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Stefanus
9th April 2010, 21:38
The Angelic Pantheon is composed of the Angels found in ancient scriptures, texts, and writings of the primary and secondary religious cultures. These records are the foundation of the study of Angels and is referred to as Angelology. The branch of Theology that is concerned with Angels.

Angelology, as a branch of Theology, is specific to Angels and covers their origin, nature, fall, classification, work, destiny, history, and interaction with humans, among other subjects.

Angel-ology not only delves into these studies, but also points to the existance of Angels in other cultures where the absense of structured religions and records allowed Angels to be known by other names and their influence attributed to other entities.

Without question, there is an amazing simile between "Supernatural" entities within the myths and legends of other cultures to those whom we refer to as Angels. We believe that those similarities, regardless of the "teller" or source, simply add to the credence that these beings did and continue to exist!


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When exploring the Angelic Pantheon, note that its inhabitants are divided into several different classifications including Hierarchies, Choirs, and Groups:

There are three hierarchies and nine choirs in the angelic society. They are in descending order of their closeness to God.

The First Hierarchy – those closest to God

Seraphim – the first choir
Cherubim – the second choir
Thrones – the third choir

The Seraphim Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3049&viewfull=1#post3049), is the highest class of celestial beings and the first Angels ever created. The word Seraphim is the plural for Seraph. The word Seraph is a conjunction of two Hebrew words, Rapha meaning healer, and Ser meaning Guardian Angel (not the Guardian Angel's we are accustomed to).

The Cherubim Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3050&viewfull=1#post3050), is the second Order or Choir in the first Angel Hierarchy behind only the Seraphim. The name Cherubim means, "fullness of knowledge, or, wisdom."

The Thrones Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3051&viewfull=1#post3051), a.k.a. the Ophanim, is the third Choir in the first Hierarchy. Unfortunately, there has not been much mention or information given on the Thrones. They are said to have the strange appearance of a giant wheel covered with eyes.

The Second Hierarchy are the priest, princes or lords of the court

The angels of the second hierarchy are not very well known. They are kinda like the second or middle child in a family. They receive their commands from God through the Seraphim and Cherubim, the first children. Even though they are quite and have very little contact with mortals God has given them tremendous responsibilities.

Dominions – the fourth choir
Virtues – the fifth choir
Powers – the sixth choir

The Dominions Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3052&viewfull=1#post3052), a.k.a. the Hashmallim, is the highest Choir of the second Hierarchy. They usually appear as older, devinely beautiful humans with wings. In their duties, they watch over the lesser Angels and concern themselves with the details of existence.

The Virtues Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3053&viewfull=1#post3053), is ranked fifth in the total Hierarchy. These are the Angels who are sent to perform miracles on behalf of God. They were created at the same time as the Sphere and are charged with maintaining its heavenly aspects.

The Powers Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3054&viewfull=1#post3054), is sixth in the Hierarchical order. Powers are composed of members of the lower Angel and Archangel classes who have joined the "Angel Military." The purpose of the Powers is to keep the demons of Hell from overthrowing the Earth.

The Third Hierarchy - those closest to humanity

Principalities - the seventh choir
The Archangels - the 8th choir
Angels - the ninth choir

Of all the celestial beings in angelology, we are more familiar with the angels of the 3rd hierarchy which includes the 7th, 8th and 9th choirs.

I guess this may be what God intended since these choirs have direct contact with us.

The Principalities Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3055&viewfull=1#post3055), is the head of the third Hierarchy. Principalities deal directly with human issues within Heaven and report directly to the Virtues. Principalities are also the Angels assigned to watch over great Earthly things such as nations and religions.

The Archangels Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3056&viewfull=1#post3056), is the second to the bottom tier of the nine Hierarchical levels. The Archangels are an elite group of Angels. Although these Angels are supposed to help watch over the true or common Angels, and represent a lower class, most of the Angels described as being Archangels are in fact Seraphim, Cherubim or Dominions.

The Angels Choir (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/501-Angelology?p=3057&viewfull=1#post3057), is the lowest class of the nine Hierarchical levels. By number, Angels are the largest of the Orders or Choirs many times over. Angels are the "messengers of God." In the Bible, and other scriptural or pseudo-scriptural works, they travel about telling men what it is that God desires of them.



