So next up a little expanded venture into the concept of Angels. Let's start with the Monotheists. They believe in a hierarchy and order of creation, as do most religions who believe in "gods". Personally I tend to go with neo-pagan witches and some traditional witches in this regard. Bible.Org has some good commentary into Angelology ( #1 ~ #2 ) relating to the Christian view. In Judaism within the Hebrew Pentateuch angels are described as ("messenger of God" ~ "messenger of the Lord" ~ " sons of God" ~ " the holy ones" ~ "the upper ones"). According to Jewish tradition, an angel is a "spiritual being" and does not have any physical characteristics and their wings and such are anthropomorphic. (side note - In regard to anthropomorphic aspects of angels here is an image taken from a Manhattan building where the angel has breasts and (her) arms are the wings, not separate attachments as is the norm. Why did the designer choose to depict an angle like this? I have wondered on the sex of angels and concluded that you can recognize them because they must not have visible navels) Some say we are all spiritual beings as articulated by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's statement "We are spiritual beings having a human experience." In Islam the view is much the same ( #1~ #2 ) Believing in angels is one of the six Articles of Faith in Islam. Unlike humans or jinn (who have a special reality), they have no free will and therefore can do only what God orders them to do. Islam does not have a strong hierarchical order of creation but they do have one for angels themselves consisting of 14 levels based on what they do for God. They also share some of the same names as Christian and Judaism's angels. Speaking of names of angels, John Dee ( #1 ~ #2 ) and Edward Kelly developed the system of Enochian Magic ( #1 ~ #2 ~ #3 ~ #4 ) which is "a system of ceremonial magic based on the invocation and commanding of various spirits." The system has ritualized methods for contacting angels and can focus on contacting a specific one if you know "its" name. He lists the names of 49 "good angels" among others. Another view of angels excellently surmised in these two short clips form the Prophecy series ( #1 ~ #2 ) as well in the definition of angels from the Supernatural Mythos. Both envision them to be powerful and frightening "creatures". (many would take offense to having angels called creatures) In direct contrast to this in the New Age Mythos angels fall with the realm of Divas and are seen as benevolent beings. Wikipedia Entry on Angels to continue.
Really Want To Meet An Angel?
I'm an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls, and from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why. - The Prophecy - Gabriel
As is often the case Wikipedia is a great source of information. But I find at times there is much left out and like to source other sites as often as I may. So Wikipedia's entry on Guardian Angels seems to be a bit sparse on this subject for my taste. To begin, I have always loved the images of guardian angels helping children traverse a rickety bridge on a stormy night to be comforting some how. Residual trappings from my Christian upbringing of course. I chose this image because of the way the child is looking up at the Angel. In some schools of thought when you see a child in your dream it comes with a message from your subconscious. Also I see this image as representative of the angel as the Higher Self. In their eyes you sense that information is being exchanged. Directly relating to the belief of Angels as Messengers..People in ancient Israel believed that the Book of Malachi was written by an Angel. In Islamic tradition the two kiraman katibin are two angels called Raqib and Atid, who record a person's actions, thoughts and feelings. But being sent to Jannah or Jahannam ultimately up to Allah.
Angels-Angelology:Why Study Angels
Angels & Angelology Jewish Virtual Library
Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Archives:Angelology Index
Archangel Metatron ~ Archangel Sandalphon
were both human prophets who were rewarded with ascension into the archangel realm.
The Sarim - Angelic Princes
Miscellaneous Information Concerning Archangels
Angels and Archangels
Angel Hair, Angel Grass, Star Jelly
Eru Ilúvatar (Tolkien God) created a group of angelic beings, called in Elvish the Ainur, and these holy spirits were co-actors in the creation of the universe through a holy music and chanting called the "Music of the Ainur", or Ainulindalë in Elvish.
Jewish Angelic Hierarchy
Angel Encounters and Near-Death Experiences
Third Man Factor
Many associate Faeries with Angels
Oak and Ash and Hawthorn forms the “fairy triad” that is especially inviting to Fairies.
Fairies and Spirits of the Dead
Fairies As Elementals
Fairy folklore evolved from folk memories of a prehistoric race
Victor and Cora Anderson
The Feri Tradition: Vicia Line by Corvia Blackthorn(Witch-Vox) ~ Fairy Traditions or the Fairy-Faith by Sarah Anne Lawless
Feri Tradition Website:Resource For Articles And Information
Sprites, Faeries & Pixies
Ritual:How To Meet A Faerie
Meet the Fairies by Doreen Virtue founder of Angel Therapy
Origins of Fairies - Fallen Angels from Monsterous.Com
The Cottingley Fairies
Fairy rings. While science would call them naturally occurring rings of mushrooms, folklore tells us that these strange formations are actually the work of supernatural beings. They’re portals to other worlds or strange remnants of dancing faerie folk.
Fairy Ring > Oral Tradition and Folklore
Sprites ~ Pixie ~ Gnome ~ Elf
Tir Na Nog
Real Fairies Found Dead ~ Mexican Catches Real Fairy, Preserves It in Formaldehyde
The Fairies as Fallen Angels Ireland from >> The Origin of Underground People
Angels of Mons
Living Creatures (Bible)
Igigi was a term used to refer to the gods of heaven in Sumerian mythology. Though sometimes synonymous with the term "Annunaki
In one myth the Igigi were the younger gods who were servants of the Annunaki,
until they rebelled and were replaced by the creation of humans.
are a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as partially or entirely non-human.
Am Fear Liath Mòr
is the name of a she-wolf associated with a Göktürk ethnogenic myth "full of shamanic symbolism.