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Angel Lore: The Choirs

There has been some recent interest in Angel Lore, so I thought I would share some from my own original story, Trinity.  This lore is the amalgamation of more than a decade of research into the stories.  I’ve drawn influence from Dante’s Devine Comedy, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the Bible (including the apocryphal Book of Enoch) and many other sources.  There is some of my own flair added to it, for story, character and a  cohesive mythology.  

What you are about to read is not the entirety of the lore, but a lot of it.  Somethings I’ve decided to hold back because they are spoilers for later stories.  

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

Angels

Angels are divided into three spheres which are, in turn, divided into three choirs for a total of nine choirs.  The upper sphere manages Heaven the middle sphere manages the universe and the lowest sphere manages the inhabitants of the universe.  The seven upper choirs each have a Ruling Prince.  These Princes are also the seven Archangels.  

Sphere 1

Seraphim

The highest choir of angels, the name literally means “burning ones”.  They are the caretakers of the Throne and, with the exception of their Archangel, remain close to the Temple of the Tetragrammaton.  They have six wings, two from their back, two on their waist and one of each wrist.  Tall and made of light and fire, they are both beautiful and terrible.  With a few exceptions, any human that looks upon them would go mad and never recover.

Cherubim

The guardians of knowledge, these creatures are not the small childlike creatures one typically expects.  Cherubs are massive, hulking creatures with more similarities to a griffin than a toddler.  With the head of an eagle, the mane of a lion, the body of a man and the legs of a bull, Cherubs are anything but cute.  They have four wings, two from the back and two from the waste.  Several sit as guards to sacred places, including Eden, the Pearly Gates and Temple of the Tetragrammaton.  The rest manage the Library, where all thought has been recorded and managed.  

Ophanim

Sometimes described as the Chariot of God, this is slightly incorrect.  The majority of Ophanim appear as great horses with the proportions of a clydesdale.  Their mane, feet and tail burn with the light and fire of creation.  Great wings emerge from their back, allowing them to fly.  They pull the Chariot of God and, during the War, acted as mounts to the Archangels.  

Galgallin

A subset of Ophanim, these beings are the Chrariots of God.  They appear similar to atomic structure, with several wheels wrapped around a single core.  The outside of each wheel is covered with what are thought to be eyes, but are in fact the Symbol of Heaven, a black dot within a white sphere.  

Sphere 2

Dominions

The Dominions manage the physical universe.  They enforce the Laws of Physics and keep the universe from falling into entropy and going cold.  They rarely make themselves known to humans and often work in secret.  These angels, like all the choirs below, appear more or less like winged humans, although Dominion long ears with diamond tips.

Virtues

The Virtues manage life.  They bring it to fruition, manage evolution, oversees habitats and collect the souls of the dead.  The will often only appear to humans in their duties of psychopomps, usually hooded and with a small reaping blade.  They have long, pointed chins and long, pointed ears, giving them an elvish appearance.  

Powers

The Powers are perhaps the most mysterious of the choirs.  Some say they are just the enforcers of the the two previous choirs.  Others say they are soldiers in Heaven’s army.  Some say that they are fiercely loyal to God and none have ever fallen.  Some say that the largest portion of fallen angels came from this choir.  These short, stocky angels certainly appear like fierce warriors, always armored, carrying shields and short broad swords.  But their true task if known only to Archangels.  

Sphere 3

Principalities

Simply put, these guys are the middle management of Heaven.  They take orders from the upper choirs and pass them to the lower.  They pass reports upwards and they ensure everyone is doing their jobs correctly.  In many ways, they are bureaucrats, being meticulously organized and thorough.  It isn’t a glamorous job, but they do it.  

Archangels

Don’t let their low rank on this list fool you, the Archangels are the most powerful of all the angelic choirs.  Consisting of the seven Ruling Princes of the previous seven choirs, the Archangels are often called upon to interact directly with the physical world in errands and missions too important of complex for anyone else.  Ruled by the Metatron, the viceroy of Heaven who belongs in no choir, the Archangels consist of Micha-el, Gabri-el, Rapha-el, Uri-el, Azra-el, Sari-el and Remi-el.

Angels

The lowest but not the least important.  They are the Messengers of God and interact the most with the Physical World with some Angels never returning to Heaven for several long centuries.

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels interact with humans on a regular basis, although we often don’t know it.  They can’t interfere with our freewill, but can do small things to guide us towards to the right decision or away from danger.

Putti

Don’t let their toddler like appearance fool you, Putti are beings of love and passion.  Not simply romantic love, they can inspire your feelings of passion in your work and subject matter.  

Grigori

Also known as the Watchers, the Grigori observe the natural world.  The closest to humans, they have no wings and appear as large, bearded men.  They even have functioning reproductive organs as several mated with human women, spawning the Nephilim, a race of giants also called Titans. These beasts ruled the Earth until their own offspring, the Olympians, threw them down.  

So this is it for Angel Lore for right now.  If this is popular, I’ll do more parts discussing the specific Archangels, the Hierarchy of Hell and even the realms of Otherworld.  I’ll also be posting more artwork of the different choirs and characters.  I have some stuff that’s a couple years old now that I need to update.  As I do, I’ll post it here.  

JUNGKOOK: The lost boy
MUZI: The radish in disguise

This playful, childlike creature looks like a rabbit, but is actually a Korean yellow radish in disguise! Charm comes easy to Muzi, as long as it has its rabbit costume in place. JUNGKOOK is always trying to pull pranks on his friends. He’s a lost soul in college, trying to find himself in the liberal arts. The bunny persona is just his way of running away from life and responsibilities.

anonymous asked:

Those jikook fan art drawn by jungkook's brother, do you know where are they from?Are they from the fan cafe? someone said there are more fan art by Jungkook's brother,like there's one with the jungkook's outfit from adult ceremony.

