When The Economist magazine published its now-famous ‘Tarot Cards’ cover, The World in 2017, it was immediately seen as an accidental prediction by many psychics.
It was illustrated by Joe McLaren (thank you to readers who found his credit) and on his Facebook page, he comments
“The Economist’s ‘World in 2017’ launched yesterday- an annual magazine that predicts all sorts of things that might come to pass in 2017. As you might imagine, most of it makes rather grim reading – it’s sort of the opposite of the Beano annual.”
“I was asked to provide a cover illustration that uses the visual language of traditional tarot cards to reflect the subjects of some of the articles inside, from the anniversaries of the Russian Revolution and Martin Luther, to the rise of VR and 3D printing, and the mixed fortunes of Merckel, Wilders and Le Pen.”
McLaren is a well-known British illustrator whose work appears across the media, but there is no evidence he is also a professional Tarot reader. Yet, as lots of you are pointing out, something very strange is happening here. This apparently random piece of creativity is telling a story in chronological order, and the astrology is lining up.
Timing, Astrology, Tarot and The Economist Annual Predictions
When I bought my copy of the magazine in January 2017, the cover looked like a classic Tarot spread, about the year ahead, starting with two events we already knew about – the lightning strike on the Chicago Trump Tower on March 16th, 2016 – and the election of the new President on November 9th that year. Here’s the cover, below. You can see the first two cards in the sequence, in the top row, moving from left to right.
How The Economist Tarot Cover Lines Up With Astrology
Once you look at the cards in detail you can see a number of astrological symbols that Pamela Colman-Smith (the creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot) would have been familiar with. Again, we don’t know if these were randomly or consciously put into the cards, as timing clues for the events.
There is the lightning bolt in The Tower card, symbolising the planet Uranus. There is an eagle on the President’s sceptre, in the Judgement card, symbolising Jupiter.
The Sun, Moon and even comets also show up on The Economist cover. What is really peculiar, though, is that (to date) five of the events shown in the cards have come to pass, on dates when the astrological symbols in the illustrations, also line up with the astrological aspects, or patterns. This is a serious piece of divination, once we decide that this is the purpose to which we will put this magazine.
THE TOWER – IN THE BEGINNING
On March 16th, 2016, lightning struck the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago, as polls closed for the Republican primary in Illinois. The Washington Post reported the incident in full, no doubt unaware that on the same day, Uranus at 19 Aries was semi-sextile Mercury at 19 Pisces. Electrical storms and lightning bolts have been associated with Uranus for around 2000 years. The Illinois election was hacked by Russia, as reported by Fox, The Guardian, NBC and CNN, among many other media. You can see the Russian flag on the left of the card.
That’s a really interesting piece of synchronicity. On the day lightning strikes the Trump Tower in Chicago, Uranus aspects Mercury (which rules computers and hackers). Then, around five months later, on August 16th 2016, CNN reports ‘Hackers breach election systems in Illinois.”
This Tarot card fascinates me because the illustrator intended the note on the door to be the historic Martin Luther proclamation, but it might easily be an election database in Illinois. What are you seeing in this card?
THE JUDGEMENT CARD, THE NEW PRESIDENT AND THE TRANSIT OF JUPITER ON ELECTION DAY
On November 9th 2016 Donald Trump became the new President of the United States. In the illustrated Tarot card for Judgement, you can see Jupiter’s eagle (another ancient symbol for this planet) clutched on a sceptre in his hand. So what happened on Wednesday 9th November? Jupiter at 12 Libra made a perfect sextile to Panacea 12 Sagittarius.
ANONYMOUS HACKS THE BILDERBERG GROUP – THE WORLD CARD
While The Economist stayed on the news stands around the world, the strange timing of the Tarot and astrology continued. You can see a clue about the Anonymous masks in The World card, along with a pyramid – long the symbol of the Illuminati. You can also see Greek temples – a symbol of Greece – long a member of the Bilderberg group, which has been linked by some to the Illuminati. On Thursday 5th January, after Anonymous broke in – British newspapers reported a hack.
The Bilderberg Group involves the political elite, royalty, and big names in industry, finance, academia, and the media. You can see the Sun at the top of The World card, and on the day in question, when all these apparently random pieces of the card came together – the Sun at 15 Capricorn was square the Moon at 15 Aries. The First Quarter Moon.
I am sure you can see the masks of Tragedy and Comedy in the card, and the symbolism of Greek temples, but when the hack occurred, this rather interesting graphic turned up online, too. What do you think about this card? What can you see? The symbolism of the Sun in Capricorn (big business, big government) square the Moon in Aries (fighters, battlers, campaigners) is pretty clear and it was exact on the day of the break-in.
