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Angel Lore

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Specific angels exist for each: day of the week, month, phase of the moon, season, planet, zodiac, 4 directions, and hour of the day! In fact, there’s an angel for just about any occasion!

Our history is rife with lore about angels’ victories, meetings, tasks, and fall from Heaven. Oddly enough, and except for few, their actual names are NOT found in the Bible.

Where do all those angel names come from?

Most of what we know about angels comes from texts other than scripture. Oh sure, there’s the occasion mention of angels in the Bible, but they are described very ambiguously.

So from where does angel lore derive? Many of the names, classifications, rankings, and legends come from apocryphal texts.

the fall2Apocryphal = a text which has been determined to be unauthentic, and/or has dubious origins and/or an unreliable author.

Here’s a list of texts–authentic and not–that discuss angels. Disclaimer: Any inaccuracies are my own, and it is not my intent to marginalize or promote the authenticity of any ancient text. In other words, I’m 100% certain many people know a whole lot more about the texts listed below than I. 

  • 1. The Koran: specifies 7 angels by name
  • 2. The Bible: specifies 3 angels by name
  • 3. The Book of Tobit: Considered apocrypha, although a few fragments were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • 4. The Talmud names a few angels, like Uriel, Reziel,and Metatron,
  • 5. The Zohar: The go-to guide for Jewish mystical Kabalistic philosophy and teachings
  • 6.The Book of Jubilees: Considered pseudepigraphia ( a false work ) by most Christian religions. Early Christians were familiar with this text. ( Interesting reading! One of the characters discusses this dubious text in the 2nd novel of the Merkabah series)
  • 7. The Book of Enoch: Also considered pseudepigraphia. Written by–guess who–Enoch, great great great grandson of Noah. (Also used in research for the 2nd novel)
  • 8. the grimoires: Super spooky incantations and black magic stuff

the zoharIn later years:

  • Paradise Lost by Milton: An epic poem about the fall of man ( in case you were sleeping in class the day the teacher read an excerpt ).
  • Lucifer by Vondal: A 17th century playwright who wrote about the battle between Lucifer and Michael–and both their armies.
  • The Hierarchy of Blessed Angels by Heywood: A long poem by a British playwright in the 17th century.
  • State of Innocence by Dryden: An operetic adaptation of Paradise Lost
  • The Messiah by Klopstock: A German poet whose subject matter of his epic lyrical poems rattled more than a few Christian leaders.

For more on angels click Angel Lore 2 and Angel Lore 3

Related Links: The Archangels; The Archangels 2Angel Hierarchy;
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The Archangels

We are familiar with the 2 most famous archangels, Michael and Gabriel, but according to liturgical sources, there are 8 Princes of the Archangel Order.

Metatron
  • This angel has several titles. Prince of Angels, Angel of the Covenant, Chancellor of Heaven. He’s the link between the Human and the Divine.
  •  He wrestled with Jacob.
  • and is the Watchman of the Night.
  • According to Kabbalah, Metatron led the the People of Israel into the desert.
  • Reportedly (?) he is the tallest angel in Heaven (perhaps that’s a metaphor)  and has been known to appear as a tower of fire.
  • Zoroastrians believe he is bigger than the world itself!
  • Many believe he is ranked higher than Michael or Gabriel.

RaphaelRaphael
  • This angel is first mentioned in the Book of Tobit.  ( a questionable text)
  • He is responsible for healing men’s wounds,
  • Thought to be one of the 3 angels who visited Abraham.
  • Healed Jacob after Metatron roughed him up.
  • Some believe he gave medical advice to Noah after the flood.
  •  Liturgical texts say Raphael guards the Tree of Life ( don’t confuse with the Tree of Knowledge).
  •  A few believe he is one of the 7 angels of the Apocalypse.
  • The SparkNotes version: Raphael is the angel of healing.

MichaelMichael
  • Translation: “who is as God.”
  • Islamic, Christian, and Jewish texts all agree that Michael is one of the greatest angels.
  • He is the angel of repentance and mercy.
  • Conqueror (sort of) of Satan
  • One of the angels who laid waste to the army at Sennacherib. ( Whole army–bam–just dead for no apparent reason–Jews win. )
  • Prevented Abraham, who was proving his obedience to God, from sacrificing his only son.
  • Appears as a burning bush.
  • Argued with Satan over the burial rites for Moses.
  • Holds the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • Destroyed Babylon
  • The above is just a small sampling of his deeds.
GabrielGabriel
  • “God is my strength.”
  • Angel of mercy, resurrection, death, and vengence
  • Along with Michael, he is the only angel mentioned by name in the Old Testament.
  • Oversees paradise (nice gig)
  • Sits at the left hand of God
  • Attributed with having 140 pairs of wings
  • Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Rescued a few Holy men from incineration.
  • Was kicked out of Heaven for a bit because he did not do exactly as God ordered.
  • Gave Mary of Nazareth the good news.
  • Spoke to Joan of Arc
Angel fun fact:  Most angel names end with the suffix “el,” which translates as
“of God.”

 

Barbiel:
  • The angel for the month of October and February
  • Has the distinction of being one of 7 Electors (in the Underworld)  who is under the rule of Zaphiel ( aka, ruler of the Order of  Cherubim)
Jehudiel:
  • Rules the movements of the celestial spheres
  • Not always included in the archangel list

Barachiel/ Barakile/Barkiel:
  • The lightening of God
  • Ruler of February
  • Prince of the Order of Confessors
  • One of 4 ruling seraphim
  • Ruler of the planet Saturn and zodiac signs Scorpio and Pisces
  • One of 3 angels you want to call upon in a game of chance (The Vegas angel?)
  • Ruler/Prince of the 2nd Heaven

angel 6Satan ( before the Fall):

  • Some scholars believe that Satan and Lucifer and not one in the same. Lucifer is thought to refer to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon.  Some believe that St. Jerome mixed up his reading of Isaiah 14:12. The mix-up is perpetrated by Milton in Paradise Lost.
  • The term is used to denote an office/position, not a specific angel
  • Hebrew name meaning “adversary”
  • Originally  ha-satan: cheif of seraphim, head of the Order of Virtues
  • The Talmud says he was created on the 6th day of creation
  • Has 12 wings instead of the “normal” 6
  • Prince of the power of air
  • Either took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden or used the serpent to tempt Eve
  • Not referred to as enemy of God until New Testament
  • By the way, there is no mention of fallen angels in the Old Testament.

 

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Angel week: Day 2

Yesterday’s blog gave a brief overview of Metatron, Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel.

Angel fun fact:  Most angel names end with the suffix “el,” which translates as “of God.”

The next 4 Princes of the celestial order are:

Barbiel:
  • The angel for the month of October and February
  • Has the distinction of being one of 7 Electors (in the Underworld)  who is under the rule of Zaphiel ( aka, ruler of the Order of  Cherubim)
Jehudiel:
  • Rules the movements of the celestial spheres
  • Not always included in the archangel list

Barachiel/ Barakile/Barkiel:
  • The lightening of God
  • Ruler of February
  • Prince of the Order of Confessors
  • One of 4 ruling seraphim
  • Ruler of the planet Saturn and zodiac signs Scorpio and Pisces
  • One of 3 angels you want to call upon in a game of chance (The Vegas angel?)
  • Ruler/Prince of the 2nd Heaven

angel 6Satan ( before the Fall):

  • Some scholars believe that Satan and Lucifer and not one in the same. Lucifer is thought to refer to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon.  Some believe that St. Jerome mixed up his reading of Isaiah 14:12. The mix-up is perpetrated by Milton in Paradise Lost.
  • The term is used to denote an office/position, not a specific angel
  • Hebrew name meaning “adversary”
  • Originally  ha-satan: cheif of seraphim, head of the Order of Virtues
  • The Talmud says he was created on the 6th day of creation
  • Has 12 wings instead of the “normal” 6
  • Prince of the power of air
  • Either took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden or used the serpent to tempt Eve
  • Not referred to as enemy of God until New Testament
  • By the way, there is no mention of fallen angels in the Old Testament.

Related Posts: The Archangels; Angel Hierarchy

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