Angels In Mythology & Religion

Angels In Religion and Mythology

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“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” ~ Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.” ~ Brian Weiss

Guardian angels are spiritual guides that can help you navigate your adventures here on Earth. You can think of them as divine life coaches, once you start to get to know your guardian angels, it will become much easier to sense their presence and recognize when they send you guidance.

Angels are heavenly beings which have been a pillar in many religions and serve as messengers of God. Some believe that angels are here to guard and protect us. Usually shown as human figures with wings and dressed in long, flowing robes, angels are some of the most recognizable figures throughout the world. They are known for their purity and virtue. For many, angels bring them comfort during troubling or fearful times. There are countless stories of angels visiting the earth and protecting or guiding humans, perhaps saving the human from death. Angels have always been a part of religion. They function as a source of comfort for many and are mentioned throughout both the Old and New Testament several times. Angels are a creation of God and serve many purposes, both in heaven and on the earth.

Orders & Types Of Angels As Per The General Understanding In Christian Mythology 

There are nine orders of angels, all of which give us a little insight into their purpose and duties.


Seraphim is the name given to the highest order of angels. They sit before God’s throne and praise him. They are said to have three sets of wings, one which covers their faces, another which covers their feet, and the last set used for flying.


Cherubim are the second highest order of angels. They are assumed to be manlike in appearance and guardians of God’s glory. The New Testament says that they will be attendants during the Apocalypse. Today, they are known in the Catholic religion as having an intimate knowledge of God.


The Thrones are a unique group of angels. They can be found in an area of the cosmos where they help other lower groups of angels access God. They are known for their humility, drive for peace, and complete submission to God.


Dominions regulate and supervise the actions of other angels. They are known as the commands of God and also the Angels of Leadership.


Virtues control the elements. They control nature, including the seasons, skies, and the sun. They are in charge of miracles and promote courage and grace. They are sometimes known as the Shining Ones.


Powers fight evil and protect both humans and the cosmos. They are known as Warrior Angels and fight the evil spirts who want to destroy humans and their spirits. The name of the leader is either Camael or Samael, who is an angel of darkness.


Archangels are some of the more recognizable angels. Many know of Michael and Ezekiel, though there are seven in total. They are the most frequently mentioned orders of angels in the Bible and have delivered God’s message in some of the most famous biblical stories.


The Principalities are a unique order of angels. In the New Testament, they were described as a metaphysical being but they are now considered to be hostile to both humans and God.


Angels do not marry or have families. They are creations of God and do not have traditional parents. They also do not have children. But they do live in units, which might be recognizable by humans as families.


The mental image most have of angels isn’t entirely accurate. While the large wings, golden halos, and long, flowing gowns are synonymous with angels, there are no Biblical descriptions of what angels really look like. Angels are classified as spirit beings. They don’t have a physical form. They do take up space, so they do have a form. It’s just not known what their description is. However, the Bible does say that there are several variations of angelic forms, both in heaven and on the earth. Angels are said to work in dimensions overlapping our physical existence.


There are many symbols associated with angels, some which are designated to special types of angels. For example, angel outlines, such as those found in clouds, are associated with guardian angels. Wings also are linked to guardian angels, along with swords. Pennies have become a symbol of angels. Many believe that angels leave pennies behind for humans as a sign of their concern. Feathers are said to symbolize blessings from angels. Halos are also a common symbol, typically included in costumes. Many believe that angels don’t necessarily have halos, but instead emit an aura that’s brighter than the human eye can recognize.

Angels In Other Mythologies & Religions 

There are a substantial number of different variations of angels, most notably in Christian mythology, which has a complex hierarchy of angels. Many people believe that religions which include angels owe the presence of angels in their faith to Zoroastrianism, where a complex and varied cast of angels and demons plays an important role in religious faith. In any case, angels are generally viewed as divine beings who enjoy the blessings of God, acting as intermediaries between Gods and men. In Islam, angels are known as “malaaikah” and are thought to have no free will. Beliefs about angels are surprisingly consistent across many cultures. This creates an interesting dichotomy, as demons in Muslim mythology do have free will, which allows them to defy God and engage in a number of unsanctioned activities. Many other religions have some beliefs about benevolent or friendly spirits, although they may not be known as angels. Just as there is a universal idea to explain evil with the use of demons, the widespread belief in friendly spirits seems to suggest a desire to know that there are heavenly figures to look after us on Earth, even if we cannot interact with them directly. For example, they are often linked with fire and light, suggesting both the wrath of God and the light of faith. They are often visually depicted with wings and halos, and they are generally believed to be quite beautiful, although they are supposedly invisible to humans. Many, if not, most religions also include the concept of a guardian angel, who looks after people and guides them through their lives.

Angels have been depicted and conceptualised in many ways throughout our ancestral line, how do you see these divine beings? Do you believe these divine beings exist?

Feel free to let us know below your thoughts on angels in religion and mythology below..

7 responses to “Angels In Mythology & Religion”

  1. Hello. This is a very interesting article. You mention the Bible as the source of several bits of information. I would love to have scripture references for your sources. I believe angels surround us all the time and love looking up references to them in the Bible.

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  2. For us, angels are symbols or one could say they are personifications of concepts like an allegory. They don’t exist in a way that a house exists f.e. They exist as any philosophical term exists.
    Thanks for explaining the hierarchy of angels, interesting.
    Keep well and have a woderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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