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The Tower – Meanings & Interpretation – Major Arcana

The Tower Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The Tower is the most traumatic of all the cards that appear in the Rider Waite Tarot. It represents turmoil, rapid fire change, and tragedy.

Little good comes when this card is in your tarot reading, it is always a portent of sorrow. The fire in the sky above the tower, men and women tumbling to the ground, lightning crashing through the dark sky, and the falling crown of some dethroned king, this Major Arcana card itself depicts nothing but bad omens.

Read on to know more about what this tarot card means in both the upright and inverted positions.

The Tower Tarot Card Meanings – Upright

the towerOverview:

No matter what your preparations, disaster is coming. Nothing can keep you safe from the torrent coming down the way. The torrent of change coming your way cannot be avoided, all your work has created a false sense of security. The tower is crumbling, beware.

Past Events:

The only good news here is that whatever the tragedy is, it has come your way and passed. You are still suffering from its after-effects, but the worst of it is past you. Now is the time for the rebuilding.

Present Events:

Everything around you is in chaos, you can feel the battering howling winds of the hurricane outside, and you know that it won’t be long until the house falls. That you will survive, that it will pass, is the only assurance you can be offered at this point.

Future Events:

There’s a bad moon on the rise, and nothing can be done to stop it. Your life will be irrevocably changed by the coming events. “Prepare” may seem like sound advice, but nothing you can do will prepare you for this. At this point it’s merely a matter of surviving, and survive you will.

The Tower Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


Sometimes when you build a fortress, you’re not just locking away those things that might hurt you, but locking yourself away from the life outside. The tower in this position indicates a fear of changes,attempting to avoid an imagined disaster.

tower reversed

Past Events:

You’ve been hiding in your shell, cowering away from whatever imagined fears are out there. It could be because of a past hurt, it could be a simple matter of being overwhelmed. It’s kept you safe, but it hasn’t let you live, and you’re starting to feel that.

Present Events:

Are you safe in your home, little turtle? Something has happened recently that has you hiding in your shell, not poking your head out to see if all those things you fear are really there. It’s time to get out, time to live a little. You may get banged up a bit, but wounds heal, and scars are the hallmark of a life well lived.

Future Events:

Something is coming in the near future that has you scared. You want to hide from it, and the appearance of this tarot card in your reading is just a warning against that. Don’t bury your head, don’t hide from it, meet the coming challenge head on.

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