"A real friend is like an Angel who warns you by her presence and remembers you in her prayers."

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 21:38
The Seraphim Choir

The Seraphim (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/508-The-Seraphim) Angels Hierarchy: First Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: First Choir
Classified: Seraphim
Origin of Name: The word Seraphim is the plural for Seraph. The word Seraph is a conjunction of two Hebrew words, Rapha meaning healer, and Ser meaning Guardian Angel (not the Guardian Angel's we are accustomed to)

Reports to: God
Angels: Barakiel, Jehoel, Jelial (a.k.a. Jeliel), Kemuel, Metatron (a.k.a. Metratton, Mittron, Metaraon, Merraton), Michael (a.k.a. Mikael, Mikha'il), Nathanael, Saraphiel, Uriel, Satan (Before his fall)

Physical Appearance:

The physical appearance of a Seraphim Angel is fearsome
The Seraphim Angel is very tall
Seraphim Angels have six wings and four heads
Of the six wings, two cover their faces, two cover their feet, and two are for flying
The four heads of the Seraphim point to the four points of the compass
It is said a Seraphim's true appearance is so bright, that no living being can lay eyes upon them. In fact, it is said, even the Cherubim cannot lay eyes upon them


Symbolized By:

Six wings
Four heads


Primary Role(s):

They reflect God's goodness and His Absolute Holiness
The Seraphim are the leaders of the Angel race
The Seraphim are the defenders of the Creator
The Seraphim are the class of Angel to surround the Throne of God
The Seraphim revolve around God's Throne praising him by calling, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts"
Their numbers are unknown although some accounts say the Seraphim number in the millions
Enoch said there were originally only 4 Seraphim of which, one was purported to be Satan prior to his fall

Noted For:

The Seraphim Choir, is the highest class of celestial beings and the first Angels ever created
The Seraphim are Love Angels of the purest love
The intense love of the Seraphim protects the whole cosmos and guards our entire world as it pours down through the lower Eight Choirs of Angels
Due to their praise and nearness to God, the Seraphim are considered to be the Angels of God's love
By far, the Seraphim are the most powerful of Angels
Each Seraphim reflects God in a special way

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 21:57
The Cherubim Choir

The Cherubim (http://www.wendag.com/forum/showthread.php/506-The-Cherubim) Angels Hierarchy: First Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Second Choir
Classified: Cherubim
Origin of Name: Translated, the word means "fullness of knowledge, or, wisdom."
Alternate Name(s): Malakhim, Mal'akh
Reports to: God
Angels: Cherubiel, Gabriel, Haziel, Kerubiel, Ophaniel, Raphael, Sachiel, Uriel, Zophiel, Satan (Before his fall)

Physical Appearance:

The Cherubim have four wings and four heads
The four heads point to the four points of the compass
Cherubim are never mentioned as cute, chubby winged babies with flutes and harps as is depicted in so much "Angel art"


Primary Role(s):

Cherubim are the Angels of God's knowledge or wisdom
They are the spiritual leaders of Heaven
They have the capacity to understand and communicate divine knowledge for the Creator
They are the guardians of the fixed stars
They are keepers of the celestial records
They are the bestowers of knowledge


Noted For:

Cherubim are the first Angelic mention in the Bible and are referred to in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Hebrews
In the Book of Genesis it is the Cherubim who force Adam and Eve out of Eden and guard the gates to Paradise and the Tree of Life, with a flaming sword flashing back and forth. They will be there until the Day of Judgement
Cherubim are the carved figures on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant
In Islamic lore, the Cherubim were supposedly created out of the tears shed by the Archangel Michael for all the sins of humanity


Possible Origins:

The historical origins of their lore can possibly be traced to:

Assyria - whose term Karabu meant "great and mighty"
Akkadia - whose term Kuribu meant "propitious and blessed"
Babylonia - whose term Karabu meant "propitious and blessed"


Shedu, Human-Headed, Winged, BullIn some regions, the Assyro-Babylonian term came to refer to "Spirits" which served the gods. In particular to the Shedu which were human-headed, winged, bulls. Sometimes these Shedu were referred to as Kirubu, a term grammatically related to Karabu. The Karabu were represented as pairs of colossal stone statues found on either side of objects to be protected, such as the entrances to temples and palaces.

