The Tower indicates a time of great turmoil and destruction, which will eventually bring with it change and regeneration.
In The Economist card we see two forces represented; Russia and Christianity. Whether they are in opposition or unison is not clear. The Tower seems to signify Christianity (due to the cross above the doorway) which also has a document nailed to the door – apparently signaling Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.
Could the recent influx of Muslim migrants as well as a global wave of nationalist sentiments contribute to a period of turmoil and destruction in Europe? Consequently, would European voters view an expansionist Russia as a savior or a villain in this new light?
The Judgement Card brings clarity of judgement and positive decisions made. You are now clearly able to view yourself as others see you.
Here we see President Elect Donald Trump sitting atop the world, while being propped up by a coiled American flag. The orb and scepter he is holding is an ancient symbol of the ruling monarch. The orb is a less subtle representation of the ruler’s dominion over the earth and the scepter represents his authority. The eagle may also symbolize his use of American nationalism throughout the campaign.
While the symbolism is fairly obvious here, it is one of only two cards that are conspicuously askew. Could this be an attempt to imply a reverse deal of the Tarot card (since actually reversing it would make it too difficult to read)? In this case, the Economist would seem to be reversing clear judgement and positive decisions that the Judgement card symbolizes.
The third card represented is The World card. This signifies completion, achievement and fulfillment. All of your efforts are finally paying off and you have reached the end of a journey or have completed a major life cycle. You have endured hardships and challenges along the way but these have only made you stronger and significantly wiser and more experienced than when you first started on your journey.
Many of the symbols here are of higher learning – art, architecture, drama and books.
The Hermit Tarot card suggests that you are in a phase of introspection where you are drawing your attention and focus inward and looking for answers within. You have a strong need to understand, not just at the surface level but to really know why life is the way it is.
The Hermit is always depicted standing on a mountain which represents achievement and growth. The six stars in the night sky (typically shown as a six-sided star in the Hermit’s lantern) represent the Seal of Solomon and are a symbol of wisdom.
A procession of protestors march far below the Hermit (both literally and figuratively) holding flags that read ‘Stop’ and ‘No’. There are also flags that have TTIP, TTP and EU crossed out. Slightly out of view of the protestors, and just around a corner, a globe sits with a large crack dividing it.
Here again, The Economist is apparently warning that anti-globalization sentiments will lead to disaster. The ‘noble’ and ‘wise’ Hermit attempts to guide the ignorant masses up to enlightenment as they march blindly toward a fractured economy.
Death is symbolic of the ending of a major phase or aspect of your life that may bring about the beginning of something far more valuable and important. You must close one door in order to open another.
This ominous trump card is the thirteenth in the deck and the fifth card displayed on the cover. The glaring, blue mushroom cloud has become an iconic symbol of nuclear war. A skeleton riding a white horse is traditionally included on this card – here with a foreboding scythe instead of a flag. Drought is depicted by a dried-up river bed with a solitary fish. In the sky a red sun glares down, while two curious looking insects that resemble mosquitoes hover above the skeletal rider.
The two major themes presented here are drought and nuclear war. Could one lead to another?
The Magician is a Tarot card of deep concentration on a specific task or activity. You need to be focused on a single goal or purpose at this time and you need to channel all of your energy, tools and resources towards this one goal.
His right hand holds a staff raised toward the sky and his left hand points to the earth. He takes the power of the Universe and channels it through his own body and directs it to the physical plane.
Here we see a typical Magician card with two exceptions; he is wearing Virtual Reality (VR) goggles and operating a 3D printer. Based on the Tarot cards meaning, we can assume that The Economist is predicting that these two technologies should be focused on in the future.
Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune refers to the fact that things tend to go in cycles. There are good times and there are bad times. It suggests that there are external factors that are influencing your situation that may be unknown to you or outside of your control.
Elections have consequences, as they say. The two ballot boxes pictured at the bottom of the page will make this card more clear. Bound to this wheel of fate are three politicians who must endure the coming calamities of 2017. Can you recognize any of them?
The bolt of lightning found at the top right of the card is found in only one other card on the cover – The Tower card listed first. Perhaps there is a connection between these two.
When the Star is reversed, it suggests that your spiritual mission is distorted. Instead of hope, you are feeling despair or discouragement. Instead of being filled with positive possibilities, you find yourself dwelling on negative issues. Negative thoughts will wear away at you to the point where you may give up control of the situation and concede defeat. It can also indicates that you are beginning to feel disengaged and uninspired with life or components of your life.
This Star card is rather enigmatic. Using our above supposition that the two askew cards on the cover are actually reversed -and therefore representing the opposite meaning- the previous description may indicate that these individuals are on the wrong path. Yet, who are the 14 people depicted? They seem young, so do they therefore represent the youth of 2017?
Adding to the oddness of the image is the red and cratered surface pictured below the stars. This has nothing to do with the original Star Tarot card as one can see below. The number of stars depicted is also not traditional (there are only eight stars included in the original card). Does this addition add more significance to the people inside them? Finally, what looks like a comet is prominently shown in the middle of the card. Perhaps you can glean some meaning from this strange symbol.
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