The last three trumpets, which are at the same time the three woes, are introduced by the vision of the eagle flying in the midst of heaven. We hear three times woe, woe, woe. This has in Greek a different sound than in English: ouaie, ouaie, ouaie. It is a developing row of vowels, that contains much more than a lamentation.
Schult (p.148) sees in the eagle a sign of new spirituality, which is going to be developed in man. After the purification of the four lower aspects of man (the physical, etheric, astral and mental or I aspect) during the blowing of the first four trumpets, the three aspects of the higher self, the eagle aspects, will develop themselves during the blowing of the last three trumpets. But where the gates to heaven are opened, the gates to hell present themselves too. The path to the higher self goes through death. ‘The eagles will be gathered together where the carcass is’ (Matthew 24:28).
Above the star constellations of winter solstice, Sagittarius and Capricornus, we find the constellation of the ‘flying eagle’, so called to distinguish it from the ‘falling eagle’. According to Schult, the falling eagle corresponds with the present constellation Lyra. The brightest star in Lyra is Vega, which originally meant ‘falling eagle’.
The flying eagle in the midst of heaven, means that it is flying through the midst of the bow of the ecliptic from Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius till Pisces, which lays in winter above the horizon and represents the underworld. The seven other constellations of the zodiac represent the world of light and stand high in the nightly sky during summer.
The flying eagle appears when the fifth trumpet is going to be blown, because at the birth of Jesus Christ the vernal point of the Sun moves from the light part of the zodiac, Aries, to the dark side which starts with Pisces. Christ enters the dark Hades during his descent into hell to conquer death and devil. The eagle flying in the midst of heaven is against this background not only a warning for the destruction that is going to follow in the underworld, but at the same time it is a symbol of hope as it represents the Christ, going to overcome darkness.