A number of scholars have proposed that the Cherubim were originally a version of the Shedu. However, while the Shedu were popular in Mesopotamia, archaeological remains suggest that they were quite rare in the immediate vicinity of the Israelites.

On the other hand, the related Lammasu, the human-headed winged lions, (similar to the Sphinx in appearance), were the most popular winged-creature in Phoenician art. As a result, many scholars suspect that Cherubim were originally a form of Lammasu. This is based upon archeological findings and opinions that the Israelites arose as a subculture in Canaanite society. Hence, it was only natural for the Israelites to continue using Canaanite protective deities.

The Lammasu was originally depicted as having a king's head, a lion's body, and an eagle's wings. Because of the artistic beauty of the wings, they became the most prominent part in imagery. Wings were later were bestowed on men, thus forming the familiar image of an Angel.

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:05
The Thrones Choir

The Thrones Angels Hierarchy: First Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Third Choir
Classified: Thrones
Origin of Name: Their name comes from the idea that all the power of divinity rests on their shoulders
Alternate Name(s): Ophanim, Ofanim, Galgallin, Wheels, Great Wheels, Many Eyed Ones, Arelim
Reports to: God
Throne Angels: Jophiel, Oriphiel, Paschar, Raphael, Raziel, Teoael, Zabkiel, Zaphkiel

Physical Appearance:

Thrones are said to have the strange appearance of a giant wheel covered with eyes.
It is not known how many wings Thrones have, if they have any at all, considering they are depicted as wheels.
As "bright and Shining as their brethren in the two higher choirs


Symbolized By:

A Throne
A Wheel
A wheel-like being with many eyes


Primary Role(s):

The Thrones are assigned to the Planets
The Thrones are instructors of humility
All the lower Choirs of Angels are dependent upon the Thrones to access God
The Thrones are so filled with humility that God carries out His Divine Justice through them
Thrones bring about God's justice
Thrones dispense the justice and power of God to the Angelic Court in charge of the Cosmos and the Earth
Thrones take great interest in human actions
Thrones may channel their energies through your Guardian Angel to carrying out an assignment from the Justice of God rather than deal with you directly
Through the Thrones, the power of justice comes to earth to help kings and rulers make the right judgements
Dispensing justice with perfect objectivity and without pride or ambition


Noted For:

Ezekiel 1:13-19 relates that Thrones take the form of wheels of fire, covered with eyes and wings
There is mention that Thrones are the transitory Angel and the personal attendants of the Creator’s will
Thrones are rarely seen, even by other Angels
Justice is important to the Thrones
Thrones are the third most powerful angelic order within the Hierarchy
Thrones are supposedly very swift and possibly the fastest of all the Angels
Thrones are Angels of "Pure Goodness" whose primary characteristic is "Pure Humility"
Being the wheels of the chariot of God
Being "the many-eyed ones"
Being intensely humble
Seeing truth clearly
Dionysius called them God bearing because they bear the grace of God within themselves

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:11
The Dominions Choir


The Dominions Choir of Angels Hierarchy: Second Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Fourth Choir
Classified: Dominions
Alternate Name(s): Dominations, Hashmallim, Kunatetes, Kuriotes
Reports to: The Thrones
Dominion Angels: Camael (a.k.a. Chamuel), Hashmal, Muriel, Vasiariah, Zacharael (a.k.a. Yahriel), Zadkiel

Physical Appearance:

Dominions usually appear as older, divinely beautiful humans with wings
Dominions are believed to wear green and gold
Dominions carry a sword and/or a scepter


Symbolized By:

Dominions are characterized as wielding orbs of light fastened to the heads of their sceptres or on the pommel of their swords


Primary Role(s):

