- The Wake World
The original version of this card was influenced by 1 Corinthians 15:51-52:
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” - KJV
It depicts individuals rising from the dead at the call of the last trump. Some Catholics believe that this is connected with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
In Thelema, this “Second Coming” has already occurred, and it is synonymous with the coming of the Antichrist, as described in Revelation 13:1 - 18, which is the reception of the Book of the Law. (The union of opposites is a theme deeply engrained into Thelema.)
Originally, this resurrection was only reserved for the pious and exalted. Thelema instead gives this opportunity to everyone. As J. Daniel Gunther notes in the chapter “The Awakening”:
“...the perspective of the candidate in this Aeon is that of affirming the light as within and not “above” or “without.” As unique stars in the body of heaven we are lights unto ourselves and lamps unto our own feet.” - (pg. 58).
The trumpet has been sounded, and its music is The Stélé of Revealing. The pamphlet given at the performance is Liber Legis. And the way forward is the work of the Outer College.