This article is the third in this writer’s series about Angels. The first two articles may be found here and there. We will deal with the Cherubim (singular Cherub), the second “lowest” Choir of Angels, per the classification by Maimonides. They are said to guard the (eastern) entrance to Garden of Eden, after the expulsion of Adam and Eve. Sculptures of two Cherubim supported the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
There is a Legend which states that the two statues were seen to embrace each other like lovers. Thus, they are usually depicted in art in pairs. They have, according to Ezekiel, four faces and four wings. In the Middle Ages, they began to be depicted as the chubby, rosy-cheeked winged infants, as we still see today.
In the Kabbalah, they are associated with the ninth Sephirah, Yesod (“Foundation”). Yesod is symbolically associated with Luna, the Moon, and is thus the Cosmic Mirror. The Archangel of the Cherubim is Gabriel, “God’s Mighty One”. Yesod is closely related to the Astral Plane, and the Cherubim are visualized going up and down the Thirty-Second Path of the Tree of Life, corresponding to the Tarot Card “The World”. This is described in the story of Jacob’s Ladder in Genesis. Is this role as Guardians of the Veil of the Astral Plane symbolized by their placement outside the Garden of Eden? Perhaps!
In Nova Thought, Yesod relates to correlates to the Shadow Principle, the Color Violet, Monday, Number Seven, the Vedic Manas (“ Mind”) or Anupadaka Tattva (“Parentless Principle”), and the three Shadow Runes, Perthro, Ehwaz, and Ingwaz. The Character is the Seer. Hence, we might feel closer to Gabriel and the Cherubs on Monday!
The Cherubim are the angels of Light and Glory. They are the Keepers of the Akashic Records, the compilation of everything that has ever happened, or will happen.
The exact meaning of the word Cherubim is not very certain. It appears to come from a Babylonian word referring to priestesses. It may mean “Strong Ones”, “Blessed Ones”, “Guardians” or “Near Ones” (which would refer to their proximity to the physical world). It is important to remember that the Cherubim are always nearby. Although, technically speaking, they are on the Astral Plane, they are, in fact, nearby, and are often sent by God to help the Human Race.
An Affirmation for these Angels could be:
I know now, that Gabriel and the Cherubim are nearby and willing to share their Guidance about the Past, Present and Future.
The next article in this series will discuss the B’nei Elohim.