Destruction is a word associated with the lightning-struck Tower but from the ruin, a bright new building can be built in its place.
This card on which a tower is being struck by lightning has been related to various myths including: God’s vengeance on Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall of Atlantis, the legend of the Tower of Babel. It is symbolic of legends relating to the punishment of pride and over-confidence and also stands for the defeat of false religions or philosophies.
Interpreting the Tower in a Tarot Reading
The Tower exerts a very powerful influence on a reading and this must be taken seriously. The Tower has links with the past. The querent must reap what they have sown, and this brings the results of past actions.
Where reward is due, they will now find that past hard work and purposeful efforts are starting to pay off. But the reverse can also be the case, when perhaps they will have to pay for a mistake which they might now regret having made.
Some sort of upheaval is about to occur but don’t become too alarmed. This might be a move, a change of residence, a job change; basically, a new environment is a possibility and with this might come the uncertainties of uprooting and not knowing what the future might bring.
When the Tower appears in a spread, it warns of some kind of change and this will strike from out of the blue. It won’t be easy to accept this when the querent won’t have been ready for it, and they’ve not prepared themselves. So the more resigned they are to accept that things do happen like this, then the easier it will be to get on with whatever is demanded of them.
The Tower in the Tarot and Mystical Experience
There may be some kind of mystical experience soon and if they have recently felt that life is empty or as if they’re going nowhere, this will be about to change. Nothing stays the same forever and some people find it easier to adapt to new circumstances than others. In time to come, the querent will find it less difficult to accept what has to be.
They will start to realise that nothing in this life is entirely predictable and sometimes people just have no control whatsoever over circumstances and this has to be accepted. Whatever happens, they will be able to rebuild if there is loss. And if they do find things difficult, then the best advice is to take one day at a time and don’t think too far ahead.
So new directions can often be good. What is stressed, is how a person reacts to such disruptions. Be flexible. A rigid attitude is no good. Bend with the wind and learn to adapt.
Reversed Meaning of the Tower Tarot Card
When the Tower card is reversed in a spread there is a chance that help will arise at the very last minute and a disastrous situation is avoided. Or it could be that anticipated problems will not be as bad as expected