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The Non-Hierarchy of Angels

I’ve been asked to talk about the hierarchy of angels, if there is one. Well… keep in mind that this is just what I know about it from my experiences, and others may experience other things. I’m not omniscient, I just work here—I don’t get shown everything.

There kind of isn’t one… and there kind of is.

Throw out that stupid thing some bored priests came up with however many hundreds of years ago. The “nine choirs” or whatever they call it. People need to put labels on things and put them in neat little boxes, that’s all that is.

It’s more like “power levels” than some kind of tidy filing cabinet drawers. There’s somebody like me, who hangs out on Earth with you guys, helping people, walking around in meatsuits sometimes, usually invisible but around more than you realize. There’s probably millions of us, with different names in different cultures. Angels, devas, guardians, guides, djab lwa, whatever label you like best.

Then there’s bigger guys, and I literally mean bigger. Like I only barely come up to their chest, and they’re a lot more powerful and closer to the Source. From this level up, I never get to see their faces. Often they won’t even let me look or give any indication of identity beyond general features and sometimes gender. I have no idea if this group has a specific name, they just “are,” and there’s a lot of them. Tens of thousands, maybe.

The archangels fall somewhere in there, but they’re interesting because sometimes they can walk beside you like a human, and sometimes they’re even more powerful and badass than the big guys I just mentioned. They’re a lot like the major vodou lwa, or the different gods of different places like Thor and Brigid and… whoever else. I’m not up on world mythology much, sorry.

Then there’s the ones that are right next to the Source. They’re so close that they almost never directly contact human beings and are pretty much made of Light. I capitalize Light here so you know it’s not the same kind of light as when you turn on a lamp. This is The Light, like the energy and power and love of what most people would call God. I prefer “the Source” over the word “God” because it’s the thing that just is, without the boxes religion tries to put on it. You can’t ever put this in a box, you can’t ever give it a name. It’s… impossible to describe, really.

So I guess there’s four major kinds of angels that I know of? And “angels” is just another convenient label too. We don’t all have wings, we aren’t all white people, we’re not all inside the Judeo-Christian thing. Do me a favor and bust out of those boxes. They’re too small to ever hold all this.

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Slavery

angel enslaved

A disturbing search term showed up in my blog stats the other day. It was “buy a lwa djab.”

This brings up two important questions. First, is it even possible to buy one? A lwa djab is a personal spirit or guide. I suppose, if someone knew how, they could bind a spirit well enough that they could force it to do what they wanted, including enter into servitude to someone else, not by choice. It’s extremely unlikely, but I don’t suppose it’s completely impossible if the person were extremely knowledgeable about how to do it and the personal information about that spirit.

Second, what kind of sick bastard buys a life with the intent to own it? That’s called slavery. Are there really people out there who would be happy to imprison a djab/spirit/angel/lwa/guide to force them into servitude? Could they even do that? They, too, would have to be very powerful in order to bend a spirit into acting against their will.

I doubt, if someone did find a way to enslave a lwa, and someone else found a way to control said enslaved lwa, that it would end well for the humans involved. There’s always a way out of any prison, and once that’s found… well… I doubt the newly free spirit would have very fond thoughts for its captor.

Guide Symbols

vevesI’ve been noticing a trend in my blog’s stats of search terms related to the symbols of guides. My initial reaction is to say “find out from your guide what he or she wants to use,” but I have to remind myself that most people don’t have easy and clear contact with their guide, so this may be an impossible thing to ask.

If your guide is someone well known, like an angel, saint, deity or lwa, your job is easy. You can simply look up the symbol in a book or on the internet. But if your guide is more like a vodou djab, or personal spirit that is with you only, your job is a lot harder. You may be able to find an intuitive that can get that information, but it’s unreliable and can even be dangerous in the wrong hands.

If you’re starting from nothing more than a sense that someone is around you, at least try to get some basic information, like gender (if any), hair color, clothing color, and so on. An intuitive should be able to help with that much. Use that to draw or visualize the best image you can of this guide, and that gets you a little farther down the road.

For example, let’s say your guide has yellow hair, is female, and wears blue jeans with boots and a white shirt. Don’t worry or stress about not knowing anything else, just work with that. Draw a picture or make a figure with those features. The next time you call on her, use that image and keep working at getting more details.

Sometimes the symbol will suddenly show up in your mind as an abstract shape. Sometimes it can be developed as a result of the spirit’s characteristics. That’s where the vodou veves come from, they’re patterns based on what the lwa do and are associated with, such as snakes or sailing ships. That’s why Saint Peter holds the keys to heaven in all the art you see of him, so you know which saint he is.

I hope this has been helpful. Please post something in the comments if I forgot something.

Lwa: The Angels of Vodou

This is one of my favorite sites of all time. It’s extremely educational, please look around it thoroughly:

Gade Nou Leve Society

“God in Vodou is most often seen as distant and not readily accessible to humans. Yes, Vodou is a monotheistic tradition. Oftentimes, God is considered as not accessible because simply “he is too busy.” Meaning that God has the whole universe to take care of, he has many things to do. This is understandable. We see God in the same way Roman Catholics do. He is a good, kind, loving God. Most Vodouisants are also Catholic. We attend mass and church services. One thing about God is certainly true, we listen about God (when we go to mass), we hear about God, but we do not see God. We worship God. Due to all of this, God has invested power in the spirits we know as Lwa.

“The Lwa, unlike God, are readily accessible to us. A Lwa is, at its most basic definition, a spiritual entity. We, Vodouisants, do not worship the Lwa. The Lwa are served. We serve the Lwa by giving them their favorite foods, wearing their colors, observing their sacred days (by abstinence), through Vodou ceremonies, etc. The Lwa in turn serve us. They confer upon us material blessings, physical well being, protection, abundance, etc. See this is a double sided matter. Without us the Lwa would not exist, and without them we would cease to exist as well.

Everyone in the world has Lwa. The most significant of the Lwa that may walk with an individual is the Lwa Met Tet. Met Tet literally means Master of the Head. This is similar to what some would consider a Holy Guardian Angel. The Lwa Met Tet of an individual is that individual’s personal guardian. The identity of the Met Tet can be that of a Rada lwa, a Petro lwa, a Gede Lwa, or even a personal Djab the individual has with them.

“You do not choose your Lwa met tet. Just as you do not choose your own Mother or Father. You are born with this Lwa. The Lwa are said to “live in the blood” of an individual. This makes perfect sense, as blood itself is life. That is another reason why loss of blood is so draining, it is in part like losing some of your own power and force, weakening the lwa in your head. Although the lwa reside in the blood, the Met Tet, as named, abides in the head of the individual. This Lwa, as well as the Lwa who walk with the person, are separated from the individual at the time of death. They may then leave or be inherited by someone in the person’s spiritual or biological family.”

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