Prologue :
   
The question as to whether female angels exist has never been specifically addressed in biblical texts ( and I don't really care ), Angels are by definition neither male nor female in a human sense, they are a separate order of beings entirely. Still, when biblical writers try to describe angelic appearances, they consistently used masculine pronouns and male attributes. However, in Zechariah 5:9, the priest / scribe notes that two winged females take a woman named "wickedness" away to Babylonia in a measuring basket. Whilst contextually speaking "wickedness" is (hopefully) an 'anthropomorphic personification' rather than an actual individual (if she was, I know I dated her once), the two creatures transporting her, having wings "like those of a stork" are functioning in a typically angelic way, and are clearly described as female. In Jewish occult lore, female angels are rare (the Shekinah, 'the liberating Angel' is one). In Gnostic lore there is, pre-eminently, the revered Pistis Sophia, a great female aeon / archon, or angel. In Arabic legend, female angels are not uncommon and were often objects of worship or veneration; they were called "benad hasche", translated as Daughters of God.
Angelica : Komm und hilf mir Fliegen
      Fantasy  \ Angelic Mythology \ benad hasche \ aeon \ updated 10/02/07
blonde female angel photographic manipulation

" But her head rose proudly on a neck as white as an ivory tower, her eyes were clear as the pools of Heshbon,
her nose was as the tower of Lebanon, her hair like purple...And I could not help murmuring:
"Behold thou art fair, my love; thou art fair"... And I asked myself, frightened and rapt,
who was she who rose before me like the dawn, beautiful as the moon, radiant as the sun,
terribilis ut castorum acies ordinata. Then the creature came still closer to me,
throwing into a corner the dark package she had till then held pressed to her bosom; and she raised her hand
to stroke my face, and repeated the words I had already heard. And while I did not know whether to flee from her or move
even closer, while my head was throbbing as if the trumpets of Joshua were about to bring down the walls of Jericho,
as I yearned and at once feared to touch her... "


The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Artwork Details :
     Artists Description and general comments.
Client Personal folio piece.
Medium : Digital image manipulation : ( Digital / sketch ) 25cm by 16cm :
Created in Adobe Photoshop 2002 A.D.

Design Notes : Another in a long line of Winged Female images, the character's name is a pun on the herb 'Angelica Archangelica' that is quite sweet and its roots are used medicinally.
Soundtrack
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music to draw angels to) : Dead Can Dance - Aion
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