Tower Tarot Card Meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:43+00:00

tower tarot card meanings

Tower: Destruction

Tower Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:

The Tower tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Tower tarot card can mean:

Upright:

Emotional upheaval. Anger and rage.

Survival instincts.

Destruction, aggression, and conflict.

Being uncomfortable. Being exposed.

Experiencing the shocking truth.

Sudden awakening.

Being freed from the Tower of illusion.

Blessing in disguise.

Reversed:

Avoiding confrontations.

Hiding the truth.

Stupefying.

Symbolism in Tower tarot card

The Tower is square and the crown being knocked off is circular, symbolising that the knocking off the crown was exactly what was needed as a circle will never fit comfortable on a square in the first place. The 22 flames represent the 22 Major Arcana cards. The gray clouds symbolise the divine thought of “God” coming forth from source with a great desire to manifest the unmanifest. Gray symbolise a matter suppressed and in fear of exposure. The lightning symbolises bolts of truths. The lightning travels from left to right, symbolising the subconscious reaching the conscious, denoting a sudden awakening episode. The tower built on the uneven mountain represents ambition built on unsound premises. The two figures seeing falling to either side, a man in a blue tunic and a woman in a red cape, are Adam and Eve, freed from the chains seen in the Devil card. The background is black which links it further to the Devil card which has the same dark setting. The nigredo seen in the Devil card is now being cleansed and purified with fire, wind, and rain.

Tower tarot card and Astrology

The Tower is ruled by the planet Mars, the same planet that also rules the Emperor. In the Tower, we see a more destructive aspect of Mars. Emotional outbursts and anger issues are indicated. Unexpected events that throw the seeker off-balance are denoted.

Tower tarot card meanings upright

Tower in a general reading

The Tower tarot card represents disaster, emotional ‘meltdowns’ and/or tantrums, anger issues, upheaval and sudden change that are caused by disruption and revelations rocking the foundation of the person, household, organisation or even country, depending on the nature of the question. When the Tower is showing up it lets you know that you must face the truth about a situation or an issue to be able to have positive changes in your life. Living in illusion is not going to work. You might fall off cloud nine and rediscover who you are; someone who is less likely to be fooled, lied to or taken advantage of. You are a whole lot less naive after the shocking effect of the Tower tarot card. The Tower shows up to free you from what is enslaving you. Shattering as it is, it also gives you flashes of genius and aha moments. The moments of truth act as a catalyst for spiritual awakening and when the run of emotions are dulling down you will look back and see it all happened for the best. In the long run, the Tower will save you from a spiritual and emotional destitute.

Tower in a love reading

In a love reading, the Tower tarot card signifies a toxic relationship filled with conflicts. If the Seeker is single the Tower can mean they are dealing with abandonment issues.

Tower in a career reading

In a career reading, the Tower tarot card signifies jobs with high emotional pressure. The Tower can denote dangerous jobs or work in a hostile environment.

Learn what the Tower tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality type in Tower tarot card

The Tower tarot card denotes someone who is ready to shake up the status quo. They often have emotional outbursts and behave in a way that rocks the foundation of relationships, families, workplaces and organizations. Wherever they go they rock the boat, often by revealing truths and secrets. This is someone who has arguments, altercations, and drama wherever they go. They are activists, hackers, and anarchists, confronting and attacking old and outdated structures.

tower tarot card meanings

Tower: Destruction

Tower tarot card meanings reversed

Tower reversed denotes secrets and lies that would have brought down the false structures remain hidden and there is no shake-up. There is no destruction and the Tower remains standing. The Seeker might not want to face facts as it will create too many chains of events in their life. Things will remain in the dark and someone or something is preventing the truth from coming out. The false residents find their way back in, the lies are not revealed and the liars get away with it. Sometimes the Tower shows up reversed when the truth is about to be revealed but the liars are too powerful, and the lightening that should have thrown them out of power is instead aimed at the innocent. They will not be believed and the Tower remains. Sometimes the Tower tarot card shows up reversed when the Seeker is feeling overwhelmed and out of control.

