The Economist’s 2017 Tarot cover, Part 2

This is the second part of my analysis of the Economist’s cover for 2017. You can see the first part here:




Let’s get down to business.



According to Rachel Pollack death is an equalizer, it strikes everyone, kings and commoners alike. Interestingly the Rider-Waite version of the card has the pope, or at least someone with a fish-hat like the pope, begging for mercy.

Pollack points out that without death nothing new could come into existence. You need to create room for new things to exist. She also remarks that contrary to popular opinion death does not refer to transformation, rather it denotes us giving up our old masks to allow transformation to take place. In this sense it seems related to the Tower.

The Rider-Waite version of Death has a river flowing through it, which according to Rachel Pollack, signifies the unity of change and eternity. The Economist card, however, shows a dried up river with a dead or dying fish. There’s a very obvious mushroom cloud on the Economist card, and mosquitos that probably refer to the Zika virus. In short, the Economist card does not seem to hint at change as much as at plain death and destruction. And there is of course the grim reaper on his white horse. Looks like the four horsemen of the apocalypse, pestilence, war, famine and death.

I cannot see any positive interpretation to this card. According to it next year will have death plenty of death and destruction.


The Magician

The Magician represents consciousness, action and creation according to Pollack. It symbolizes the idea of manifestation. The magician uses the physical world for magical operations, but also creates the world to give life meaning and direction. Pollack also points out that the magician is like a lightning rod, directing the energy from above to the physical ground.

The Economist card looks very similar to the Rider-Waite version, but he has a VR-device over his face, and he is using his creative energies to power a 3D-printer, which prints out houses. The card has a certain Transhumanist or technocratic sense to it. Magic has been replaced by technology, and the figure almost looks like he is blind-folded as he wearing the VR-device.

One theory I read somewhere on the internet is that the 3D-printer does not refer to an actual 3D-printer, but how mystical forces affect the 3D physical world. More specifically it was about “meme-magic”, which some people believe helped Trump become the president elect. These people revere Kek, an ancient Egyptian god of chaos and darkness, who has seen a revival in recent years. At first this sounds silly, but then again perhaps there is something to it. However, I would advice them to be careful with any occult forces they are tampering with, since as the card shows, they may wield this “meme-magic”, but they are also blinded by the eventual consequences of wielding such magics.

The houses emerging from the printer resemble those from the board game Monopoly. Perhaps this is a reference to a financial monopoly that is enabled by modern yet mystical technology, i.e. the Mark of the Beast. Perhaps it will emerge into public next year. There has been all sorts of speculation about the Mark for decades, whether it’s barcodes, microchips or a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, but maybe we don’t have to speculate much longer. The houses could also refer to some sort of housing crisis, such as the one that happened in USA some years ago, with people going homeless despite there being plenty of empty houses. Then again, perhaps the card refers to a housing shortage being solved. In Europe, especially in Sweden and Germany there has been a housing shortage due to the immigration crisis. Maybe they will solve it.


Wheel of Fortune

The medieval church considered pride to the greatest sin as the denoted putting oneself before Christ, accoring to Rachel Pollack. The symbol of pride is a king falling out of power. In general the wheel of fortune refers to the workings of fate and changing times, and how fate may seem random, but there is a purpose or a pattern behind it. Pollack notes that we may not be able to change fate, but it we can decide whether we are willing to accept change and adapt to it.

The Economist card refers obviously to European elections. Germany’s Angela Merkel in the red dress is going down and getting hit by lightning on her way, whereas France’s Marine Le Pen is going up. The man on the bottom is probably Geert Wilders, an anti-immigration politician from the Netherlands. I am not sure whether him being in the bottom means that that’s where he will remain, or that he will rise up along Marine Le Pen. It seems envitable though that the political situation in Europe will turn right, as it has in the States.

There are two ballot boxes on the foreground with an X on them. Maybe they’re there just to highlight the fact that the card refers to politics and elections, or perhaps the X has a deeper meaning. In cartoons, for example, if a person is knocked unconscious his eyes become two X-marks, so an X is a symbol of malfunction. It could mean that there will be some sort of shenanigans when it comes to the elections with no clear result arising.

Overall though, I see nothing very revealing or surpring on the card. It seems to reflect the changing direction of the wind of politics.


The Star

The final card is the Star. Pollacks remarks that after the storm comes peace. Light comes out of darkness. The Star represents healing and wholeness.

