The TowerThis is the card of quick, unexpected, and powerful change. This tower cannot protect its occupants any longer. It’s coming down the hard way.

There is something in your life that has become established and along the way, it has also become rigid. This card comes up when you are about to lose that rigid part of yourself. Some forms of healing therapy start by breaking adhesions. Adhesions are scar tissue that has formed in the body to protect an injury. What began as protection can grow into something that limits motion and interferes with normal use. This causes rigidity and pain. Many healing therapies recognize that true healing cannot begin before these rigid structures are broken down and dissolved. Once that happens, flexibility can be restored, and pain is naturally releaved.

When you receive this card, prepare for a shock, a breaking down of the rigid. This will leave you sore for a while. You may get angry or otherwise emotional. Let that happen. You aren’t in a position to keep going the way you have. The Universe is removing something you wouldn’t voluntarily relinquish. It’s going to hurt, but it has to happen. There is healing on the other end of this. Breathe through it.


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.
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.
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.

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