The influential British magazine about economy, finance and international relations – The Economist, annually puts encrypted predictions about upcoming political events and processes on its cover. What does the magazine predict for 2017?
Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Borislav exclusively for SouthFront
The London-based weekly “The Economist” magazine boasts a nearly two centuries history of successful analysis, publications, forecasts and comments from which benefit tens of thousands of readers in Europe and North America. Although based in the UK, the established during 1843 magazine owes more than half of his drawing from readers in the US and Canada, and has highlighted a global view of the world. The magazine is owned by prominent British and European families such as Cadbury, Rothschild, Schroeder and Agnelli, so its messages often appear as a barometer of sentiment in the European political and financial elite. About these families scale of impact speaks the fact that only the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles company, managed by John Elkann (grandson of Giovanni Agnelli) is responsible for between 4-5% of the gross domestic product of Italy. Among the popular predictions to come true on the cover of the magazine in recent years, was Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency, the increase in the value of gold, the outflow of capital from Britain and so on.
The authors of last stylized collage referring to 2017, have decided to surprise their readers with eight tarot cards, in which along with the esoteric meaning are hidden important political predictions for the coming year. The selected eight cards represent a selection among 78 traditional tarot cards, dividing 22 big secrets (arcana) and 56 little secrets (arcana). The eight selected cards are only the major arcana. A comparison of the traditional meaning of tarot card images with those presented by the authors, makes decryption of the encoded messages easy. Some of forecasts such as surprises in the elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands, the collapse of the European Union in its current form, and the isolationist policies of President Trump sound sensational and revolutionary at first reading, considering the current political order.
The first trump card on the cover of the Economist for 2017, is a tower card (The Tower), whose traditional meaning is sudden and destructive change, a crisis. The flash knocks down the existing order of false idols, to create a new one.
The approaching 2017 will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the Catholic Church, starting with Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Next year is also the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia. The plot of the card represents God’s destruction of the Tower of Babel in the image of “Europe – many languages, one voice.” The forecast can be interpreted as the collapse of the globalist European Union in its current form, and the revival of two historical forces stationed on the right and left – the religious conservative right and left progressive socialism.
The second arcana chosen for the cover is Judgement, connected to the biblical Revelation of St. John. The importance of the card in the traditional tarot symbolism is reflection and reassessment.
The Economist’s collage shows Donald Trump seated on a throne made from an American flag along with the symbols of autocratic monarchical authority – a scepter and an orb (nation). The artwork represents the authors forecast that the United States will enter a period of isolationism under the presidency of Trump, abandoning the idea of imposing a corporate world dominated by the US and concentrating on domestic problems.
The third trump card in the selection is The World. The symbolism of the tarot card includes four natural elements interpreted as four zodiacal constellations (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio) and makes reference to Revelation. “The World” foreshadows an end of the cycle of life and a break before the beginning of the next cycle.
In the cover image of the Economist are presented three influential global political and financial centers, provisionally called Washington, the Vatican and London (The White House, the Basilica “St. Peter” and a Masonic pyramid). The magazine’s message is that in place of the ending international order constructed to impose American corporate hegemony, the leading global centers will be able to offer a new structure for the world on the principles of secularism and progress.
As the fourth card, the editors of the magazine chose The Hermit. The wise old man is portrayed atop a mountain, holding in his right hand a lamp with the Star of Solomon – a symbol of wisdom. The meaning of tarot card is introspection, finding answers as to why events in life are the way they are.
The encoded message for 2017, is the awareness of the elites in the US and the European Union, that North America and Europe are not a singular spiritual, cultural, economic and political space, with all the ensuing consequences.
The fifth card in the series is Death, meaning the abandoning of all secondary and concentrating on what is needed and actually vital.
The image on the cover suggests that for a part of the world elite, the danger of two potential disasters for humanity is still genuine – the use of nuclear weapons and natural disaster.
The sixth card selected by the editors is The Magician. In the traditional notion of tarot cards the Magician is associated with the planet Mercury as a bridge between the spiritual world and the world of man. Its meaning is creative power, the capacity to take power from the universe in order to fulfill wishes.
The Economist predicts significant technical progress in 2017 in the field of 3D printing and generating a three-dimensional virtual reality.
The magazine makes the most concrete political forecast with the tarot card Wheel of Fortune. The symbolism of the card is linked to the life cycles between good and evil. The drawing presents the idea that what we have for granted today, can be changed completely tomorrow.
The magazines illustration presents German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s National Front Marine Le Pen and the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party Geert Wilders, pinned to the wheel of fortune. In the foreground of the picture are two boxes with ballots. The magazine forecasts that twists are possible, which could lead to Angela Merkel’s fall from power, a victory in the Netherlands parliamentary elections of the anti-immigrant right-wing Freedom Party, and a Marine Le Pen victory march to the Elysée Palace.
The last selected card is The Star, whose meaning is renewal, a return of faith and hope.
In fact, most of the hidden messages behind the cards do not constitute a description of future events, which in itself is difficult to predict. The editors of the Economist magazine are doing something more important – acquainting us with the processes taking place behind the scenes of international politics and finance. Whether the majority of predictions will come true is too early to say. The first event of the political calendar to indicate whether the events described in the magazine can become a reality, will take place on March 15 with parliamentary elections in the Netherlands.