When the Tower appears in a Tarot spread it is safe to assume chaos is afoot! There is no way to sugar-coat this one. The Tower indicates swift, unexpected and often painful change in the life of the individual who is receiving the reading.
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However, while it may not appear evident at the time, the events of the Tower are often really just a blessing-in-disguise.
The Tower is also known as “The Great Liberator.” Its presence signals the destruction of the ego, erroneous thinking and all self-imposed limitations that hold us back. It is safe to say such deeply-rooted beliefs and practices are not going to be easily dismissed.
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day events that distract us from the real joys in life. When we concentrate on materialistic pursuits, external recognition, and our list of ‘have-to’s’ , we become disconnected to the reasons of why we are really here.
Hence, the lightning bolts, the fire, the rising water and the falling bodies – these all symbolize the swift and catastrophic destruction of outdated, destructive and useless beliefs. What is left behind once the demolition ends is truth, purity and a connection with our inner source. With the illusions gone, we can more clearly see the steps we need to take to get where we need to be.
The challenge with the Tower card is to not fight the change, as there is nothing we can do to stop it. Rather, it is best to embrace the idea shared in Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Eventually, you will come out in a better place if you stop putting your energy into the fight to protect ego-based beliefs, and instead focus on truly learning the deeper, more meaningful lessons of life.