The Tower

Holistic Tarot card meanings for The Tower

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
~ Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

The Tower card is often seen to represent what happens when our desire is not aligned with Higher Will. Corresponding Astrologically with the planet Mars (lust, sex, drive, competition, willpower, life force/energy levels and combat/war), this card is usually a warning that we are about to get knocked back, seemingly out of the blue.

However, if we were able to look deeper we would see that the reason we are knocked back is because we let our Tower energy run amok somewhere along the line and it has simply come back to bite us in the tail. Once the dust settles and we have our bearings again, we are free to start over and hopefully – lesson learned – we are better able to harness the wild energy of the Tower better next time.

The symbol for the planet Mars ♂ gives us many clues about the health/medical implications for this card. It obviously rules the male reproductive organs and regulates testosterone levels in both males and females. Psychologically, it rules any conditions tied in with lack of impulse control and increased levels of aggression, but is also tied to adrenal gland activity through activation of the flight/fight response. Use/abuse of growth hormones and steroids can also be shown by the Tower.

Corresponding to both the Solar Plexus Chakra and the Root Chakra, the effects of this archetypal energy can make us feel completely sucker punched when we are out of alignment with Higher Will or it can make us feel extremely powerful.

Our connection to Earth gets iffy and we feel ungrounded/spaced out after a negative Tower experience, as the energy will have destabilised the Root Chakra, sometimes literally knocking us off our feet; Accidents are indicated by this card.

Aggression is expressed at the level of the solar plexus chakra through The Tower, with the other 7 vibration card (The Chariot) showing passive aggression. Even if this card expresses lust more than aggression, we are always inclined to follow our passion aggressively under the influence of The Tower… It’s a card of pursuit and running as fast and far as we can in the direction of our desires.

Correspondences

Element: Fire

Planet: Mars

Archangel: Camael

Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra and also the Root Chakra

Colour: Red

Crystal: Ruby, garnet and any red stones, as well as bloodstone

Metal: Iron

Body: Blood, muscles, adrenal glands, gonads

Exercise: Martial Arts

Stance/Pose: Kuntasana (Spear Pose)

Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Red candle, hot spices

Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Chariot

Associated Minor Arcana Cards:

2 of Wands (Mars in Aries). Competitive partnerships have a positive influence and keep you motivated to move forward.

9 of Swords (Mars in Gemini). Facing your fears through some kind of talk therapy or writing about them will bring healing.

7 of Wands (Mars in Leo). Determine to succeed and set goals. You have to do the thing you fear the most.

5 of Cups (Mars in Scorpio). Stop identifying with your emotions, in order to stop the circle of self-destruction.

3 of Pentacles (Mars in Capricorn). Learning to combine your drive and ambition with self-discipline and getting into a routine of hard work will help you achieve your goals.

10 of cups (Mars in Pisces) – Surrender in acceptance that your (sex) drive will wax and wane in natural cycles. Rest and be content until you feel the urge rise again.

Remedies to increase the energy of The Tower in your life

  • You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Tower card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
  • Learn boxing
  • Compete
  • Wear red
  • Use perfume
  • Go out on the pull
  • Flirt wildly
  • Take what you want without asking
  • Be more selfish
  • Channel your anger into exercise
  • Show your anger (just make sure no innocent bystanders get hurt)
  • Channel your anger into art
  • Retaliate
  • Eat hot and spicy foods
  • Drink alcohol

Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Tower card

  • Spend 15-20 minutes in relaxation
  • Go for a long run and run until you are exhausted
  • Spend time in quiet contemplation by a body of water
  • Run around, wave your arms and shout in a high-pitched voice, ‘Oh my god, we’re all gonna’ die!!’
  • Turn the other cheek
  • Detach and become the observer, especially when you have been wronged
  • Forgive someone
  • Wear blue
  • Abstain from sex and alcohol, as well as any drugs which expand your Mars energy (speed, cocaine etc)
  • Eat bland (non spicy) foods
  • Drink plenty of water

Remember, alcohol fuels the dry heat of Mars, so if you have mood swings which include angry outbursts, you will be better off for being abstinent – and so will everyone around you!

Affirmation: “I’m unstoppable.”

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

 

LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

The Tower energies strike suddenly and the impact often feels devastating. What we thought we had is gone in an instant and we are stood in a heap of rubble with no clue what to do next.

To the relationship, The Tower often means a break-up out of the blue but it really does depend largely on surrounding cards. Yes, together with for instance the 10 of Swords or the 10 of Wands, it signifies the ending of a relationship… but together with the Ace of Cup it means being hit by the arrows of Cupid… again, out of the blue.

What the Tower always brings is the need to go back to the beginning and start over. You realise that you have been building something that couldn’t last – much like the Tower of Babel in the Bible. The force of lightning comes from your Higher Self, clearing the way for a creating something more in alignment with Divine Will.

Because of the association with the Planet Mars, The Tower can also signify the male libido, aggression and any physical condition associated with fluctuations of testosterone levels. Ill dignified, erectile dysfunction could be an issue, as could a low sperm count or premature ejaculation.

Together with the 3 of Cups, you’re in for some amazing sex. Together with The Devil, it could turn into a bit of a marathon affair where one of you needs to say ‘enough’ or agree on some kind of ‘safe word’ beforehand.

This is raw masculine force and vitality, so to a single lady it could mean that she needs to work on owning and integrating her male qualities in preparation for meeting the one.

Third chakra issues in general, and anger issues in particular, could be indicated when the Tower shows up in a reading. The Tower together with a Court Card can warn you of someone with low impulse control.

To a couple, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the relationship. Something earth-shattering could be happening regarding home, work or children which will also impact the relationship.

In general it could be said that The Tower energies cause rapid and sharp change but much like a good thunderstorm, it leaves the air fresh and clean, and easier to breathe.

 

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