In the upright position the tower card of tarot brings to mind a situation that was never meant to be being corrected and made right. There is often destruction and debris that is scattered about that must be sifted through to find the pieces that fit so that a rebuilding can happen with only those elements that are proper. It can happen that our mind takes us in a direction that is incongruent with the needs of our spirit. With this mindset in place, we build a life. This life though is not on a sure foundation, for how can it be? What we are placing stock in and faith about is false. It simply is not true to whom we are or what our place in society is. How can this not fall?
In the reversed position, the situation is much the same. Whereas the upright tower tells of things falling apart because there were never meant to be, the reversed tower suggests that things are falling apart due to neglect. Maybe things are falling apart due to lack of mindfulness- like a car being left to rust instead of being taken care of. Think about it. During one minute, we can be entirely excited about something in our life. This can be in the forefront of our consciousness and awareness, and we will put much positive energy to it preserve and embellish it. But then something happens. We kind of forget about it. We let it slip. We may even forget about it entirely until something drastic happens to suddenly make us remember it. If we remember it all.
Imagine a student. This student has papers to write. They have tests to study for. With mindfulness, this student most certainly can accomplish these things that must be done. But they get distracted. Others things come up. Instead of writing the papers and studying for the test, they find other things that they’d rather do. Next thing you know, the paper is due the next day and instead of putting in the time to write a great paper, they throw together some mediocre piece of work that hardly shines. If they had thought things through a little more and planned their time more wisely, they could have written something impressive. But it just didn’t happen.
This is the nature of the reversed tower. It’s not that things were never meant to be, for this student certainly could have written a brilliant paper, it is simply that the energy and time is not put in for it so you lose out based on your own decisions.
When the tower comes up for you in the reversed position, consider what you are neglecting in your own life. What could you be doing differently to create a positive impact?