SPIRITUAL TERMINOLOGY AND MEANINGS

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Archangel

What is an archangel?

In New Age spirituality, archangels (as well as guardian angels, demi-gods, and other non-human cosmic entities) are anthropomorphized personifications of specific classes of archetypal energies.

Each archangel archetype represents represent abstract concepts, ideas, and qualities and are perceived in a humanoid form. The archangel archetypes are used to represent various concepts in magick and alchemy, including the four cardinal directions, the four elements and the human qualities represented by them, the colors of the seven chakras,

These are not literally beings, but rather, concepts and qualities, or types of universal consciousness that we can tap into, inhabit, and work with. Calling upon one of these entities is the equivalent of intending to embody that archetypal energy within yourself.

Why do New Agers recognize these as biblical entities?

Angels as many people think of them in the West are a human concept rooted in Judeo-Christian mythology and it’s influence on Western culture. This religious character reference is embedded into our cultural psyche, and as such, it is how many New Age individuals who were raised under this societal influence filter and perceive an experience with this kind of energy.

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