tower tarot card meaning upright and reversed

16 – The Tower Tarot Card Meanings– Upright



The Tower tarot card is about a sudden change, something you didn’t expect. It can be a positive or negative message but you didn’t see it coming. This card can also indicate that hidden information is coming in a unexpected way to the surface.

The tower isn’t neccesarily a negative card as many tarot readers interpret it. For example when the querent feels stuck, the tower is a welcome card in a reading because it indicates that there will be a sudden insight that will help to break through crusted patterns and behaviors of the querent. The tower works like a catalyst in your tarot reading and in tarot card combinations.

The reason why the tower tarot card is for some people scary is because it indicates change. Many people do not like change and the tower indicates an unexpected and sudden events that can completly change your point of view or even your life.

The tower is about truth and creates change for the better. Even when it can be a shock to hear the truth, it can feel like the puzzle is finally complete.

Whenever the tower tarot card shows up there have been a long-term resistance towards something or someone. Because of resisting this for such a long time it will be exploding at a sudden moment. So outbursts, explosings and implosions could be represented by the tower tarot card.

In the Tower tarot card the number 16 can be reduced to 1 + 6 = 7. Number 7 is a number of strategies. The number 7 is a mysterious number in a lot of cultures. The number 1 is about beginnings, the potential and new ideas and projects. With the knowledge we experienced during the conflict the number 6 is creating a new kind of balance and harmony. Read more about tarot & numerology.

The Tower as feelings and in love readings

The tower in a love reading can be representing explosive feelings. This could be postive or negative. So for example when the tower tarot card shows up as someones feelings towards you this card could represent feelings of being shocked or massively surprised. If the tower as feelings is positive or negative in your situation depends on the other tarot cards in your reading and the context. The tower together with the ace of cups for example could indicate feelings of extasy and . But when the tower shows up together with the 10 of swords could indicate unexpected endings that change your life suddenly.

When the tower shows up together with the High Priestess you could have spontanious mystic insights or visions for example.

The Tower in job and career tarot readings

In regard to job and career the tower indicates unexpected changes as well. So together with the wheel of fortune and the 6 of wands there might be an unexpected success that is life changing. For example it could be that you are getting promotion and so your status and life is changing because of it.

In regard to finances the tower tarot card could represent shocking results that are positive or negative depending on the context of the tarot reading.

The Tower as outcome and advice

  • spontanious insights
  • abrupt outbursts
  • sudden change
  • breaking the walls down (it can be an awakening to experience, especially when the judgement card is nearby)
  • distruction to create change for the better
  • breakthroughs
  • unexpected situations
  • vomiting, ejaculation, fireworks
  • breaking down illusions (getting out of your own traps)
  • surrender!


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16 – The Tower Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


Reversed the Tower tarot card is still a card about change but it can mean that there are problems that doesn’t have directly to do with you or it wouldn’t affect you, depending on the cards around.

The Tower card reversed can show up for someone who has troubles at this moment in life in the form of bad new about their health, the loss of a job or maybe both.

When showing up for a persons character, the Tower card reversed can be someone who has bin through a lot in life.

The Tower tarot card reversed can indicate that you have to just leave things as they are, at the moment it is not time to take action. Some information is hidden but wants to reveal.

For relationships it could be that you and your partner are avoiding some issues that may look like they are under he surface but something needs to be done about it before it explodes.

The Tower as outcome and advice

  • a start or glimp of walls that are breaking down
  • “People hate the truth but, luckily truth doesn’t care”
  • someone wants to tell you the truth but at the moment this is hidden
  • getting bad news about someone else
  • symbolizing an illness
  • something hidden under the skin; nervousness tension, anxiety, inner crisis
  • avoiding what is going to happen
  • find the strength to face the truth
  • a warning that the tower upright is nearby
  • upheaval


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All Major Arcana Tarot Cards


0 – The Fool 1 – The Magician 2 – The High Priestess 3 – The Empress 4 – The Emperor 5 – The Hierophant 6 – The Lovers 7 – The Chariot 8 – Strength 9 – The Hermit 10 – The Wheel of Fortune 11 – Justice 12 – The Hanged Man 13 – Death 14 – Temperance 15 – The Devil 16 – The Tower 17 – The Star 18 – The Moon 19 – The Sun 20 – Judgment 21 – The World

All Minor Arcana Tarot Cards


Suit of Wands:

Ace of Wands 2 of Wands 3 of Wands  4 of Wands 5 of Wands 6 of Wands  7 of Wands  8 of wands 9 of Wands 10 of Wands Page of Wands Queen of Wands Knight of Wands King of Wands

Suit of Cups:

Ace of Cups 2 of Cups 3 of Cups 4 of Cups 5 of Cups 6 of Cups 7 of Cups 8 of Cups 9 of Cups 10 of Cups Page of Cups Knight of Cups Queen of Cups King of Cups

Suit of Pentacles:

Ace of Pentacles 2 of Pentacles 3 of Pentacles 4 of Pentacles 5 of Pentacles 6 of Pentacles 7 of Pentacles 8 of Pentacles 9 of Pentacles 10 of Pentacles Page of Pentacles Knight of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles King of Pentacles

Suit of Swords:

Ace of Swords 2 of Swords 3 of Swords 4 of Swords 5 of Swords 6 of Swords 7 of Swords 8 of Swords 9 of Swords 10 of Swords Page of Swords Knight of Swords Queen of Swords King of Swords



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