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The tower

“In life as in chess, you can give up a rook, but not the queen.”
—Antoine de Rivarol


The name of this card is called “la tour” in French. It can be translated as “the tower” in English. If you notice any translation errors in this article, please let us know for our entire community. You can leave your comment at the bottom of this page.

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The tower is a very well-known card from the Marseille tarot, more traditionally called “Maison Dieu”. This god house which represents a structure is much larger than a building. This house of God calls upon God, the virtuous, the redeemer, the one who governs the lives of men in a certain way. This arcana is deliberately named“the tower” to give our mind free vision.The Tower is one of the most mysterious and feared cards of the Tarot de Marseille. In the oracle of Marseille, it represents a tower of flaming stone which collapses under the weight of the natural elements. One of the characters performs a caper to avoid the stones, while the other takes a stone on the head.This arcana is often interpreted as destruction, ruin and loss.It symbolizes the unexpected events and sudden changes that turn our lives upside down. The Tower can represent a violent shock that shatters all certainties and forces us to face the naked truth. It is also a test of our building. Know if we are stable in the face of adversity.

The two figures at the bottom of the tower symbolize the inevitable consequences of our actions. They represent the fall of the ego, the abandonment of illusions and the confrontation with reality. > However, the Tower can also be interpreted in a positive way, as a catalyst for change. It can represent the liberation from the grip of the past, the breaking of the chains that have avoided evolving and growing. Generally associated with surprise or shock, with unexpected events, the tower continues to surprise us both positively and negatively. From a romantic point of view, we will frequently talk about difficult relationships within the couple, bad understanding and difficulty cohabitation. Even if lightning strikes the tower, the couple gets out of it. this situation. Collateral damage exists, but the strength and resilience of the couple will be able to overcome this unexpected event.

This tower can thus represent our body, our mind, a situation, a job, a family life, an event and many other things depending on our perspective. For the most alchemist among us, this will represent the athanor, the alchemist’s oven where transformations take place on the matter and on the spirit of the work. We can also talk about the sexual relationship, which can be either too early, as well as the lack of libido, desire, or even infertility. It is then a sign of disorder and tension . From a more psychological point of view, this tower can also call upon an open-mindedness which allows us to expand our point of view, overturning our preconceived ideas, the upheaval of the established order. The flash of genius for some, the mystical revelation for others, transcends us in our minds and in our states of being. The tower is also that.

In short, the Tower is a powerful and mysterious card that represents destruction, but also liberation. It can help us become aware of our own limits and free ourselves from the illusions that prevent us from growing.It reminds us that unexpected events are opportunities to transform ourselves and evolve towards a brighter future.

Card 50 - The tower

Carte arcane tour l'oracle de Marseille

Les Mots clés de la tour



Take a chance

Avoid disaster

Loss and crash

Save the necessary

Violent shock

Natural element

Love at first sight

Take the truth in the face


Stroke of genius

Difficult cohabitation


Liberation from the past

Catalyst for change

Effects of our actions

Strong emotions




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