This is, of course, the ninth article of the Angel Series by this Examiner. If you have not read the previous articles, you might enjoy taking a moment to look at them first, starting here. As before, we are sticking pretty strictly to the scale used by the Alexandrian Sage, Maimonides. This article will deal with the Erelim (singular is Arel), the Third Choir of Angels. The name Erelim means, literally, “The Valiant Ones”; some interpret the name to mean “Thrones”. They correspond to the Sephirah Binah (Understanding) in the Kabbalah, which, classically, relates to the planet Saturn. However, the recently-discovered Uranus makes much more sense. The Name of God is “YHVH Elohim”. The Archangel is Tzafkiel (“God’s Contemplation).
In Nova Thought, Binah would relate to Uranus. Binah would also correlate to the Color Black, the Order Source, the Number Nine, the Ida Nadi, and the Character of the Servant. It is also the Left, Upward moving Black Pillar Boaz (“Strength”) of Solomon’s Temple, and the Rune Isa. There is also a Kabbalistic Attribution to the Hebrew Letter, Shin. This is a strange juxtaposition of “Primordial Fire” and Ice, isn’t it? You may remember that the Merkabah was composed of the Primordial Fire. The Merkabah is a Chariot, but also a Throne, hence the Name Erelim.
The Erelim are the Angels that retrieve the Spirits of the Righteous Dead, and are said to weep. They were probably the inspiration for the “Weeping Angels” on “Dr. Who”.
It has been said, that Binah was created to limit Chokhmah. Think of the connection between the Chaotic Chokhmah and Leviathan, and you will Understand how this works. The connection between Binah and Order was covered in an earlier article by this writer.
Tzafkiel, the Archangel over the Erelim, is very mysterious. Tzafkiel is in charge of beginnings and endings; sometimes, an object or emotion has to be removed or replaced.
The Erelim have the specific abilities to help you get through difficult times. During the current worldwide financial crisis, one would suspect that the Erelim are working overtime. They also attend to growth, especially when that growth has to do with overcoming the Past, and that which is outworn, outdated, and needs to change.
An Affirmation for these Ideas could read:
I am putting the Past behind me and moving towards the Future, with the assistance of Tzafkiel and the Erelim.
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