16 – The Tower:
Keywords: Abrupt changes, devastation, a force beyond our control, a wake up call, ending of a pattern, being forced to let go or move on
The Tower depicts a card being struck by lightening with people hurtling to the ground below… and no, it doesn’t look like much fun. The Tower is a difficult card with life-arranging energy. Sometimes things change a little and sometimes the Tower intercedes and really shakes things up. I’ve often looked at this card as a “wake up call from the Universe”. It’s telling me that changes need to be made, or they will be made for me. When the Tower comes up in a spread, look for areas in your life where letting go or moving on is important. It’s much easier to do these things for ourselves than to have them done for us. Other cards in the Tarot deal with control, this one addresses the total lack thereof. Often the end result is a good one, ending in a positive change that was very needed, but the experience itself is unsettling at best.
The Tower card #16
Note: Look at the surrounding cards to predict what kind of Change this is..
Distress, Outburst of Anger, Suffering a Blow to the Ego, Rapid Drastic Disaster, Change of Existing Ways of Life, Sudden Change for the Better or Worse, Collapse of a Particular Dream or a Future Venture, Upheaval, Chaos, Sudden Unexpected News that Shocks and Upsets You, Unexpected Shock in Your Life, Suddenly Realizing the Truth-and You May Not Like it, Unwanted and Unexpected Forced Change, Ending a Friendship or Relationship, Bankruptcy, Change of Residence or Job, Seeing Through Illusions, Doom and Gloom, Established Patterns of Thought will be Changed, Breakup or Divorce, Having an Emotional Outburst, Take a Good Long Look at Your Life, Catastrophe, Discord / Adversity, Your Old Notions are become Upset, Loss of Money or Security, Material and/or Emotional Upset, Represent Problems and/or Setback and Delays, Exposing What was Hidden, Shaken Foundations, Situation will Change Rapidly, Nice Fantasies being Shattered by Harsh Reality, A Change One Fears,
Finally Excepting the Changes, The Aftermath of a Catastrophe, Things are Finally Settling Down, The Ending is Coming Soon of a Very Stressful-Traumatic Upheaval and Change, Picking Up the Pieces, Actual Imprisonment, Gain of Freedom of Body or Mind at Great Cost, An Upheaval to a Lesser Degree-Not So Traumatic-Not So Bad, Process of Change has Started, Things are Getting Better,