The Economist’s “The World in 2017” Makes Grim Predictions Using Cryptic Tarot Cards


The influential publication The Economist released its traditional end of year edition where it predicts events of the coming year. The 2017 edition is presented in a very occult fashion: A tarot deck modified with cryptic symbols. 

If you thought that 2016 was not a great year, well The Economist does not seem too optimistic about the year to come. Indeed, in its “The Year in 2017” cover, the publication predicts death and turmoil in a dark occult context, using tarot cards and cryptic symbolism.

When The Economist released The World in 2015 cover, I simply had to write an extensive article about it because it alluded, through symbolism, to various agendas of the elite. Indeed, The Economist is not your typical magazine, it is a ‘prestigious’ publication owned by powerful people. As I’ve written in the 2015 article:

“I wouldn’t normally dedicate an entire article analyzing the cover of a publication, but this isn’t any publication. It is The Economist and it is directly related to the world elite. It is partly owned by the Rothschild banking family of England and its editor-in-chief, John Micklethwait, attended several times to the Bilderberg Conference – the secretive meeting where the world’s most powerful figures from the world of politics, finance business and media discuss global policies. The outcome of those meetings is totally secret. It is therefore safe to say that the people at The Economist know things that most people don’t.”

While some images on that 2015 cover referred to obvious events, others were extremely cryptic – even ‘coded’ – as they were never satisfactorily explained.

This year’s edition is even more enigmatic. It uses the tarot to predict the year to come. Here it is.

The first thing one can say about this cover is that it is occult. The tarot is indeed said to contain within its symbolism the entirety of occult mysteries transmitted by secret societies. Also, considering that the cards of the Major Arcana are also referred to as “trumps”, it was a great way to emphasize that next year will be very influenced by Trump’s election.

The Tarot

Using tarot cards to predict the future, in a publication that is owned by the occult elite, is quite fitting. Through the centuries, several versions of the tarot were created. However, most of them contain the same symbolism which alludes to specific esoteric concepts. Occultists agree that the tarot originates from Ancient Egypt.

“The Book of Thoth was a résumé of the esoteric learning of the Egyptians. After the decadence of their civilization, this lore became crystallized in a hieroglyphic form as the Tarot; this Tarot having become partially or entirely forgotten or misunderstood, its pictured symbols fell into the hands of the sham diviners, and of the providers of the public amusement by games of Cards.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The tarot is an extremely dense compilation of occult concepts and symbolism, encompassing Freemasonry, numerology, the kabbalah, and alchemy.

“Many symbols appearing upon the Tarot cards have definite Masonic interest. The Pythagorean numerologist will also find an important relationship to exist between the numbers on the cards and the designs accompanying the numbers. The Qabbalist will be immediately impressed by the significant sequence of the cards, and the alchemist will discover certain emblems meaningless save to one versed in the divine chemistry of transmutation and regeneration.”
– Ibid.

The Economist’s cover was inspired by the Rider-Waite deck which was published in 1909. Here it is.

The Rider-Waite tarot deck.

The Rider-Waite deck was conceived by the prominent occultist A.E. Waite who was an initiate and a master of several secret societies.

“Waite joined the Outer Order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1891 after being introduced by E.W. Berridge. In 1893 he withdrew from the Golden Dawn. In 1896 he rejoined the Outer Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1899 he entered the Second order of the Golden Dawn. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. In 1903 Waite founded the Independent and Rectified Order R. R. et A. C. This Order was disbanded in 1914. The Golden Dawn was torn by internal feuding until Waite’s departure in 1914; in July 1915 he formed the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, not to be confused with the Societas Rosicruciana.”

Therefore, by using the Rider-Waite deck to predict 2017, The Economist reveals the true force that makes these predictions happen: The occult elite.

Let’s look at the cryptic symbolism found on each card.

The Tower


The first card of ‘planet Trump’ is The Tower. By doing so, the cover begins predictions on a rather grim note. Not unlike The Tower of the Rider-Waite deck, the card features a tower being destroyed by lightning from above, a reference to the Tower of Babel being destroyed by God. This card is usually associated with danger, crisis, destruction, and liberation.

“This card follows immediately after The Devil in all Tarots that contain it, and is associated with sudden, disruptive, and potentially destructive change.”
–  Bill Butler, Dictionary of the Tarot

On The Economist’s cover, the tower is surrounded by mobs of people holding a red communist flag and a crucifix. Why are communists and Christians facing each other while the tower is being destroyed? Is The Economist alluding to the two forces that are said to have propelled Trump to power – Russia and conservative Christianity?

Or does it maybe refer to the growing divide between two opposite groups – globalists/liberals/socialists versus nationalist/religious/conservatives?

On the tower’s door is nailed a piece of paper. This appears to be a reference to Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses.

A painting of Martin Luther nailing his Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.

Martin Luther’s thesis criticized various aspects of Catholicism, a gesture that prompted Protestant Reformation. Is The Economist predicting a difficult year for the Catholic Church?



Donald Trump is sitting on the globe while holding an orb and a scepter – objects referring to a monarchy. In other words, Trump is the king of the world. Monarchy and democracy are political systems that are extremely different. The Economist appears to be predicting that Trump will rule the world like a monarch.

Furthermore, why is this image associated the Judgement card? The Economist’s card looks nothing like the Judgement card from the Rider-Waite deck which depicts the Angel Gabriel on Judgement Day as described by the Book of Revelation.

The Book of Revelation mentions several times the term ‘kings of the Earth’. They are sometimes said to worship Christ and in other passages, they are said to worship the Beast.

