Crisis and destruction are probably a couple of the words that pop into most people’s minds when they see The Tower Tarot card. Because whether you have studied the Tarot or not, the symbolism is clear. Disaster has struck and there are victims involved. Hence, it is easy to take a dim view of The Tower or start feeling anxious when it shows up. However, let’s be very clear: Disaster strikes in the Tower sense only when we have built something on the wrong foundation. And like all 78 cards, there are positive meanings associated with this card too.
Negative Tarot Card Meanings for The Tower
- Destruction: The Tower represents sudden and unexpected destruction or chaos in your life. It can indicate a major upheaval that will shake the foundations of your current situation.
- Disruption: This card signifies disruptions and setbacks, often occurring without warning. It can be a sign that your plans or expectations may crumble, causing temporary chaos and confusion.
- Crisis: The Tower represents a crisis that forces you to confront the issues or situations you have been avoiding. Nobody likes a crisis but this is often how we grow.
- Loss: The Tower card is associated with loss, whether it be the loss of a job, a relationship, or a sense of security. It indicates that something you have relied on heavily will be taken away abruptly, leaving you feeling uncertain and vulnerable.
Positive Tarot Card Meanings for The Tower
- Liberation: The Tower can symbolise liberation from oppressive situations or beliefs. It brings a breakthrough moment that frees you from limitations and helps you embrace new perspectives and opportunities.
- Enlightenment: This card represents a moment of sudden insight and enlightenment. It can indicate a spiritual awakening or a realisation that brings profound understanding and clarity to your life.
- Rebuilding: Despite the initial chaos, The Tower signifies the opportunity for rebuilding and starting anew. It encourages you to embrace change, learn from past experiences, and build a stronger foundation for the future.
Remember, Tarot interpretations can vary depending on the context of the reading and the surrounding cards.
Feeling Into the Energy of The Tower Tarot Card
Though it can be a card of natural disasters, the Tower card often signifies what happens when we do not align our desires with Higher Will. Corresponding astrologically with the planet Mars (lust, sex, drive, competition, willpower, and combat/war), The Tower 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 see that the reason we are knocked back is that we let our Tower energy (our desires) run amok somewhere along the line. It is a matter of simple cause and effect. And speedy karma is often better than having to wait until our next incarnation. 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 of 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 a lack of impulse control and increased levels of aggression. However, it is also tied to stress and adrenal gland activity through activation of the flight/fight response. The Tower can also indicate the use/abuse of growth hormones and steroids.
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.
Accidents and Desires
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 more passive-aggressiveness. Even when this card expresses desire/lust more than aggression, we tend to follow our passion aggressively under the influence of The Tower. It is a card of pursuit and running as fast and far as we can in the direction of our (non-aligned) desires.
Correspondences for The Tower
Angelic correspondence: Archangel Camael/Chamuel
Crystal: Ruby, bloodstone, garnet and any red stones
Body: Blood, muscles, adrenal glands, male reproductive organs
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 downward spiral 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 drive will wax and wane in natural cycles. Learn to go with the flow.
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
- Learn boxing
- Wear red
- Use perfume/cologne
- Go out on the pull
- Flirt wildly
- Take what you want without asking
- Be more selfish
- Channel your anger into exercise
- Show your anger (without hurting anybody)
- Channel your anger into art
- 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 the point of exhaustion
- 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
- Forgive someone
- Wear blue
- Abstain from sex, coffee and alcohol
- 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 abstaining – and so will everyone around you!
Affirmation: “I AM unstoppable when I am fully aligned with my Higher Self.”
Angelic Invocation to Archangel Camael
Blessed Archangel Camael, thank you for giving me the courage to live life fully. Show me where I am holding myself back or pushing forward out of alignment with Higher Will. Help me stand up for myself and put healthy boundaries in place. Amen and so it is!
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.
“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
To the relationship, The Tower can mean 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 Cups, 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 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 in 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 the home, work or children which could 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.