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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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This hierophant is a great example of just how good Kat Black is with collaging this deck together. This image looks like a whole. Just like every part was there from the beginning, the cathedral, the pope, the staff, the monks… But they are from several different paintings. The role of a good spiritual shephard is to make sense out of disparate pieces, bringing order to chaos. Only problem is that our lives as humans are not as orderly as that. Too often the brining about of order is at a high cost, that of free thought and expression.

Right now there is a TV serie in just 3 parts that I am watching called ‘Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar’ (never wipe tears without gloves) and it is about the lives of a group of homosexuals in the 80:ies, just around the outbreak of AIDS and one of the persons is a Jehovas Witness. The TV show is so to the point, so exactly and so devastating in the way it shows how Jehova’s Witnesses did and still do shun everyone not in the fold of the righteous. No wonder so many of us have problems with this card, with this kind of authority.