A couple of months ago, my
wife and I sat by the shores of Lake Annecy in the French Alps. We had
come to this beautiful place, nestled in the Alps, because many years
ago someone had told me the lake was formed from the tears of an angel.
As the story goes, thousands of years ago, an angel who lived in this
part of France had been summoned back to heaven. He loved living in the
French Alps and didn’t want to leave. He cried so much that
his tears created two lakes. It’s a charming story, and the
beauty of the lake and its surroundings make it easy to understand how
this legend began.
The purpose of the trip made
perfect sense to me, but some people expressed surprise when I told
them we’d gone all the way to France to see a lake created
from an angel’s tears. I then had to tell them I’d
also been to Belgium, not for the chocolate or the beer, but to visit
Mons, where angels had apparently helped the allied soldiers during a
battle in World War I. I sometimes also mentioned that I’d
visited Assisi in Italy, to visit the place where St. Francis
communicated with a member of the Seraphim and received his stigmata. I
even visited Peckham Rye in South London on a cold and wet day purely
because William Blake, the poet and artist, had seen a tree there
covered with angels when he was just nine years old. I could have
continued indefinitely, as almost every time I travel, I try to include
a place where an angel visitation occurred.
My interest in visiting
these places goes back more than forty years. I
was living in London at the time, and my girlfriend (now my wife) was
working as a nanny for a wealthy family in Mortlake beside the River
Thames. The bus I traveled on to visit her passed the site where Dr.
John Dee (1527-1608) lived in Elizabethan times. Dr. Dee was a famous
astrologer, magician, mathematician, and philosopher. He was a highly
influential man in his day, and was involved in many areas, including
calendar reform, cartography, and navigation. He even advised Queen
Elizabeth on the most suitable date for her coronation. However, his
main interest was angelic communication, and this is what he is
remembered for today. Dr. Dee claimed to have seen Archangel Uriel on
at least two occasions. Dr. Dee’s home was demolished
hundreds of years ago, but there is a path through his former property
leading to the river. One day, I got off the bus to stand by the river
at the approximate spot where Dr. Dee waited to greet Queen Elizabeth
and other important people when they came to meet him. It was
fascinating to stand on land that had been owned by Dr. Dee, and
imagine how he must have felt when he looked out the window of his
study and saw Archangel Uriel for the first time.
I remember my grandmother
teaching me children’s prayers when I was very young. Some of
these involved angels. I went to a parochial school and must have
frustrated the chaplain with my endless questions, especially when I
learned that my Catholic friends had their own special guardian angel.
I vividly remember gathering up enough courage to ask him about them.
He explained that Catholics needed a guardian angel, but we
didn’t. Even at the time, this seemed unfair to me. It
wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I discovered that
I not only had a guardian angel, but also definitely needed him.
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An Interview with
Richard Webster, Author of Encyclopedia of Angels
You’ve written books about angels in the past, including Michael,
Uriel, Spirit Guides
& Angel Guardians, and most recently, Praying
with Angels. What draws you toward this spiritual topic?
I thought Spirit
Guides & Angel Guardians would be my only book on
this subject. It was the feedback I received from people
who’d read it that encouraged me to write more books on
angels. My twelve-year-old granddaughter has become interested in
religion, and every Sunday she and I visit a different church.
Afterwards, she plies me with questions. Some I can answer, but others
I have to research to find an answer. Consequently, right now,
we’re both exploring the spiritual side of life.
2. How is your new book, Encyclopedia of Angels, different from your previous
Angels differs from my earlier angelic works in a number of
ways. It enabled me to write about angels from different traditions,
such as Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Islam, as well as Christianity. It
includes more of the history of angels and the people who have
communicated with them. I’ve also been able to include many
of the people who have written on this subject over the years, such as
Dr. Dee, Cornelius Agrippa, Emmanuel Swedenborg, Rudolf Steiner, and
Geoffrey Hodson. They’re all heroes of mine, and it was
wonderful to be able to write about them for this book. As
it’s an encyclopedia, I was forced to categorize all the
information I’ve gathered over the years into alphabetical
order. Although it’s an encyclopedia, and consequently a
reference book, I wanted it to be easy for people to read. I try to
make all my books easy to read, so this is not different to my other
angel books, though I believe it’s relatively unusual in a
reference work. I hope people who are interested in the subject will
look something up, and then keep on reading.
Why did you choose to include angels from a myriad of angelical canons,
from Christianity to Zoroastrianism?
This was the most
fascinating part of the project, as each tradition borrowed from
earlier religions. Many early religions believed in beings that could
travel freely between earth and the home of the gods. Zoroaster, the
Persian prophet, was the first to develop a hierarchy of angels. The
angels of Judaism were based on his cosmology. The Christians based
their angels on the Hebrew tradition. Later, the Hebrew and Christian
angels played a major role in the angelology of Islam. As they are all
inter-connected, it would be impossible to write an encyclopedia on the
subject without including them all.
Do we need to be particularly religious to identify with angels? If we
don’t subscribe to a particular organized religion, how can
we connect with angels?
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Chaos Magic: The Misunderstood Path
There are many differing
opinions on what
chaos magic really is, many of which evoke an image of something dark,
sinister, and dangerous. Andrieh Vitimus, author of Hands-On Chaos Magic,
dispels the myths and details what chaos magic really is and how, in
these uncertain times, it can provide a framework by which we can
improve magical results and achieve whatever outcomes we desire.
Picture Searches: Discovering Meaningful Themes in Tarot Art Images
While the images of the Tarot often have obvious, archetypal meanings,
often the less-prominent images of the cards in a spread can be just as
telling of a situation. Janina Renée, author of Tarot: Your Everyday Guide
and Tarot Spells, details how
the imagery of the Tarot can be used for clarification and further
illumination of readings and situations.
Sexual Fears and
Just as our sun signs determine significant personality traits, they
also program us to react to insecurities and sex in a specific way.
Rowan Davis, author of The Sex Files: Your Zodiac Guide
Love and Lust, dissects the sexual fears of each
and with the hope that knowing your fear will be the key to overcoming
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Meditation to Contact the
Find Your Passion: A Guide to
Sex Files: What You Need to Know About a Capricorn Man
Chaos Magic: The Misunderstood Path
Tarot Card Picture Searches: Discovering
Meaningful Themes in Tarot Art Images
Sexual Fears and Astrology
Author Michelle Belanger Appears on
Michelle Belanger, author of Llewellyn’s Vampires
in Their Own Words, Walking the Twilight Path,
and the forthcoming Haunting Experiences, was
featured on Hannity’s America on the
FOX News Channel.
The episode, which aired
Sunday, December 7, featured interviews with Belanger and other members
of the vampire community during the “Beyond Belief”
segment, which focuses on religious and spiritual issues. Topics
discussed included the Vampire Community, the process of
self-identifying as a vampire, the fundamentals of energy working,
The episode is available online for viewing.
An energized astral form produced consciously or unconsciously by human
One of several angels who specialize in carrying prayers to the Throne
of God; can be invoked if you are sending a desperate prayer for help.
The Ace through Ten cards of the four suits of the tarot.