Dominions, who receive their power and assignments from the Thrones, are the leadership over created matter
Dominions mediate their power to the lesser Choirs of Angels across the entire cosmos
The "Law of Cause and Effect" flows through them to all creation
Dominions administer to the lower Choirs of Angels, who interface with the cosmos and the people of the world, the proper things and attitudes to show people in order to preserve their happiness
Dominions transcend the sovereignty of the lesser Choirs of Angels, who are subject to them in obedience
Their assignment is the universe in which we dwell
They mediate the Holy Spirit of Love
Dominions are Ministers of God's Justice to the Cosmos and the world
Dominions rule, or dominate, angels in the lower orders
Dominions govern the forces of chaos, especially unruly passions
The Dominations, according to Dionysius, have the duty of regulating the tasks of Angels, and maintain the minute details of cosmic existence
The Dominations are said to regulate the duties of God
In their duties, Dominions concern themselves with the details of existence
Dominions are the Angels who preside over nations


Noted For:

Dominions are Angels of leadership
The highest of the Angels of the Cosmos
The Dominion Choir is noted for its vast power
The Dominions represent order and discipline
The Dominions are known as "Spirits of Wisdom"
Dominion Angels communicate the Holy Spirit of Love to us
Dominion Angels are filled with zeal for the splendor and order of creation
The Dominions, as bearers of Divine Wisdom and the gifts of the Holy Spirit
It is said the celestial letters of the Holy Name of God hang upon the ceiling in their heaven

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:17
The Virtues Choir

Virtues Angels at Christ's Ascension Hierarchy: Second Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Fifth Choir
Classified: Virtues
Alternate Name(s): Malakim, Dunamis, Tarshishim
Virtues Angels: Anael (a.k.a. Aniel, Hamiel, Haniel), Bariel, Gabriel, Melchizedek, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael, Mikha'il), Raphael, Tarshish, and Satan(el)

Physical Appearance:

Virtues look much like other Angels
Virtues entire body appears blurred and almost transparent
At times, Virtues may appear as young, winged children


Symbolized By:

Brilliance, as they are known as, "The Brilliant Ones"
Shining, as they are known as, "The Shining Ones"


Primary Role(s):

Virtues have control over all the Elements including the winds, rain, ice, and snow
The Sun, stars, planets, Moon and galaxies, are kept in their divinely appointed routes and are subject to the command of the Virtues
The Virtues govern all of nature
Virtues help us grow in holiness
Virtues help us to avoid accidents
The Virtues are the Angels in charge of making miracles
The Virtues take part in all the duties of the second triad, namely the ordering of the universe
A specific task of the Virtues is to preside over celestial life
the Virtues stow grace and valor within the mortal heart


Noted For:

Virtues are very strong Angels
Virtues are known as "Spirits of Motion"
Virtues have great love for humans and watch over us
Virtues are noted for making miracles
Virtues are particularly partial of people who try to go beyond their capabilities
Virtues give encouragement and help bolster a person's ability to survive hardship
Virtues are connected closely to the saints
Virtues possess divine strength
Virtues work miracles on earth
Virtues act as the chief givers of grace and valor
Through the Virtues, worthy saints can receive the ability to work miracles of healing
Virtues are the Angels who are sent to perform miracles on behalf of God
The Virtues were created at the same time as the Sphere
Virtues have the power to travel within the Sphere’s worlds
Virtues are mentioned as being the Angels at Christ's Ascension and the ones who comforted him before the his Crucifixion
It is said that two Virtues were present when Eve gave birth to Cain

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:23
The Powers Choir

The Powers Angels Hierarchy: Second Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Sixth Choir
Classified: Powers
Alternate Name(s): Dynamis, Potentates, Authorities, Potestas, Exousia
Powers Angels: Camael (a.k.a. Chamuel), Gabriel, Lucifer, Raphael, Verchiel (a.k.a. Varchiel)

Physical Appearance:

The Powers are described as "warlike and fierce"


Symbolized By:

The colors of green and gold
Powers carry a flaming sword


Primary Role(s):

