The Passing of Steve Jobs

Tarot Reading re Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. He had been struggling with pancreatic cancer since 2004. His innovations in technology had a major impact on the modern world.  While listening to the news of his death, it occurred to me to ask the tarot for a comment on his passing so I drew three cards, which turned out to be:

1) The Hierophant or Pope
2) The Three of Wands
3) The Star

These three cards seemed particularly apt.  Mr. Jobs understood the traditional views of technology (the Hierophant) but he applied his own creative imagination (The 3 of Wands) to modify technology for the future.  He certainly followed his dream (The Star) and had now achieved a peaceful solution to the insurmountable problem of his cancer.

After doing this reading, I noticed that the news media kept quoting Mr. Jobs’ speech at Stanford, which could also be taken as an interpretation of this spread:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

— Steve Jobs, Stanford University Commencement, 2005

You can watch his speech on YouTube at

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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3 Responses to The Passing of Steve Jobs

  1. Douglas says:

    HI Anthony,

    I enjoyed reading this article. I’m left pondering your reading.

    The Star does seem to link into the aspirational nature of Steve Jobs himself, as well as the speech he gave at Stanford.

    The 3 of Wands is though provoking. It’s the only minor card (which I tend to look for when trying to see how something influences the everyday) which is interesting in-itself (from the perspective of the Hierophant and Star) but also in the sense of your interpretation. It’s the 3 of Wands on a grand scale – someones actions, even after they have stopped, that continue to shape and influence (Hierophant) the world.

  2. Hi Doug,

    Great to hear from you again, and thanks for the comment. What struck me most about the three cards was how well they matched Steve Job’s own words and advice to the Stanford graduating class. I guess Jung would call that synchronicity. By the way, I love your site ( and I’m always recommending it.


  3. Kayla Pulesanderu says:

    After me and God had this little discussion today, he spoke to me as He often does He gave me a song on the radio.

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