Angels

So I’ve started my research on Angels and Demons.  I’ve learned a whole bunch of stuff I never knew before.  One of my favorite things about writing is the research.  You pick an idea and then teach yourself as much as you can about the subject and then create a new story from that.  I love that about being an author.

I learned that there are three Heavens.  There is the First Heaven, which is the sky above us, where you find clouds and birds.  The Second Heaven is space, where stars and planets are.  The Third Heaven is beyond that where God lives.

Within Heaven, there are three Spheres.  The First Sphere has Seraphim, Cherubim, Ophanim.  Angels of all kinds were made of Fire, not clay like Man.  The Seraphim have 6 wings and are covered in eyes.

The prophet Ezekiel describes cherubim as a tetrad of living creatures, each having four faces: of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. They are said to have the stature and hands of a man, feet of a calf, and four wings each. Two of the wings extended upward, meeting above and sustaining the throne of God; while the other two stretched downward and covered the creatures themselves.  Early Semitic tradition conceived the cherubim as guardians, being devoid of human feelings, and holding a duty both to represent the gods and to guard sanctuaries from intruders.

Ophanim are wheels that are also covered in eyes.  They are the wheels of God’s chariot.

In the Second Sphere, are Dominions also known as the Hashmallim, regulate the duties of lower angels. It is only with extreme rarity that the angelic lords make themselves physically known to humans. They are also the angels who preside over nations.  The Dominions are believed to look like divinely beautiful humans with a pair of feathered wings, much like the common representation of angels, but they may be distinguished from other groups by wielding orbs of light fastened to the heads of their scepters or on the pommel of their swords.

Then come the Virtues, whose primary duty is to supervise the movements of the heavenly bodies in order to ensure that the cosmos remains in order.

Third is the Powers or Authorities, who appear to collaborate, in power and authority, with the Principalities (Rulers).  The Powers are the bearers of conscience and the keepers of history. They are also the warrior angels created to be completely loyal to God. Some believe that no Power has ever fallen from grace, but another theory states that Satan was the Chief of the Powers before he fell.

In the Third Sphere are the Rulers, who are shown wearing a crown and carrying a scepter. Their duty also is said to be to carry out the orders given to them by the Dominions and bequeath blessings to the material world. Their task is to oversee groups of people. They are the educators and guardians of the realm of earth. Like beings related to the world of the germinal ideas, they are said to inspire living things to many things such as art or science.

Then come the Archangels and then Angels.  Angels are the lowest form and are messengers.  They are the ones most concerned with the affairs of living things. Within the category of the angels, there are many different kinds, with different functions. The angels are sent as messengers to mankind.

I have chosen to use the Archangels Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Remiel, Saraqael, Wormwood, Raziel, Abaddan, Azrael, & Sammael.  Under them I will have Angels, Barachiel, Metatron, Mu’aqqibat, Munkar, Nakir, Qaphsiel, Tennin, Tzaphqiel, Tzadqiel, Maalik, Leliel, & Israfel.

I have chosen already who will be paired together as a Captain and Lieutenant situation, but I haven’t chosen background stories for all of them yet.  I need to do personalities and appearance, motivations and desires and anything else that will help me get down each character.

I think its important to have back stories for each of them so I know not only where they stand as characters but a little bit of what they’ve gone through in the hundreds of years they’ve been alive.

My only hang up at this time is, if I’m going with the idea that God fracture Himself in order to create the universe, how do I explain the legends of Him speaking to Prophets and interacting with the world?

I believe that legends come from some kind of Truth, but what is the truth?  Did these Prophets have visions and say they spoke to God?  Did Angels impersonate God in an effort to teach them something?  Or did God at one point have a more active interaction with humans but has since left us alone?

I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to do with the ideas yet, but soon I’ll know what way I’m going to go with it.  I don’t want to read the whole Bible to figure it out.  I wish Robert Crumb had done more than just the Genesis book.  That I could read all day.

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