In Plain Sight: An analysis of the 2017 Economist magazine cover

The Economist’s “The World in 2017” cover has appeared yet again, but this time with far more stunning artwork than in the previous editions. This time, it’s all about tarot, following in line with the globalist penchant for arcane symbolism. Having once been a tarot card reader myself, this cover struck me as incredibly significant. The puzzle fanatic in me immediately felt the compulsion to tackle it, break it apart and sort out the meaning. In order to do that, though, I have to also go back to the original tarot cards that the Economist’s versions are loosely based on, which is the Rider-Waite Tarot.

Bear in mind, what I state here is my opinion only and should not be taken as the final word on the matter. I am simply trying to bring my two decades of study in new age and occult symbolism to the table while doing so. I no longer read the tarot and any interpretations I offer here are purely symbolic of whatever I believe the publishers of this magazine possibly intended to communicate, if anything. What they communicate is important only in that it serves to underscore Biblical prophecy, whether they personally believe in it or not.


The breakdown:


I am going to break down each of the eight Economist cards and briefly compare them to the original tarot meanings. Hopefully this will serve to further clarify the whole message of the cover.

First, I’d like to point out that the 8-card layout itself is interesting for several reasons. I’ve never seen an 8-card layout. There are many different kinds, and each position where the cards land help to determine their meaning overall. There is a standard 5-card draw, a ten-card Celtic Cross (most common) and so on, up to 54 cards. I’ve even seen the occasional layout using all 72 cards. But never only eight. In tarot, eight is the number of eternity, of action and other things too lengthy to describe here. In this spread, eight shows up in several places. The next closest reference for any comparison to this layout is the ten-card Celtic Cross.

Second, for this to make sense, assume that this “spread” is a 10-card standard layout in which the last two cards are not present. Those would indicate “Hopes and fears” of the present endeavor, as well as the “final outcome,” which obviously is yet to be revealed.


Let’s begin. The Economist cards are listed in order as they appear on the cover, from left to right, top row first:
1. The Tower.
This is probably the most significant piece on the entire cover. This card is commonly interpreted as meaning danger, crisis, destruction, and liberation. The lightning bolt (commonly associated with Lucifer’s fall to earth in Biblical eschatology) must be taken into consideration. It directly refers to the following verses, in my opinion:
 Isaiah 14:12
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!”


Rev 12:9
 “And the great dragon was hurled down–the ancient serpent called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”


An interesting side note. When I searched for an image of the original card, Google supplied its own definition and photo. According to Google, the Tower’s meaning is as follows:


“With Mars as its ruling planet, the Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. This is a card about anything we believe to be true, but later learn is false. This realization usually comes as a shock, hence, the violent image.”

*Note that I’ve never heard of this interpretation of the Tower myself, and thought it ironic that Google would mention this as a “shock” over finding out we’ve been deceived. The original meaning of the Tower card doesn’t have any mention of “deception” at all, so in my opinion, the Google definition is an “easter egg” for conspiracy theorists to find and kick around.*

The Economist’s version of the Tower card is a surprisingly overt reference to all of the above. The card itself depicts a bolt of lightning from above, splitting a tower in two. The Tower has a screed of some sort nailed to the front door, much like the one Martin Luther affixed to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church on October 31, 1517 proclaiming his “95 Theses,” in which (among other things) Luther called out the Catholic Church’s practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin. Luther’s defiant action eventually led to the creation of the Protestant movement.


The note tacked to the door of the Tower in the card is a direct reference to Protestant Christianity, in that there is a schism to come, or in my opinion, already in the works. The card also shows people marching in from the background, divided into two factions. One group is carrying the Cross and the other is carrying the Communist flag. These two groups have long been pitted against one another in history and it looks like this will be further agitated by a sudden event of some kind in the near future. Those who pay attention to this sort of thing have long suspected that this huge false flag ‘event’ is going to happen, but no one could ever put a finger on what it might be. This idea doesn’t come out of nowhere, either. The media and internet has hinted at this mysterious ‘event’ for at least a decade now, maybe two. That said, this card on the cover of the Economist clearly hints that this ‘event’ is coming this year.


In the original, more well-known version of this card, the Tower is shown being destroyed by lighting and a naked man and woman are shown racing away from the destruction. The meaning expresses sudden destruction, much as described by Jesus in Luke 17:26-30. A few things to keep in mind: Trump wants to keep his main residence at Trump Tower rather than the White House, and if reports are correct, his wife and son will not live in the White House either. Trump has been associated with his Tower for many years, so the symbolism of this card sitting next to Trump on the Judgment card carries some disturbing meanings that I will leave unspoken.

