This is the call to arms, the call to action, and the call to stand up and be counted for what you believe in. In the Rider-Waite card we see the figures rising up from boxes to embrace the proclamation of the Angel. They are floating on water as if they were the survivors of the wreck of Noah’s Ark.
This card in a reading could speak of being spared or let off, to be given a chance of survival and renewal. It is a card of maintaining faith and sticking to your convictions regardless of ridicule or bullying. You will come through and out of a bad situation.
In a higher sense, it is a literal “calling card”. It means you are being asked to take up your calling – you are being given an opportunity.
Insiders Tarot Tip: Notice the three figures on the Waite-Smith Tarot? They are all holding their arms in a particular position. If you turn the card upside down you can see they are forming three letters – L V and X. This is the Latin, LVX, LUX, meaning “light”. The figures are being called into the Light. These were three ritual positions in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a magical order of which A. E. Waite was an initiate.
You can mention this in a reading to say that the person is being called to their highest light.