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a glory of angels
A (not at all comprehensive) guide to the portrayals of angels, from Biblical to comedic, and how to research your friendly terrifying representations of divinity. Please note, I cannot vouch for the quality or reliability of all these sources, this is meant to simply be a compilation.
- The Torah / The Christian Bible—the Bible website also has this topical list of references to angels with chapter and verse; this tumblr post discusses angels’ true forms with quotes. In particular, pay attention to the books of Ezekiel, Tobit, Revelations, and some of the chapters of Daniel.
- The Holy Quran—search for Jibrael or Gabriel (this translation has both.)
- The Book of Enoch and Jubilees—apocryphal Jewish works that expand on Genesis, and feature the fall of the Nephilim and the fallen angels.
- At this point you start getting into Jewish mysticism and its ginger stepchild, Kabbalah—the Sefer Raziel HaMalakh (Book of the Angel Raziel) in particular features an elaborate angelology; The Magus, by Francis Barrett is a good guide to Kabbalah as a whole, and The Celestial Intelligencer (scroll down on that page) has a lot to say about angels and planets.
- Aleister Crowley would continue this line of thought in Hermetic magic, particularly in the Book of the Law, where he converses with his Guardian Angel, and the 8th Aethyr in the Vision and the Voice, which describes him.
- In addition, there’s always John Dee and his Elizabethan angel magic as well. The Enochian that Supernatural uses is originally his.
- Encyclopedia articles—Jewish angels, Zoroastrian angels, Thelemite concept of a guardian angel, wikipedia
- his dark materials trilogy (philip pullman)
- good omens (terry pratchett and neil gaiman)
- a wind in the door (madeleine l’engle)
- the vintner’s luck (elizabeth knox)
- the glory days (isobelle carmody)
- daughter of smoke and bone (laini taylor)
- the space trilogy (cs lewis)
- angelology (danielle trussoni)
- skellig (david almond)
- angel fire series (andrew greely)
MOVIES AND OTHER MEDIA
- wings of desire (1987)
- touched by an angel (1994-2003)
- the prophecy (1995)
- michael (1996)
- city of angels (1998)
- dogma (1999)
- constantine (2005)
- supernatural (2005-present)
- gabriel (2007)
- legion (2010)
- angels in late ancient christianity (ellen muehlberger)
- from gabriel to lucifer: a cultural history of angels (valery rees)
- heaven and its wonders and hell from things heard and seen (emanuel swedenborg)
[many thanks to my followers who contributed and this post by dottewa, which helped point me in the right direction when it came to crowley and thelemite literature]
Dear lovely Shinji, please recommend some books that will fit in my backpack and make my world wonderful, or at least change a piece of me.
- 1984, George Orwell
- As A Peace Loving Global Citizen, Sun Myung Moon
- Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
- Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
- Beloved, Toni Morrison
- The Birth of Tragedy (and Truth and Lying In a Non-Moral Sense), Nietzsche
- Bluets, Maggie Nelson
- The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa
- The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera
- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
- A Burnt Out Case, Graham Greene
- The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch
- The Collector, John Fowles
- A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by Joseph Cornell
- The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
- Flesh and Blood, Michael Cunningham
- Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels
- The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
- Goose Chase, Patrice Kindl
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
- The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
- In The Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje
- Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
- Just Kids, Patti Smith
- Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
- Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Macbeth, Shakespeare
- A Million Little Pieces, James Frey
- Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
- On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
- The People of Paper, Salvador Plascencia
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
- Running In The Family, Michael Ondaatje
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
- The Tenth Man, Graham Greene
- The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
- The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
- White Oleander, janet Fitch
- The WInter Vault, Anne Michaels
- The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe
- Written On The Body, Jeannette Winterson
Ten tips for reducing exam anxiety
- Don’t be on tumblr or facebook the night before, the color blue reduces melatonin levels and makes sleeping impossible. Get a good nights sleep! Don’t try to stay up all night by taking caffeine or drugs. You are likely to feel tired, irritable, and distracted by the time of the exam.
- Eat high protein foods before going in but avoid drinks with caffeine.
- Panic is contagious, stay far away from your friends who freak out before tests.
- Get to the exam room early, so you’ll have time to settle in the environment and feel more at ease with where you are.
- Use your imagination and see yourself doing really well in the future, and know it’s partly because you’re going to pass this test.
- If you still have time and you get caught up during the test or start feeling anxious, take in a deep breath that goes all the way to the center of your chest and exhale slowly. Repeat.
- Do some stretches before taking the exam to increase blood flow and warm up your body. Doing jumping jacks or running in place are a good way to get your heart beat up and your brain ready to solve problems.
- Don’t leave the room once you’ve finished the exam. I know you don’t want to be there anymore, but I promise if you look back on your test without doubting yourself then you can find some simple mistakes in spelling, grammar, simple math steps in equations, and so on.
- You don’t have test anxiety because you’re not well prepared, you are well prepared. You’ve studied hard and have payed attention in class just as much as the person next to you. This test is made for you to succeed.
- Repeat this over and over in a happy tone, ““I prepared for this test and will do the best I can.”
The Great Gatsby Soundtrack
1. 100 Dollar Bill - JAY Z
2. Back To Black - Beyoncé x André 3000
3. Bang Bang - Will.i.am
5. Young And Beautiful - Lana Del Rey
6. Love Is The Drug - Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. Over The Love - Florence + The Machine
8. Where The Wind Blows - Coco O. of Quadron
9. Crazy in Love - Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. Together – The xx
11. Hearts A Mess - Gotye
12. Love Is Blindness – Jack White
13. Into the Past - Nero
14. Kill and Run - Sia
“1. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1964) 2. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962) 3. Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (1921) 4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851) 5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813) 6. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1836–47) 7. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27) 8. Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667) 9. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985) 10. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953)”—
Michael Chabon lists and discusses his 10 favorite books, part of the same project that gave us the greatest books of all time as voted by 125 famous authors.
Also see Chabon’s ideal bookshelf (along with those of other modern literary icons.)