2. Judgment

The second card depicts president-elect Trump sitting on a flag-draped globe, holding a sceptre with an eagle on top. In his other hand is an object that appears to be a clock of some kind with the hands indicating the time of either “3:00” or “12:15.” The clock’s hands are crudely drawn, so the exact time is hard to determine, but let’s assume that the people this message is intended to reach already know what time it is.

The object is also  a golden sphere with a three-pointed “crown” on it, very similar to a religious symbol known as the “Globus Cruciger,” or “Globe and Cross,” which symbolizes the monarchy of Christ being held literally in the hands of a human ruler on earth. The three-pointed crown on this globe could symbolize anything from the Trilateral Commission to the Holy Trinity. Your guess is as good as mine. The three-pointed crown also pops up in heraldry symbols relating to royal families, but I haven’t looked into that with any detail. The similarity to the Globus Cruciger is striking, and with it being drawn into the cartoon hand of Trump could hint that he has ties to royal bloodlines somewhere way up in his family tree, probably on his Scottish mother’s side.


Religious icons also point to the fact that Trump sailed to victory by cobbling together the Christian vote. There have been some controversial “prophecies” associated with him as well, claiming the he is a new “King Cyrus” and being “used by God” to purge the evil from our government. Considering that he is not exactly known for being religious and in fact is more known for his hedonist lifestyle, this makes him an unlikely choice for any Christian, yet somehow it happened. In my opinion, these so-called “prophecies” that emerged as early as 2006 are either cleverly placed propaganda or are from Satan himself. Or both. Neither prophecy passes the smell-test from a Biblical scripture standpoint.

Taking all of this imagery into consideration as a whole, let us now consider the original meaning of the “Judgment” card in tarot.


The original standard Rider-Waite tarot card “Judgment” shows what appears to be the dead rising from their graves on Judgment Day. Also shown is the angel Gabriel with a Trumpet, a white flag with a prominent red cross and the sea rising in huge waves in the background (the sea “giving up its dead”).


The meaning of the original card is of decisions being made or that have already been made and the fruits of which are now in the process of occurring. I believe the Economist version says the same thing. It signals great change, upheaval, trading the old in for the new, with the “new” being one-world governance. The fact that this card appears second in this “layout” suggests world-changing events that are already in play now beginning to manifest. With Trump appearing on this card, it is quite evident that Trump was “chosen” for this position a long time ago. He is literally the “Trump card.” But is he the “Last Trump? Take a look at the “Judgment” card from the Rider-Waite and maybe you’ll understand why things may not be as they seem at first glance.




3. The World.

All of these cards have religious references, as does much of the Tarot. In the original version, the World card depicts a woman in the nude carrying two “fascii” (same ones that appear on U.S. currency in the claw of the eagle and form the root of the word “Fascism”), surrounded by a wreath that symbolizes both royalty and the continuity of the Ourobouros (the snake biting its own tail). This card normally stands for a cycle being completed and a new one beginning. The four beasts in the corners of the original card are taken from Revelation 4:7 – “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.”

In the Economist version, the four beasts and the woman are replaced with various objects, including: two books (one open, one closed), three buildings that appear to be the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the U.S.’s Federal Building and the Third Temple. There are two paintings, one depicting a woman sitting and the other a landscape that shows a set of mountains and a full moon. A theater mask depicting “comedy” and “drama” also appears floating above the globe of the Earth, with the sun in the background with 32 “rays” spreading outward. This suggests that the publishers believe this is a “reenactment,” a play that serves only to move the masses, herdlike, toward a predetermined conclusion. But if you  read the Book of Daniel, the four beasts are the conclusion of a much larger and far more grand narrative belonging to God.