They’re from his bro’s instagram! I followed his acc but he deleted that and made a new one (I dunno the current username tho). He’d posted Bangtan as The Simpsons, A portrait of Bangtan in Wings, and Bangtan as Kakao Friends in his old acc. Now bc I’m such trash I’m gonna give my two cents bout Bro, Jimin and Jungkook (I had discussed this w my squad including @jikookielove and I told @neverbefake bout this last night and yes I still can’t get over it fghhgf)

So Bro posted his drawing.

The characters FIT each member PERFECTLY, like how Ryan is a loyal leader and how they can’t survive without him (Screams Namjoon!) or how Tube can get angry and upset and you wouldn’t wanna disturb him (So Suga) but JIMIN AND JUNGKOOK!!!!!

Bro drew Muzi as Kook and Jimin as Con. According to the description it says:

  • Muzi:This playful, childlike creature looks like a rabbit, but is actually a Korean yellow radish in disguise.
  • Con:vaguely resembles a tiny crocodile, is the most mysterious Kakao Friend. It’s rumored that Con magically brought Muzi to life, which explains why the two are always together. 

If you look at bro’s drawings, they’re very detailed. For example, in Bro’s The Simpsons drawing, he drew Kook, Tae and Yoongi in leather pants, Jin w broad shoulders, and Jimin’s eye-smile.

They’ve been given a lot of thought when drawn, which got me thinking, Muzi and Con couldn’t be a mere coincidence. Especially when he drew in such a way that seemed like he knew Jikook’s relationship dynamic. Con’s filming Muzi in that drawing and we know how Jimin has all the criteria needed to be a Jungkook fansite master haha. Why didn’t he draw Jimin as Neo? It could be coincidental but my jikook heart says he knows something. Maybe Jimin has visited Kook’s family several times when he’s in Busan and Bro’s fond of him and they’re really close.

Anyway if you see the MuziCon Stickers on Kakao they’re actually SUPER SWEET to each other. They tease, but they take care of one another. My favs include Con feeding him when he’s sick, Muzi hugs Con etc.

Is this reaching? I hope not haha.I’m truly glad my squad and I weren’t the only ones who noticed this bc as soon as the drawing got on twitter, k-kookmin shippers started posting a whole lot of MuziCon gifs and pics and tagged #kookmin hahaha. Oh the description’s here btw. (thank you Mina for the description!!!!)

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Expressions

Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a Taiwanese illustrator best known for her ethereal, surrealistic works of pastel-colored art that often depict floral motifs.

I often imagine our emotions as plants: they extend like any organic object; they grow and wither. Covering the face with flowers is a way to express the emotion, we can feel it even if we can’t see…

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Interview with Hsiao-Ron Cheng (translated)

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Feminine or Female?

Before I made it as a writer, I taught French at a boys’ school. I often found myself having to explain to the boys the concept of gender.

Why is la table female, they would ask? How can a table have a sex?

Well, of course, it doesn’t. La table is an object; sexless; and its gender is not female, but feminine.

The difference is more than just semantics. Feminine in language implies many things; a soft ending to the word; a certain kind of aesthetic. But it is no indicator of sex: a man may sometimes be feminine, although he is not female. A woman may be female, without being feminine.

I started to think about the difference the other day, after reading the following article.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/21/women-cheerleading-ballet-sports-helen-grant

In it, Helen Grant, our minister for sports, equalities and tourism, is quoted as suggesting that, in order to encourage girls to play sports, we should offer them what they really want; that is; “feminine” sports, like dance, skating and cheerleading.

Putting aside for a moment the annoyance I feel at being told what I really want by a politician, there are a number of things terribly wrong with this.

1. By labelling these activities “feminine”, her comment is likely to stigmatize boys who choose to explore them. 

2. By suggesting that traditional sports are not feminine, she is effectively normalizing the abuse given to sportswomen like Beth Tweddle, implying that they deserve abuse for refusing to conform to a stereotype. 

3. Cheerleading, though it can be physically demanding and requires skill, is not an independent sport. It is an activity designed to enhance the performance of sportsmen, for the enjoyment of (mostly male) spectators.

So, why do some people still feel that some sports are unfeminine?

(a) Because they make you sweat.

So does sex. And yet, it retains its popularity.

(b) Because you might get injured. (And girls, as we know, don’t play rough.)

Well, perhaps they should. With rape and rape culture on the increase, perhaps girls ought to start thinking more about learning to play rough for a change.

© Because you might get biceps, or bulging abs, or have to cut your hair off, or do something else that interferes with the (mostly male) stereotype of the woman as a delicate, frail, childlike creature, barely able to stand without help.

Everyone has to grow up one day. A woman’s body is nothing to fear (unless you are a paedophile). There’s nothing unattractive about being fit and strong. Only a weak man is afraid of strong women. 

So, Ms Grant, don’t speak for me.

I was the girl who wanted to play football, but always got to play rounders instead.

I was the girl who did ballet because my mother thought it would improve my posture, but turned out to be so bad at it that it ruined my body confidence for years.

I was the girl who was laughed at in junior school for fighting in the playground.

I was the girl, who when she was attacked one night, in the street, aged seventeen, by three young men, knocked one of them to the ground and sent the other two running.

I sweat. I dance. I run. I fight. I don’t care about men’s approval. Or yours, Ms Grant. Because, to me, you sound a bit like my teachers at secondary school, the ones who lectured me about being “ladylike” when I talked too loudly, or ran in the yard. I can make up my own mind about what I really want. I don’t need you (or anyone else) to do it for me.

And I know the difference between feminine and female.

La table is an object.

La femme is not.