Monday, June 8, 2009

The Tower Card in Tarot Readings - What it Means

By Alan Joel

Recently I did a Tarot reading for a client who has
been having a lot of trouble with accidents, like fender benders and
such. This client was so banged-up and bruised from all of his recent
misfortunes that he asked for a reading to find out what was going on.

surprisingly, in both the present-time and progressed Tarot readings
for this client, the Tower card showed up, both times upright. A lot of
practitioners of magic shudder when they see the Tower because they
think it automatically means chaos. It does, sort of, but it means
something more specific than that.

The Tower talks about complete
material disorganization or chaos, caused by spiritual forces beyond
one's control. The world is obviously experiencing a lot of chaos and
change right now, as we approach the end of a cycle on the Mayan
calendar and prepare to enter the next. The Tower talks about chaos
coming into people's life from the outer world. As you can see on the
card itself, the lightning comes into the picture from the outside

The Tower Card Upright in a Tarot Reading

days, when the Tower card appears upright in a reading, it means that a
big change is coming that you should be prepared for. Sometimes this
means a natural disaster, and sometimes death, but in most cases it is
just a warning to be prepared for a major change in your environment.

the case of my client for whom I was doing the Tarot reading, the Tower
indicated that he wasn't being aware of his surroundings. He needs to
be more conscious of the Law of Accident at work around him. The Law of
Accident says that if we don't have a strong intention and focus, then
we fall prey to "accidental and coincidental" occurrences, like
fender-benders. The Law of Accident is more at work during these times
of extreme change than at other times. Luckily, nothing serious had
happened to him, and he is going use some daily rituals to focus his
intent and be more aware of his surroundings.

The Tower Card Reversed in a Tarot Reading

the Tower appears as a reversed card in a Tarot reading, then the
implications are different. If it's reversed, then you need to start
looking at whether you have broken any Rules of the Road (the laws that
govern magical practice) or whether there is something karmic going on.
Maybe you've gotten crosswise with a deity.

If you see a reversed
Tower , do some exploration, through divination or possibly a blow-up
Tarot reading, to find out what the situation is about. During this
time of world upheaval, it's important to correct situations like this
as quickly as possible. Luckily, the world is also much more plastic or
flexible right now, so correcting situations may be easier than you

A Few Additional Notes About the Tower Card

severity of the change or chaos indicated by the Tower isn't
necessarily related to whether the Tower card is upright or reversed.
Whether the card is upright or reversed merely tells you what kind of
change you are dealing with. Remember that that Tower represents
changes appearing in the outer world, and often reflects deity-level
changes. This card has shown up a lot in recent years, tying in with
world and galactic changes. Changes indicated by the Tower can be
violent or drastic, and are simply a warning for us to be prepared. The
Tower  isn't bad, it's just a warning to be aware.

Joel co-founded the Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic with the
goal of the helping people create permanent, positive change in their
lives through the study of magic and shamanism. Get free magical and
shamanic tips and resources at Check out the upcoming Basic Magic class at

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