“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.”
– Revelation 19:19

When portrayed in a negative context, these ‘kings of the earth’ suffer the judgment symbolized in the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls, finally concluding with their defeat by the rider of the white horse in chapter 19. Strange fact: There’s a white horse on the cover.

The World


Once again, The Economist’s The World card looks nothing like its Rider-Waite counterpart. In tarot, The World card represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life before the next big cycle beginning with the fool. It is also associated with the concept of ‘unification’.

On The Economist’s version, we see images representing arts, literature, and theater floating above three monuments. Two of them feature classical architecture found in Rome, Greece, Washington DC and Paris (the monument in the middle resembles the Panthéon). The Egyptian pyramid brings to the card a mystical, esoteric dimension.

These three monuments perfectly represent the historical influence of the ‘occult elite’ on society. Claiming to be the guardians of the Mysteries originating from Ancient Egypt, passed down through secret societies such the Knights Templar, the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians and the Bavarian Illuminati, the elite has been the secret force behind profound cultural and political changes.

“The direct descent of the essential program of the Esoteric Schools was entrusted to groups already well-conditioned for the work. The guilds, trade unions, and similar protective and benevolent Societies had been internally strengthened by the introduction of a new learning. The advancement of the plan required the enlargement of the boundaries of the philosophic overstate. A World Fraternity was needed, sustained by a deep and broad program of education according to the “method”. Such a Fraternity could not immediately include all men, but it could unite the activities of certain kinds of men, regardless of their racial or religious beliefs or the nations in which they dwelt. These were the men of “towardness”, those sons of tomorrow, whose symbol was a blazing sun rising over the mountains of the east.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Keys of Freemasonry

On The Economist’s card, lines connect these the three buildings of power with symbols representing popular culture. In other words, the occult elite produces a single and cohesive popular culture that is found throughout the world.

The Hermit

TW2017_Cover_FINALS.inddWhile The Hermit card in the Rider-Waite deck is rather simple, The Economist’s version is dense and full of turmoil. It depicts hordes of people marching while holding flags rejecting the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the EU (European Union). Other flags simply say ‘STOP’ and ‘NO’ which reflect general of globalization and the agenda surrounding it. Hermits live in seclusion of society and these people want to live in seclusion from the world order.

At the bottom right of the card is a cracked globe, another ominous symbol referring to profound division and destruction.

Silently overseeing the scene is the same hermit found on the Rider-Waite deck who holds a staff and a lantern. What does he represent? Here is the esoteric meaning of The Hermit.

“The hermit thereby personifies the secret organizations which for uncounted centuries have carefully concealed the light of the Ancient Wisdom from the profane. The staff of the hermit is knowledge, which is man’s main and only enduring support. In the pseudo-Egyptian Tarot the hermit shields the lamp behind a rectangular cape to emphasize the philosophic truth that wisdom, if exposed to the fury of ignorance, would be destroyed like the tiny flame of a lamp unprotected from the storm. Man’s bodies form a cloak through which his divine nature is faintly visible like the flame of the partly covered lantern. Through renunciation – the Hermetic life – man attains depth of character and tranquility of spirit.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Hermit, therefore, represents the occult elite, the ‘secret organizations’ that have ruled the world for centuries and concealed occult knowledge from the profane (i.e. the masses). Is the hermit silently watching the masses getting excited about nationalism because it falls ultimately falls into a greater scheme? No matter what the case may be, the next card is not very optimistic.



This card cannot be more ominous. Not unlike the Rider-Waite version, the card features a skeleton sitting on a white horse. On The Economist’s version, a nuclear mushroom is in the background which probably alludes to tensions to come between nuclear powers around the world (a mushroom was also on the 2015 cover). Other calamities are found on the card such as mosquitoes (a reference to zika-type viruses?) and a dead fish in a dried up river (the growing water crisis around the world?).

Strange detail: The card features the same ‘blazing sun’ in the background found on The World card (with inverted colors).

“The field in which death reaps is the universe, and the card discloses that all things growing out of the earth shall be cut down and return to earth again.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Magician


This card is very similar to its Rider-Waite counterpart. In both cases, the magician has one hand towards the heavens and another towards the earth – a reference to the hermetic axiom “as above, so below”. In The Economist’s version, the magician is wearing a VR (virtual reality) helmet while working a 3D printer.

As Arthur C. Clark’s third law stipulates:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

On this card, 3D printing appears to be a ‘magical’ solution to create low-cost housing solutions – an industry that is already ramping up. VR will undoubtedly be a big thing in 2017 as several products are set to be released in the coming years.

The infinity symbol found above the magician can refer to the limitless possibilities of both technologies: One can create infinite virtual worlds while the other can greatly expand the limits of material resources.

The Wheel of Fortune


This card refers to the upcoming elections in three European nations: France, Germany and the Netherlands. Marine LePen, Angela Merkel, and Geert Wilders are attached to a spinning wheel next to election ballots.

In the Rider-Waite deck, the Wheel of Fortune card features an eight-spoked wheel – the Cycle of Necessity – an esoteric symbol referring to the cyclic nature of life.

The world of politics is also cyclic and, according to The Economist, a smiling Marine Le Pen is heading towards the top of the wheel while a pouting Merkel is upside down and heading down. To make things worse, Merkel is next to dark cloud while Le Pen is under a nice clear sky. Is Merkel heading towards a bitter defeat? Will her controversial “open door policy”, which allowed the entrance of over a million refugees in Germany in the past years, cause her to lose?

