Spirituality/Religion

Angelology

The phenomena we know as angels

Grey Hen With A Pen
5 min readAug 27, 2021

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Dionysius the Areopagite

Growing up I was fascinated by the thought of angels, particularly the Cherubim and Seraphim, who I felt held a special kind of magic. As with most children of my generation, I was familiar with the Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael from the bible stories I was told at Sunday School. I would like to think we all have a Guardian Angel, although I prefer to use the term Companion Angel.

Angels are essentially spiritual entities which are much more powerful than any human being.The word angel comes from the Greek word angelos which means ‘messenger’. Traditionally, angels have been seen as messengers sent to deliver God’s news to the people.

Most of our angelic knowledge comes from the writings of one man — Dionysius the Areopagite. Dionysius was Greek and and influential Christian figure. He wrote three treatises: The Divine Names, The Celestial Hierarchy, and The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy. He also wrote the shorter treatise The Mystical Theology as well as ten letters explaining in detail the mysteries of the angels and the angelic realms.

When we talk about angels, we say they inhabit the celestial realms. Celestial is a term which refers to something relating to…

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Grey Hen With A Pen

Patricia Minson writes poems, short stories, and articles on a variety of subjects from Art & Writing to Spirituality & True Crime.