So... you are new to tarot and your readings are going great. Then, one day, the Tower card turns up in your reading. It's a pretty ominous looking card. Not quite as ominous as the Devil or Death cards, but still, menacing enough to send a shiver down your spine and perhaps lead to fretting. What could it mean?

Here's a look at some ways to interpret this important tarot card without doom and gloom.

The Meaning of the Tower Card in the Tarot
Coming after the Devil card (which generally signifies attachment or bondage), the Tower card can be considered as representing liberation from the Devil's control and influence. In this sense, I like to think of the Tower as representing 'change'-- and change can be perceived as good or bad. In fact, even change that is ultimately 'good' for us in the long term can be experienced as stressful, painful or chaotic in the short term.

It's true, the Tower can represent more extreme forcasts like, say, financial ruin. But in all my 10 years of working with the tarot, the Tower has never reflected these kinds of extremes in my own life. The Tower in a career-focused reading signified a time of change when I moved from working for others to working for myself-- a time of extreme upheaval and characterized by short term self-doubt and uncertainty, yes-- but ultimately a very positive change. And, in this instance, a very clear 'liberation' from the bondage of working for my employer at the time.

Similarly, the Tower in a relationship (or true love) reading might signify a significant change in either the nature of a relationship, or the external factors influencing a relationship, depending on the card's position in the tarot spread.

Ultimately, the Tower card challenges us to welcome the inevitability of change in a more zen-like way. For those of us that shudder when seeing the Tower, it might be worth it to ask ourselves if we should work on our reaction to change in general in our lives.

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Happy Reading!
Nikki Harris

Author's Bio: 

Nikki Harris has been a freelance marketing expert for the past 10 years. She is a longtime tarot enthusiast and healthy living advocate. Nikki currently serves as Vice President, Marketing for strives provides tarot enthusiasts around the world--both beginner and advanced --with tools that provide greater self-knowledge and awareness through use of the ancient divination system of tarot. She can be reached at