On the recently leaked Economist 2017 cover, titled "Planet Trump," there are eight highly stylized Tarot cards arranged in two rows of four cards, each. The sixth card in this spread is their interpretation of The Magician.
In Tarot, the Magician is the second trump card of the Major Arcana which contains 22 cards. It carries the number 1, since the first card of the Tarot is The Fool, with a value of 0.
It's interesting to note that Donald Trump is also the second Trump, in line with his father, New York real estate mogul, Fred Trump. The ancestral name of the family is actually Drumpf. Trump's grandfather Friedrich Drumpf changed it to Trump after coming to America.
One can see how this is conveyed in The Economist spread with the second card being the only one that has Donald Trump in it. However, before we get into how Donald Trump fits into this, let's take look at some gematria, symbols and other clues on the Economist card.
The Magician in English Reduction = 54 (2+8+5 4+1+7+9+3+9+1+5)
54 is a very interesting number. It's the only number in English reduction gematria that equals itself, numberwise.
Fifty-Four in the English Reduction = 54 (6+9+6+2+7 6+6+3+9)
54's inverse 45 when spelled out as forty-five, also adds up to 54.
Forty-Five in English Reduction = 54 (6+6+9+2+7 6+9+4+5)
The spelling of four and forty and the difference in the way the letter -u is left and taken away, in their respective spellings is what makes this correspondence possible. There has been never been a conclusive answer for the purpose or reason behind the change from fourty to forty. However, with the aid of gematria we can see there's more going on than what first meets the eye.
Also to be noted is the number 45's deep association with the Magic Circle of Saturn as noted in this previous article.
The number 54 has 8 divisors and there are eight cards in The Economist spread. The sum of 54's divisors is 120, which is the Illuminati number.
ILLUMINATI in English Ordinal = 120 (9+12+12+21+13+9+14+1+20+9)
The prime factorization of 54 is 2 x 3 cubed or 2 x 3 x 3 x 3
I found a correlation to the mathematics of 54 and the English gematria for The Magician.
The Magician in English Gematria = 333 (200+8+5 40+1+7+9+3+9+1+50)
On The Economist card, the box or cube that The Magician is conjuring cube-shaped starter homes on his conveyer belt, bears the acronym 3D. When you write out Three D, it adds up to 33 in English reduction.
Three-D in English Reduction = 33 (2+8+9+5+5 4)
Contributor, +Ti!WaZz noted that the Magician in this card has a VR headset, and may also symbolize the Trickster archetype, "The Magician got tricked himself by VR. It's virtual not real, manifesting things in the state of an illusion."
If looked at from that vantage point, the VR Magician is a false magician or sorcerer. probably the most famous example of this kind of character from literature is Doctor Faust.
Faust in English Reduction = 13 (6+1+3+1+2
VR in English Reduction = 13 (4+9)
Cube in English Reduction system = 13 (3+3+2+5)
There are other connections in this idea to The Tower card of the Economist spread Both Doctor Faust and Martin Luther were scholars who are associated with Wittenberg, Germany.
In the card shown above on the right we can see the representation of the Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, nailed to the door of The Tower card..
In Faust's case, the early sources that Christopher Marlowe came across during his own time at the University of Wittenberg. say that Faust met his end when the Devil ambushed him and tore him to pieces on while traveling back to Wittenberg, the place of his birth.
In the painting on the left, we can see Mephistopheles, the Devil character from Goethe's version of the story, tempting Faust with worldly power and pleasure in exchange for his eternal soul.
His alchemical books and instruments are also featured in the painting. For all practical purposes he's in the same predicament as The VR magician of the Economist deck, in the thrall of forces that promise paradise, but bring hell on Earth.
I feel as though there's much more to discover concerning the Wittenberg connection, but as reminder brought out in the last article of this series,
Wittenberg in English Ordinal = 123 (23+9+20+20+5+14+2+5+18+7)
Wittenberg in English Reduction = 51 (5+9+2+2+5+5+2+5+9+7)
Conspiracy in English Ordinal = 123 (3+15+14+19+16+9+18+1+3+25)
Conspiracy in English Reduction = 51 (3+6+5+1+7+9+9+1+3+7)
TiWaZz also He also found some correlations to Three-D in Jewish gematria. Three-D, trick, chaos magic, demonic god all equal 202 in Jewish gematria.
Returning to the theme evoked by 54 in the Magician symbolism, it should noted that the words sun, love and engine all have gematria of 54. The Economist Tarot has a sun disk halo behind the VR Magician that is usually not there in other decks. So in my opinion, the emphasis on 54 here calls attention to yet another undeniable link to gematria.
Push the Button in English Reduction = 54 (7+3+1+8 2+8+5 2+3+2+2+6+5)