There's no getting around this one, The Tower is not a welcome card in a reading yet, at the same time, it does not warrant feelings of panic or fear. The card can often indicate an event or period of time that could be challenging and difficult but, as is so often the case, one disaster can often lead to a new victory.
For example, an unexpected request for divorce from a spouse could be devastating, yet I know of people where such an experience led to them achieving more than they ever dreamed of because they pursued a different path as a result. Often, such an incident creates the freedom and space for a new and greater love to walk into your life.
Many people have experienced bankruptcy, lost their homes and material possessions only to change tactics and create great wealth and success. The clearing away of the old often makes way for the new.
The life lessons we learn from the turbulence indicated by The Tower help us to rethink and to approach our lives with a newfound wisdom so that we don't make the same mistakes again.
So, if The Tower appears in your reading, then there may be something in your life that will challenge you or has challenged you, and it will be up to you how you choose to get over it and learn from the experience.
Sometimes The Tower may represent you as the person causing the disruption. Perhaps you need to make choices or decisions that are important to you but could cause material or emotional loss. In such a situation, only you can know whether you are prepared to pay the price.
The Tower can also serve as a warning that a certain choice or decision could lead to disaster, such as, if you are considering an extra-marital affair, leaving your job without a new one to step into, that kind of thing.
Take heed when this card comes up, but don't panic or get anxious. Consider your options and choices wisely and if you can avoid such chaos, great! If chaos is forced upon you, trust that however challenging it may be, you can find a way to move forward with your life.
If the Tower describes your current life events, you're probably feeling really lousy right now. You may have no idea which way to turn and just feel that your life is falling apart.
It's at times like this, that I find the Tarot most beneficial.
Gaining some insight into your circumstances really helps to give you hope that there's light at the end of the tunnel, and that you'll reach it sooner of later.
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