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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Clinton and Trump: A Tarot Perspective

As most of you probably know, the presidential election in America is, well, interesting in many ways. I thought about using the Tarot or Lenormand cards to predict the winner, but decided instead to ask several of my decks their opinion of the two major party candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, along with the chance each candidate has of winning (Fire, Air = strong chance; Earth, Water = poor chance).


Before I continue, I must warn you that I am going to pursue this in a spirit of fun, and I fully expect the cards to enjoy playing along. My guests are:

  • Tarot of the Gnomes by Antonio Lupatelli (Lo Scarabeo)
  • Tarot of the Cat People by Karen Kuykendall (U.S. Games Systems)
  • Tarot of the Animal Lords by Angelo Giannini (Lo Scarabeo)
  • The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot (Magic Realist Press)
  • Shapeshifter Tarot by D.J. Conway and Sirona Knight, illustrated by Lisa Hunt (Llewellyn Publications)

Tarot of the Gnomes



Opinion of Clinton: The Hierophant (Earth / Trump 5)
The gnomes see Clinton as a wise guide and advisor, a representative of “the establishment.”
Chance of winning: Regina di Spade (Queen of Swords/Air)
The gnomes see her chance of winning as being strong.

Opinion of Trump: Cavaliere di Coppe (Knight of Cups / Water)
For the gnomes, Trump is a seducer, presenting himself as courageous and courteous to win and keep supporters.
Chance of winning: Re di Spade (King of Swords/Air)
The gnomes also see Trump’s chances of winning as being strong.


Tarot of the Cat People


Opinion of Clinton: Knight of Swords (Air)
Bravery. Skill. Capacity. Opposition and war. Impetuous rush into the unknown.
Chance of winning: 4 of Pentacles/Earth (not strong, but she can improve those chances by overcoming selfishness, envy, or bad debts)

Opinion of Trump: 8 of Wands (Fire)
Sudden progress or movement. Hastily made decisions. Too rapid advancement.
Chance of winning: 9 of Wands/Fire (strong)


Tarot of the Animal Lords


Opinion of Clinton: Knave of Pentacles (Earth)
Student, new ideas; need for a guide, loss of money
Chance of winning: King of Wands/Fire (strong)

Opinion of Trump: Temperance (Fire / Trump 14)
Moderation, patience, agreement; dislike, tension, tiredness
Chance of winning: The Tower/Fire (strong)


The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot


Opinion of Clinton: 6 of Coins (Earth) – “The Benefactor”
Generosity, generosity with strings attached; lack or excess of generosity
Chance of winning: Ace of Swords/Air (strong)

Opinion of Trump: Queen of Swords (Air)
Intellectual and witty; mean and spiteful, a shrewd gossip
Chance of winning: The Fool/Air (strong)


Shapeshifter Tarot


Opinion of Clinton: 2 of Cups (Water)
Love, harmony, kindred soul, preparation for positive changes
Chance of winning: Ace of Wands/Air* (strong)

Opinion of Trump: The Star (Air / Trump 17)
Illumination, inspiration, psychic energy, hopes and ideals
Chance of winning: God of Fire / King of Swords* (strong)

Although the polls currently show Clinton gaining ground against Trump, the cards in general seem to feel both have a strong chance of winning. Tarot of the Cat People had reservations about Clinton, but offered suggestions on how she could improve her chances.

To summarize:

Clinton:

  • The Hierophant / Queen of Swords
  • Knight of Swords / 4 of Pentacles
  • Knave (Page) of Pentacles / King of Wands
  • Six of Coins / Ace of Swords
  • Two of Cups / Ace of Wands

Trump:

  • Knight of Cups / King of Swords
  • Eight of Wands / Nine of Wands
  • Temperance / The Tower
  • Queen of Swords / The Fool
  • The Star / King of Swords

Perhaps not surprisingly, the cards linked Trump with four Trump cards to Clinton’s one. Clinton has two Aces up her sleeve, which is interesting given that if she wins, she will be the FIRST female President of the United States.

Clinton is represented by a total of four Earth cards (counting The Hierophant, associated with the Earth sign Taurus), whereas Trump has no Earth cards representing him. Could this have something to do with stability or dependability?

Trump has a total of two Cups (Water) cards to Clinton’s one. Trump has a big lead in the Fire and Air category with nine cards to Clinton’s five.

Beyond that, I will let you make your own explorations and form your own conclusions.


* Note: Unlike the other four decks I used, in the Shapeshifter Tarot, Wands are linked with Air and Swords with Fire.

4 comments:

  1. This was so fun! Loved reading this!
    -Gretchen

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! The cards do have their own opinions, don't they?

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  2. This was interesting. I have done Lenormand readings on both these two and my cards seemed to think that Clinton would have the upper hand. Some time after doing these readings I did another on Trump to see if my cards had changed their mind, they seemed to think that he would say and do things that would let him down.

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    1. I remember your Lenormand reading about Clinton in particular. And your conclusion about Trump is an understatment (in my opinion)! I was frankly surprised that my cards about him were as positive as they were.

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