Monday, April 30, 2018
Z: Za'afiel et al.
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.