Erin writes . . .
It's time for something new. We've done book reviews and we've spoken about the launch of Pledged, but now I'm in the mood for something completely different. Angels. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
My mom owns a pack of Angel Cards (She's very into that kind of stuff) Me, not so much. So when she's tell me to pick a card so she can give me a 'reading' (translated: a message from the angel whose picture appears on the card) I'm always a bit skeptical.
Seth: *interrupts* No surprise there. Regular visitors to this blog will know that Erin is always skeptical when anyone even mentions the word paranormal, or mysterious, or supernatural-
Erin: *interrupts him, interrupting her* Okay, Seth. I think they've got it. I don't do weird. Or rather, I didn't until I time-travelled to Shenaya. But now we are digressing. I want to talk about angels.
The Bible is probably our first source of reference about these mysterious beings. There we read about cherubim with outspread wings guarding the Mercy Seat. Or holding flaming swords while standing watch over the Tree of Life, ready to smite Adam and Eve if they dared to eat those apples. Angels are even responsible for driving the Lord's chariot.
Seth: That sounds so cool, the driving the Lord's chariot bit. I just love the imagery! Can you see the movie? A CGI dream.
Erin: Then you're going to love this, Seth. Seraphim - yet another type of angel - are supposed to encircle the throne of God, day and night signing praises to his name. But it is the Ophanim - the arbiters - who guard the God's chair.
Seth: *Shakes head* What is it with the human obsession with naming thing? Why can't they just stick to angel?
Erin: *rolls eyes* Ignore Seth. He just doesn't have the proper appreciation for interesting facts. Now, I don't know if you agree, but none of these biblical angels seem to match those fat, cute little babies with moth wings medieval artists loved to paint. Somehow, something went wrong in the translation.
And then when we look east, it gets even weirder. Did you know that that in Middle Eastern angelology, cherubim have bodies that look like lions or bulls, with eagle's wings, and human faces?
I'd love to post a few pictures of all these angels, but with all the litigation going on, I'll leave it to your fertile imagination to picture them. That, after all, is what every artist has done since Adam and Eve were chucked out the garden. And that's why all angels look so different in human art.
Seth: And what about the guys with the big names - Michael, Gabriel, Raphael - where do they come in?
Erin: Interesting question. According to the Bible, they didn't have wings, but they were sent to Earth to deliver messages from God to selected humans. Mary being a prime example.
Seth: Has anyone seen them since?
Seth: *grins* Oh, so there is some stuff you don't know? Nice to know.
Erin: *stiffly* That hardly counts. Now, moving on. . . no discussion on angels could ever be complete without mentioning the angels of the Apocalypse. In the book of Revelation in the Bible, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are often interpreted to be angels.
The First Horseman rides a white horse. He is supposed to symbolize truth spreading across the Earth. The Second Horseman, who rides upon a red horse, is said to symbolize blood, or the archetype of the warrior angel. The Third Horseman, on the black steed, brings starvation and disease. Not surprising, the Fourth is the rider who brings death.
Seth: Charming. What a lot we have to look forward to.
Erin: *smiles sweetly* Still ignoring you, Seth. Finally, (for the purposes of today's post, anyway) we have the fallen angels. Lucifer - The Son of the Morning - who fell from grace, taking a third of the hosts of heaven with him. They are also angels, of a kind.
Seth: By now you're probably wondering where this sudden interest in angels comes from. I promise, it isn't just designed to give Erin an opportunity to show off.
Erin: *punches Seth on the arm* This is Angel Week on our blog, and we hope to delight and entertain you with lots of fascinating angelology. Or in English, for Seth to understand - the study of angels.
Seth: *laughing* And we'll introduce you to some of the angels we meet in Shenaya. Stay posted. Like everything we do on our blog, it will be fun.