Both cards represent things going on “as above and so below,” though the Economist card suggests a theater presentation involving the government, Freemasons and the “Illuminati” as the main acts on stage. There is a story, a narrative being acted out and it’s for the benefit of those “above” the fray, as it were. The closed book/open book seems to suggest that they’re done with one story and starting a new one. Some have suggested the the “open book” is the Bible, but there’s no symbolism in the image to back that up. It could also suggest that one narrative is open for public consumption while another is closed and intended for certain eyes only. This is nothing new and my opinion would be that the “show” is still going on as scheduled.
4. The Hermit.
This Economist card has an interesting set of symbols in it, depicting a man (Watchman?) with a lantern, overlooking a scene where a large crowd of protesters are marching through a canyon with no other way to go except “Forward.” As Ben Baruch noted in Lyn Leahz’s recent video (link appears below), this suggests that the activists on both sides of the political spectrum have been and are continuing to be “herded” toward a predetermined conclusion.
Also shown in the card are six stars in the sky and an eclipsed crescent moon. In the foreground is the earth’s globe, cracked open, at the base of the Hermit’s cliff. The crack in the globe also resembles a “black lightning bolt” with the pointed end just above the U.S.’s east coast states. It’s difficult to tell which state this is pointing to, but on first glance it seems to be Maryland, possibly the D.C. area.
So what does this card mean? In a nutshell, “the Hegelian Dialectic continues.”  The same old song and dance of using dog whistles and buzz-words to arouse the reactionaries on both the Right and the Left, just like they did under the current president. The difference seems to be that the canyons are getting narrower, the push more focused until like water through a firehose, the stream of protests becomes intense.
In the original Rider-Waite version, the Hermit is shown as an old wise man in a monk-style robe, carrying a staff and holding up a lantern with a six-pointed star inside it. He is standing in a desert with a mountain range off in the distance. This card usually stands for gaining knowledge and wisdom or being led to wisdom by someone far more wise than ourselves. In both versions of the card, the Hermit is facing to the left and that is symbolic for “logic.”
On the Economist cover, I believe this Hermit is guiding the crowds “Forward” (via the Left). It also symbolizes ascension or “evolving” to a greater form of Self. In my view, this card almost always represents Lucifer in that he entices some with forbidden knowledge. The six-pointed star isn’t the Star of David, but it is an intersection of two triangles – one pointing up and one pointing down. This signifies (again) the “as above, so below” aphorism as well as the union of male/female. This should clue us in as to who the Hermit is (the one guiding that army of protesters) in the Economist card. I will again leave that one unspoken.
5. Death.
Here we see the “Death figure” is riding on the white horse with a nuclear mushroom cloud in the background, a dead fish in a dried-up stream bed in front of it, in a desert landscape with a couple of mosquitos hovering over the figure’s head. There are yellow globules and a black “x” on the ground. I can’t figure out what the globules are, but on first glance they appear to be bacteria or a virus. The sky is a bright yellow and the sun is now red with what looks to be 32 rays bursting out from it. The Death figure is looking to the right. Basically this version of the card screams warfare – and in its two most hideous forms.
This card in the original tarot doesn’t mean actual “death,” but instead great change and upheaval. The Death figure is astride a white horse with a glowing red eye, yet another reference to the Book of Revelations, verse 6:8, which reads (ESV) “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

The hooves of the horse in the Rider-Waite card are (ironically) trampling to death a king with a three-pointed crown (remember the three-pointed crown on the golden globe in the “Judgment” card from the Economist) with what looks like a bishop or pope looking on. A woman and a child kneel nearby. In the distance, a ships sails by on a sea, and beyond that, the sun is rising above a mountainous landscape with a castle perched on a cliff.


The meaning of this card in the traditional sense is “Change” after “great destruction” and bringing on “renewal.” In my opinion, taking into consideration both cards, this magazine cover predicts war, presumably with the “new world” emerging afterward. Again, not surprising. The most concerning images aren’t just the mushroom cloud, but the two mosquitos.
6. The Magician.
The Economist card depicts the traditional Rider-Waite “magus” or “magician” but has added some high-tech gear, including a VR headset over his eyes and a 3-D printer on the table in front of him. He holds up his staff (much like Moses while parting the Red Sea in the Bible) and the rising sun is coming up behind him, no rays this time. The eternity symbol (which is also in the original tarot version) floats above the magician’s head.
To me, this card symbolizes the “magical” advent of the tech revolution. According to this card, magic is being worked in the tech industry, primarly in creating a false sense of reality (the VR headset) and being able to copy anything at will (Satan copies everything, being unable to create anything of his own). The eternity symbol being left intact on this card hints at the goal of all this technology, which is to live forever in a tech-laden utopia. Apparently the Economist sees this as proceeding forward, on schedule.
7. Wheel of Fortune.

This is one of the most indecipherable cards in the cover. The Economist depicts the Wheel of Fortune with two women and a man strapped to a wooden wheel with French, Danish and German flags attached in the center. Several people online have attempted to figure out who the people are and have posited that the woman in red is Hillary, with various other guesses on the male and female characters. The flags give a big hint as to who they may be.

The German flag is beside the woman in red, indicating that this is more than likely German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The French flag is beside the other woman, who resembles the far-right French activist Marine LePen. The man beside the Danish flag is from the Netherlands. He is wearing glasses, so the drawing suggests to me that he may be the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The figure could also be the legendary far-right Dutch activist, Geert Wilders.