Personality type in reversed Tower tarot card

Tower tarot card reversed is someone who is concerned about survival and is feeling overwhelmed on many if not all levels. They display uncontrollable anger and are unstable to say it the least. This is someone who can be a danger to themselves and others. They might have experienced a trauma that keeps them in an unhealthy pattern. They need more love in their lives so that they can start letting go of their trauma without feeling so alone and abandoned.

Tower tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including The Tower:

The Tower + The Emperor: An angry and unpredictable leader. 

The Tower + The Chariot: Escaping danger. 

The Tower + Strength: Showing strength during stress. 

The Tower + The Hermit: Learning from mistakes. A spiritual leader in a crisis situation. 

The Tower + The Star: Rebuilding your life.

The Tower + Ace of wands: New plans to fall apart. 

The Tower + Three of wands: Dangerous writings. 

The Tower + Four of wands: Destruction within the community. 

The Tower + Page of wands: The shocking truth. 

The Tower + Queen of wands: A drama queen. 

The Tower + Six of swords: A destructive move. 

The Tower + Seven of swords: Lying. 

The Tower + Ten of swords: An accident. 

The Tower + Knight of swords: A warrior. A soldier. An attack. 

The Tower + Ace of cups: An unexpected pregnancy. 

The Tower + Four of cups: Depression. 

The Tower + Five of cups: Arguments. 

The Tower + Six of cups: Difficult memories. 

The Tower + Ace of pentacles: An unexpected cash flow. 

The Tower + Three of pentacles: Difficulties at work.

The Tower + Four of pentacles: Fighting over money. 

The Tower + Knight of pentacles: Unexpected changes to your work situation. 

The Tower + Queen of pentacles: Arguments in the family unit. 

Tower tarot card meanings summary

The Tower tarot card signifies dealing with feelings of stress. The Seeker might feel there is nothing for them to hold onto, and things are unraveling. Their survival instincts have kicked in, and they are shaking up the status quo around them. In the end, the Tower breaks down false structures and the Seeker will have the chance to rebuild their lives better than ever.

Learn what the Tower tarot card means as the final card in a love reading. 

60 Comments

  1. Annette May 27, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    What would the Tower and The World card mean together?

  2. Inger Bråthen May 28, 2016 at 7:41 am

    This card combination can mean a very competitive environment that shakes up the Seeker’s world. In travel, this card combination can mean the seeker will go somewhere they feel very out of place.

  3. Zeirine November 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    What would the tower and the queen of cups cards mean together as future/outcome? Future card being the tower and outcome card being the queen of cups?

  4. Inger Bråthen November 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    The tower could suggest an emotional event that rocks your foundation, but also spiral you towards a more spiritual and intuitive way of living (since queen of cups is the final card)….

  5. A January 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    hi Inge
    what does the tower followed by the ace of wands mean
    I broike up recently and in my reading got the tower and then Ace of wands
    does i mean that there some reconcilation possible?

  6. Uma Manotham February 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    What would The Tower and The Ace of Cups mean together as feeling and the situation present and future in the relationship?

  7. Inger Bråthen February 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, it can mean a surprise that ends up being a wonderful thing even though you might not see at such to start with 🙂

  8. Shelbi February 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Hello, I recently did a reading, and got the Tower Reversed as outcome, with the World next to it. With regards to returning to an unrequited love, involving a move as well. Thank you!!

  9. Inger Bråthen February 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Hi, I feel like the move will go well. The Tower is you learning to ride the waves of emotions that can be overwhelming. You are keeping together and you are changing your life for the better. I feel like you will be able to communicate properly how you really feel and getting things off your chest that have been bothering you. Once you have done this, you will have completion and you will feel so much better.

  10. jenny March 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Hello There Inger, In regards to somebody’s feelings, how would you describe the tower and page of swords ,i posted a snapchat of me and a male friend together as friends? (the person in question is also male and i am female)

  11. Inger Bråthen March 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

    The tower with page of swords can mean that someone got upset and tries to find out more information about the situation.