Conversely, will Le Pen profit from the nationalist momentum started by Brexit and the election of Trump? Will France become another powerful country ruled by the ‘far-right’ and nationalism? While Le Pen’s political party Le Front National used to be shunned and described as racist, it might gain political legitimacy in 2017.

Geert Wilders, who is another “far-right” candidate who is described by media as being “populist” and “racist”. Things are looking up for him as well.

While those who reject globalism might perceive this change in political scenery as a victory, the symbolism of this card appears to say: “It is all part of the plan”. Indeed, political parties, whether they be ‘far-right’ or ‘far-left’ are all part of the same ever-turning wheel, the “cycle of necessity” that puts into power whoever is necessary at that specific time. In other words, the momentum of nationalism might be planned by the elite to accomplish specific goals.

The Star

In tarot, The Star card represents joy, optimism, and feeling connected with the divine. In The Economist’s version, the faces of 15 young people appear inside yellow stars. I could not identify any of these faces. Some of them appear to be in their early teens.

Who are these specific young people? Will they be rising stars in 2017? Why is there a shooting star in the center? Strange card.

In Conclusion

The tarot is known by all yet it conceals, in plain sight, a knowledge that has been hidden from the ‘profane’ for centuries. The Economist’s tarot cover accomplishes the same goal: It is published across the world yet its true meaning will only be fully understood by few.

The cover was heavily inspired by the tarot deck created by A.E Waite, a prominent occultist and founder of secret societies. By referring to this specific deck and by using its very hermetic symbolism, The Economist is pointing towards the true philosophy of those ruling the world.

Like the tarot, The World in 2017 predicts various trends to come while hiding, in symbolism, the true mechanisms at work. Indeed, several of these cards imply the existence of a ‘hidden hand’, an outside force that does not simply observe what is happening – it is silently guiding the world where it needs to go.

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Great article, very good read. I cannot thank you enough for all the great articles I have read on here over years. Keep up the amazing work.

Disagree this is a good article. This is way too ‘conspiracy kitsch’ for my tastes. VC has posted so many strong articles that clearly reveal there does exist an occult elite and there are shady things going on in the world. This article, however, if I didn’t know any better and were logging onto VC for the first time, would cause me to immediately dismiss all this socalled ‘conspiracy theory’ as nonsense. I think the points made by this article are way too vague and have no proper backing. Just because the Economist depicts ‘World 2017’ does not prove there exists an occult elite, that’s complete nonsense. VC should be more careful with his vocabulary. He could have formulated that he found this Economist article ‘interesting’ and perhaps even ‘suspicious’ but he shouldn’t presume to conclude anything from it. Like he wrote himself, there was a mushroom depicted on the… Read more »

Agree. (And the idea that the nationalist movement is “far-right” and “racist” rather than “traditionalist” is propaganda that really should not be copied from the MSM)

I don’t think you are looking at the same magazine cover as the rest of us my dear. It plainly states that that cover is its view of next year’s world events and shows desperate imagery of suffering – far from conspiracy, it is right there in your face.

Edit: I feel I should clarify my criticism since it was perhaps a little too harsh. I do think this is a good article and VC is certainly very knowledgable and does his research. He also does just raise questions about this decidedly ominous and pessimistic, occult-styled Economist article, which I approve of. However, it was this small paragraph that ticked me off: ‘Therefore, by using the Rider-Waite deck to predict 2017, The Economist reveals the true force that makes these predictions happen: The occult elite.’ and towards the end ‘The cover was heavily inspired by the tarot deck created by A.E Waite, a prominent occultist and founder of secret societies. By referring to this specific deck and by using its very hermetic symbolism, The Economist is pointing towards the true philosophy of those ruling the world.’ I don’t think a such conclusion (from that first paragraph) has proper backing… Read more »

I don’t there is anything conclusive about VCs analysis.

He has kept is analysis strictly to the Tarot context. He did a similar analysis at the start of the year on a similarly bizarre cover for the Economist basically making the reader aware of the underlying symbolism in the otherwise ‘arty’ visual.

I am a big fan of this website, but I have to agree that this particular article is not his best. It provides good intro information about Tarot but doesn’t have any conclusive ideas about the cards’ significance. The Wheel of Fortune was the most interesting as it had points of fact to actual events.

From the Economist description of the issue: the star faces refer to 14 interviews with “globally minded millennials”, and the Tower papers refer to the 500 year anniversary of the Martin Luther 95 theses.

A bit vague and lacking some research, but I don’t mind too much since VC has consistently provided excellent content for so long.

To understand fully the cover of the magazine, we have to first understand the book of Daniel and Revelation in the Bible, regarding the times of the end and the role that both papacy and United States will play. These are missing puzzle pieces. That is why VC couldn’t fully grasp what the tarot cards were truly about.

Do you have any specific insight to offer?

Keep in mind that the Zionist elite are trying to play god by placing their symbols and predictions on their media. Trump is just a puppet like Hillary, you wanna know if a politician is real, see what’s they say about Israel and the Zionist political grip and

Some people continuously miss the People’s Forest because they are too occupied with inspecting the Jewish Trees. The will of the people is coming up on the wheel, and yes, that includes our allies and PDT’s friend, Israel. Israel and Russia are our natural allies against islam, esp against Euroasia, which is picking islam over trad European heritage.

The Hermit card represents Moses guiding the masses out of Egypt to Israel the promised land.In the background are the pyramids and the solar eclipse with a Leo constellation of stars signaling the August 21 eclipse crossing USA. In astrology Hermes is planet Mercury- messenger of the “gods”- , Mercury is also Gemini which is President Trump’s astrology sign. This card is a symbolism for the Hermit/President Trump as only a messenger of the real elite “gods” that rule the world, also it’s symbolic for a “new beginning” of some sort in world order scheme where Israel is to have a primary role.

real talk son

as above so below. by their actions shall you know them.

