or dies, or even runs off with a boat load of money, and the result of that could be that stock holders loose confidence, and pull their shares resulting in the failure of the company.
If you accidentally draw the death card and the tower at the same time, that is when you ‘melt’ them together. Melting them together means that you see them as a single card and extract a meaning from that.
These two cards, melted together as one, have a very strong message. They tell you that a major change is imminent and there is nothing you can do about it.
This change has come about as a result of a long list of causes over a period of time that have all lead to this outcome. Bridges are burned. There will be no going back.
I will not say that this does not mean an ‘actual death’ because it could. (It would not be the one being read, nor would it be you if you are reading for yourself, but it may be someone in your life.) This is just one of many possibilities.
Change is change and it happens all the time. Some changes cannot be avoided. The two cards together most certainly mean “imminent unavoidable change.”
The only time these cards might come up and NOT mean “imminent and unavoidable change” is for someone who engages in worry and wild imaginings and reads for them self too often. Sometimes in cases like that, the cards will simply show you what you are thinking. (In a case like this, there would probably be a lot of swords showing up also, particularly the nine and ten of swords.)
In conclusion, these two cards shout out: “imminent unavoidable change.”