The Tower Tarot Card Meanings

The Tower tarot card image
The Tower (Reversed)

Ideas: Old system, shelter, tradition

Traits: Complacent, conservative, fixed, ignorant, predictable

Emotions: Contentment, hope, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Calming your inner storm
    • Clinging to traditions
    • Doing things the same way
    • Sheltering yourself from getting hurt
    • Starting from scratch
    • Sticking with old system
The Tower (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Deconstruction, demolition, destruction, disaster, upheaval

Traits: Abrupt, blunt, disconcerting, disorderly, disruptive, dramatic, unpredictable

Emotions: Alarm, astonishment, frustration, panic, shock, surprise

  • Actions:
    • Breaking out of old, confining habits and mindsets
    • Clearing the way for new growth
    • Dispelling the influence of an inflated ego
    • Getting back to basics
    • Making radical changes to the structure of a system
    • Stripping away harmful illusions
The Tower (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Infliction, troll, violent criticism

Traits: Dissonant, emotional, fiery, frightening, hostile

Emotions: Anger, defeat, dislike, hopelessness, hurt

  • Actions:
    • Criticizing others violently
    • Engaging in destructive behavior maliciously
    • Forcing an unwelcome decision on others
    • Picking a fight or quarrel
    • Tearing something or someone apart
    • Trolling

The Tower’s Advice

Personal Growth

Identify what holds you back and attack it. Embrace bold change. Criticism may come; if so, search each barbed word for a kernel of much-needed truth. Some of life’s greatest lessons are tough ones! With time, a bruised ego can become fertile ground for personal growth and maturity.


Extinguish old flames before they have an opportunity to dampen promising new relationships. Despite the pain involved, a clean break is healthier than a lingering, drawn-out departure. Break down the walls and communicate honestly about what’s really happening.


Sacrifice some sacred cows. Harsh criticism from above can clear ground for a new breakthrough. Something is blocking progress; identify it and boldly sweep it aside. Document everything; should the climate suddenly change, you want your ducks in a row.


Loss clears away the debris of the past, opening up new ground for new growth. As your heart opens, let old scar tissue fall away. Rather than live in fear of sudden loss, recognize that none of us owns anything. Practice detachment.

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