When we consider the sequence of the cards we can understand The Tower a bit better:
13. Death. Game over.
Rosada, EXT 2340
14. Temperance. A miracle! The situation is revitalized and comes back to life.
An example of this would be someone who literally was thought to be dead being brought back to life but it could also describe a business venture about to go under when a new source of money is found that then keeps the doors open.
But whether it's renewed health or new money the result is...
15. The Devil. Debt.
The soul brought back to life may have months of therapy ahead of them. The business that takes out a new loan will of course have to pay it back.
Now consider combining the Temperance card with The Devil = a Miracle combined with Harsh Reality leads to a major shake up in the structure of things, and thus..
16. The Tower. Crisis / Enlightenment.
This card indicates that whatever the sense of debt and bondage the soul was experiencing with the previous card, something now has happened that totally dwarfs that experience. It could be something very positive. The patient might learn of a new therapy that cuts their recovery time in half. Or it may at first appear to be negative. In the case of the business person struggling to pay back a loan, The Tower could mean something that closes down the business - like a fire or flood! - but at the same time frees him from all his debts.
When we were kids in school I can remember being assigned to write stories and the tales would become so complicated we wouldn't know how to end them so we'd resort to ditching the whole thing by turning it into a dream and end with the line, "And then I woke up!" - a perfect example of a whole new consciousness -The Tower experience- setting one free!
The Tower is associated with the planet Mars, the planet associated with personal insight and free will. Mars refuses to be restricted by anything or anyone. I think of the story of The Emperor's New Clothes and how one boy shook up the whole establishment by simply speaking his truth.
Another good Tower line, "Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come."
When The Tower appears in a spread, note the surrounding cards. The one on the left describes the old structure that must change, the one on the right suggests what the new structure will be.
The Fool, The Tower, The Magician.
A careless attitude will certainly lead to disaster so please start using better judgement now..
The Wheel of Fortune, The Tower, The Hanged Man.
Luck is changing, leave the casino and suspend your gambling habit!
The Lovers, The Tower, The Hierophant.
Cupids arrow has struck, better get her to the alter, before she changes her mind!
The key thing to remember with The Tower is that it indicates clearing away old restrictive conditions and while this may create a crisis it ultimately leads to a better life.
If life gets a little hectic this week just remind yourself it's only a dream and then..
Rosada, EXT 2340