The Powers, as described by Dionysius, are charged with the task of defeating the efforts of demons whose goal is to overthrow the world
The Powers defend of the Cosmos against all evil
The Powers are the guardians of all paths between Heaven and Earth
Powers assist the soul in overcoming temptation and evil thoughts
Powers are recognized as special "Warrior Angels" against evil
The Powers watch over of those who govern countries, cities, congregations, and agencies and will come to their assistance
A main purpose of the Powers is to constantly guard against any intrusion into Heaven or Earth by Hell's Legions
The Powers are the "Angel military"
The Powers are the bearers of conscience
The Powers are the keepers of history
Powers serve as advisers and policy planners
Powers specialize in reducing formulated ideologies into written documents and doctrines
The Powers oversee the distribution of power among mankind


Noted For:

Powers are vigilant against evil
The Powers are tireless defenders of goodness
Powers are so intelligent they can detect schemes and tricks before they happen
The Powers will send warnings to us when others seek to hurt us
Powers speak only in silence
The Powers are said to be the first groups of angels created by God on the second day of all creation
It is said that, during the War in Heaven, the greatest number of Angels fell from the Powers order
The Powers are said to have power over Satan
The Powers consist of the lower Angel and Archangel class who have joined the "Angel military"
The Powers are academically driven and concerned with ideology, philosophy, theology, religion, and the records that pertain to those studies
The Powers are "Warrior Angels" created to be completely loyal to God
The Powers are said to be the only order created after the fall
Some believe that no Powers Angel has ever fallen from Grace while others believe that some had fallen
Some believe that the Devil was the Chief of the Powers before he Fell
The Powers appear to collaborate, in power and authority with the Principalities

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:28
The Principalities Choir

The Principalities Angels Hierarchy: Third Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Seventh Choir
Classified: Principalities
Alternate Name(s): Principatus
Reports to: Virtues
Principalities Angels: Anael (a.k.a. Aniel, Hamiel, Haniel), Cervill, Melchizedek, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael, Mikha'il), Nisroch, Raphael, Zuriel

Physical Appearance:

The Principalities wear a crown and carry a scepter


Symbolized By:

Scepter
Cross
Sword


Primary Role(s):

The Principalities are Administrative Angels
Principalities are empowered by human behavior to influence the life-style of those who inhabit their sphere of influence
The Principalities have jurisdiction over those who govern people and places
They work with the Guardian Angels, who watch over every specific person
Principalities encourage prayer and spiritual development
Principalities have control over the lowest order of Angels
Principalities raise worthy individuals to political office
Principalities develop ideologies


Noted For:

The number of Principalities Angels is unknown however, they are countless
Each nation, city, province, town, village, and hamlet has a special Angel Principalitie whose job it is to guard and guide it with the help of the Guardian Angel assigned to that place
Some have referred to Principalities as Princes because they are beleived to be in charge of nations, cities, countries, regions, places, and communities
Principalities communicate ideas
Principalities "stir up" circumstances
Principalities can interfere in human affairs to accomplish the direct Will of God
The wisdom of the Principalities guide events to bring blessings of contentment and abundance to the places they protect
Principalities Angel Hamiel supposedly took the prophet Enoch up into Heaven when he died
Principalities Angel Cervill, also known as the Prince of Strength, aided David in his battle against Goliath
Principalities frequently receive permission to have direct dealings with mortals
Principalities have the ability to move the hearts and minds of mortals and perform miracles
Principalities seek to regulate and guide the thoughts and ethics of the leaders of the world
Principalities are removed from the actual being of God and are fully of this Earth as are the Archangels and Angels ranks below them
Principalities deal directly with human issues
The Principalities appear to collaborate, in power and authority with the Powers
Principalities are focused on specific lines of thought

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:29
The Archangels Choir

Hierarchy: Third Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Eighth Choir
Classified: Archangels
Origin of Name: The Etymology of the English word Archangel, originated from two Greek words archo, meaning the first in rule or power, and angelos meaning "messenger."


