by Jasmin Pedretti
This week I was asked to write about Angels.
To begin the word Angel derives from the Greek word “Angelos,” meaning messenger.
However, they are also described as warriors, guardians and God’s link to humankind. They are believed to be a spiritual, heavenly being, superior to humans that act as God’s messenger or a guardian for someone on earth. According to the Bible, angels were created before humans and likely earth itself.
According to Kimberley C Patton, a professor at Harvard University, the study of Angels and angelic beings from a sociological perspective has been monumental. So much so that the focus on Angels and Angelology is featured in the corpus at Harvard.
In Ancient Greece, the angelic ‘form’ was inspired by the Gods Eros and Nike.
Classic art from 510 BCE-323 BCE, depicts an adolescent Eros with wings. The popularity of marble sculptures soared during the Hellenistic period (323 BCE-31 CE).
Since then, the depiction of angels in famous art has evolved. There has been the medieval ‘ethereal’ example to the Renaissance more ‘earthly’ picture, to the new-classicism beautiful, female figure and flying child holding a bow and arrow. An obsession with angels was at its peak in the 13th century. It was believed that angels could move the stars and govern the planets, seasons, and even the months, days, and hours.
Angels are depicted differently depending on the culture.
In Judaism and Christianity, they are considered God’s messengers. Angels do not take on a tangible form unless they choose to show themselves. They are neither man nor woman and only sometimes have wings. One thing is for sure, they are mentioned- everywhere!
The Islam faith has a slightly different take on angels. Muslims say that each person is assigned four angels, known as Malaa’ika, who tally their good and bad actions. Angels also assign souls to new-borns and are responsible for taking care of the environment. Unlike Judaism/Christianity, it is impossible for angels in the Islam faith to fall from grace or commit sin.
Angels also exist in other religions.
In Hinduism, angels are responsible for natural elements like water, earth, and fire. Other lesser known religions believe that each one of us has a guardian angel that shields us from evil and guides us to make the right choices.
Ruth Trigger, of “Talk With Your Angels” fame believes we are all spiritual beings that control our destiny. The spiritual guidance counsellor has spent a lifetime studying the interaction of Angels throughout our stories and history. Ruth started Talk With Your Angels, many years ago, after some guidance from a friend about sharing her gifts with others and being able to help them on their own journey. Over the years, she has evolved from helping friends in need to offering her wisdom and advice to a larger audience that includes people from the Melbourne and the Greater Geelong area as well as some from interstate and overseas.
“Ultimately, angels are a predominant fixture in art and religion. Their relevance in art has spanned across the ages and their symbolism has remained important in many stories and cultures as well as religions. It is easy to see why this is so, since the idea of a spiritual being protecting and guiding us, is comforting. I believe Angels do indeed exist and are part of a much larger mystical universe of which we may not completely understand” says Ruth.
About Jasmin Pedretti Writer:
Journalism Pre-Grad at Deakin University, Jasmin Pedretti has a collection of passions. Food, culture, travel, and books spark her joy and this Milan trekking wordsmith would ideally spend time in a Treehouse if she had the choice, eating fish tacos with avocado and mango. Coconut Lattes are her source of life force sustenance along with a good helping of Peanut Butter. With a strong dislike for racists and red Dimetapp medicine, Jasmin adores Bronte and her ability to conjure resentment, happiness, hatred, and love in succession. A gifted writer, we are so pleased to welcome Jasmin to the Ponderings team. Her bright light is a spark invoking joyful wit and laughter, and we are going to call it- this human is going places.