Major Arcana - 16: The Tower

16 - The Tower

Card Sixteen

16 - The TowerThis card shows a tower that has been set on fire by a lightning strike. There are people falling out of the tower down to an unknown destiny. It is a card of disruptions, setback and destruction.

This card represents sudden and unexpected changes that will affect us in a profound way.

The card tells us that this is a time to start things over and rebuild our lives.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • unexpected and sudden changes
  • come to terms with the changes and confusion that ensues
  • mental progression of some type
  • adopting a new approach


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • we may be in an untenable situation that cannot be avoided
  • you may be avoiding something or someone
  • a feeling of oppression and unhappiness
  • the sudden change may still happen, but wont be as dramatic


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - Disruptions and setbacks
  • Astrology - Mars: anger, power, strength
  • Numerology - 7: accidents, danger