Angels are incorporeal beings with higher than human energy levels, emotional and intellectual potential. They are all descended from God, as reflected in the syllable “el” contained in each angelic name, signifying the divine element (names of God: El, El- Shaddai, Elohim known from the Torah and the Old Testament).
At the dawn of time, there was a split and rebellion among the angelic entities. Those that denounced obedience to God became demons. That’s why demons, too, have the fragment “el” in their names, reminding them of their ancient connection with the Divine Being. Legions of demons have taken up residence in the depths of hell, but as incorporeal entities they can roam the world unhindered and constantly urge people to do evil.
Angels are a kind of intermediaries between God and the earthly world, often messengers of various news. They are also mentioned in esoteric and mystical writings, such as Kabbalah. According to the data contained therein, there are more than seventy angelic entities whose names are mentioned in this mystical book. All angels are said to number more than 49 million.
Below is basic information about the most important of the Kabbalah’s angels:
He is the only angel of human origin. When he was alive, his name was Henoch, and he was a man distinguished from his contemporaries by his uprightness in conduct, purity of intention, and deep faith. So he was distinguished for this by being taken to heaven minus the stage (or moment) of death: “In the glory of the fiery chariot and the fiery horses, in the sound of the trumpets and the horns of the shofar, Henoch was taken up. The Lord of Hosts, the King of great glory lifted him up on high to the seventh palace of the Shekhinah and set him before His Throne.”
Angelization: “Then all the members of Henoch were transformed into splitting flames in order to cleanse him from all imperfection and to grant him authority over the angels of fire .”
Metatron serves before the Throne of the Most High not only heaven, but also earth. Therefore, he was granted many qualities (while other archangels patronize only one each): intelligence, prudence, life, peace, power and might, strength, goodness, love, beauty, fear of God, balance, justice, survival, mercy and gentleness
His name means: angel of the secret worlds and the highest mysteries. According to mystical and esoteric literature, he was said to be the author of a book named after him, containing the wisdom of the heavens and the earth. It was given to the first man, then stolen by angels. Later Raziel was to pass it on to the righteous representatives of the human race – Noah and then Henoch.
The angel Tzaphkiel symbolizes love and compassion, and teaches unconditional love, the kind the Creator loves. This angel, often depicted in female form, prompts people to do deeds of love and mercy. On an esoteric level, she symbolizes the feminine element, passivity, the dark, primordial waters of the praocean. Tzaphkiel in New Age ideology is partly identified with ancient pagan mother goddesses, set to protect humanity from evil. The color of this angel is blue. She brings back and patronizes all good feelings, forgiveness, harmony, selfless love. Tzaphkiel is often shown as a figure standing on a cloud and embracing the earth with a caring gaze. On an esoteric level, he is combined with Saturn.
Tzadkiel also called Zadkiel, is the archangel of mercy. His name literally means “Righteousness of God.” Astrologically, he is associated with the planet Jupiter, the zodiacal signs of Pisces and Sagittarius. In terms of energy, the color assigned to the angel Zadkiel is red. He is often depicted in paintings with a knife in his hand (a reference to the sacrifice of Isaac/lamb). The angel Zadkiel is also a good guide on the path towards emotional balance and towards taking full responsibility for one’s well-being, as well as a sense of happiness in life.
He is a twelve-winged executor of God’s commands, often judgments. In all likelihood, he was behind the causal force that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, for the fact that their inhabitants led a highly entertaining life, quite immoral by the standards of the time. Due to the fact that Sammael’s missions often had a rather dramatic and, to put it mildly, negative impact on people’s lives, he was given a dark name. Sammael literally means “poison of God.” Sammael’s evil influence on the human race became apparent as early as the dawn of time, when Eve succumbed to the serpent’s persuasions in paradise. It is possible that the serpent acted under the influence of the said archangel, or the archangel used the reptile to “test” the willpower of the first legendary woman. Therefore, some believe that the personification of evil, long known as Satan, could also take the name Sammael.