A description and interpretation of the role of The Tower in the Tarot
In a nutshell...
Like Death, the Tower provokes ambivalent reactions within the community of Tarot users. This is easily explained by the brutal appearance of the card, which nevertheless is likely to bring the fertile ground that is essential to the renewal of life.
From a visual point of view, Arcana XVI features two characters falling from a tall square tower. Despite their somewhat uncomfortable situation, the protagonists don't seem too worried by their fate, as evidenced by their serene expressions. The blue of their clothes testifies to their passivity. The symbolism of the fall, of course, refers to the ideas of failure and disillusionment, two essential components of human destiny, life being inherently unpredictable and cyclical.
In the center of the card is a tall square tower. It has black windows and a multitude of multicolored balls are escaping from its burning roof. The Tower is fascinating in that it is difficult to know if the fire is internal in the tower - it would then be caused by the ignorance or arrogance of humans - or completely external. It would then be the result of a superior force, such as lightning for example.
However, be careful not to misinterpret this arcana. Although the fire is destroying the work of humans and forcing them to fall, it also has a powerful revitalizing force. In this way, the colored balls escaping from the destruction should be viewed as new energy, essential to the reconstruction. After all, is not destroying to rebuild like dying to be reborn?
Because life is eternally beginning anew we have never finished with love.
from an emotional viewpoint
In the love domain, the Tower is often associated with a positive evolution of a relationship, which may be the result of finding a solution to major problems. In this situation the card can announce the imminent blossoming or concretization of the union, for example in the form of an engagement, a wedding or the expansion of the home. When obstacles are tackled together, difficulties can be the fertilizer for the most tender of loves.
from a career viewpoint
When it comes to professional life, the Tower indicates the end of a cycle, which, of course, must be understood according to the other cards in the draw. A transfer to a new region, promotion, change of job: the seeker will be beginning again on new foundations to build a more sustainable future. Although change is naturally frightening, it can also be a major source of fulfillment. It is therefore important to open your arms to it.
from a life path viewpoint
From a general point of view, arcana XVI of the Tarot invites you to calmly accept change and not to struggle unnecessarily against upheavals that occur in your daily life. Life is certainly unpredictable by nature, but often holds very good surprises. It will be a question of bearing this truth in mind and learning to make full use of it!
In the short term, the Tower is usually associated with the idea of upheaval. Some events or people may lead you to question the whole edifice of your life that you have built. Don't fight against this change, life being by nature cyclical and unpredictable. As spring always follows winter, it will allow you to rebuild on new foundations.
In the long run, the Tower will allow you to take some form of perspective on life and its events. After all, if everything is a matter of choice, no choice is truly better than any other. The situation is therefore propitious if you want to learn to relativize and not be so affected by small everyday anxieties.
Interpretation of The Tower upright
Interpretation of The Tower reversed
Drawn upside down, the Tower becomes a precious tool with teaching you should benefit from. It puts the seeker face to face with their problems and blockages, but without exposing them directly to situations that are too drastic. By warning them of the potential dangers they are heading into, the card assumes the role of advisor. To evolve on the path of life, it's important to listen to this card's message and to change course before it is too late.
In some situations, a reversed draw of the Tower reflects the difficulties experienced by the seeker in dealing with changes. While it is sometimes natural to be afraid of leaving the safety of your cocoon, persisting in obvious errors is particularly dangerous. It is then that the fear of pain takes over and pushes the seeker to remain totally inactive. This situation is in no way sustainable, it only postpones the inevitable. It is therefore better to face up to the truth at once and embrace change, the latter often proving to be beneficial.