The Rider-Waite version of the Star has eight eight-sided stars on it. The star of Ishtar has eight sides to it.The Economist version has 14 stars with human faces on them, 10 small stars, one comet with three tails, and a moon with 5 or 6 craters on it. Clearly visible are 5 of the craters, but the right top corner of the moon might have another, but it is not obvious. I have no idea what these heavenly bodies refer to, or who are the people depicted on the stars. I think somebody said they look like refugees.

I don’t know what the numbers 14, 10, 1, and 5/6 refer to either. Perhaps 14 refers to the number of parts Osiris was split into? The comet might also belong as one of the stars, so there would be 15. I googled to check out something about three-tailed comets. Apparently comet Hale-Bopp had three tails, but that showed up in the nineties and isn’t supposed to come back for over 2000 years. I also found mentions of a three-tailed comet, C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS, by astronomers from last year. I don’t know if it’s significant in any way.

Aside from the numerology and anonymous faces, the Economist card has the stars, a comet and the moon. This might refer to the actual outer space. Trump has made some statements about buffing up NASA, which Obama has neutered even further. Perhaps next year NASA will star doing more. I am not very excited should this development come about, as I have very little faith in the honesty or “science” of NASA. Who knows, maybe we’ll finally see Nibiru next year, courtesy of Hollywood’s Industrial Light and Magic.

The Star is tilted to the right, similar to how Judgement is tilted to the left. I don’t know if this is significant.


The Spread

Now I’ve gone through all of the cards, but there is another important aspect to Tarot fortune-telling, the spread, or how you lay out the cards. Different cards in different positions mean different things. I have no idea what the actual spread the Economist is using is, or if they’re using any of them at all. I did manage to find one spread though that at least matches the Economists 2 by 4 layout from the Psychic Revelation website.



I am not sure whether this is in any way applicable to the Economist’s picture, but I’ll try to interpret the picture assuming it is. At least there’s some logical connection between Economist’s divination about next year, whereas this spread is used for finding about a month. Both refer to a set time period.

According to the spread the first four cards correspond to the main focus of the four weeks. The second row’s card refers to a minor aspect of the same week. If we use the same method for a year, we can split it into four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter, or just four quartals.

The first part, Q1, has the Tower as the main focus, and Death as the minor one. The start of next year would then be quite chaotic and tumultuous. There will be upheaval in the church, or between different denominations. There might be war, disease and famine. The mushroom cloud on Death suggests all-out nuclear war, yet it is only the minor focus, so maybe it does not actually mean that America nukes Russia, or vice versa. If this was to happen, this would be major aspect of any period of time. The explosion could refer to a nuclear power plant blowing up.

Q2 has Judgement as the main focus, and Magician as the minor one. I suppose this refers to Trump getting settled in the office and making major changes in the world. He is not the president yet, and a lot can happen in two months to change that, but at least the Economist seems to suggest that he will get in office.

In Q3 Trump’s meme-magic seems to already have taken place, as The World is the main focus, and the Wheel of Fortune is the minor one. My interpretation of the World is the furthering of the agenda of the New World Order. Wheel of Fortune would then suggests that the rest of the world will begin to follow the direction set by Trump.

People seem to rebel against the new system in Q4, since Hermit is the main focus. The minor focus, the Star, would seem to contradict the protests shown on the Hermit, as the Star supposedly represents light coming out of darkness, healing and pleasant stuff like that. Then again, the hermit is standing on the hill away from the masses. Perhaps society in general is in turmoil, but there are certain people who can live in peace if they choose to stay out of these dialectical battles orchestrated by the globalists. Alternatively, it might mean the elites are sipping cocoa in their bunkers while the people riot.

The Star has plenty of numbers and faces whose ultimate meaning I do not understand at all. Its meaning is a mystery.



I should point out that these are simply my interpretation on the message of the picture from the Economist. I might be completely off base. Moreover, I do not think the message depicted in the picture is set in stone. It does not mean all of it will happen, but it is more likely the plan of the elites. Everything might not go according to plan.

I am not 100% convinced on Trump either, whether he is working for them or us, or someone else. I do not even know if he will end up being president. All I say is that keep your eyes open. We will eventually find out if the cards had anything to do with what will happen. Another thing is that the motivation of the people behind the Economist to make these prophetic covers. They know that conspiracy nuts like to analyze them, and I don’t think they want us knowing their plans, so they might add some disinformation in there too. Or perhaps the cover is just a joke to give us something to occupy our time with.




Meet The Most Beautiful Comet You’ll Never See, C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS:

Tarot Spread:


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