The Tower

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The Tower (ⅩⅥ)
RWD 16 Tower.jpg
Type Major Arcana
Position 16 (ⅩⅥ)
Symbol The Tower symbol.svg
Letter pei פ
Color Red
Direction North
Astrology [[astrological sign::Mars]]
Note C

A Tarot card.


Rider Waite deck

A tower is struck by a bolt of lightning and bursts into flame. Two figures fall from the wreckage. The tower represents material ambition, while its ruined crown represents materialistic-centered thinking. The lightning is pure spiritual insight destroying this mindset in an instant.The hebrew Yods in the air around the Tower represent the life-force.


awakening, grace and sin

Complete deconstruction of the personality's intellectual and emotional structure.

The Tower indicates a major overturning in one's life or beliefs. Expect emotional upheaval, and distressing events, but be assured that what is important will be preserved. The lies created by ambition, desire, and the ego will be laid bare leaving a solid foundation of Truth on which to rebuild. Cling to the belief that everything will be all right, because it will.

Reversed Meaning

The same, but to a lesser degree.


  • Links Hod to Netzach as path number 27 of the Tree of Life
  • Yetziratic Intelligence - the Exciting intelligence
  • Organic Time - World War The time of intellectual growth hit a brick wall when the nations of the world believed they could behave as they once did when they were feudal protective systems. The World War signified the end of individual nations and the beginning of the world market and global world-centric meme.
  • September 11th.

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