16 The Tower

 

 

 

Upright position:

 

A sudden change, abandonment of past, ending a friendship, unexpected events, disruption, bankruptcy, downfall, loss of money or security

 

The Tower is a card about change. Just as with the Devil and Death, the Tower is not as frightening or as ominous as the pictorial representation in most decks. Trying to hold too tightly to the status quo can be disastrous now. Roll with the changes.


It is likely that some people/situations that you have counted on as being there for you may no longer be there in quite the same way. This doesn't have to be dire; change is the nature of life, and trying to prevent it is like trying to row upstream without a paddle. If you have been building castles in the air this may be the time that some of them come crashing down to earth. That's only a problem if you let it be. You will be able to replace them with some more realistic and reachable dreams and goals if some fantasies fall apart this month. Dreaming is important, but it's also important to be living in reality too. You will get through this time just fine; particularly if you remember that you have all the resources you need, already inside you, to deal with life and to do what you need to do.


Work: The energy of this time lends itself toward arguments; try to keep your temper under control, and not take everything that others say to heart too much. Sudden reversals can happen now. This is not an indicator that you need to panic. It is, however, an indicator that forewarned is forearmed. Even if you think that you have the most stable job or sources of income in the world, what would you do if it dried up tomorrow? Where might you go immediately for work if you needed to? Thinking things through now, when you are not in a crisis, may pay big dividends for you on down the road. If you hate your job, give serious thought to making a change. You deserve to be happy.


Love: This can be (but is not necessarily) an indicator of a relationship that is about to end. If you are in a relationship that you absolutely, positively, don't want to see end, this is an important time for damage control and for clear communications. Find out how your partner is feeling/doing. Don't make assumptions. Find out for sure.


Finances: This is not a time for risky investments, gambling, or counting on the lottery to make things work out for you. Even if you know the news will not be easy to stomach, find out exactly what you are dealing with financially. It may not be as bad as you think. It is certain, however, that you aren't making anything any better by avoiding the issues. Deal with any problems in a straightforward manner.


Health: Paying attention to what you are doing is critical now. Be careful. Your nerves may be frayed, do whatever you need to do to calm down and stay steady. Exercise can help with this. If you know what you're doing (and know about your allergies, and your doctor approves) consider trying relaxing herbs. Careful with drugs and alcohol now, if you use any.


Spirituality: This is a time again to keep a positive attitude as much as possible. New understandings and insights may come to you in the blink of an eye.

 

 

Reversed position:

 

Following old ways, a rut, entrapment, caught in a bad situation, imprisonment

 

Whether reversed or upright, the Tower is a card about change. Just as with the cards “the Devil,” and “Death,” the Tower is not nearly as frightening or ominous as one might think from the depiction on the card in most decks. This is a time to roll with the changes. Holding on to tightly to things or people could well create serious difficulties for you and for your loved ones.


When the Tower shows in reverse, it is unfortunately still a possibility that some people/situations that you have counted on as being “there for you” may no longer be there in quite the same way. Try not to over-think this, it doesn’t have to indicate a major, horrible change in life. It’s just some change. Stay mindful of the reality that you either already have – or can get - all the resources you need, to deal with life and to do what you need to do.


Work: When the Tower appears in reverse, people around you may be unusually stressed, and arguments and misunderstandings are going to be happening a lot. It is important that you don’t take these personally, and that you don’t involve yourself in conflict unnecessarily or let your ego take over. With the reversed Tower, it’s especially critical to think before you speak.


Love: When you draw the Tower in reverse, generally the concerns for a love relationship are not as intense as they are when the card appears in an upright position. However, it is an indicator that the relationship needs more work and more communication if it is to survive. Think positively and don’t focus on “changing your partner,” consider how you are contributing to the situation and ways in which you can improve your own part of the relationship. Take one step at a time and don’t lose your cool.


Finances: As with the Tower in the upright position, this is still not a time for risky investments, gambling, or expecting a lottery win. In general, in this context, the reversed Tower points to the fact that your financial life/financial future is probably not as a big part of you may be fearing. You wouldn’t be making anything any better by avoiding the issues. Deal with any problems in a straightforward manner. If you need help figuring things out financially, don’t hesitate to ask for it.


Health: Again, the Tower reversed indicates a somewhat milder version of the upright interpretation. Still, it is important in the next few days for you to be careful and to pay particular attention to what you are doing in situations which could be dangerous, like, perhaps, driving, or mowing the lawn! Stay steady and know that this too will pass.


Spirituality: As with the upright meaning, the reversed Tower tells us that this is a time to keep a positive attitude as much as possible, regardless of what is happening around you, count your blessings, and don’t take things personally which are not personal. New understandings and insights may come to you in the blink of an eye.