The Tower

The Tower is regarded as the sixteenth card in the Major Arcana of Tarot Cards, which comprises of twenty-two cards in total.

The Story behind The Tower

After meeting the creature at the bottom of the black mountain, The Fool starts to climb this mountain, and comes across a tower that he built on one of his previous journeys. It represents ignorance and arrogance, The Fool built it when his priority was to get recognition and leave a material legacy. For a brief moment The Fool starts thinking of his old self, then realises that The Tower represents the bad.

The Fool has such a negative feeling about the tower that he can’t help but to shout out. His shout causes a lightning bolt to strike down and hit the tower, causing it to collapse. The Fool, in shock, comes to the realisation that he is no longer in self-denial and has cast away the lies that held him back, leaving only the truth.

Meaning of The Tower Tarot Card

The Tower Tarot Card can present us with many powerful lessons. It shows us that people tend to hold on to things that aren’t right, or aren’t realistic. One must realise that you have to use your mental and spiritual strength to achieve your goals. Leaving your mark involves much more than building something material.

In a way The Tower represents the average person – although it might appear to be strong, it can crumble under pressure, particularly if it has not been built on the most solid of foundations. It also shows us how easy it is to live a lie. The men in The Tower from the story are like the people of today who live within their own bubble. It’s easy to become ignorant when you stop letting the outside world in. Don’t be too sentimental or idealistic, as one day your Tower will crumble. You must destroy the negative building before you can build solid foundations.