The Angels of the Zodiac

           Esoteric studies can be approached in many ways. For some it's a labor born of laziness and bland materialism, providing one with a psychic support structure with which to expand their supposed telekinetic control over reality. For others it’s pure escapist fantasy, opening a gateway into another, imagined, although not purely imaginary, world. For a few, it's a means to the truth and the potential of all that is seen and unseen. The wise will get the most out of their practice if they learn to see the value of both sides of the human condition, the undeniable truth of external magical workings and the sometimes harder to perceive yet arguably more valuable internal yoga from which all else springs.


           For the last year I have been studying the various Angels who are said to preside over the signs of the Zodiac, attempting to know them through meditation, holidays, artistic and occult ceremonies, as well as through more conventional scholarship of course. I have created talismans from the matrixes of their precious stones and enochian tables, the smells of their incense, and the soft light of their stars, and have tied each one of them into one of my tarot’s court cards, a nice compliment to the demons I’d already bound to the numbered suits therein.


           Here's my overall experience of these angels thus far…


           In Aries, Machidiel the Masculine, the Angel of Revolutions, will teach you how to be an unstoppable force. Machidiel is the god Mars born as a man.


           In Taurus, Asmodel the Curator, the Angel of Tribute, will teach you how to be an immovable object. Asmodel is the goddess Venus born as a woman.


           In Gemini, Ambriel the Thief of Faces, the Angel of Escape, will teach you how to express yourself. Ambriel is the god Mercury born as a man.


           In Cancer, Muriel the Dreamer, the Angel of Meditation, will teach you how to truly feel the present. Muriel is the Moon born as a woman.


           In Leo, Verchiel the King, the Angel of Audacity, will teach you how to decide the future. Verchiel is the Sun born as a man.


           In Virgo, Gamaliel the Queen, the Angel of Austerity, will teach you how to not care. Gamaliel is the god Mercury born as a woman.


           In Libra, Zuriel the Knight, the Angel of Preparation, will teach you "how." Zuriel is the goddess Venus born as a man.


           In Scorpio, Barbiel the Courtesan, the Angel of Seduction, will teach you "who." Barbiel is the god Mars born as a woman.


           In Sagittarius, Adnachiel the Hunter, the Angel of Capture, will teach you "why." Adnachiel is the god Jupiter born as a man.


           In Capricorn, Cassiel the Corsair, the Angel of Materialism, will teach you how to make money. Cassiel is the god Satarn born as a woman.


           In Aquarius, Orphiel the Crypt Keeper, the Angel of Reflection, will teach you the wisdom of the past. Orphiel is the god Saturn born as a man.


           In Pisces, Barakiel the Hostess, the Angel of Reunion, will teach you how to restore it. Barakiel is the god Jupiter born as a woman.


          Of course then you'll return to Aries, where Machidiel the Masculine, the Angel of Revolutions, can remind you again how to be an unstoppable force.


           Good luck and Namaste.

 
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