Much ado about nothing. The fear agenda still is in full effect

The folks who frequent this site are bible thumpers so hence their close minded ness

Oh, dear, a militant atheist. You can always tell them because they slur rather than debate. After the Baptist shooting, the reputation of the militant atheist is not good.

Can you say s-a-t-a-n?

You’re being downvoted but it’s true.

Not all here are bible thumpers. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Does it make one wonder if they have a similar slur for muslims, such as koran-thumpers, or if it is only Christians they are working against. And if the latter is true, why? Could it have to do with the red/green, Leftist/islamist alliance?

Jesus/Yeshua is the Ark of spiritual safety that covers all who give their hearts to follow the way, the truth and the life. Choose to have your life hidden in Christ and enter peace and rest. There is no world power great enough to withstand the awesome strength of the Most High God aka Elohim. Messiah/Christ is the path to eternal freedom from the powers of darkness who are defeated. The wrath to come is for spiritual wickedness and the wicked (those who reject the way, truth and life – John 14:6). Choose life!!

Mainstream Christianity was devised by the elite to keep the masses subdued and sedated. If you keep drugging yourself with “Christ,” you’ll keep letting them walk all over you.

And islam was devised by….to….You mysteriously left that part out.

I too wonder about that. However, the final result is “they” lose. You would not script that ending.

If that’s true then explain a miracle? I’ve witnessed many. Explain demonic possessions and black magic? These are things “devised” by the elite? Not so much. Do not be deceived. Satan never sleeps. Don’t let him get ya. There is still hope for us all. God bless.

A theory I have on the miracle notion is that perhaps forces unknown to us use our own creative potential to manifest a miracle. We actually create that miracle by sheer will/intent/love and then subscribe it to the deity we grew up with whether it be Christian/Muslim/Jew. All three of which are monotheistic and use fear as a mechanism of enslavement. If you don’t believe, then you will go to hell etc.

Remember that islam is a political ideology, a totalitarian one. It is closer to fascism than to Christianity. But the idea of manifestation is an interesting one and fits well with the idea of free will AND the hand of a higher source working together.

Amen lightwalker!

No ones talking about “mainstream” Christianity though

You mean the w***e riding on the back of the religiopolitical beast?

Amen, and as Jesus Christ said in John 14:7 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid” accept Jesus Christ as your Savior!


Thank you.

You didn’t mention that the tower with the cross on it has a proclamation nailed on the door (Martin Luther/95 theses) and the cross is without a body (protestant Christians). While the cross being carried by the group on the right has a crucified body (Catholic/Orthodox Christians).

Otherwise next year will mark the 500th anniversary of the protestant Reformation.

Carlos, vigilant one is right on track. While the 95 theses may have been nailed to a Catholic building, it still represents the Protestant Reformation in this case. The cross observation is too telling (crucified [continually] vs. empty cross). Nailing the 95 theses to “our” door is a slap in the Protestants’ face as if to say, “Here, you can have this back as your tower crumbles and burns, taking your 95 theses with it.”

Bingo by you Awake and Leht.

I just posted higher up to VC, next year on the 500th anniversary, the Lutheran Church is going to sign a deceleration with the Catholic church as an “apology” for protesting against the pope and to bury the hatchet in the name of “Unity”.

The card signifies the end of the Protestant Reformation where many Christians will be fooled into following this Religious World Power/Beast. It also signifies a further healing of the papacy’s “mortal wound” and a big “F.U” to Martin Luthur.

With all due respect to the Catholics, I’m starting to really suspect the Vatican (and thus the Catholic church) is compromised and is really part of the NWO agenda. I’ve seen a number of things that are more than a little suspicious. For instance, consider a small thing like Arnaldo Pomodoro’s ‘Sphere within Sphere’ atrocity residing at *both* the Vatican and the UN… and we all know what the UN and its ‘Lucis Trust’ spiritual foundation is really about – nevermind the fact it’s very odd for the Vatican to accept profane ‘art’ and thus link itself with worldly institutions. Then you have the fact the Pope – allegedly God’s right hand man on Earth – starts talking about economic policies and other nonsense he has no business talking about (he should talk about Jesus and nothing else). Here’s VC’s own article about Pope calling for more NWO: Were… Read more »

It is. Hence the rising number of sedevacantists. The pope is not Catholic.

Hi. You don’t have to worry about hurting Catholics, because real Catholics (traditionalists & sedevacantists) know that the so-called Catholic Church/post-Vatican II Church is occupied by dark forces who want to destroy catholicism and push for noachism & NWO. The so called “Pope” Francis is not the Pope (like all his post-Vatican II predecessors), 1st because he’s preaching heresies just like them, but it’s even worse with him because (unlike his post-and pre-Vatican II predecessors) he’s also not even a real priest, being the 1st “occupant” of St Pierre’s throne to have been ordained a priest with the new/false/post-Vatican II ordaining ritual ; so if he’s not a priest he cannot be a Pope. You can notice as a matter of symbol from God that, just after “Pope” Benedict XVI called it quits, a lightning stroked on the Vatican’s St Pierre’s dome to mark the seizure of before & after.… Read more »

They can suspect all they want. However if they don’t stop worshiping idols and accept Christ as their only Savior all their suspicions are in vain.

