Inverted Tower

Interpretation

The Inverted TowerVisually, there is something big and fiery burning below the surface. Like lava under a volcano, it could stay for years, carving out caverns, or it could erupt at any time.

The Tower is one of the more explosive cards of change. Inverted, it can signify the big blow has been narrowly averted or has been brewing for a while and is about to explode. Change in and of itself is not crisis. While change can initially feel like crisis, it can lead to relief. This is that fire in the belly feeling you have, that instinct that something big is about to happen. This chaos may be the thing that is necessary for a new order to be possible.

If you have a gut feeling that something is about to happen, go deep and listen. Are you honestly and reasonably able to avoid it? What would be the outcome if you chose not to? Certainly something will happen, but will the result be long-lasting crisis or the ushering in of a new order? Would your actions make it an easier or harder transition? Ask these hard questions and prepare yourself for the shock. It might not be as bad as you think it’s going to be.

Interactions

In a spread, the Tower is a very strong card that can interact with several cards, the force may cancel out some of them and intensify others.

Major Arcana

High Priestess: If the Tower comes after the High Priestess, it indicates a disaster either in some religious or institutional realm. When both cards are in the same position and inverted the issues are physical or mental.
Inverted Empress: If the Tower comes before the Inverted Empress, it cancels out both cards.
Chariot: If the Tower comes after the Chariot, it indicates that sustained effort will yield success.
Strength: The Tower’s meaning is increased by the presence of Strength in any position.
Death: If the Tower shows up in a spread with Death, it may indicate some sort of disaster or crisis. When the Tower is inverted that crisis can be avoided, but just barely.
Moon: The combination of the Moon and Tower in any position indicates deceit and the unjust.
Sun: If the Tower comes before the Sun, it indicates a blessing in disguise, good coming out of evil.
World: If the World appears with the Tower in any position, the Tower’s meaning should be interpreted as a general concern, and not personally.

Minor Arcana

King of Wands (Clubs, Rods, Staves): If the Tower shows up in a spread with the King of Wands (Clubs, Rods, or Staves in other decks), it can indicate someone acting as a catalyst.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 7

Seven is a number of challenge, assessment, and power.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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