Sunday, March 7, 2010

Angels we have heard on high...

A bit of a break from the bloodsuckers this week (though not completely; some angels are also vamps, don't ya know).  Thought I'd start out with a hierarchy of angels according to Christian teachings.  It varies with Jewish, Islamic, but I want to keep this simple.  For a more thorough explanation see Wikipedia and I've added links for further perusal.  It's very interesting reading.

The FIRST SPHERE are the heavenly guardians of God's throne and govern creation:
~~  Seraphim - continuously shout praises.  Their name means 'the burning ones'. Highest order.
~~  Cherubim - possessed of four faces: man, ox, lion, and eagle.  They are protectors. Name means 'fullness of knowledge'.  Was that the one featured in the X-Files episode?
~~  Thrones - living symbols of God's justice and authority.  Known as the 'many eyed ones'

The SECOND SPHERE are the governors of the cosmos:
~~  Dominions - leaders who regulate the duties of lower angels.  Rarely reveal themselves to mortals.
~~  Virtues - maintains the order of the cosmos.  Known as the 'shining ones'
~~  Powers - collaborate in power and authority with the Principalities.  Warrior angels.

The THIRD SPHERE populated with heavenly messengers and soldiers who govern the world:
~~  Principalities - bequeath blessings to the materiel world.
~~  Archangels - the highest ranking angels. Michael is only angel specifically names archangel.
~~  Angels - the lowest order of angels.  Deal most often with living things.  Messengers to mankind.

One of my favorite depictions of Angels is Albrecht Durer's Melencholia (above).

Supernatural fans here's a great link to the show's Angel lore.

Stop in tomorrow for an interview with Skyler White, author of and Falling Fly.


Sarah from Scare Sarah said...

Ooh, you learn something new every day!

The angels in Supernatural were very cool.

Anonymous said...

Great post today, Michele! If you really want a great source of Angel Lore, I highly recommend A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson. I gives examples of Malachim (angelic script), lists the angel for each hour of the day, and even gives some spells for calling upon angels! It's the resource I use when I need to add angel lore in my novels.

Michele Hauf said...

I'll have to check that one out, Nicole. My fav book on angels is ANGELS by Malcom Godwin. I'm going to do a book day (maybe tuesday) listing angel recommendations, and hope others will add theirs as well.

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Thanks for the interesting and informative post Michele, now know more than thought possible about angels high and low...

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Anonymous said...

Isn't Gabriel also mentioned as an Archangel; and I believe the angel in revelations is too.