Angels In The Middle Ages
Life in the middle ages was very different from life as we know it now. Angels were very popular and still were around every day.
BY: Catherine Wishart
Angels in Ancient Times
Angels have appeared in many different cultures and religions since the beginning of time. In some cultures they weren’t called angels per se, but rather were known as winged beings who acted as intermediaries between heaven and earth.
Interestingly cultures that have many deities tend to not mention angels whereas monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism where there is one God tend to believe in angels. Some people think this is because polytheistic religions have gods and goddesses who have particular strengths and attributes so people can pray to a particular deity depending upon their need. Some people think goddesses such as Isis could be considered from the angelic realm. And Nike the greek messenger god could also be classified as an angel as he relayed messages to and from the gods to humans. He had wings on his feet to give him celestial speed.
Many modern day pagans believe in angels as well as different gods and goddesses. Catholics believe in one supreme god and in saints and angels who people can petition with different requests. I believe there is one source of supreme power which I call God, then there are ascended beings which I call gods and goddesses, and then angels who act as helpers and guides between the spiritual realms and the earthly realms. Then there are saints who are humans who either witnessed miraculous events or participated in miracles. I believe all humans have the capacity to create and witness miracles.
What do you believe?
Get a blank piece of paper and make some notes about what you believe. What do you think an angel is? Have you ever talked to your guardian angel? What would your life be like if you talked to your guardian angel everyday? What kinds of questions would you ask? How would it feel to know you had a guardian angel watching over you all the time – like your own personal spiritual counsellor?
So what is an angel anyway?
1. A typically benevolent celestial being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth, especially in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism.
2. A representation of such a being, especially in Christianity, conventionally in the image of a human figure with a halo and wings.
3. The last of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology. From the highest to the lowest in rank, the orders are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
4. A guardian spirit or guiding influence.
a. A kind and lovable person.
b. One who manifests goodness, purity, and selflessness.
[Middle English, from Old English engel, or Old French angele both from Late Latin angelus, from Late Greek angelos, from Greek, messenger.]
Catherine Wishart is the award winning author of Teen Goddess: How to Look, Love, and Live Like a Goddess put out by Llewellyn Publications. She also trained with Doreen Virtue and became a certified ATP. For more information on angels and her work go to www.talktoyourangels.com.