Who did Christ submit and pray to? He prayed to God, read the bible and the quran, words sent by the same God calling to worship Him and not to be slave of a man, no matter how pious he was.

allah is not the Christian diety. MO pushed a doctrine of not free will, but totalitarian obedience. The words of the two have nothing in common. For instance, the koran has Jesus saying “Obey me,” which is 180 degrees from what Jesus taught. When people confuse islam with the Judeo-Christian ideology, it usually means that they are repeating what they have read rather than researching.

There are excellent sites on the net that explain why MO created this poliical system and the result today (this is not to speak for MIINO’s, but for those who preach to emulate MO in all things). See as a tremendous starting point for education. It is good when people are interested; more and more are discovering the truth about the elite’s pushing of the “ROP” and why its totalitarian nature is exactly what is in its favor for them

You are right on, Anonymous, the Pope is although apart of the nwo and I highly recommend you do your research as is evident you are doing…you are on the right track ! Gb

I was thinking that too, but Luther nailed his 95 theses to a Catholic building (no protestant buildings at that time)…so that depiction of the tower may be a reference to destruction of Catholicism?

The tower splits in two, one side towards “communists” (liberation theologians, South american leftist clergy) And one side towards Christians. It’s the Podesta plan for a Catholic Spring resulting in another Schism, to further isolate actual Christians (indipendently from denomination) on the world stage.
The paper is there to remember people of the last Schism.
Divide et Impera.

I think the tower represents destruction of protestantism. The pope has been calling for protestants to come back to the catholic church.

I agree. Looks like it’s saying the communists and catholics willarch against and try to reform or destroy true Christianity.

Lara you’re absolutely spot on. Revelation states that the woman dressed in purple and scarlet (Revelation Chapter 17) will rule the scarlet coloured beast (Revelation 13). The way I understand this, the Catholic Church will be the head of the coming one world religion. The new world order will have an appearance of communism/communist ideals but ultimately the aim will be to destroy true protestantism. Perhaps the Lightning bolt signifies that satan has completely taken over the RC church/Vatican now. I’ve always believed that Francis is the last Pope since that lightning bolt struck St Peter’s basilica shortly after Pope Benedict announced his resignation.

True protestantism is what exactly? Because I’m pretty sure the difference is in the believers ideals. Those being that a belief in christ is above doing good deeds. Hence the church of England and their attempt to “make the world england”.

This seems like a potentially extremely important observation. Thank you!

It’s my theory that Trump was elected to be a powerful fall guy for whatever “they” have planned. They’ve pushed the left’s agenda harder than anything I have ever seen or read about, politically, that I don’t think they’d cease it in lieu of conservative control. People, at heart, are still quite conservative. It takes a lot of time to undo centuries of conservative habits. If presidents are, indeed, selected and not elected, and Hillary was even shocked by her defeat, then, to me, they plan on using Trump in a way no one can see coming. The word “rumors” in the Biblical phrase from Revelation “there will be wars and rumors of wars,” doesn’t mean gossip, it means confusion. We simply don’t know who our enemies are these days. There are so many!

What is a fall guy?

trump is the fall guy chosen when the economic collapse in the making comes to pass

by they im pretty sure you mean the zionist elite who are behind most of the governments and media

Very good article, there also many interesting comments. But it’s better not to give in to the “ominous” feel these f*****g covers give. If I were a globalist occultist hidden master AND things were going out of control I would still totally say in the most blatant way possible “Oh you fools all is going according to my plan” while secretly panicking. And let’s admit it, this cover IS blatant in comparison to the past ones (come on, Tarots!? How f*****g obvious can you get?). So, if you have faith (as a Christian or else) remember what we say to diviners, necromancers etc: a big “f**k you”. Also, “no one knows the day” and all that, it’s important… If you don’t, you have to believe in human will: these guys take as a given that humanity is a mechanical toy that will always behave and this is not true, it… Read more »

I completelly agree. Demons only give tainted gifts.

Just what I was thinking ID85. Fear is such a commonly used manipulation tool. Best avoided 🙂

Great article.

That is not Mark Rutte in The Wheel of Fortune card. That is Geert Wilders. He is the leader of the Party of Freedom in the Netherlands. I think a lot of people will vote for him in march 2017. That’s why he is on this card, going up, just below Marine Le Pen.

I really think you’re right. Also noticed it immediatly.

Those who hate the truth view the truth as hate.

The progressive liberals are all in denial when they hear the truth. They dont want to hear it and when they do they say its a lie. The truth is tramatic and its easier for everyone to just ignore and deny something that sounds so evil. All these ignorant people need to wake up cus things are about to get worse before they get better.

I consider myself on the progressive side and I’m not in denial. I know about these things.

What seems to have escaped your attention is that the “wheel of fortune” as depicted here is actually a means of torture from medieval times. The ones on the wheel are entirely helpless, completely subjected to the will of the executioner. So I think it also clearly shows that our so-called leaders are completely powerless and can be gotten rid of at any time.

The Star might refer to the comet ping pong scandal. Hence he comet in the middle surrounded by the faces of young people. Whether or not you believe “pizzagate”, the “fake news” narrative will be pushed further this coming year.

The death card makes me think of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. 1. Death 2. Famine. 3. War. 4. Conquest. The death card has a lot going on in it. Famine, drought, death, nuclear attack….and then those violent mosquitos. Maybe there will be a manufactured illness/largespread physical attack on people. The tower did make me think of the tower of babel and division- then, when I was reading your article, I remembered the words “trump tower”. Even though this magazine seems to fortell of many bad things to come, I have to say, I’ve had nothing but good feelings for 2017. I think the media is in an uproar. If it’s going to be a bad year for anyone, I’d say It will be a bad year for the people up top. I have a lot of optimism for all of us though. I won’t buy into any of… Read more »

Right on! 😉 There’s no need to wallow in darkness or events that haven’t happened.. We each move forward in a positive way and try not to let the burdens of the world become our own, but make a positive difference any way we can.

