Matter is frozen light - quantum physicist David Bohm

Angels are paragons of intuition - Thomas Aquinas


The rather wonderful word 'angelology' means "The Study of Angels". It comes from the Greek word 'angelologia', which is a combination of two words: ANGELOS (angel, original meaning: messenger) and LOGOS: word.

Recently I  stumbled across a Dictionary of Angels (including the fallen angels) and I have really enjoyed reading it. Or maybe I should say: dipping into it, as it contains enough information to make your head spin.

The concept angel is often associated with the Bible and the Christian belief system. This is a misconception as many angels appear in other sources too.

All cultures acknowledge the existence of spirits at levels beyond the human. We call them angels, but in other traditions they go by different names.


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The medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen worked especially out of her visionary experiences with the angelic realms. 

Apparently Einstein once asked: "what is the most important question you can ask in this life?" The answer was: "Is the universe a friendly place or not?" This is the ultimate cosmological (and ontological!)  question: is the cosmos benign - can we trust the cosmos?

The Koran names seven angels: Gabriel, Michael, Iblis/Eblis (chief Jinn in Arabian mythology and counterpart of the Judaean-Christian Satan), Malec/Malik (principal angel of Hell), the two fallen angels: Harut and Marut, and Malaku 'l-maut: Angel of Death.

In religion and mythology a demon (or daemon, from Greek δα¯μων daimôn) is a supernatural being described as a spirit. 


 The original Greek word daimon does not carry the negative connotation we ascribe to this word.

It was originally intended to denote a Spirit or Spiritual Being!

In Ancient near Eastern religions and in medieval Christian demonology a demon came to be considered an 'unclean spirit' which may cause demonic possession, to be healed through exorcism (as a shamanic practitioner I strongly prefer the word 'de-possession'  or 'spirit release').

Many of the demons in literature were once fallen angels. 

The forerunner of the guardian angel concept was the FYLGJA in Norse Shamanism.


St Augustine said: "Every visible thing in this world is put under the charge of an angel".

I grew up with angels in a Roman Catholic family. I was taught that I had a guardian angel watching over me. When my own children were younger I used to say a bedtime prayer with them that invoked their guardian angel. One day I discovered that they had been hearing 'Garden Angel all along!! So  I wrote a blog about 'Garden Angels'. FIND  LINK!

Some people say that angels don't exist, that human beings created them in their own image and stuck on a pair of wings on.. Those people are not aware an angel may just have saved their lives on several occasions!

In my own experience of doing spiritual healing work angels do exist independently of the human imagination, but in appearing to humans they choose to take a certain form because this has meaning for us humans. (The so called power animals of shamanism do exactly the same thing: they are not actually animals - they are evolved beings that take animal form!)

Angels aren't really "glorified being with a pair of wings strapped on": they are Luminous Beings, Beings of Light from other realms.

Or as Walter Nigg puts it: "Angels are powers which transcend the logic of our existence". To engage with angels there needs to be a suspension of disbelief to allow us to break out of the mind--programming of our Western scientific mindset and limits of the Time-Space Continuum here on Earth.

One intriguing book Iabout all this is The Physics of Angels by Matthew Fox (theologician) and Rupert Sheldrake (biologist). They got talking and became fascinated by the parallels between Thomas Aquinas speaking of angels in the Middle Ages and Albert Einstein speaking of photons in the 20th century.

 Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world

Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world

Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world

Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world




 BOY ANGEL (Quinn in 2009)


 Angel lore tells us that many of them are fearsome creatures indeed, not to be invoked lightly!

 So exactly how many angels are there?! The 14th century cabbalists arrived at the exact figure of - 301,655,722 - ! This is a very modest figure considering that some people believe that there are as many angels as stars! The German astronomer Keppler in the 17 century stated (in his celebrated Law of Celestial Mechanics!) that the planets were "pushed around by angels". (See also:More Visions from the Path of Pollen on my other website for my own dreamwork inspired by Keppler's theory about Celestial Harmonies).

Meister Eckhart said that the angels outnumber the grains of sand on earth!


Another big question is: are angels immortal? According to most scholars they are immortal yes, but not eternal - only God is eternal.

In theology there are three classifications of spirit: 1 God (Who is Divine Spirit), 2 angels and demons (who are pure spirits) and 3 Man (who is impure spirit).

Where do angels reside? In the opinion of Thomas Aquinas, angels cannot occupy two places at the same time (and the word for this is 'bilocation'). Though personally I believe that angels can even 'tri-locate' and 'multiple-locate)  On the other hand they can move from one place to another in the blink of an eye... In my own experience angels can be in many places at the same time. After all they are pure spirit: they are not tied to the laws of flesh and dense matter, the way we are here on planet Earth.

Sheldrake and Fox say that the abillity of angels to move without time lapsing across vast distances is just like Einstein's description of a photon of light: we external observers can measure the speed of light, but from the point of view of light itself, no time elapses as it is traveling. 


Photons have no mass and neither do angels. Light only ever moves, but does not disappear. In space we observe cosmic microwave background radiation that might be 15 billion years old. The same thing is true for sound waves: they keep on moving, sound never really dies out. (It only does so from our point of view as the listener!)

An another important's feature of Einstein's relativity theory is that no body can move at the speed of light, because as bodies approach that speed, their mass goes up. At the speed of light itself, their mass would be infinite. So... only photons can move at the speed of light because photons are mass-less...

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Conference of Angels

I will have you know
That I called a conference of angels today
 They all flapped their wings
and we did a halo count
 They said
The fact that you forget they exist
Doesn’t mean they don’t exist 
You live, walk, breathe
In the space their wings create around you
My angels promised to help yours
In guarding you (from yourself mostly)
They will speak to you
By leaving feathers on the beach
And putting words in the mouths of friends
By folding stories into
The clouds overhead
- But I gave them your mobile number
Just in case

(For C  London, 19 July 2009)

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In 2009 I ran an experiment: for one day I asked angelic beings to show themselves so I could take photographs of them. This was the day our family visited Mount Teide on Tenerife. The result was the series of photographs above. Make whatever you will of that!