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In traditional images we see an angel, often identified as the Archangel Gabriel, blowing a horn above coffins from which rise a man, woman and child. (For more on which angel is associated with which tarot card, check out this post from Christiane at Cosmic Faery's Tarot, and for an in-depth look at Archangel Gabriel, why not check out these insights from Lisa at Seer Pathways.)
Here, though, we have a grey-haired man and woman, and what I take to be a bald man, all rising from a single hole in the ground. The woman, at least, seems to be wrapped in bandages; perhaps the way corpses were prepared thousands of years ago, at the time of Christ. It could still be a family grouping, but is less obviously so. It suggests rising up, but after a long life, with much wisdom accrued.
I also really like the angelic figure. It illuminates the figures below, while seeming to emerge from a space/time rift. It also holds a trumpet, calling the people's spirits up, and has small wings. They seem magical rather than physical, though as with the bumblebee, perhaps these are small but amazingly effective wings... I notice, too, the bubbles that seem to emerge from the same place as the angel, floating off into the sky.
Altogether, this image has a feeling of wisdom, and of moving up to a new level, changing the way we see things entirely. If we pass through a space/time rift, what would we find on the other side? Angels or aliens, our future selves or something else entirely? This card gives me a feeling of wonder and possibility...
Over the weekend, I heard a call, a push to change. I'm hoping today I'll have some time to put that into practice. It was to do with the Celtic Lenormand. Firstly, I have been inspired to change the format of the card descriptions quite considerably, and have already re-written three of them. Secondly, I feel the push to make sure I do at least a card a day. Will Worthington says he'll have the artwork finished earlier than scheduled, hopefully by the start of May. So, I'd like to get the book done by then, too! I figure, one card at a time the job won't seem to big. Finally, reading over what I'd already written I saw where I still need to do some more research, so time to get on it! Hopefully, a little music will help inspire me: Sheryl Crow's A Change Would Do You Good :)
I am grateful for the call to take things in a new direction.