  12. JANE March 17, 2017 at 2:09 am

    The tower always unnerves me. I did seven. PAGE WANDS DEATH, 3 OF SWORDS AND TOWER. KING OF PENTACLES 7 WANDS AND 2 SWORDS. I am single so not break up. My mum is terminal. Might be it. My job stable. I am broke though. I just don’t now. Flummoxed. I know page of wands next to death means positive change but then 3 swords reinforces a sorrow due to change and the tower says something that scares me frankly. The tower next to pentacles suggest something bad in my job, but everything positive in this respect. But hard work and choices pending. Mostly because of the hideous death 3 swords and tower. This is third time 3 swords and tower showed up in a month. What is the message?

  13. Inger Bråthen March 17, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Jane, the cards are telling that now is a time for you to spend with you mom as much as you can, because you might have regrets, especially if you have unfinished business. This process will be an awakening for you on a spiritual level that will actually help you in your career, as you will mature into a leadership role. Now is the time to clear out things, especially unresolved issues from the past. 🙂 Then you will have peace.

  14. JANE March 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you so much for replying. It means that exactly. I don’t know why I didn’t see that. I am writer and writing about her actually. Very generous of you to respond. That woke me up Inger. Merci x

  15. Inger Bråthen March 18, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Love and Light to you and your Mom! 🙂

  16. Jennifer April 17, 2017 at 2:17 am

    HI Inger!

    What does the Tower + Wheel of Fortune mean in a reading? I had a reading done and the lady said in June I’d have the Tower and then the Wheel of Fortune?

    Thank you so much!

  17. Inger Bråthen April 17, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Hi, Jennifer. I most likely will be a shakeup in your life that will turn out good for you in the long run 🙂

  18. Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Hi Inger again!

    Thank you once again for answering my first question, I have another question, I received a tower + ace of cups reading for the 1st week of August, and a 2 of Cups + Queen of Cups reading for the 2nd week of August. On your chart it says Tower + Ace of Cups = An unexpected pregnancy. I can say with 100% surety that I will not be pregnant (abstinent and not in a relationship) lol, can this have another literal meaning? Also, the 2 of cups + Queen of Cups … do you know what that might mean.

    Thank you!

  19. Inger Bråthen April 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Hi, Jennifer. Tower and ace of cups can also be a new relationship that will shake up your world…:) Two of cups next to Queen of cups can indicate you will fall in love in August and it will be a rush of emotions…:)

  20. Debbie April 30, 2017 at 5:10 am

    What does the tower, the ace of pentacles and 3 of wands mean. I asked for an answer about a new job I’m supposed to start and am feeling I shouldn’t but I’m unemployed. What do these 3 cards tell me about my situation.

  21. Inger Bråthen April 30, 2017 at 5:18 am

    It might be a bit stressful, to begin with, but then I feel it will lead you to something new that you will really enjoy.

  22. Amber May 1, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Hi, I pulled Tower, Five of Swords, and Queen of Culs in regard to a relationship. Asked if I should stay with him, and got those cards, can you tell me what this means, please?

  23. Shannon May 9, 2017 at 1:28 am

    I’ve been trying to find what it means for the upright 04 of cups and the reversed tower in a love reading. Do you have any insight?

  24. Ekkleen May 10, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Hi i pulled 2 cards, the 1st one was the tower and the other one was three of pentacles. What does it means in career? Should I stick to my career or should i change it?

  25. Inger Bråthen May 10, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Now might not be the best time to change career. I do feel things will improve where you are now….the tower is clearing a path for you and things will get better soon, I feel….

  26. Inger Bråthen May 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Hi, this can mean that one person is hiding some hurt and heartache and is not letting it out…possibly internalising his/hers feelings…and wants/needs more communication about what is the core of the issue…

  27. Joanna Brannock May 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Hi I got the 9 swords ace of penticles and tower in a reading what does this mean please

  28. Inger Bråthen May 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Depends on the question, but something is causing stress in your life and it could be alot of pressure on you, especially in career.

  29. Ness May 19, 2017 at 4:04 am

    What about the combination of ten of wands paired with the tower card, relationship wise?

  30. Inger Bråthen May 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Ten of wands with the tower speak of focusing on the spiritual bond between you. This relationship will change you both.

