The Tower is the tarot card that indicates sudden and colossal change, which is not always welcome. We have not had time to prepare for the situation, so we are inclined to be reluctant to accept it. This card acts as a wake-up call, alerting us to the fact that we have become so rigid in our thinking, that we are unable to see the signs of the brewing storm. In this scenario, we are advised to take care of ourselves, and absorb the learning that the situation corresponds to. Since the change is not a nominal one, it will cause considerable upheaval in our lives, and jolt us into reality from our dream world. Our values, our expectations, our goals – the thought that all of these may not turn out the way we want them to be is an unpleasant one, and hits our ego hard. In a reading, this card indicates the occurrence of a long overdue change, and tells us to rearrange our thoughts in a way that makes the change pleasant and effective. We just need to remember that this change was needed to direct us along the right path.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.