The hidden hand is la Mano Negra. Aka the mafia. Aka organized crime. And Trump in french Trompe (phonetics is according to sound not spelling) means to deceive. Write an article about Westworld and the episode named “trompe l’oeuil” (sp?). In french that means “deceive the eyes” but pronounced in english it would be “trump loyal”. Could trumps loyalty to his kind be a complete deception?

Be wordly minded. And f**k the world.

Very spooky.
I noticed Merkel is also dressed in red- colour of sacrifice?
I am really creeped out about those faces inside those stars/suns.
They look kinda old fashioned though, like old pictures.
I wonder what it alludes to.
Stars eventually die too. And like you quoted Hall “The field in which death reaps is the universe” which is the background of the actual cover.

Great article as always VC.
PS. On a side note, I know you get a million and one requests to do articles. But I was wondering about The Blacklist. There’s a few anomalies in that series like a shadow government CIA and other organisations orchestrating events, chemical and biological warfare etc. I’d be interested to see your take 🙂

Keep it Real 🙂

The kid’s faces in the stars look like what you’d see on a “missing” poster. The “shooting star” is a comet. The landscape looks Hellish, volcanic. Make of it what you will.

I wonder if the stars are fading away and the one in the middle burning out refers to the waning influence of hollywood.

Maybe I’m wrong (I probably am, sorry!), but when I first saw the teenagers faces on “The Star”, I thought it could mean death of young people, like a massacre on a school or another place teens go…
When my father died I was little and my mother used to tell me he became a star…
So, teens faces on stars = teens becoming stars = teens dying

And thinking better about it now, the pictures look like the ones used on posters of missing people, and the tarot card shows the Moon (?) craters, like saying “they are out of Earth”, they are nowhere to be seen, they disappeared, they are missing.
So maybe they are saying there will be lots of young people who will disappear (for occult elite purposes, maybe) and die?

Idk if it makes sense

Prophetic indeed…

Really valid points!!!

HOW DID NOONE PICK UP ON THE CARDS THAT ARE CROOKED VS NOT!!! Its obvious that this is the view the elite have and the crooked ones were unexpected.

Great review and a thorough analysis. But.. Ooo, BOOO. F*ck it, this was THe Economist’s version of our future. Let’s draw our own version of it, and use The Economist as a toilet paper instead. Or make a huge bonfire of its very scary 2017 issue.

The star card is related to comet ping pong and all the young victims surrounding it.

Has anyone been paying attention to this crazy wave thing that hit the earth yesterday?

Mike Around The World and the folks over at BPEarth have been predicting it would hit on the 26th, but it appears to have come a week early. Their predictions for 2017 are pretty grim and involve galactic gamma rays hitting the earth and all the turmoil that entails. They are also talking about a comet who’s path will cross between the sun and earth. This all comes after Obama signed an executive order referring to contingency plans for space weather phenomenon. I have to wonder if this card is somehow referring to all of that.

Hmm. This is an interesting idea. I’ve been watching this Comet Ping Pong story and how it is being twisted into all of “those” conspiracy theorists out there being so crazy…. I can see how this could be related.

That is exactly what I was thinking. I have never seen the MSM push so hard to try to convince society that the story is false. Seems like they are scared of the truth being found out!


Really well done, this really disturbed me when I first saw it. It will be interesting (and terrifying) to see what unfolds from these cards.

First off, they used Tarot this year as a part joke, though they are also deadly serious on another level. The joke part is first the pun on using the major arcana or “trump” cards in the year that Trump will take over as president. The other joke is that “reading” the cover of The Economist has become a “thing” on the internet since VC first interpreted the 2015 cover. So they are riffing on the idea that the “masses” think these covers make predictions about what the elite are up to, so here are some “predictions” presented for you as if in a carnie, fairground fortune-telling tent. Of course the tarot has much older esoteric symbolism and they are using this in a double-tongued way to target messages to different potential audiences – those in the know, and those who “read” the cover to try to gauge what those… Read more »

Thanks for your articles.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

AMEN… Nuff’ said!!! 🙂

The first card, the tower, if you notice also has what looks like Martin Luther’s thesis that was nailed to the door. This started the reformation that cause the catholic church to go on it murderous rampage in trying to stamp out protestants and everyone else that didn’t follow their dictates. The death card….my my, looks like they have quite a few things planned.

all these prediction are a way of the elite to play god so keep in mind. donald trump is the same as hilary, a puppet for the zionist rothschild elite. you already know 9/11, 7/7 were false flags, its more than the CIA or bush, its the zionist that control governments and the media. the war on drugs are just like the war on terror, a product of the zionist elite to keep the society under their control with fear propaganda while making money. isis is just the new alqadea, a product of the establishment/zionsit war propaganda to invoke fear and hate to accept war and the NWO, now you know why vladimir putin is under attack, because he is destroying their plans.

