Alt names: The Aeon
Keywords: Revival, renewal, resurrection, evaluation, invitation
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Range of meanings

Light: Receiving a wake-up call. Discovering a new purpose in life. Becoming totally and completely yourself. Receiving a well-deserved reward. Passing an evaluation or examination. Welcoming the start of a new phase of life.

Shadow: Being weighed in the balances and found wanting. Failing to measure up to a well-defined standard. Being caught goofing off or misbehaving. Failing to prepare for an examination you know is coming. Rejecting an opportunity to reinvent yourself.

Questions to ask

  1. Who needs a wake-up call?
  2. How would your life change if you put a fear of death or loss aside?
  3. In what way do you need to be reborn?
  4. What is the main thing I need to realize about myself?
  5. If I were to reinvent myself, what would I become?


Personal Growth: The assessments of others cannot impact your true value. The only standard you must meet is being the very best version of yourself you can be. Identify your next steps, and take them. Don’t do this for others; do it for you.

Work: If something or someone is holding you back, it’s time for a “Come to Jesus Meeting” — a time to air dirty laundry, read someone the riot act, or say out loud what, to this point, has only been said in private. Identify the problem and eliminate it before the decay spreads to other efforts. If things are going well, use this as an opportunity to define why, so you can replicate your success elsewhere.

Relationships: Freshen your relationship by taking advantage of opportunities to reinvent yourself (and each other). Swap roles. Seek out entertainment you would normally avoid. Shatter habits and breath new life into your partnerships. What you learn in the process could be a wake-up call for you both.

Spirituality: With a shock, we realize the impermanent nature of this world. Use this sudden insight to your advantage. Answer the trumpet call and reinvent yourself by refusing to cling to distractions. Set aside your stumbling blocks and embrace transformation.

Fortune-Telling: An old issue you thought was over will come up again today. Get ready for huge changes: break-ups, sudden calls from old friends, and unexpected setbacks. God’s trying to get your attention.


Element: Fire

Hebrew: Sin/Tooth/300

Archetype: Resurrection

Religions: The resurrected Christ. The Last Judgment of Revelation. The phoenix, which rises to new life from its own ashes.

Fool's Journey: Having earned a victory, the main character sees himself or herself differently. Alternatively, others see the main character in a new and flattering light.

The Number 2: The Other: Division, debate, duality.

Gabriel: In the apocalyptic visions of the Book of Revelation, Gabriel summons the dead from their slumber with a blast of his trumpet.

Crossed Banner: In Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, scholar Robert Place identifies this as Constantine’s victory flag. “When held by Christ or Gabriel, it represents victory over death.”

Resurrected Dead: In both the Marseilles and RWS-influenced cards, the risen show only positive emotions. The trumpet call liberates and re-creates them.

Content generously licensed from Mark McElroy via TarotTools.com.