The suffering of the Tower is destructive and brings somebody to the lowest point they can be. Whereas the destruction in the Death card is natural and often slow and foreseeable, that of the Tower is unpredictable, sudden and gut-renching. It is here in the Tarot that we find completed deconstruction, and the forced removal of everything no longer necessary in one's life.
The image of the tower represents the sense of self, ego, and the lifestyle we build for ourselves as we go through life. It is our ambitions, our morals, our relationships, and our stability. And it is completely destroyed by a bolt of lightning from above. No words can describe here the experience of such complete and seemingly pointless destruction.
However, this is an opportunity to start from scratch, afresh, anew. What has been destroyed was sometimes unnecessary, or poorly founded, so when you are taken back down to your lowest foundations you can make them stronger and build up something better. The Tower card reminds us that if we build structures on unstable and unsafe foundations they will be crumble under the strain of elements. But much like Wheel of Fortune and Death, The Tower card tells us that change is the only constant in the universe. That which we so earnestly hold on to and long to remain stable will inevitably become subject to the tides of change and the destruction of the universe at its most basic.
Keywords: Destruction, collapse, crumbling, toppling, fall, painful experience, reevaluation, false foundations removed, breaking of bad habits, loss, difficulty, sudden upheaval, change, inspiration, realization, breaking down of the ego.