There is only one option to stop the globalists, to stop the corruption, and it will be work to get there. Most will laugh, yet all that put the time in to contemplate these policies, will realize, it will work. 1. Lottery Selection for political jobs. Voting has never meant anything so why vote. SELECT, Random selection. Vet the people that want the job, then put their name in the hat and on selection day, select on. 2. Government jobs, 5 year maximum. NO MORE. No More Lois Lerner Syndrome, No one should get the idea that because they work for the government that they have the power to make decisions for the whole country. With 5 years maximum employment in each and every government position. 5 years maximum, and all government agencies, even FBI, CIA, all branches, and I mean I. 3. Companies, Entities, all, must be owned by… Read more »

Also, in Tarot card readings, the cards, although read separately are all part of a bigger tapestry. I wonder what story these eight cards are trying to tell together

I have read and studied Tarot for many years and there is so much more to learn. I personally find it wicked in the way they have bastardized the true intention of the story of the cards creating a “new” card deck based on the troubled nature of the people writing this article. The intention of the Tarot is to tell a story about life, the struggles (The Devil isn’t necessarily the DEVIL… it can mean anything that is interfering with your Spiritual growth/connection to God… for example, being addicted to drugs, or perhaps… those that look at PEOPLE as saviors, as gods… I think Trump thinks of himself as a god). When the Tower falls, it can be a time of great healing… that the masses can see through the bullshit lies that “The Tower” wants us all to believe. There are a lot of positive symbolic meanings in… Read more »

The star card may have a connection to Comet Ping Pong?
Kids surrounding a comet?

…beside which, those pictures reminded me of the ‘missing child’ images on milk cartons even before I read that they were of young people.


I’d love to read VC’s analysis on previous covers in relation to what has come to pass.

mushroom = fungus, mould.
With less sunshine by contrails and veil-clouding, less open windows at new work places, schools, malls etc. the numbers of funghi problems have grown. gardens, nature, homes and humans. Just trying to connect some dots here, someone noticed them too?

I don’t think so. This mushroom cloud is the classic reaction to a nuclear bomb, including the ring around the spout. It’s more fear tactics, including the other ominous signs in the picture. I have heard so many people talking about the end of the world… it’s pretty wild.

I was not talking about the blue cloud, but about the yellow things on the land – on the death-card. To me they seem mushrooms, too.
The Bomb is speaking for itself probably? Loud and clear.

Trump appoints a cabinet of billionaires and you still think he’s “anti-globalist”. Exonn is the heart of globalised capitalism, and it’s now at the centre of the American government. This is corporatism by stealth. Wake up.

I’d be cautious about spreading this type of information because much of it has been largely misinterpreted. The artwork of the cards is sensational and perhaps an attempt to intimidate those who are uninitiated into the knowledge of Tarot. It’s a common misconception that Tarot originated in Ancient Egypt but this is false. Antoine Court de Gebelin introduced the concept in his 1781 book Le Monde Primitif, which was then further propagated by the highly influential Eliphas Levi. There is absolutely no known history of Tarot stemming from Egypt beyond it’s conception in Le Monde Primitif. The first Tarot deck, Visconti, was created in the early 1400s in Italy. Secondly, I would not interpret the Tarot and Death cards quite so negatively. Without full knowledge of these cards it’s easy to be intimidated but actually, for me, these herald a new hope and signal a period of renewal and change.… Read more »

‘Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer.’

The very fact that the elites have placed Tarot cards on the cover of the Economist shows their uncertainty and confusion. They have lost control. Only people who have had their lives turned upside down resort to divination. Those who are on top of their game do not consult cards. Don’t try to interpret the symbolically modified Tarot cards. Interpret, instead, their presence on the cover departing from their usual practice of showing us in artwork their plans for us.

I do not believe that the powers that be want the world to plummet back into stoneage. That would not be in their interest. But instead the slow downgrading of society will take place. Within one or two generations the whole world will be a third world place. Even without a world war. A global Calcutta. Why should they risk everything they worked for with a war ? No , the downgrading will continue. And there will be no war – just false flags. This planet will become a truly hideous place to live in.

Wow nice breakdown on the issue keep it up kudos!!!

Some have said The Star card is related to Comet Pingpong, just wanted to note that there are 14 images of kids on there and 10 smaller white stars, made me think of that image of John Podesta holding up his hands with the number 14 on it and the fish symbol on the other hand…the 14 relates to those images of the kids and the 10 relates to his 10 fingers maybe.

The comet and the kids probably refers to the children that will be discovered dead inside ‘Comet’ Pizza or tortured or whatever but it’s likely a prediction that many abused or murdered kids will be connected to Comet Pizza. James Alefantis is code for J’aime L’enfant – I love children. What a sick individual he is – and getting away with it too. He’s days and those p*******e rings around him are numbered if this tarot card is any indication

Those who have faith in the Word of God, or the Son of God, have not reason to fear… Being aware though is certainly prudent though… Ultimately our Creator is in control of all that occurs on HIS earth… Allowing for unrepentant sin to be punished by those spiritual principalities that represent darkness is what is transpiring at this time… Mankind will not fully appreciate eternal life unless having to endure perilous circumstances that we have brought upon ourselves… It is a lesson that in the end will benefit all who indeed endure, and seek the will of the Father of all creation… As scripture points out in many areas the time we now live in will become quite horrific before the return of the Son of God… This of course will end the rule of the beast, and Babylon will be placed in the abyss, or bottomless pit for… Read more »

May God help us…

Thanks VC……Take note there are 22 major arcana cards in the tarot deck….The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet…..The 22 paths of the Kabbalah tree of life & don’t forget the Taylor Swift song titled ’22’ – All connected perhaps. Makes you think doesn’t it.

You made one fatal error, you read them from left to right, where you should have read them from right to left. The correct order is The Hermit, The World, Judgement, The Tower, The Star, Wheel of Fortune, The Magician, Death.
Your analysis was very in depth and quality, but when read in the right order its even more sinister.