  31. Hariya June 1, 2017 at 3:35 am

    What would reversed empress and reversed tower mean together ?

  32. Tanairi June 2, 2017 at 3:09 am

    I got a reading with the tower, star reversed, the world reversed, three of cups, justice, hermit reversed … what does that mean?

  33. Inger Bråthen June 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Depends on the question. It could mean a revival of a relationship.

  34. Inger Bråthen June 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Depends on the question. You are getting a lot of Major Arcana cards which often mean there are a lot of flow in your life, but you might feel you are lacking specific direction. You need to be around like-minded people who you share the same interests with.

  35. Threethirty June 15, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Hi, I asked for a guy’s feeling for me and got knight of swords tower knight of wands, what does it mean?

  36. Inger Bråthen June 16, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I feel he has passion for you, but at the same time he is feeling confused. I also feel he could be a bit unpredictable.

  37. Donna June 21, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Hello,
    My reading had in “what I would experience” in the Celtic cross spread is the Devil, with clarification cards The Tower, Death and the Ace of Cups.

  38. AS June 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    hi Inger
    what does Tower, chariot, and Nine of wands mean for feelings.
    I asked what feelings my ex has for me and got this.
    since we broke up in a catastrophic way and in a bad way totally unexpected- he was angry.
    does the chariot mean he has contradictory feelings for me and he is trying to control his emotions and then the nine of wands also mean that he is protecting himself or is on his guard with me.
    does this mean there is no reconcilation now possible as he is not willing to let his guard down with me?

  39. Inger Bråthen June 29, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Hi, Tower and Chariot are both a 7 in numerology, and this adds a spiritual meaning to your relationship. I feel you both needs to heal and it might not be possible for you to heal together, but you can heal on your own. He most likely wants to feel a more spiritual connection to you, he wants to be with someone he can say is his kindred spirit. Prayer and positive affirmations can help heal this situation, but 9 of wands do indicate he is holding on to his pain and is not forgetting easily. If you are to approach him, it must be in a kind and non-confronting manner where he feels he is not under attack as he seems to be very defensive at the moment.

  40. A July 10, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Hi Inger,

    I have a question regarding a two week reading I did for the 1st week of August.

    The overall theme was the The Tower but
    the clarifying cards were:

    Queen of Swords
    7 of Coins (reversed)
    The Fool

    I have no idea what this could mean and would really appreciate your interpretation and insight. Thank you!

  41. Inger Bråthen July 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hi. You could be starting a new path in your life, and it could be in your career. You need to look at your finances this period and if you being rewarded for your efforts.

  42. Tina July 14, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Hi Inger Please help I did a soul mate spread no 2 I got the tower as the outcome which worried me I am slowly learning tarot as a beginner but find I hard to connect card combinations. Can you look at my spread and let me know what you think I am feeling sad about the outcome cards. I got good cards two of cups and lovers can you explain what these mean in card s=3 how will I recognise him and how will we meet I just don’t understand the negative cards as the outcome is this a block in this reading.
    Soul mate no 2

    Card 1: How can I best attract a soulmate Strengh Knight of Cups
    Card 2: What is blocking me and how do I overcome it Seven of cups Two of swords
    Card 3: How will I recognise my soulmate Two of cups king of pentacles
    Card 4: Who is my soulmate star four of cups
    Card 5: How will we meet lovers page of wands
    Card 6: When will we meet six of pentacles two of pentacles
    Card 7: Destiny of relationship. eight of swords tower

  43. Inger Bråthen July 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Hi. Eight of swords with the tower can mean you need to keep a strong sense of self in this relationship, as this will keep you grounded and you will be able to avoid drama which can threaten the harmony and happiness this relationship could offer you. 🙂

  44. peter john July 24, 2017 at 8:36 am

    9 of swords and The Tower what does this combo mean – i asked why i cannot get a job then i asked when will i get a job and pulled the 3 of pentacles. any clues Inger? Blessings PJ

  45. Philip July 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

    9 of swords and the tower combo for why i cant get a job.
    3 of pentacles when will i get a job.
    any answr on the above will be helpful. :)PJ