THE GLOBAL WOMEN’S MARCH ON JANUARY 21ST AND THE MOON IN SCORPIO
The Women’s March, involving millions of people from Washington to Antarctica, took place on January 21st, 2017 with the Moon in Scorpio. This is of course Hillary Clinton’s zodiac sign. I thought the constellation to the right of the Moon in this card looked familiar. Could it be? No. Surely not…
THE DEATH CARD – SIX RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS DEAD SINCE NOVEMBER 2016
As The Independent reported on 20th February 2017, “When Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations died suddenly in New York last week, he became the sixth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly since November.”
“Vitaly Churkin, 64, was rushed to hospital from his office at Russia’s UN mission on 20 February.”
The Death card in the eight-card spread shows the Sun – coloured red – near a mushroom cloud. So what was taking place on 20th February 2017? The Sun at 2 Pisces was exactly sextile Ops at 2 Capricorn.
Of course, neither the Tarot nor Astrology can or should ever predict death. Those are the rules. So perhaps this card was a comment about something else – Fukushima, perhaps? The Rising Sun we associate with Japan looks a lot like the sun in the card. What happened the day before, on February 20th? Fukushima dropped its latest robot mission to test radiation.
MARCH THROUGH DECEMBER 2017 – WHAT NEXT IN THE ECONOMIST TAROT SPREAD?
As I write this on 12th March 2017, I am beginning to wonder about the rest of the year as seen through these strange cards. The next in this sequence of accidental Tarot/Astrology timing on The Economist front cover is The Magician.
The card shows a blindfolded figure, male or female, operating a machine which produces 3D ‘printed’ houses, wearing a mask that appears to say VR, for Virtual Reality.
The astrological clues here are the houses (the zodiac sign of Cancer) and the Full Moon behind the unidentified man, or woman. The Full Moon in Cancer is due to take place on Sunday 9th July, 2017. It has been pointed out to me that VR looks very close to V.P. or Vice President. I’ve also been told that 3D on the side of the machine might show the numeral 30 for some reason. What do you think about this card – and who is The Magician in the picture?
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE, ANGELA MERKEL, MARINE LE PEN, FRANCE AND GERMANY
The figures of Marine Le Pen, with the French flag and Angela Merkel, with the German flag, spin around on the Wheel of Fortune as the 2017 Tarot card spread on The Economist cover, draws to a close.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23rd April 2017. If there is no majority, we then go to 7th May 2017. Of course, if we are going to be true to the timing of the cards, and accept that The Magician is about the Full Moon in Cancer (housing) then the Wheel of Fortune card is about life beyond July, after the French result. What is really interesting, though, is the message in the cards that what happens to Le Pen affects Merkel and vice versa. Win or lose, the future of Le Pen is also spinning around as late as September, when Germany goes to the polls.
If this reading is taking place from left to right, in chronological order, then the appearance of Geert Wilders on the Wheel of Fortune doesn’t really make any sense – at least, at time of writing in March 2017 – as his election is over and it’s hard to see how he might be part of the turning wheel of fate, with France (April or May election) and Germany.
I do want to point out another remarkable piece of synchronicity, though. In astrology, the Wheel of Fortune is associated with Fortuna, and it is strange but true – on 24th September 2017, Fortuna changes zodiac signs and enters Leo. A brand new sign for a new Germany. And a new Europe?A new EU?
THE STAR CARD, THE PAN STARRS COMET AND GENERATION AQUARIUS
As the Tarot reading ends, we see The Star card illustrated by a group of young people’s faces and a comet overhead. In fact, the M1 PanSTARRS comet will be visible over Great Britain in Autumn 2017, so as we go from October to December, astronomy is echoing the illustration. The group of young people are a perfect symbol of Aquarius.
GENERATION AQUARIUS, THE STAR CARD AND THE FUTURE
The future of our world? Generation Aquarius will be aged 15-20 by this point, and ready to vote. They were born between January-August 1998, November 1998-March 2003, September-December 2003. These unusual young people have both Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius. This is the sign we associate with groups, people power, communities, social networks. We also associate Aquarius with the human family – humanitarianism – with no gender, age, class, race or nationality boundaries.
OVER TO YOU – AN ALTERNATIVE TAKE ON THE ECONOMIST TAROT SPREAD
Of course, the Tarot can be interpreted differently by each person reading the cards. Each spread can be interpreted using a number of alternative ‘takes’. As we all know from the quantum world, the observer affects the experiment. These cards, based on the work of Pamela Colman-Smith, a stage designer for the theatre, lend themselves to stage direction, so the images might be seen as tableau of actors, props and scenery – but as the person looking at them, you can call ‘action’ and try a completely different version.
Perhaps the reading has not even begun. Perhaps the lightning strike in the first card is on the Trump Tower in New York and we will see an electrical storm hit, on the day that other headlines hit us too. Maybe the huge protest is not the Women’s March, but another march to come. There are other astrological dates in 2017 which might tally with this. What do you think? What’s your take on these cards?