1. In the Kabalistic hierarchy of heaven, archangels are beings who carry out the will of God. Each has limitations and is associated with powers represented by aspects of the divine which, in turn, are represented by names of God. Rather than carry out the divine will themselves, they may achieve these goals by commanding the angels they control.
2. (Greek, “chief messenger/principal messenger”) A class of princely angels with authority over heavenly realms, early nations, or other angels. The term “archangel” does not actually appear in Jewish literature until almost modern times. Hebrew angelic terms include Irin (Watcher), Sar (Prince/Archon), or Sharet (Ministering angel).
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Liz Williams, author of the new Modern Handfasting.
Many of the couples whom we handfast ask us to acknowledge Venus in the ceremony. It's a logical choice, since she's one of the great Classical love...