Time of crisis. Crashing down or end of something. Unexpected challenges or endings. Breaking away false facades. Letting go of what no longer serves us. Sudden Change. Upheaval.
Of all the cards in the deck, the Tower is challenging not just visually, but also by what this represents. This card represents a ‘tower’ moment in our lives, a falling down or away of something. This is reminiscent of the tower that comes tumbling down with sudden and unexpected destruction. This can be a relationship, job or situation that seems to end in an unexpected and irrevocable way, often because of a catalyst. Yet despite its violent imagery and meaning, the Tower can only destroy what is false or is held together artificially. A point where the effort required to hold something together, to deny a truth that is no longer sustainable is too much and we are forced to let go. In doing so, we reach the hidden gift that the Tower holds. It sets us free, allowing what is false or what has served its time to fall away. This comes with a sense of release, as we no longer need to pretend or try and hold something together. The outcome is liberation and freedom, as a weight is lifted. The Tower never destroys anything healthy, solid or that still has life.
Reversed or with challenging cards around the Tower, this could represent being stuck, the ‘tower moment’ is elusive. Holding onto something that has passed its time but we are unable to break free. We are either resisting change, that something is stopping change from occurring naturally or that it might not yet be time.