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16. The Tower

Sometimes displayed as XVI The Tower, is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In most traditional decks it is also the sixteenth Trump of the 22 Trump cards.


 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords



 The Tower Meaning of the Symbols.

The Tower tarot cardThe Tower in tarot symbolizes sudden collapse, a release from bondage, an awakening. The lightening is a symbol of divine force and enlightenment. The crown and fire are symbols of the false values that the lightening is destroying. The people falling symbolize our spiritual limitations being freed from their prison, they fall to the ground where they can start building again.
The Tower offers us the chance to replace an old and unsound building, but are we capable of  learning from our mistakes and do it right the second time around.
















  The Tower Correspondences and Associations.



Defining Keywords
Beginnings. Purify. Freedom. Change. Potential. Enlightenment. Risk.

The Towers Meaning.
Sudden and complete change in circumstances, the collapse of beliefs or relationships. This is a time to rebuild with a better foundation and recover your ego.

The Tower Reversed.
A surprising, as opposed to sudden, change. Jealousy could cause a catastrophe. Inability to better yourself. 


Facilitation, Intensity, Courage, Energy, Assertion

Your sexual energy, and the thrust of action. The expression of survival instincts, agression, anger and vitality. What stirs you up to act, your passions, drive and the courage to push out into new experiences.



21 Laguz: (L: Water, or a leek.) Flow, water, sea, a fertility source, the healing power of renewal. Life energy and organic growth. Imagination and psychic matters. Dreams, fantasies, mysteries, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld. Success in travel or acquisition, but with the possibility of loss. Laguz Reversed or Merkstave: An indication of a period of confusion in your life. You may be making wrong decisions and poor judgements. Lack of creativity and feelings of being in a rut. Fear, circular motion, avoidance, withering. Madness, obsession, despair, perversity, sickness, suicide.

21. Laguz: This may portend difficult tests ahead. It is time to reorganize yourself, and realign your priorities. This may be a time of dramatic changes. Trust your intuition and success will follow. Practice self-control, and strive for “Moderation in All Things.” There may be a feeling of being “out of control,” but do not fear your journey at this time. Immerse yourself in the experience of “being,” without trying to measure, evaluate or understand the mystical experiences you may have. Personal growth will come, even though through uncomfortable situations. This Rune represents a sailor, a lawyer, or a fisherman.













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