Is the Economy Scaring You to Death?

10/28/2011 10:28 am ET | Updated Dec 28, 2011

In this Tarot card reading about the global economy, I drew the Death card. Does that give you a Halloween fright? I thought it might. But, it shouldn't scare you. As every Tarot card reader knows, the Death card does not symbolize the finality of physical death; the Death card signifies transformation. It is a card of change, and change is good. There is much to be hopeful about in this spread.

The Death card in the Foundation position of the spread signifies that, as the year 2011 is moving toward its close, the global economy is undergoing a transformation. The King of Wands at the center of the spread signifies President Obama. The Six of Swords in the past position and the Justice card in the future position, highlight the influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement -- the cards suggest that the economy is transitioning from one that serves the top 1% at the expense of the 99%, into an economy in which there will be more broadly based prosperity.


The Five of Cups in the Ideal position shows that Obama is focused on unemployment and preventing further job loss. But the Two of Swords in the Obstacles position signifies partisanship and indicates that Republicans are putting up opposition to anything and everything President Obama proposes to help the economy. The Knight of Pentacles represents Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and other Republican presidential candidates who are attacking Obama's economic policies daily. The Magician card suggests that Obama knows the voters expect him to work some economic magic, and he is optimistic that his Jobs Act, Millionaires Tax, and more populist message are winning support from voters that will help break through the partisan gridlock.

Finally, the Four of Cups in the key Outcome position offers hope for the economy. This card suggests that new and unexpected opportunities will emerge out of this economic transformation. I was delighted to see the Four of Cups fall in the Outcome position, because it's one of my favorite cards. The Four of Cups is the card that says, "relax, let it come to you." It's a card that speaks of opportunities appearing out of nowhere. You can't force it, manipulate it, or anticipate it -- it's bigger than you are, so you just have to let it happen and ride the wave.

Put these cards all together, and what they foretell is a whole lot of economic hope and change.