They may have been away for six years, but we haven’t forgotten just how elaborate all My Chemical Romance announcements are. I mean, the band create tiny universes every time they release an album, and we devour it like vultures in the desert.

Since they announced their triumphant return, the band have kept fans on the edge of their seats with a slew of cryptic announcement. The latest mysterious tidbit comes in the form of a 12-second video brimming with symbolism.

Four of the symbols featured in the video might be obvious to those who have been following MCR’s every move since their return. Clarity, Courage, Sacrifice and Devotion — which are all featured on the band’s new logo. One of the symbols is the Union Jack, so we can safely assume that this announcement has something to do with the UK. The rest of the symbols have fans channelling their inner Sherlock Holmes to try and unmask meaning.

Many fans believe that the symbols are from the Theban alphabet — often used by Wiccans. Apparently, there is a sector of fans fluent in Wiccan because they’ve managed to decode that the alphabet alludes to an announcement for June.

So perhaps the band are gearing up to announce a UK tour. They’re already playing Download Festival in Australia, so an appearance at the 2020 instalment of Download UK wouldn’t be totally out of the question.

One fan on Reddit recognised that the symbols used by the band are tarot card imagery; Reversed Ace of Swords, Reversed Moon, Upright Tower and Upright Ace of Wands. They went on to explain that after delving into the meaning of each of the cards, they came to the conclusion that new music was on the way. You can read the meanings for each of the symbols below.

Reversed Ace of Swords meaning:

The Ace of Swords reversed indicates that a new idea or breakthrough is emerging from within you, but you are not willing to share it with others just yet. You may still be exploring what this idea means for you and how to best express and manifest it in the external world. You may also seek greater clarity about whether this is an idea you wish to pursue more fully, perhaps because you are unsure if it will bring the results you truly desire. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, it’s important to give yourself time and space to meditate and clear your mind so you can ‘birth’ this idea in the most effective way.

Reversed Moon meaning:

The Moon reversed indicates that you have been dealing with illusion, fears and anxiety, and now the negative influences of these energies are subsiding. You are working through your fears and anxieties, understanding the impact they have on your life and how you can free yourself from such limiting beliefs. This is a truly liberating and transformational experience.

You may try to bury these feelings even deeper within your subconscious so you can avoid your dark shadows. You may not be ready to face your emotions, pushing them to the side and pretending as if nothing is wrong.

Upright Tower meaning:

When the Tower card appears in a Tarot reading, expect the unexpected – massive change, upheaval, destruction and chaos. It may be a divorce, death of a loved one, financial failure, health problems, natural disaster, job loss or any event that shakes you to your core, affecting you spiritually, mentally and physically. There’s no escaping it. Change is here to tear things up, create chaos and destroy everything in its path (but trust me, it’s for your Highest Good).

Just when you think you’re safe and comfortable, a Tower moment hits and throws you for a loop. A lightning bolt of clarity and insight cuts through the lies and illusions you have been telling yourself, and now the truth comes to light.

Upright Ace of Wands Meaning:

Wands symbolize creativity, and the Ace of Wands is the boldest among the cards in the suit. It is not the kind of creativity that you learn from school or as a hobby. It is bravely finding your own voice, it creates a place where you can develop your own vision. In other words, it is associated with willpower, and creativity in the cosmic sense.

When you draw the Ace of Wands, it is an indicator that you should just go for it. Take the chance and pursue an idea that you have in mind. Take the first steps to start the creative project. The Ace of Wands calls out to you to follow your instincts. If you think that the project that you’ve been dreaming of is a good idea, and then just go ahead and do it.

In other news, My Chemical Romance recently broke a venue record at The Shrine, after their comeback show raked in nearly $1.5million. It is also the fastest sell-out gig in the venue’s history, which is totally unsurprising.

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My Chemical Romance (Australian Exclusive)
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