16 The Tower
The Tower embodies a sudden destruction of foundation that is life-changing but necessary to find true purpose.
In a tarot reading, it is about the inquirer (querent), someone close to the inquirer, or a hidden aspect within the inquirer that needs to be acknowledged for the inquirer to reach their highest consciousness. The happiness the inquirer is seeking can be found by answering a question:
Why is this painful event an important opportunity (or not)?
It is import to consider that this is a Major Arcana card (trump card), which carries a message that signifies an event that will forever change lives. When it appears the universe wants you to focus on actions related to unexpected loss.
Use the keywords, images, and symbols of the card to tap into your intuition and deeper inner knowing.
Upright= Painful Transition
Element= Fire (which influences desire and actions).
Yes or no=This card is it typically a no.
VERTICAL= TRANSICIÓN DOLOROSA
INVERTIDA= TRANSICIÓN NECESARIA
The Tower holds Primary Zodiac influence for the fire signs, and the Elemental Zodiac relates to Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
The signs are less important than the traits they represent because a person has sun, moon and rising signs, and one or more of these is often unknown to the tarot reader. The zodiac for this card relates to traits of self-awareness, domination, and intellect. And, planetary concepts of fighting are seen with: MARS.
Everything is a cycle of beginning, middle, and end. The stage of this event is dependent on the reading, and may be related to any month and the energy of any season. The “fool’s journey” is the passage of a soul’s life, with all of its lessons learned, from start to completion. It starts with The Fool and completes with The World.
This card carries the energetic influence of 16. Watch for repeating numbers of 16 after the reading for confirmation of their importance in the reading.
The cards refer to identified traits and energies that balance each other out as opposite but interconnected forces. Some cards are grammatically gendered or depict age. This does not refer to actual biological gender or physical years. Masculine and feminine traits, and levels of maturity, exist in all of us.
The image above shows two different decks. The original Rider–Waite tarot deck for tarot card reading, also known as the Waite–Smith, or Rider–Waite–Smith, or Rider tarot deck is the most popular version of cards used today. Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, based on the instructions of academic and mystic A. E. Waite, the cards were originally published by the Rider Company in 1909. This deck has long been the gold-standard for learning tarot.
The Lightworker’s Tarot Deck, also shown here, is a beginner deck that uses many of the symbols and colors used in the Rider–Waite deck but also provides modern imagery designed for a rapid sensory-intuition response by today’s new generation of readers. A reader should select a deck based on what feels right for them.