  46. Inger Bråthen July 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I feel when you stop worrying so much, you will get a job. This is about learning to control your emotions and have more inner peace in challenging circumstances. It is easy to have peace when everything is going well, but not so easy when faced with adversity. This is a lesson on a soul level. Once you feel you have gained emotional control, I feel you will be able to get a job with ease. 🙂

  47. peter john July 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks. I needed that 🙂

    PJ

  48. Miss Grace August 4, 2017 at 2:33 am

    I did a general reading – what will my future be? – and The Tower was in the Self position of the Celtic Cross. What does that mean, that a tragedy or crisis will happen to me, or I AM the Tower? Confusing. Other cards in the reading include:
    Position 2 (cross) – 9 cups
    Position 4 (beneath) – The Star
    Position 7 (self) – Tower
    Position 8 (home, environment) – The Emperor, Reversed
    Position 10 (outcome) – Whell of Fortune
    What do you make of this? Should I be worried? Tough one to interpret with all the major arcana cards. . . Thanks in advance for any insight you can give here! 🙂

  49. Inger Bråthen August 5, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Hi. It could mean you are changing and dealing with something that was very unexpected that happened in your past. You could be now on high alert all the time, expecting something bad to happen again, or something very unexpected out of the blue that changes everything. I feel this has to do with your childhood and coming to terms with things that occurred in your childhood when you felt you perhaps didn’t have a lot of control in your life. It could have been a phase in your childhood. This can make it hard for you now to make a commitment which is why you get the emperor reversed in your home environment.

  50. Miss Grace August 5, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Thank you. Childhood wasn’t perfect but not too bad compared to others. I did have a couple of really bad things happen 3 years ago within a few months of each other. Those experiences shook me to my core, having to do with relationship and home. I am just now recovering from them. I could relate some of what you said to how I felt/sometimes feel (less frequently now) after those incidents and people over which I had no control. I am hoping the Wheel of Fortune as the outcome means that something good will transpire. . . Interesting, I appreciate your insights.

  51. Inger Bråthen August 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Yes, Wheel of fortune is there to tell you that good things will come of it and you will be able to move forward and thrive 🙂

  52. A August 9, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Hi Inger,

    For the last two weeks of September, the overall theme is the The King of Cups reversed but the clarifying cards are:

    2 of Swords (reversed)
    Justice
    Tower

    I would love and very much appreciate your interpretation!

    Thank you so much!

  53. Aleksandra August 11, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Hallo Inger
    What does Tower, Death, 5 of Cups and Justice mean in the reading for unhappy married cuple?

    Thank you

  54. Inger Bråthen August 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This card combination can mean they have grown apart, however, the tower can mean that they are still very emotionally attached to the situation and making a decision about what to do can be difficult right now. There is a lot of grief attached to this situation.

  55. Anna Geldenhuys August 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Hey Inger,
    I got the Tower and Queen of Pentacles in a love reading asking about a guy that I’ve been chatting to but haven’t met for 5 months. What does this mean?

  56. Inger Bråthen August 22, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Hi, Anna. The Tower with Queen of pentacles can mean the person is not quite what he seems online.

  57. Anita August 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Hello Miss Inger,
    I asked question will the man I currently like, approach to me again next time when we meet for few months?
    I have got :
    1…. 3 OF CUPS
    2…. THE TOWER
    3…. 10 OF PENTACLES
    Help please if you can?
    Thank you in advance!

  58. G August 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Hi Inger,

    I hope all is well on your end! If you pull the 2 of Swords (reverse), but then clarify it with the Justice and Tower card what do you interpret that as? I’d greatly appreciate your feedback! Thank you!

  59. Inger Bråthen August 28, 2017 at 7:12 am

    2 of swords often shows up reversed when we are trying to keep the peace but we are unable to often due to things that are out of our control. Justice and Tower can mean someone in your life are creating some type of chaos and conflict and it is unfair and unjust.

  60. Inger Bråthen August 28, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Hi. I feel yes, this person will approach you.

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