Elsewhere in the Economist’s “Wheel of Fortune” card is the lightning bolt again, pointing at Merkel. At the bottom of the card are what appears to be ballot boxes with “x’s” marked on them, one on the right and on the left. In the background, a red landscape with a yellow sky and a white midday sun. This hints at elections coming in Europe.
In the original “Wheel of Fortune” Rider-Waite card, there is a wheel with the letters “T, A, R, O” spelling out “Tarot” if you count the “t” twice, as well as the Greek letter “pi” and others. There are four figures, including Biblical angel with a book, 2 winged beasts (a bull and a lion), a phoenix bird, an Egyptian beast, a snake and the devil. This card’s meaning is very long and drawn-out, but in essence it means a turn of fortune in someone’s life. Like in the Jeremy Irons movie “Reversal of Fortune,” it generally means a person who is wealthy loses everything they have or a person who is poor is suddenly blessed with wealth. The Economist card has the lightning rod pointed right at Merkel, so perhaps this is a suggestion that Merkel will lose in an upcoming election?
8. The Star.
On the Economist’s version of this tarot card, 14 “stars” are above in the heavens with photos of the faces of different young people. The photos are too low-resolution to see who they are. In the center top portion of the sky is also a comet or meteor, indicating a “falling star.” There are 15 yellow stars altogether, if you count the comet. In the background, there are an additional ten white stars, smaller in the distance. That means 24 or 25 total. The numbers are usually significant, and could refer to dates, times, or a number that will later be significant in a news story. In the foreground of the card is a surface of a planet or moon, red in color, with craters. This could be either the moon or Mars, and the red color suggests the latter.
The original version of this card depicts a nude woman dipping water from a stream with a vase in one hand and pouring the water out onto the ground with her other hand. The water she ours out then runs across the ground and goes back into the stream, suggesting cycles of nature and continuity. Above her head are 7 white stars and a larger yellow star in the center, and all the stars have 8 points. Eight is the number of eternity and also the letter “H.” The meaning of the card is also pretty lengthy in description, but to sum it up in as few words as possible, it is about a rest after great change and renewal, also “illumination” and secrets being slowly revealed like stars emerging one by one in the evening sky.
While considering the meaning of both cards, again my eye is drawn to the faces appearing in each of the 14 yellow stars on the Economist version. And Mars. Mars is the red planet in our solar system but it also represents the Roman god of war. It represents fire and burning, which is rather disconcerting when considering the “comet” or “falling star” depicted in the center of the card. It’s anyone’s guess as to what this one means. A trip to the planet Mars with 14 astronauts? A meteor or comet coming our way soon? Some kind of scandal to be revealed involving 14 young people who are Hollywood stars? This seems to be related to Hollywood or the media.
What does it all mean?
The fact that all the cards are “Major Arcana” (also known as “Trump cards” in tarot) is significant. While the tarot has 72 cards, 22 of those are “trumps,” which signify major events or people, usually rulers or dignitaries, or people who otherwise hold power over us in our daily lives. It is no accident that Trump appears in one of the Economist cards as a “ruler over the world” and knowing that this magazine cover had to have been drawn/designed prior to the election is also telling. This took a while to draw, even using software. The bare minimum to put it together in the graphic design world is two or three months. Some are saying that “they” had to know beforehand that Trump would win. As a graphic designer, the easier answer is that two Economist covers were drawn, and the one they didn’t publish depicted Hillary.
These cards hint at a long-running narrative, a series of unfortunate events (unfortunate for us, anyway) and a culmination of things that have been in the works for a while. They are indicative of a “big picture” that we all need to consider, both physically and spiritually. Whether all of this is planned and designed by men and women in power is just one aspect. What we need to remember is that whether this is just a reenactment of prophetic events or not, the events are still occurring and setting into motion far reaching, Biblical-level consequences that no one – not even the publishers of the Economist – can stop.

Again, keep all these images in mind, particularly the comet, the clock saying 3:00 PM, the lightning bolt pointing to Maryland (D.C.) when you read the following story:

Comet Ping Pong

Until later, and in Jesus’ Holy Name –
Images of original Rider-Waite tarot cards are from Wikipedia, credit to: Pamela Coleman Smith – a 1909 cards scanned by Holly Voley ( for the public domain, and retrieved from (see note on that page regarding source of images)., PD-US, as referenced by Wikipedia at

The Economist cover photo from:

Lyn Leahz’s Ben Baruch analysis of the Economist cover:


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