The Tower from the Druidcraft Tarot
Several years ago, when I was still relatively new to tarot, I did a reading for myself using the Celtic Cross spread and the Quest Tarot. The final outcome card was The Tower and I read in the book that it means loss of everything, and they were talking about material losses. Shortly after that reading my house and car were both repossessed and I put down my cards for a while. I bought a couple of new decks, including some oracle decks, but I never picked up that Quest Tarot deck again--at least, not for many years. When I did, I found that I still couldn't read with it, and finally a couple of years ago I gave it to a friend. I actually recently discovered that I can't read with the Haindl Tarot either because some of the imagery in the minors reminds me too much of that in the Quest Tarot.
I've learned a lot since those early years and I now see The Tower as a good card, meaning that one's life is about to get stirred up and you're about to get thrown out of your comfort zone. In readings regarding love and relationships, I often see this card in readings where someone is about to meet a new person that they're going to fall head over heals in love with, or I see it when a relationship is about to suddenly break up. I see it in career readings when a job is about to end or when someone is going to find a position that's outside of what they were seeking.
Regardless of the situation, it means that something old is ending or something new is coming into your life and it's going to be sudden and dramatic. This isn't a gentle card, but it doesn't always forecast disaster--whatever is about to happen is going to move you into a better place.
Case in point, when I lost my house and car I ended up moving in with my fiancé and his father, and we bought a new car together that was much better on gas mileage and fit my needs better than my old SUV. His father ended up needing the care of us both and then needed to move to an assisted living center as he had a terminal illness when I met them, and I was on hand to help with all of these transitions. Then Gene and I got married and we found out that he had Stage IV laryngeal cancer--again, it was a blessing that I was already settled in here and available around the clock through the death of his father and my new husband's round the clock nursing needs. He died a few months later after only eight months of marriage, and I had two estates to settle since he was an only child and had no children.
During all of this, I started going to a spiritual and healing center that became my support throughout everything. The owners were there with me when I scattered his ashes and had one of the most mystical experiences of my life--which is a story for another post. It was a turning point in my life, putting me on the path I'm on now in a series of traumatic events, but it led me to here and now and the very happy life I now lead and all that I've learned since then. I could never have foreseen all of this that day The Tower card showed up as my final outcome.
So, when you see The Tower you may be in for a bumpy ride, but it will bring you to a place of happiness that you couldn't imagine. I call it the "Snow Globe" card--your life is about to get shaken and stirred, so hang on tight and enjoy the ride, bumps and all!