The Tower Tarot Card
The Tower is probably the most feared card in the Tarot deck. Unexpected catastrophe. Turmoil. Upheaval. It seems likely that the authors meant to warn of consequences for the hedonism described in the Devil card. You are sitting snug and happy in your castle tower, seemingly safe from the dangers below. Suddenly, a bolt from the blue smashes into your life, casting you out of your secure world. The image on this card is quite clear. Complacency is shattered. Stability is gone. Comfort and confidence are distant memories. But in some ways this card is not entirely different from Death. It also represents new beginnings, not by choice but by necessity. The Tower card brings us back down to earth. In a few situations, it is also suggested that this lightning bolt could represent the electricity of irresistible passion or true love striking the seeker. Traditionally, calamity, catastrophe, ruin, cataclysm, punishment.
Not much better than upright. Neville Chamberlain played out the Tower reversal when he acquiesced to Adolph Hitler occupying Czechoslovakia in exchange for "Peace in Our Time". Illusions of solving the problem without really doing it. Perhaps a temporary truce, but the war goes on. You may think you have smoothed things over, but catastrophe and turmoil are waiting for you around the corner because you have not really addressed the underlying problems. Traditionally, disruption, oppression, subjugation, persecution.