Great to see everyone digging in to decrypt these codes. The elite really are titillated by their ability to flaunt such truths while the sheeple willingly put on VR goggles to imagine themselves living the “American Dream”. This is the meaning of “the Magician” card here to me. “3D” also looks like “30”, which alludes to the 30 year mortgage, the somehow still unnoticed zeitgeist in the culture of property that dictates our social “purpose in life”. The magician will keep cranking out this “dream” in the form of homes to be worked towards owning, as well as home to flip, parcel into rentals, etc, that denote all the tenets of property ownership and their immense effect on the global economy. Lest we forget the mortgage crisis that handed nearly full power to the banking elite in 2009? “The Hermit” card is also very telling, and connects with the others,… Read more »

Remember that the Economist is managed and funded by Lynn Forester de Rothschild– these bastards never quit.

Hello VC,

I think i can help you bit on the tower card. 2017 will be the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Next year the Lutheran Church is going to sign a deceleration with the Catholic church as an “apology” for protesting against the pope and to bury the hatchet in the name of “Unity”.

The card signifies the end of the Protestant Reformation where many Christians will be fooled into following this Religious World Power/Beast. It also signifies a further healing of the papacy’s “mortal wound” and big “F.U” to Martin Luthur.

What is this assumption based on?

The last card, The Star – an allusion to Comet Ping Pong?

The pyramid is interesting. Apparently one was found in the south pole recently with all sorts of chatter suggesting it is a portal to another dimension or somehow connected to the pyramid at giza. Also the shooting star reminds me of the phrase in the bible where lucifer fell from heaven in a lightening bolt or perhaps it’s referring to an asteroid hit – who knows? But something tells me this is more about the Crowleyian ‘Moon-Child” with all thos faces of teenagers. The card that spooks me the most is The Tower reminding me of 9-11. Will there be another event similar to 9-11. Maybe the tower, the pyramid and the shooting star are all connected. At any rate I love the VC articles and look forward to 2017 through VC’s eyes.

thanks for the info keep up the great work
good read

you r an amazing inspirtion to me and i hope you know that your mission is so great! thank you for all the yers of amazing reads

Looks like the Tower has an foreclosure document on the door.

The flag of Daesh/ISIS flies above the pyramid in the World card.
And the spokes of the wheel in the Wheel Of Fortune card resemble the Roman Fascia, well a symbol of fascists.
On the Hermit card the people look like coming in “waves”, like a flood, whereby the landscape suggest this – hills or giant waves, and the hermit stands protected on high ground.
Try they as they might, nothing lasts forever. There are Powers beyond the will of humans-be them slaves of Evil or not, Powers that are keeping the human civilization going since aeons ago. The dogs can do nothing about this, at most they can kill in the billions but they will be judged. Let them pray that they’ll not be judged before trying to raise hell on Earth.

On the door of the tower is nailed a written page. Maybe this represents Martin Luther’s 95 theses tacked to the Wittenburg Castle door in which he protested the Catholic practice of selling “indulgences,” that is, buying forgivness of sins. 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of this act in which true Christianity broke away from corruption. One result of this was that when Queen Anne died without heir the next 50 relatives in line to the British throne were rejected by law because they were Catholic. So George I, king of Hanover (Anne’s second cousin) became king of UK, beginning 200 years of personal union between Hanover Germany and England.
Now that “tower” is, for all spiritual purposes, also corrupted.

Lmao at true christianity. You mean krishnianity. It has to do with knowledge and not belief. Protestantism is a poison. Catholicism is crystallization. The issue isn’t the church. The issue is the people running it. The fact that the church has taken the blame (as if the Mcdonalds logo is to blame for the shitty burgers) is a complete bull counter intelligence program. Figure this out already.

Of course this was down voted. Because the truth hurts and you’re all pansies that would feed your cats veggies because of your delusional need for safety.

Ugh your always so superior and you wonder why don’t we do as you say as your the only one who sees the truth etcetera … We have our own independent thoughts and sorry if we won’t allow ourselves to be your mental slaves

I find it interesting on the Death card that while Death is the only visible horsemen, War, Famine, and Pestilence are shown. Could be alluding to the apocalypse, and all the horsemen are there in some way.

Perhaps, unlike in Revelations, the rider of this horse has no crown, carries neither sword nor arrow, but, the sickle of death. Hardship and upheaval rather than the entrance of the antichrist?

I think the mosquitoes represent the tiny drones they release in Brazil to neuter the real mosquitoes spreading Zika through mating. The ones shown are awfully big and sitting on rays (radio waves). Nobody knows what the final outcome of this experiment will be or whether they included another virus with the drones. Tiny drones, big mosquitoes.

good article…. howie mandel called the winner of america.s got talent..grace vanderwaal…a shooting star… it gave me the creeps…i suddenly had chills looking at her pretty little face…i hope i am so wrong.

I wonder if these are faces of people we already know. It was noted that they look dated, which means those kids have grown up now. It would take a little time, but I wonder if those childhood photos could be matched up to current “stars” either on the rise or about to fizzle out? Maybe the falling stars indicates that these old faces are on their way down. Just a thought.

What’s your point of mentioning her in this section? What’s the deal with this kind of namedroppings?

I thought the exact same thing about Grace vanderwaal

Have u seen her new album cover? I think that’s the answer.

Why not mention here what you find interesting in that cover? Why letting people look up her name and images? That’s not helpfull, but only building up numbers..that have the ad machines enjoy a great day.