The Economist, Tarot and Astrology

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.


The Economist. Spooky?


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.



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 Tower and Uranus.

Illinois, Mercury and Uranus.




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.


The Judgement and Jupiter.



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 World and the First Quarter Moon.
Strange synchronicity.



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…


Scorpio constellation image from Twitter.


The Hermit and the Scorpio constellation.












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.


Death and February 2017



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 Magician and a Cancer Full Moon?



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?


Fortuna and the Wheel of Fortune.



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.


The Star and Generation Aquarius.



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.


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?




Hi Jess, Surely, The Magician is ruled by Mercury, and air sign, Gemini. Its as you know a major arcana card (a TRUMP card), and as he thinks the sun shines on him all the time, maybe its not Cancerian at all. The first thing I thought of of Eastern Bloc housing , his wife comes from that kind of housing, and of course its his birthday in June. Any use???

Further to that, Vladimar Putin,VP. The Sun behind the Magician, again Putin, opposite Pluto in Capricorn (Russia), 30 days in June.

Hi Jessica

For some unknown reason I feel the power of the Buddha this week and I am drawn to the infinity symbol in the cards which, as you know, represents the cycle of death and rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama is a Cancerian – do you think he is the magician and the card has something to do with his homeland ie China/Tibet?

Also, is it possible that the death card relates to the North Korean nuclear missile launch into the sea off Japan? I think you mentioned before the problems with North Korea this year.

How absolutely fascinating! Thank you for sharing this rather ‘eerily unique’ magazine cover!

I’m particularly loving on that Star tarot right about now… xx

Thank you Jessica for another first class article. What a wonderful way to start the week! I am interested in your comment about astrology and the tarot not being used to predict death as those are the rules. I had thought in ancient times both were used for those purposes and currently when celebrities die you often can read a retrospective analysis of their chart explaining why according to planetary alignments. What is most curious though is who did this cover and how is it staying such a secret?!!

Hi Jessica. Long time, no speak :) Great article…as always. And very fascinating. My profession is Tarot Readers and in traditional Tarot, The Magician is ruled by Mercury which in turn rules Gemini and the huge yellow orb behind him is traditionally The Sun. In keeping up with your articles, I believe I read somewhere on your site, that Trump was rumored to be a Gemini, but of course, as we’ve been shown, nothing about Trump is real. If he is a Gemini, then his behavior most certainly represents that of The Twins, as very much of “bi-polar” nature…not to… Read more »
jessica…no need to publish this, but just between you and I, the last 3 cards are quite compelling. The Death Card could be one of two things: 1. The ouster of the South Korean President. 2. The death of Kim Jong Un – The Red Sun or the red Son. I would lean more towards the 2nd, as the South Korean President being ousted is big, but not a huge major factor for US/Korean relations. The Magician and the Wheel I’ve explained so the last card in the series I feel The Star card might relate to the the G-8/G-20… Read more »

Hi Jessica, I am blown away! Astrology and synchronicity at it’s best. Thanks for this fantastic read.

What a fascinating and intriguing read….thank you Jessica. I’m intrigued about the infinity symbol and possible numeral 30 in the Magician Card. 30 – the number of Spirit, divine perfection, unlimited creative expression Infinity symbol – perfection, dualism, limitless and endlessness and a figure of 8 on it’s side. The 8th Tarot card – Strength shows the infinity symbol and a woman with a lion..physical strength is not a match for spiritual or inner strength. But the card is also one of boundaries and limitations…knowing when to take control or when to give in. The number 8 stands for power,… Read more »
I think the Magician is Justin Trudeau, PM of Canada. Canada is a ‘Cancer’ becoming a confederation independent of the UK on July 1, 1867. The Magician is wearing red which is a color strongly associated with the Canadian Flag and other symbols related to Canada. The sceptre is held by a ruler or sovereign. The figure in the card looks youthful, fit and healthy. The houses could be symbolic in regards to the immigration situation, with red roof tops – again Canada. The machine could represent manufacturing or jobs. The VR – Canada’s current policies and vision for tolerance… Read more »
Hi Jessica, I can see a story unfolding through those cards and it s one of warning rather than prediction. The third person on the Wheel of Fortune is the Dutch right wing candidate, Geert Wilders (you can see the Dutch flag and his longish grey hair). All three represents the key stories of the next European elections in Holland, France and Germany in September. But I think the meaning here is in the fact the three of them are all equally tied up on the Wheel of Fortune. Equally helpless and obsolete in what is to come? The World… Read more »
Hi Jess, What a fabulous article, again. It’s really captured everyone’s imagination, including mine, which is as over-active as ever. So I’d better just confine myself to the intriguing 9th July Magician card, as this is a read so bear with me. I think we may well see a major breakthrough in the field of quantum physics on this date and it may well be related to the CERN accelerator or some similar device concerned with the quest for the infinitely small. On 9th July there are a number of astrological aspects to consider. It is interesting the Magician card… Read more »
The comments are fascinating. Thank you Jessica for initiating the trains of thought. I still think the Magician is the Dalai Lama (red robe, vajra staff et al). Vajrayana Buddhist visualisation is after all considered to be synonymous with virtual reality (3D simulation) here in the West. The Dalai Lama has recently been quoted as saying that Western women will save the world. So maybe the Tarot card represents the empowerment of women and the home as the foundation and source of all spiritual development. He also thinks Trump and Putin will form a unique bond – two circles in… Read more »

