In the Radiant version, an angel with purple and red wings blows on a trumpet. Roused by his call, families rise up from their watery graves, their blue bodies contrasting starkly with their blond hair. The mountains in the background are snow-capped, adding to the sense of cold, but also speaking of higher truths for which we can strive.
This is clearly an "end of days" scenario, but what it brings to mind for me is the idea of leaving behind old ways of behaving, old patterns, habits and ways of life. We hear a calling, a trumpet bugling to wake us up and guide us towards something new.
The Tarot of the New Vision shows us the same scene, but looking from behind the angel. His wings only show red, and the tufts of his hair look very flame-like. This trumpeting wakes us up, burns away the old, and fills us with new enthusiasm, a new sense of purpose - all traits linked to the element of fire. The people in this image rise up looking far more natural - tan skin and brown hair.
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Although the family rises up as one, I wonder whether each person hears something different in the call. Their expressions and body posture suggests that might be the case. The man cranes his head up at an uncomfortable-looking angle, hands pulled in close to his chest. The woman gazes more gently upward, with her arms held straight out in front of her, and the child has hir arms spread wide, mouth open as though cheering. Some of us may find it uncomfortable to contemplate changing our circumstances, unsure whether we wish to heed the call we hear. Others may welcome it, but feel in need of help to achieve such changes, whether big or small. Finally, if we can look on things with child-like innocence and joy, we may welcome the chance for a new beginning, excited by the prospect of an adventure into the unknown.
Today, I hear Sheryl Crow's voice singing A Change Would Do You Good :)
Unfortunately, the biggest change today seems to be in the weather, which is cooling down and threatening rain again: so much for our summer, which lasted less than a week :(
I also hear a call to change my view of sweet foods. On Friday night at the party I ate a couple of chocolate brownies (and very delicious they were, too). However, yesterday I had an ocular migraine (not painful like a regular migraine, but my vision goes blurry, and can even disappear entirely). I only found out recently what this phenomenon was, though I've been having these episodes for at least twenty years. Reading up on it, they can be triggered by chocolate! So, another good reason not to eat it, and I resisted yesterday though the pull was strong. Changing habits doesn't necessarily happen overnight, but I am hearing a strong message that this really isn't good for me, enough already! The more reasons I have not to eat sweets, the more ammunition I have to help myself stop.
I am grateful for a call to change my eating habits.