Pseudo-Dionysius Archangels: Chamuel (a.k.a. Camael), Gabriel, Jophiel, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Uriel, Zadkiel
Talismanic Archangels: Camael (a.k.a. Chamuel), Gabriel, Haniel (a.k.a. Anael, Aniel, Hamiel), Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Zadkiel, Zaphkiel
Ethiopic Enoch Archangels: Gabriel, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raguel, Raphael, Remiel, Uriel, Zerachiel
Hebrew Enoch Archangels: Baradiel, Baraqiel, Gabriel, Mikael (a.k.a. Michael), Shachaqiel, Shatqiel, Sidriel
Testament of Solomon Archangels: Adonael, Arael, Gabriel, Iaoth, Mikael (a.k.a. Michael), Sabrael, Uriel
Christian Gnostic Archangels: Barachiel, Gabriel, Jehudiel, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Sealtiel, Uriel
Gregory the Great Archangels: Gabriel, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Orifiel, Raphael, Samiel, Uriel, Zachariel
Geonic Lore Archangels: Aniel (a.k.a. Anael, Hamiel, Haniel), Famael, Gabriel, Kafziel, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Zadkiel
Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels Archangels: Adabiel, Chamuel (a.k.a. Camael), Gabriel, Haniel (a.k.a. Anael, Aniel, Hamiel), Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Zaphiel
Princes of the Archangels: Barachiel, Barbiel, Gabriel, Jehudiel, Metatron (a.k.a. Metratton, Mittron, Metaraon, Merraton), Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Satan (before his fall)
Eastern Orthodox Archangels: Barachiel, Gabriel, Jegudiel, Michael (a.k.a. Mikael), Raphael, Selaphiel (a.k.a. Salaphiel), Uriel

Primary Role(s):

Archangels have the unique role of being God's messenger to the people at critical times in history and salvation
Archangels bring messages of Divine decrees to earth
Archangels are called "the heralds of good news" and announce great and glorious events
Archangels receive understanding of God's will from the higher orders of Angels and relate it to the lower order of Angels that interact with humans
Archangels help watch over the true or common Angels

Noted For:

Archangels are generally taken to mean "chief or leading Angel"
Archangels may be of the Archangel Order/Choir, or, other hierarchial Orders/Choirs
Archangels are best known for their roles as messengers in the Bible
The Archangel Gabriel told Mary of her upcoming birth of Jesus Christ
Guardians of people and all physical things
Archangels are said to be very powerful
Archangels number seven in most texts composed by various sources and authorities. However, few of these sources reflect the same seven Archangels
Most of the Angels described as being Archangels are in fact Seraphim, Cherubim or Dominions which would imply that Archangels are not truly a distinct class, but rather an elite group of Angels given special purpose beyond that of their actual Order/Choir
Archangels are considered Angels of the world



"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth. Unseen, both when we are awake and when we sleep."

Stefanus
9th April 2010, 22:41
The Angels Choir

Angels Hierarchy: Third Angelic Triad
Order/Choir: Ninth Choir
Classified: Angels
Origin of Name: The Etymology of the English word Angel, originated from the Latin word angelus. That was derived from the Greek word angelos. Translated, the word means "messenger"
Alternate Name(s): Malakhim, Mal'akh
Reports to: The Principalities

Physical Appearance:

The common Angel has the appearance of a tall human with "phantom-like" wings


Primary Role(s):

Angels are the messengers of God traveling about telling men what it is that God desires of them either vocally or by influencing man's environment
A common Angel can only raise status by becoming a Power


Noted For:

Guardians of people and all physical things
By number, Angels are the largest of the Orders or Choirs many times over
The Angels Choir is the lowest class of the nine Hierarchical levels
Angels are mostly concerned with the affairs of living things
Within the category of Angels, there are many different kinds, with different functions
Angels can be found in many ancient and current cultures religions. For example:
Christianity - "Angels"
Judaism - "Angels"
Islam - "Shaitan" and "Jinn"
Zoroastrianism - "Amesha Spentas, Yazatas, and Fravashis"
Buddhist - "Devas"
Japanese - "Tennin"
Hindus - "Asuras"
American Indians had various names such as "Thunderbird"
and more

In the ancient Pagan myths of Greece and Rome, their gods and goddesses sent Angelic-like beings to earth as messengers to humans. In later times however, Pagan gods, goddesses, and Angels, were demoted to fairies and demons. Following is are examples of some of the "messengers they dispatched:
The goddess Isis
The winged Cupid as a messenger of love
Hermes a divine messenger with wings on his feet
The Greek Genius and Juno were terms for Guardian Angels, or Spirits, that could be the guardian of an individual, a family, or city. Each male child born had his own Genius, and each female born had her own Juno to watch over them throughout their entire life