Hi Jessica.
Those houses/structures coming out of the box…And I mentioned that it could be some reference to governmental departments hocus-pocus….
The White House just announced a new EO coming to “reorganize” the Executive Branch.

Here’s the link:

This takes place at 4:30pm EST, today.

This smacks of “dictatorship” as he his systematically dismantling some very important departments with the government.

Now I am getting carried away but……. Hilary Clinton is the ‘hermit’ (at the moment) and did want to stop TTIP (the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment partnership between the US and the EU) which is the ostensible reason for the protest march. The bottom right corner of the card depicts New York being ‘cut off’ (metaphorically speaking). I read where Hilary might stand as mayor of New York later this year, which could indicate some major conflicts between New England and the rest of the US. Since the stock exchange is based in NY, I would expect those conflicts to… Read more »
Lol… OMG, Jessica. Watching a story about Deutsche Bank here in America. They just paid 7.2 billion dollar fine to Fed govt for mortgage swindle. What makes this so weird is the they were also busted by New York state In 630 million dollar fine for Russian money laundering. Now, the guy who prosecuted the Federal case, was Preet Bharaha who was just unceremoniously fired from Justice Department by Trump, yesterday. The connection? Trump has loans out to Deutsche Bank… Those houses coming out of the box just keep coming up. The Magician. He can not only create reality using… Read more »

Fascinating, almost spine-chilling, Jessica. Full of admiration for your skill in analysis and insight.
Re the Wheel of Fortune. Surely the 3rd figure is Geert Wilders, and the election in Netherlands is tomorrow. He has made it clear if he can get a majority, he will be having a referendum to take the Netherlands out of the EU.
So that card looks like a continuous process starting now until at least September.

Whoever put that together for the Economist has very clear sight.

I found the artist. His name is Joe McLaren. This is his site:

Interesting, I see a candidate of the new prime minister of Holland in the Wheel. It should be soon figured out if he could win. He starts from low…

Hi Jessica,

Eight is an interesting number and there’s more “eight” in those cards. I see four couples. The tower – the Star; judgement – the wheel; the world – death; the Hermit – the magician. (Even involves a bit causationism here? ) It reminds me of North – South; west – east; northwest – southeast; southwest – northeast. What if you put these eight cards in to a circle accordingly? Dose it give any new insight?

Dear Jessica What a fascinating discussion we are all having on a global scale. I don’t know much about the symbolism going on in these tarot cards, so I have just done a bit of research online regarding the magician card. The symbol above President Trumps’ head is a Möbius band – a mathematical symbol for an entity with only 1 surface. They are mostly seen in conveyor belts due to the lack of friction. They have a mathematical value of 0. There is a conveyor belt in the card with presumably Trumps property portfolio/business empire going round. The lettering… Read more »
This is fascinating! Thanks for posting it. I couldn’t help but ‘see’ own take on these. My two cent’s worth… Tower – there’s a note on the door which made me think this is a Trump’ executive order unexpectedly unleashing the old divisions. World – exposing how the elite use portrayals, image, words, ‘facts’ and masks. Hermit – east watching anti global mobs in the west, transforming nexus of power stealthily. Death – end of the era which began with Hiroshima and Nagasaki (maybe replaced by climate as threat). Wheel of Fortune – the real shock will be in Germany.… Read more »
What I see in this is as follows: 1) beginning with the tower, the death (annihilation) of the old world order; (+) supported by the death card (transformation- Scorpio). As a tarot reader and psychic I sense the introduction of a new currency that is non monetary, the rise of robots (the houses being produced in an automated factory like machine – potential dehumanisation of person, home and environment if we aren’t careful; the 3D and 30 represents the three levels of existence – body, emotions and spiritual and on all levels the upcoming transformation will impact us; I also… Read more »
Adding to my last comment, I wanted to highlight that the Wheel of Fortune card highlights the ‘harvest’ the magician creates could go very well or potentially be a disaster according to whether he takes the advice of the hermit and acts ‘consciously’ as opposed to blindly ( aka the blindfolded magician) and the stars card represents us making the leap in the age of Aquarius (from the Age of Pisces); it heralds the transition of Uranus into Taurus – May 2018-2025) and the symbol of ‘hope’ for humanity. But at the flip side of coin warns us not to… Read more »

