The Gabriel Ratchet. Judgement Day. Gabriel’s Trumpets.

Work today on The Gabriel Ratchet. In the Middle Ages, the cries of migrating wild geese flying by night were explained as the baying of supernatural creatures of judgment. From Gabrielle rache, fr. Gabriel, one of the seven archangels, thought of as blowing a trumpet on Judgment Day.

I’ve always loved Giotto’s The Lamentation. I love the arrangement of little lamenting angel-things with their piteous, contorted faces against the cobalt sky. I certainly had it in mind when I was arranging my judgement-goose creatures in the sky.


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