When most people think of Seraphim, they think of angels, but earliest usages of the term refer to serpent demons. The concept of the serpent as a demon was well known to the Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians. In Persian mythology, the serpent Dahaka was the incarnation of the evil spirit Angra Mainyu. The word Seraphim comes from the plural of the Hebrew word 'saraph' … [Read more...]
Angels are supernatural entities that usually appear in the form of a human, often depicted with wings and surrounded by bright white light. Angels often serve as messengers to deliver God's message or offer apocalyptic visions to human prophets. The first biblical book to mention specific Angels by name was the Book of Daniel, which describes Gabriel as God's primary messenger and Michael as the angel who fights for God. Read articles about angels below.
The Cornell University Library has put together a wonderful online collection of the fantastic in art. Categories include angels & demons, danse macabre, weird science, bestiary, the marvelous, the grotesque, possession & insanity, fantastic space, and freaks monsters & prodigies. They currently have 295 pics up. Here's the entry for Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal. … [Read more...]
John Dee (1527-1608) was a renown philosopher, mathematician, geographer and navigator during 16th century's Elizabethan Renaissance. He was educated in Cambridge and served as court astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I - even predicting her coronation would be in 1558. Nowadays, Dee is most well known for his conversations with angels. … [Read more...]
Dictionnaire Infernal - Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased) Ipes/ Ayperos is a prince and count of hell, who commands 36 legions. He appears as an angel or lion with the head and feet of a goose and a short hair's tail. Ipes knows of the past and future, gives men intellect and courage, and can tell of hidden treasures. Pseudomonarchia daemonum - Johann Wier (1583) … [Read more...]
Pseudomonarchia daemonum - Johann Wier (1583) (quoted) Procell is a great and a strong duke, appearing in the shape of an angell, but speaketh verie darklie of things hidden, he teacheth geometrie and all the liberall arts, he maketh great noises, and causeth the waters to rore, where are none, he warmeth waters, and distempereth bathes at certeine times, as the exorcist … [Read more...]