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viscontijudgementYeah that is the monthly illustrated magazine directed to devout Jehovah’s Witnesses and the flock they tried to gain by knocking on doors. Filled with images of tigers and lambs and racially segregated couples.  Today’s card from Visconti is of course Judgement. Angels blasting horns in the sky, God our Almighty Father with sword and globe looking on and the dead rising from their tomb.

Matthew 24:31 ‘And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other’

Of course the purpose to the whole thing is for us to engage in some more killing. The Great War against Satan and his devils and all evil men that later will be laying rotting on the battlefield earth where bird will pick out their eyes and feed upon them. Somehow they never illustrated that part in Awake! The stories themselves were enough to send my little cousins crying. I didn’t grow up in the cult but I matured into it, in a twisted way. When I was 11 we moved up to the north of Sweden and close to my aunt and uncle and my cousins on my mothers side that were Witnesses. At 17 I was baptized and filled my journal with feverish entries about guilt and glory. At 20 I left, I just packed my bags and moved away from it all, started to study and started with all those forbidden things, sex, getting drunk, smoking, tarot. That was the nail in the coffin. Tarot was demonic, I was so doomed. And so happy 😀

So for me this card is a reminder of a REAL awakening. The one where I heard my own calling. Just a note to say I still dearly love my aunt and uncle and all the cousins too, I just do not GET it. I don’t get it. They are intelligent people living in some self-chosen illusion. *sigh* Perhaps that really is their calling and I am wrong to judge them for it. They seem happy enough.

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About jema

Dreamer, tarot reader and hobo librarian

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  1. Ye gods, I didn’t know they had large groups of feverish, glazed-eyed followers handing out “Awake!” pamphlets in Sweden! Too bad religions don’t emphasize the “love one another” aspect and instead choose to evangelize (read: conquer) the world. I had my wake-up call around thirty after really listening to what they were teaching my toddler daughter. I left and never looked back.

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    • I once was one of them door-knockers, always hated it though and of course felt terribly guilty for hating it since you were supposed to LOVE spreading the word and witness and all that.
      Today I still visit my aunt and since I am excommunicated they are not really supposed to have contact with me but at least they are not harsh that way, they love me still 😀

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