Each nation, city, province, town, village, and hamlet has a special Principalities Angel whose job it is to guard and guide it. The Principalities Angel has the help and assistance of the Guardian Angel assigned to the location

Stefanus
10th April 2010, 18:52
MICHAEL (Archangel):

Michael is surely the best known of the archangels. Michael is acknowledged by all three Western sacred traditions. He is believed to appeared to Moses as the fire in the burning bush, and to have rescued Daniel and his friends from the lions' den.

To Christians, he's the angel who informed Mary of her approaching death.

Islamic lore tells us that his wings are the color of 'green emerald and are covered with saffron hairs, each of them containing a million faces and mouths and as many tongues which, in a million dialects, implore the pardon of Allah.'

In the Dead Sea Scrolls Michael emerges as the 'Prince of Light' fighting a war against the Sons of Darkness in which he leads the angelic battle against the legion of the fallen angel, Belial.

Michael is the protector of the Christian Church, guardian angel of Israel, and commander-in-chief of God's angel armies. He led them during a war in heaven in which Satan and his fallen angels were driven out of the clouds.

Even though he lives in the seventh heaven. Christian art and iconography shows Michael with a sword or with a scale weighing the souls of the dead.

GABRIEL (Archangel):

Gabriel seems to be our most frequent visitor from the higher realms. He astonished Mary, and her cousin Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, with the pronouncements concerning the births of their respective sons.

To the followers of Islam, Gabriel is the Spirit of Truth who dictated the Koran to Mohammed.

In Jewish legend it was Gabriel who parted the waters of the Red Sea so that the Hebrews could escape from the Pharaoh's soldiers.

According to court testimony of the time, it was Gabriel who came to Joan of Arc and inspired her to go to the aid of the dauphin (the eldest son of the king of France).

Gabriel's apparent ongoing interest in this planet is most probably due to his function as heavenly awakener, the angel of vibratory transformation.

Gabriel in Hebrew means 'man of God', and is seen as God's messenger.

Described as a human figure with long hair and multi-colored wings and often seen holding a scepter or lily.

RAPHAEL (Archangel):

Raphael is perhaps the most endearing of all the angels, and the one most frequently depicted in Western art. His image is featured on the canvases of such masters as Botticelli, Titian, and Rembrandt. He appears to be the high archangel charged with healing the Earth. Raphael is the travelers guide, guardian of youth. The ruler of the second heaven shows up in Christian paintings carrying a pilgrim's stick, a wallet and a fish. The poet Milton has Raphael eating supper with Adam and Eve in Eden.

Raphael's career seems to be peppered with medical missions. He healed the pain of circumcision for Abraham as the old man had not had the procedure done when he was young.

Raphael was then sent by God to cure poor Jacob's thigh after he'd bee n roughed up by Samael. And it's also claimed that Raphael gave Noah a much-prized 'medical book' after the flood. There's a legend that when Solomon prayed to God for aid in building the great temple in Jerusalem, Raphael personally delivered the gift of a magic ring with the power to subdue all demons. It was with this 'slave labor' that the Hebrew king completed the construction. Raphael has also been called 'a guide in hell,' which after all is where healing is needed the most.

URIEL (Archangel):

Uriel is ranked variously as a seraph, cherub, regent of the Sun, flame of God, presider over Hades and, in his best-known role, as the Archangel of Salvation.

Like Metatron, Uriel is said to be one of the angels of the Presence, a most high posting since only the highest voltage angels can sustain the presence of God. Uriel is thought to have been

"the spirit who stood at the gate of the lost Eden with the fiery sword."

The Book of Enoch tells us that it was Uriel who was sent by God to warn Noah of the impending flood, and elsewhere it is written that he disclosed the mysteries of the heavenly arcana to Ezra, and that he also led Abraham out of Ur in the Chaldean region.

Some have claimed that the divine art of alchemy was brought down to Earth by Uriel, and that it was also this angel who gave the Kabbalah, the Hebrew mystic tradition, to humankind.

