Tower Tarot Card Meanings

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tower tarot card meaning

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:


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.


Avoiding confrontations.

Hiding the truth.


Tower tarot card and Astrology

The Tower is ruled by the planet Mars, the same planet that also rules the Emperor. Learn more about the effects of Mars on Cafeastrology website here. 

Tower Is Ragnarok, Loki’s Vision Quest

Loki's vision quest in norse myths

In the Vision Quest, Loki who is Yggdrasil, has a complete ego death. As a result, everything is restored in Gimle, the new world. The whole world burned down during Ragnarok, but in Gimle, there is shelter. Gimle means fire shelter. The Tower speaks of the times when we transform the most. You can learn about the true meaning of Loki here. 

Tower In The Vision Quest

In the Tower, the Seeker frees themselves from the chains seen in the Devil card. They finally break free from delusion. This is possible due to the Divine Union experienced in the Temperance card. The Seeker only has to face their fears after they have experienced this union. They are now strong enough to face their own shadow. As a result the Tower comes down.

Tower tarot card meanings upright

Tower tarot card meanings in a general reading

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. The Tower shows up to free you from what is enslaving you.

Tower tarot card in a love reading

In a love reading, the Tower tarot card can speak of a relationship that is emotionally difficult to deal with. The Tower speaks of our shadow being triggered and we are forced to face our more difficult emotions.

Tower Tarot card 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.

Tower tarot card as feelings

The Tower tarot card speaks of feelings that can be overwhelming to the seeker. The seeker could feel let down on some levels. The Seeker could be experiencing a shakeup of old beliefs. There Seeker could be feeling a lot of anger about a situation in their life, both around old and new events. Tower speaks of love that puts the Seeker on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Tower tarot card as Personality types

The Tower tarot card denotes someone who is ready to shake up the status quo. It can speak of someone who finds it hard to stay emotionally entered. A situation could create a lot of turmoil in them. Perhaps they tried to stay strong, but cracks are appearing. Something within them needs to be released. Perhaps they are angry about something that is beyond their control.

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.  Sometimes the Tower shows up reversed when the truth is about to be revealed but the liars are too powerful, and the lightning 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 afraid to face their own limitation. They could fear change.

Tower tarot card reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Tower tarot card reversed can speak of someone who is concerned about survival. They need to know they are loved and that they are supported. Tower can show up reversed when someone wants to hang on to a belief that is hurting them. They could be dealing with co-dependancy to a situation that is harmful to them. 

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 unravelling. 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.

Tower tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including The Tower:

The Tower(XVI) + The Emperor: An angry and unpredictable leader. 

The Tower(XVI) + The Chariot: Escaping danger. 

The Tower(XVI) + Strength: Showing strength during stress. 

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

The Tower(XVI) + The Star: Rebuilding your life.

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

The Tower(XVI) + Page of wands: The shocking truth. 

The Tower(XVI) + Queen of wands: A drama queen. 

The Tower(XVI) + Seven of swords: Lying. Manipulating.

The Tower(XVI) + Knight of swords: A warrior. A soldier.

The Tower(XVI) + Six of cups: Difficult memories. 

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

The Tower(XVI) + Three of pentacles: Difficulties at work.

The Tower(XVI) + Four of pentacles: Fighting over money. 

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

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

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