“6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood.  A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.”
The seven angels now blow their trumpets. These are the creative forces known as the seven spirits before the throne. They will now sound the new Christ forces of evolution into each spiritual centre in turn.
We begin with the heart Centre. When the first angel blows his trumpet, hail and fire mixed with blood follow. The first century Jewish reader would be immediately reminded of the ten plagues God sent on Egypt at the time of Moses to soften the heart of Pharoah. There is a plague that turns water into blood, and a plague of hail and fire. The story in Exodus refers back to the ancient Atlantean times when the heart Centre was being hardened and closed off. In Exodus the Pharoah is first softened, and then recants and “hardens his heart” again. The Pharoah represents the ruling intelligence of the heart centre.
Each centre in turn experiences the energies which will soften it again and experience a loss of its old energies and habits.
A third of the energies of each centre link it to the physical world and these are destroyed by the new energies which come from the heavens.
This began at the cross when Christ’s side is pierced and blood mixed with water comes out and pours into the earth. This initiates the transformation of the earth and the transformation of humanity.
When the second angel blows his trumpet, “something like a great mountain” descends into the adrenals centre. It is burning like fire. The adrenals is the centre of emotions, and Christ will purify the emotions by sending us the vision of higher consciousness, the mountain, which burns in our emotions like fire.
At the sounding of the third trumpet, a great star falls into the thyroid or throat centre. Our wilfulness now becomes bitter in the mouth, because we have been shown the results of our stubborn self-interest.
Sound bypasses the mind. We cannot shut it off. We experience the trumpet as summoning us to rise, take action, and prepare through the painful and bitter experiences of life, to enter into a new consciousness. Truth, as Rev Mario said, is pain. But pain also is Truth.
The Angers Tapestry is huge. It stretches 140m in length. To walk along it is to take a stroll through the Book of Revelation.
The first three angels blow their trumpets. If you have ever stood near to a trumpet being sounded, then you will know it can be ear-shattering. In that volume of sound, we are unable to think for a time. The Mystery teachings, the esoteric teachings, the occult teachings - all of these beautiful and profound spiritual understandings, they cannot be understood by the intellect alone. In fact the intellect may well put up walls that need to be flattened by the spiritual powers.
For today let us live beyond the intellect. Watch your thoughts. Pray for power. Pray for compassion, and pray for understanding of others.
Don’t be taken in by the overabundance of intellectual knowledge. What we have to teach you on the intellectual level can be done in a year. What we have to teach you on the disciplinary, spiritual level, by which your mind is in control, by which you make the thoughts that you want to think, by which you can be detached, by which you can stand aside from whatever appears, that takes a long time. That is what makes a Metaphysician. Pray for power, pray for compassion. I wouldn’t dare say pray for love, just pray for compassion, that is enough for the time being. And try to understand the other person, that is good occultism.
Rev Mario Schoenmaker, The Book of Revelation, 1983 Lecture Series