METATRON (Cherubim):

In the world of Jewish mystics, came to hold the rank of the highest of the angels despite his not being mentioned in the Scriptures. The meaning of his name has never been satisfactorily explained although one interpretation of it is "one who occupies the throne next to the Divine throne.

In a number of traditional sources, Metatron is said to have been the prophet Enoch, who was taken up to Heaven and transformed into an angel of fire, with thirty-six pairs of wings, to continue his days as a celestial scribe.

Metatron has also been identified as the Liberating Angel and the one who wrestled with Jacob; the one who stayed Abraham's hand from sacrificing his son Isaac; and the one who led the Hebrews through the forty years in the wilderness.

In certain schools of mysticism, Metatron, said to be the tallest of all the heavenly beings, became known as Lesser YHWH. In Hebrew, the letters 'LHWH' stand for the most sacred and unpronounceable name of God." "As God has many names, so, too, Metatron was thought to have many names, the use of which was believed to offer the user protection and access to this great angel's powers. Yahoel, Yofiel, Surya, and Lad are just a few of his other names."

MELCHIZEDEK: Lived and taught 2000 years before the Christ!

Melchizedek, the Sage of Salem, is another of the few known cases of a high angel taking a human, very male, body. He appeared fully formed, some two thousand years before Christ, announcing that he was a servant of El El yon, the Most High. He then set up a teaching center over which he personally presided for ninety-four years.

It was Melchizedek who delivered God's Covenant to Abraham and introduced the revolutionary concept of salvation through pure faith to the thinking of the planet. He established an extraordinary wide-flung missionary program, centered in Salem, the ancient site of Jerusalem, sending out thousands of missionaries who literally circled the globe.

Melchizedek was believed to be the father of the seven Elohim (Angels of the divine presence).

In the third century a.d. a group of 'heretics', calling themselves Melchisedans, claimed to be in touch with 'a great power named Melchizedek, who was greater than Christ'.

His sojourn here as the Sage of Salem was said to have been a concerted effort on behalf of the celestials to bring some much-needed light to a dark and chaotic time, and to set the seeds for the coming of the Christ.

ARIEL (Throne):

Some confusion exists as to exactly whose side Ariel is on. He's ranked as one of the seven princes who rule the waters and is also known as Earth's Great Lord. To the poet John Milton, however, Ariel is a rebel angel who is overcome by the seraph Abdiel on the first day of the great war in Heaven.

Jewish mystics used Ariel as a poetic name for Jerusalem.

In Gnostic lore, Ariel is the angel who controls the demons. Ariel has also been associated with the order of angels called the thrones and is known to have assisted the archangel Raphael in the curing of disease.

ISRAFEL:

Israfel, whose name in Arabic folklore means 'The Burning One', is both an angel of resurrection and of song. By these same accounts, Israfel paved the way for Gabriel by serving three years as a companion to Mohammed, whom he'd originally initiated into the work of being a prophet.

In an Islamic variant of the Genesis account of Adam's creation, Allah sends Israfel, Gabriel, Michael, and Azrael (the Angel of Death) out on a mission to fetch the seven handfuls of dust needed to make humanity's progenitor. According to legend, only Azrael returned unsuccessful.

RAZIEL (Power):

Raziel is believed to be an 'angel of the secret regions and Chief of the Supreme Mysteries'.

There is a legend that Raziel is the author of a great book, 'wherein all celestial and Earthly knowledge is set down.' When the angel gave his tome to Adam, some envious angels stole it away and threw it in the ocean. After it had been recovered by the primordial angel/demon of the deep, Rahab, the book passed first to Enoch, who apparently claimed it as his own, then to Noah, who learned how to make his ark from it. Solomon, too, was thought to have possessed the book, which allowed him his unusual knowledge of magic and control over the demons.

The Zohar, the major work of Jewish mysticism, claims that set in the middle of Raziel's book there is secret writing 'explaining the fifteen hundred keys (to the mystery of the world), which were not revealed even to the angels.'

Other Jewish mystics report that 'each day the angel Raziel, standing on the mount of Horeb, proclaims the secrets of men to all mankind'.