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.
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.
“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!”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Images of original Rider-Waite tarot cards are from Wikipedia, credit to: Pamela Coleman Smith – a 1909 cards scanned by Holly Voley (http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/) for the public domain, and retrieved from http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot (see note on that page regarding source of images)., PD-US, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17299785 as referenced by Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_(Tarot_card). The Economist cover photo from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Economist
Lyn Leahz’s Ben Baruch analysis of the Economist cover: