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Devilish Details

angel 4Heaven. Hell. Angels. Demons. A world of difference? Or a difference of worlds?

The devil’s in the details!

Folks often use the names “Lucifer” and “Satan” as though they were interchangeable and one in the same. They’re not.

Isaiah 14:12 reads: How art though fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning. Scholars believe this was a reference to Nebuchadnezzar–King of Babylon.

Lucifer translates as “giver of light”  and refers to the morning or evening star. In fact, fallen or evil angels are not mentioned in the Old Testament. However, in Job 4:18, the Lord says that he puts “no trust in his angels” and “charged them with folly” ( which doesn’t sound very angelic, does it?)

St Jerome and other church elders assumed that  Lucifer and Satan were the same being. Milton perpetuated the mix-up by naming the demon of pride Lucifer in  Paradise Lost. The name is also used by Vondel in an epic poem.

Satan, on the other hand, means “adversary” in Hebrew and is mentioned in Numbers 22:22.  Biblical scholars believe the word denotes a position or job–and  is not connected to Evil or an evil entity.

Different interpretations and nuances provide lots of ambiguity regarding Satan.

Here’s a few quick facts to make your head spin. (LOL)

  • ha-satan was the chief of the seraphim order and the order of virtues
  • note: seraphim are portrayed as having 6 wings, whereas Satan had 12
  • Described as the the “prince of this world” in John 16:11
  • Described as Prince of the Power of the Air in Ephesians 2:2
  • Some scholars contend that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was an avatar of Satan OR worked/spoke through the snake
  • The New Testament  is where Satan is first equated with an Evil/Sinful being
  • The Talmud states that Satan was created on the 6th day
  • Cabalistic doctrine contend that Satan will get his old titles back ( sometime in the future)
  • Satan  also goes by the name  “the ugly one”
  • Other names for Satan: Angel of Edom, Sammael, Azazel, Gadreel, Duma, Beliel, Beliar Mastema.

This is just a small fraction of the information I researched for my Merkabah series, a SassySmartSexy blend where legends, lies, and mystical mayhem thwart an empathic investigator’s attempts to solve paranormal crimes.

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Fiends from Hell

satan1a summer of symbolism continues…

Evil as pure thought–not so scary. Evil made  flesh—YIKES!

Demons come in all shapes and sizes, offering a multitude of guises, but they all represent the darker side of man  We have a plethora of names for Evil from arch fiend to hellion to vampire–every culture has their own set of evil minions and Evil Lords.

Here’s a tiny sample of Evil Incarnate:

Note: Tomes have been written about each demon, this is a VERY simplified (blog-sized) version.

Ahriman: One of, if not the first religion to espouse the dualistic doctrine of Good vs Evil comes from Zoroastrianism ( ancient Persia). Ahriman symbolized “The Lie” that was avarice, anger, and jealousy.

Asuras: A power-hungry cabal in Hindu mythology who were always warring with the gods. They started out Good, but  eventually changed. They’re not so much devils who symbolize Evil as much as they represent drought, flood, and plague–tragic occurrences that bring out the evil in men.

Galla: A 7-demon collective with Mesopotamian origins who kidnap people at night and drag them into the underworld. The “offspring of Hell” symbolize death and terror.

Mara’s daughters: Symbolic of temptation in Buddhism, Daddy Mara sent his gorgeous daughters to distract Buddha from his meditations. Didn’t work! Mara symbolizes unholy impulses, distracting man from pursuing a wholesome and spiritual life. Can you say Tempter?

Rahu: If you try to drink from the Cup of Immortality (amrita), heads will roll! Yours! That was Rahu’s fate, a beheaded asura whose head became immortal! His job is to create chaos and wickedness. He is also symbolic of rapid success without wisdom and a desire for material possessions.

Seth/Set:  The nasty Egyptian god of darkness, chaos, storms, and foreign invaders. Toseth become supreme ruler he chopped his brother Osiris into pieces (so he couldn’t be resurrected).

Ravana: Hailing from Sri Lanka, this god of 10 heads is  symbolic of man’s ego. Lots of strong arms help Ravana indulge his greed. He causes people to scream in anguish, and his belly holds the nectar of immortality.

Tikoloshe/Tokoloshe: South African mini-demons who like to attack at night, these mischievous trouble makers (OK, that’s redundant) have been known to bring about illness and cause death. Call in the local witch doctor if one is following you!

Symbols of Satan from Christianity:

…of horns and tridents: Early Christians demonized many pagan symbols.

Poseidon/Neptune–God of the Seas– used the trident as a weapon to form water, generate earthquakes, and cause tidal waves. Early Christians demonized the trident by making it a symbol of Satan. (Hindu God Shiva also carries a 3-pronged spear)

bacchusHorns weren’t always a symbol of the devil. Cerunnos is a  mysterious Celtic god who possessed a nice set of horns on his head. He lacked a good publicist though because little is written about him. Some believe he is the god of nature and fertility. He is identified by the neck rings or torcs around his horns/antlers.

Bacchus/Dionysus the wine, sex, fertility god enjoyed morphing into a bull. Romans outlawed the wine-induced frenzy and fornicating rituals of his followers. Some believe our image of Satan comes from the demonization of Bacchus.

The Grimoire of Honorius: Need an evil incantation? This is the go-to guide for all evil doers. Published in the 17th century, the book contained spells, chants, and instructions for all your demon-summoning needs.

Black Mass: Lovers of Satan turn the cross upside-down (also known as Peter’s Cross) and reverse the service. For example, blood instead of wine is drunk from the cup.

Note: I teach literary analysis ( must pay the bills) and remind my students to look closely at the symbolism in a novel. Why did the author include that fruit? Or name the character Neil? Why is the protagonist sitting under a pear tree? Why is her dress blue? Before jumping to any symbolic conclusions however, we look at the symbol in context of setting, history, and culture.

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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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The Archangels-2

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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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