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Welcome to the Spiritual Newsletter. I am Shannon and I'm your editor this week.
"It is not known precisely where angels dwell--whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode." ~ Voltaire
Do you believe in angels? As a kid growing up in a Christian home, I knew surprisingly little about angels. I knew guardian angels watched over people, Michael was like the head angel dude, and Gabriel was pretty powerful too, although I didn't know some believe she's a girl until just a few years ago. That's about it. That was the extent of my knowledge. Chamuel, Jophiel, Metatron, Sandalphon.... Fugghetaboudit. Never heard of 'em.
Then, a few years ago, angels became popular. There were movies, tarot decks, radio programs, even angel therapy sessions where people could work with an Angel Therapy Practitioner, along with the client's personal guardian and archangels, "to heal and harmonize every aspect of life" (click here for more information). I did a little research and discovered that not only do Christians believe in and call upon angels to protect and guide them, so do practitioners of other faiths, like Witchcraft. Yes, modern-day Witches (or at least some of them) believe in angels and warn against taking their power lightly: "When it comes to working magick with the angels, I approach it the same way I would handle a stick of dynamite: with extreme caution and considerable care. I have cultivated this magickal point of view because over the years I have witnessed many folks who get into angel magick (usually because they figure it's somehow safer than Witchcraft)--and then I have witnessed the chaos and destruction that careless angel magick can wreak. Truthfully, angels are not the cute, cuddly, naked babies popular culture has made them out to be. They are not ethereal romantic women with long hair and a lilting Irish brogue who help you with your love life, either. Angels are another type of entity altogether, and only the foolhardy decide to work angel magick without respect and restraint." ~ Ellen Dugan in Every Witch Way: Spells and Advice from Two Very Different Witches.
I decided to dig a little deeper, and here's a small sample of the myriad beliefs:
Michael is the leader of all the archangels and may be called upon (not prayed to--angels do not want to be worshipped) for courage, protection, and strength.
Metatron is one of only two archangels who were reportedly human before becoming angels. Some believe he represents the Angel of Death. He is also the keeper of the Book of Life. Children are his soft spot, and he helps them adjust to the afterlife.
Gabriel is largely believed to be a female messenger archangel who may be called upon by writers (as well as others) when we need a boost in creativity. Summon Gabriel if you wish to experience visions and/or prophecies. Gabriel may also be called on to help us find our life's purpose.
Call on archangel Uriel when you need peace and harmony. He helps us let go of resentment, allowing us to forgive and heal. He is an angel of practical solutions and creative insight.
Jophiel is an angel of art and beauty. She (or he, depending on who you ask) helps us appreciate the beauty around us. Call on her if your want to be more grateful for what you have and if you need more happiness in your life.
There are many theories about what certain angels do, what they specialize in and, in fact, whether or not they exist at all. The information varies greatly depending on where you look and what you read. It's an interesting topic, and one you could spend a lot of time researching. Hopefully this newsletter is enough to whet your angelic appetite, but if not, here's a 45-minute documentary called "Mysteries of the Bible: Biblical Angels." I've embedded the series in its entirety below. Enjoy, and thank you for reading.
"Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design." ~ The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
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katesthename writes, "Just read 'Creating A Sacred Space'. If one is in continual prayer then one doesn't need to create a 'sacred' space. Prayer sooooo doesn't involve anything of the flesh. Prayer is a oneness with Papa God, involving only the spirit man. The flesh man isn't allowed in the secret places. Think about it. Do tortured True believers go to a physical place to pray? No. Their quietness and contentedness is in their spirit which is attached to God. They didn't 'create' a sacred space...they GO to their Sacred Place and there they remain hidden."
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