Good Morning Jessica,

Today there are elections in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders has his natal Moon and Jupiter at 18 degrees of Aries today transiting Moon and Jupiter at 21 degrees of Libra, also nearby we have transiting Uranus at 22 Aries, Transiting Vesta is at 20 Cancer conjunct his North Node at 18 degrees of Cancer. Transiting North Node is conjunct his MC at 3/4 degrees of Virgo. This reminds of the French Revolution.

I think the man on the Wheel is Gert Wilders….looks like him too.
As well, he is beside the Netherlands flag, (horizontal red, white and blue colors as opposed to vertical red, white and blue of France’s flag next to Marine Le Pen).

Let me add some ideas. The Tower maybe a financial system. The flag on the left may represent China. It may also represent communism and the lightning being a North Korean missile issue. Two differing parties with socialism/communism on the “left” of the card. The hermit card shows TTIP on a flag so clearly highlights a people rising up against globalism. The death card which may show a rising japanese sun could relate to Fukushima as the dead fish may relate to recent reports of marine life disappearing with links to radiation. I feel its important to avoid being clouded… Read more »
Hi Jessica This is my take on the Economist Tarot. The Tower = Sudden unexpected change or loss, but anything built on firm foundations will last or survive. Interesting in this card to me are the two crowds separated by the Tower – the Communist flag and the Christian cross. This suggests to me that there is a balance in America of the separation of Church and state, and that this balance is starting to shift through the introduction of “Obamacare”. I thought without looking at the picture too hard that it was an Islamic moon, but then saw that… Read more »
Hi Jessica, I hope you are well. When I look at The Magician, I see justice is blind in the gesture, and with the VR headset. I see the magician as Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier that’s created quite a stir. You mention the clues are Cancerian, and Christopher Steele is a Cancer, June 24, 1964, Aden, Yemen. The Magician being ruled by Mercury, and the sign of Gemini, the duality of the VR headset is the blindfold on lady justice and hi-tech spying. Spying is a form of virtual reality since the spy is a three dimensional being… Read more »

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When I look at these cards I don’t see one event, I see themes. Just like the Fools progress . If the artist was channeling then it’s interesting how he has substituted some images for his own and altered others. The Tower has acquired a door with what lookits like a parchment nailed to it. The Cold War is declared – its on again. Russia and the. Christian world are at war. Very recent news seems to support this. Judgement has been changed. It’s no longer the internal awakening of the person/ Soul. It’s the world de facto, Trump is… Read more »
Hi Jessica. Hope you are well. Been thinking…Now that Dutch elections are over and Greet Wilders is a non-factor, I can only think of one other country with a similar flag…Hungary. The Hungarian President is Viktor Orban born 31 May, 1963. Twice elected, first 1998-2002 and again in 2010 to present date. He is *also* the leader of the National Conservative Fidesz party, a position he has *also* twice from 1993-2000 and from 2003 to present. Hungary sits right next to Ukraine but it is his political views and “associations” that I think might be significant. According to Wikipedia: “Orbán… Read more »

…Wish the edit button function worked here….

What has my attention most, are his beliefs on Turkey….Mike Flynn’s old employer before & during US elections.

Interesting post! Very intriguing indeed, read together with the post you have about the US. Just saw your Twitter post about the UK and the flip flopping of the sterling pound. Any more insight on this please? Trying to plan a good time to convert some currency to have a holiday there this year :)

Hi J Maybe VR is Trump . . . Very Rude, Very Ruthless, (:-?) The Dictionary says: VR could refer to “viceroy” – defined as: 1 – “a person appointed to rule a country or province as the deputy of the sovereign: 2 – a brightly marked American butterfly, Limenitis archippus, closely mimicking the monarch butterfly in coloration. ALSO: a governor of a colony, country, or province who acts for and rules in the name of his sovereign or government related adjective viceregal So could refer to the American VP (who knows what horse-trading got yet ANOTHER Bush in the… Read more »
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