In honor of the upcoming release of “The Keepers”, I thought I’d share some angel myth and facts!
“Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact, angels have no religion as we know it…their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth.” – St. Thomas Aquina
If you type the word “angels” into any search engine you’re inundated with a plethora of angel lore and facts. Every religion has their own take on angels, but they all believe in their existence.
The ten ranks of angels are:
Seraphim – Closest angels to God
Cherubim – depicted as babies, but actually are described as frightful creatures in the Bible.
Thrones – Bring Heaven’s justice to Earth.
Dominions – Oversee angels so God’s will is done.
Virtues – perform miracles of grace and valor on earth.
Powers – Guard the Earth from Demons and Guide souls to Heaven (Justin and his brothers).
Principalities – Protect specific regions of the Earth.
Archangel – messengers who deliver decrees to mortals
Angels – most accessible to man with human like qualities.
According to Jewish lore each child is born with 11,000 guardian angels & Gabriel is said to have 140 pairs of wings. Jess’ guardian has chosen a different path, Dawson is a true fallen.
“The Keepers” angels were created in pairs; each having a counter-part – “Two sides of the same shiny coin.”
Angels don’t eat or sleep, although, Justin and Rory, do enjoy a beer from time to time.
In the novel, you hear the story of the Grigori, a group of fallen angels who mated with female humans. The angel/human half-breeds were said to be giants, and some believe the Incubi and Succubi who many think are ghosts are actually Grigori.
Look for more fun stuff to come!
Monique O’Connor James
Author of “The Keepers” Coming soon from www.astraeapress.com