Monday, April 30, 2018

Z: Za'afiel et al.


Whew, here we are at the last day of the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Kudos to everyone who hung in there and made it through all 26 posts!

Today, I bring you Angels whose names begin with Z, because a) there are a surprising (to me) number of them, and b) it seems a perfect fit for A to Z.

(This is an incomplete list and spellings sometimes vary, so forgive me any errors in advance, if you would.)

Za'afiel: controls hurricanes and storms. Sometimes he is good, sometimes evil; accounts differ.

Zaapiel: punishes those with wicked souls

Zadkiel: angel of prayer, affirmation, guidance, and spiritual development

Zafrire: morning spirits

Zagzagel: angel of wisdom, who teaches how to listen and see inwardly

Zephon: guardian prince of Paradise

Zuphlas: angel of trees, who provides stability, protection, strength, and longevity

Zuriel: angel of harmony, who encourages sociability and the appreciation of beauty

Artistic depictions of angels vary widely--male or female, winged or wingless, from flowing robes to military tunics and breastplates to the fiery wheels/spheres of the Ophanim mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Sometimes angels are gentle, kind, and helpful, sometimes they are pretty badass like our friend with the sword pictured above.

Perhaps you are one of the many thousands of angel devotees who look toward the divine messengers for daily inspiration and guidance. Or perhaps you, like me, are fascinated by the concept of these supernatural beings that continue appear in religion, mythology, art, music, and literature from all over the world. Maybe you're simply a fan of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. Regardless, if there are such things as guardian angels, I hope yours watches out for you today and always.

Thank you for sticking with me for the A to Z challenge! Hope to see you again very soon.



14 comments:

  1. An absolutely good thought to compile something like this. I didn't know that thee were so many of them.
    Thanks for reading my blog posts, as well. Looking forward to your future posts,

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  2. Maybe whoever was responsible for naming angels was also participating in an A-Z challenge? :) What a great list, Jenny.
    And what a terrific series. I loved reading and commenting on your posts and intend to revisit several of them in the next little while. Congratulations on your achievement.

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    1. :-)

      Thanks, Karen, for your regular visits and fun comments! Congratulations to you, too.

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  3. That is indeed a lot of angels beginning with Z! Well done for making it through the AtoZ with so many great posts.
    Best wishes
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings - Movie Monsters

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciated your comments :-)

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    2. I’m impressed - never realised there were so many angels with names starting with Z! I do wonder where all those names and attributes come from...

      Well done, congrats on surviving the Challenge! I’ve enjoyed your posts and am now following your blog, so it will be fascinating to see what you post about from May to March. 😁

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    3. Thanks, Sue! No pressure, though, right...? ;-)

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  4. I've never given angels much though until now. A thought-provoking piece indeed! A perfect end to the month.

    A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

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    1. Thanks so much for popping by during A to Z!

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  5. Very cool. Za'afiel probably lives in South Florida. LOL! Congrats on making it to the end! Woot.

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  6. Hah! Thanks, Mina. You, too!

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  7. I would never have guessed there were so many Z angels. Funny, but I hadn't realised I had a preconceived notion that angles should have pretty names.

    WooHoo on making it through the A-Z.

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    1. Thanks, AJ. I guess pretty names are in the ear of the beholder...well, that's not quite right. The be-hear-er? The listener? Something like that!

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