16. The Tower

As a person

Known for being a walking talking demolition derby. Their phone screen is cracked, they’ve broken more bones than they care to admit and they perpetually seem to be in a situation where something of theirs is falling apart.

On a positive note, they always seem to find the stamina and perseverance to rebuild what is broken, no matter how long it takes. They don’t fear chaos, they expect it and are always ready to face it head on.



This is one hell of a wake-up call. Perhaps you have been mooning over someone that you thought was dreamy only to be abruptly come to your senses due to finding out something you rather hadn’t, or self-reflection has made you understand your own failings and you’re ready to combat them.

This is a time for throwing the old out and building the new.


This is not the best card to draw when in a relationship. The foundations may have been rocky to begin with and now lightning has struck revealing weaknesses in your partnership. But don’t despair! Think of this time as an opportunity to rebuild what needs patching or consider the opportunity to completely start a new.

Career & Money

If it looks like it’s falling apart, it probably is. Employment may not be steady, investments may be influenced by uncontrollable outside factors and the forecast overall isn’t too bright. Take note of the little hints that say you might be careening towards catastrophe, and before it happens, plan a good exit strategy.

The best time to start saving for a rainy day was yesterday, the second is today.


The number 16 is often associated with knowing thyself, and through it acquiring wisdom. It calls us to be analytical in our approach and to take a philosophers outlook on things that unsettle us. It takes a scientific outlook to distance oneself emotionally from a personal crisis, so we can deal with it in the most efficient manner.

Don’t be cold, be cool and collected.


The Tower is an excellent talisman to invoke:

  • a radical change
  • the collapse of facades
  • movement in a standstill
  • fresh ground to build on
  • resilience in the face of chaos
  • motivation to start over


The Fool
To have one’s whimsical nature cause destruction.

The Magician
To make miracles happen in a time of crisis.

The High Priestess
Self-reflection leads to ground-breaking epiphanies.

The Empress
For a woman to rock your world.

The Emperor
For a man to upset everything you have built.

The Hierophant
Divine intervention.

The Lovers
To find a partner that changes everything.

The Chariot
Crisis leads you to finding a different path.

To find strength in the face of destruction.

The Hermit
Having what one has built collapse, poverty.

Wheel of Fortune
A radical change of fortune.

To be at the mercy of justice.

The Hanged Man
Difficulty in making a decision due to many dynamic influences.

The collapse and death of a situation, no resurrection to be found.

Creation and destruction, a collapse leads to rejuvenation.

The Devil
Destruction leads to egocentrism and self-indulgence.

The Star
To hit rock bottom and bounce back better than ever.

The Moon
When things may not be as bad as they seem.

The Sun
To have a situation fall apart only to result in a better overall outcome.

Bad judgement leads to destruction.

The World
A personal/local crisis leads to a world of opportunity.