The Tower card is the 16th card in the deck and appears after devil card. Although this card has an ominous image in the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Tower does not always carry a negative meaning. In short, it represents unexpected changes and endings.
“The picture sure doesn’t look good, with lightning striking the top of the building, fire coming through the windows, people falling to the ground below in fear,” Mark Horntarot reader and author Tarot and the Gates of LightAnd the Says. But he shows that like every card, the meaning of the horoscope can be positive or negative depending on the card The question you asked your deck.
“The tower card symbolizes turmoil, chaos, and the collapse of a flawed structure,” he says Teresa Reedand tarot reader, podcast host, and author Twist Your Destiny: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot. This means that something is coming to a tragic end.
Horn adds that “there’s an element of surprise in the tower — it’s a change you wouldn’t expect, usually because your idea of what’s going on is either fantasy or you don’t have all the information you need.”
Often when the card appears, it can be difficult to accept that change is imminent, but it is important to know that it is part of the process.
“Keep in mind that this is a necessary end,” says Reid. She shares some questions to think about if the sign appears in a wide range: “Have you stayed in a situation for too long? Do you hold on to something or someone because you’re afraid of change?” Once you can honestly answer these questions, this card tells you that enough is enough.
“It’s time to free yourself — and that takes total trust in the universe, even if you can’t see a soft landing,” Reid says.