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Trump, Wild Cards, The Tower & Gollum

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Trump as a Wild Card

(see video at bottom of this post)

Kryon is a popular “channeled” entity with hundreds of videos posted on YouTube. If you’re someone who automatically dismisses channeling as fake or deceptive, this won’t impress you. However, I find the Kryon material quite persuasive when taken at face value (that is not analyzing the process of channeling but just considering what he says).

Kryon doesn’t talk much about politics but the video below discusses the recent election as an example of “wildcards” that make drastic changes to humanity. He considers the election of Donald Trump such a wildcard. In card games, the Joker is usually a wild card, meaning it can stand in for any other card. In the Tarot, the Fool is probably the closest thing to a wild card. The Fool, whose number is zero, represents pure potential.

Kryon doesn’t speak at length about Trump. He discusses other examples of wild cards, such as Tesla and Einstein. He also mentions Hitler, which won’t be comforting to people already terrified by Trump’s election. The point about Hitler is that he was the expression of the darkest aspects of humanity and his actions led to future unity between nations. So it’s not that wild cards are always benevolent -just that they are instrumental in bringing about drastic necessary changes.

Kryon also brings up the significance of the number 9 in numerology. 2016 is a 9 year, which represents completion. The next president will also be the 45th president, which also adds up to 9. So it’s an appropriate time to end one cycle and begin a new one.

Trump as Gollum

Fans of Tolien’s epic Lord of the Rings, the book and/or films, are familiar with Gollum (the name comes from Jewish folklore, but in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Gollum is a bizarre creature whose entire existence is consumed with the Ring of power that was crafted by Sauron the Dark Lord.

At this point, I don’t think I have to worry about revealing spoilers regarding LOTR. For those not familiar with the story, the only way to stop Sauron is to destroy the Ring. The Ring has the effect of twisting the minds of its possessors so they crave power. At the end of the trilogy, Frodo, the hobbit who is on a quest to destroy the Ring, is overcome by the object’s power and changes his mind. It’s only because of a seemingly random attack by Gollum that the Ring is ultimately destroyed.

In the realm of mythic tales, this is a fascinating development. In most myths, the hero saves the day without the help of random events. Yet Tolkien added this rather sophisticated element into the tale, suggesting that fate or “wild cards” are necessary. Bravery and careful planning aren’t always enough. Gollum certainly qualifies as a wild card. He’s a throughly corrupt and selfish character who only wants the Ring for himself. Yet without him, the dark forces are too powerful for even the greatest heroes to overcome.

If you think all is well with the reigning status quo, which is represented by the mainstream media and mainstream Democratic and Republican parties in the U.S., this analogy won’t make much sense. However, if you admit that the current order is utterly corrupt and unsustainable, it might take a Gollum-like figure to help topple it.

Trump and The Tower

In the Tarot, The Tower is Trump #16 (coincidentally, all 22 major arcana in the tarot are called “trumps”). It depicts a falling tower, an image that was obviously evoked by 9/11. An esoteric interpretation of the Tower is that it depicts the end of outmoded structures, both physical, psychological and cultural. It’s not a “bad” card then, but it’s not pleasant either. It represents the idea that a certain amount of chaos and destruction are sometimes needed to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

Numerologically, we can associate #16 with the year 2016, although strictly speaking 2016 adds up to 9. Donald Trump is closely associated with Trump Tower, a skyscraper in New York City.

Regardless of how you personally feel about Donald Trump, it’s hard to argue that his election represents change, chaos and the unexpected. To say whether this is “good” or “bad” is not the point here. However, one way to interpret the Tower card in a tarot reading is the destruction of something that wasn’t working.