The Tower can be compared to a volcano, one of the most powerful forces on Earth. Like a volcano, it shapes and reshapes landscapes, influences weather patterns, and alters the composition of the air. While residents of places like Santorini may see these volcanic activities as minor inconveniences, they are manifestations of immense, uncontrollable forces beneath the surface. These events serve as a reminder that beneath our feet, colossal forces operate without regard for our awareness.
Similarly, the Tower in tarot relates to forces that have been contained until the pressure becomes too much—then, containment becomes impossible. The perception of this card as negative might stem from our innate desire for stability, as change can be unsettling.
However, change isn't inherently negative and can often be anticipated. The Tower signifies secrets kept for too long that finally come to light, a roof weakened by years of winters that eventually cracks, or the dramatic confession of a lover. The associated feelings are typically powerful and intense, not exclusively anger.
Attributed to Mars, the Tower is the most masculine card in the deck, representing active energies, bursts of vigor, a sense of purpose, and industriousness. In a metaphorical sense, the sexual act serves as an apt analogy, with pressures building until a forceful release occurs.