Prologue :
   
"All of the realms of the spirits and angels that will be known to you
or to me are of the Earth, not beyond Death.

You understand?"
 

verumtamen ad infernum detraheris in profundum laci
Fallen Angel :
     Fantasy   \ beney ha'elohim \the Grigori \堕天使たちのバラッド
One of the Fallen
Artwork Details :
     Artists Description and comments relating to characters and concepts.
Client : Personal folio piece.
Medium : Pencil Sketch ( on Cartridge ) 28cm by 20cm :
coloured and enhanced in Adobe Photoshop 2003 a.d

Notes : A variation of this piece can be viewed here »
Design Notes :
Soundtrack
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music to draw to): Conan the Barbarian - Basil Poledoris
Abaddon New 30/05/03

FALLEN ANGELS: The collective name given to the beney ha'elohim (םיהלאה ינב), who, for whatever reason, chose to rebel against the Yahweh Elohim ( the Creator God ) and so were expelled from the ranks of the heavenly host. Fallen angels can be split into two main groups ( there are other interpretations, one of which can be touched on at http://www.andrewcollins.com/ or by reading his book 'from the ashes of angels' : read it and liked it) :
1.
The Rebels who allied themselves with Lucifer and staged the first war in Heaven.
2. The fallen Watchers or 'Grigori'.
Both groups are profound, unredeemable-enemies of the Creator God and all of his Creation, especially humankind. Their struggle is against all that is sacred, seeking ever to corrupt, to destroy the beauty of the cosmos, to plunge the universe into chaos, and snuff out the perfect and unapproachable light of God's love. Mystical movements and offshoots of the main religious traditions often give the most detailed accounts.
In Judaism the semi-secret lore of the Kabbala (Cabala) reveals countless facts about Heaven and its inhabitants.
The Islamic angels are most fully developed in Sufi mysticism.
In Christianity, the richest sources are: the Apocrypha ( non-canonical writings ), the Gnostic tradition (a long-running parallel version of Christianity) and the Hermetic tradition associated with alchemy (alchemists were to have invoked both angels and demons in their attempts to know and control Nature).

One of the most common stories of why the Rebels fell is that God informed the angels that he intended to create humanity and that the angels should bow down before this new species. Some of the angels found this abhorrent, in particular Lucifer ( the morning star ). His pride would not permit his submission to ' those talking apes' or 'meat puppets' as it is suggested he called them *. He was joined by other angels, nearly one-third of the entire heavenly host, the 13th century Bishop of Tusculum suggested that percentage equalled 133306668, give or take. This value was reaffirmed by Alphonso de Spina (circa 1460 ). Don't ask me how they did the math. (The closest numeric value I could attribute to the angelic host was in Revelations 5:11 "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." ) Lucifer and his legion attempted a coup d'état.
Luci lost.

 

O for a voice like thunder,
and a tongue to drown the throat of war!
When the senses are shaken,
and the soul is driven to madness,
Who can stand?
When the souls of the oppressed fight
in the troubled air that rages,

Who can stand?

When the whirlwind of fury
comes from the Throne of God,
when the frowns of his countenance
drive the nations together,

who can stand?

When Sin claps his broad wings over the battle
and sails rejoicing in the flood of Death;
When souls are torn to everlasting fire,
and fiends of Hell rejoice upon the slain,

O who can stand?

O who has caused this?

O who can answer at the throne of God?

 

William Blake

The 'Grigori' distinguished themselves via a series of non-canonical books titled the Books of Enoch, found in the Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament. According to these ancient texts, God asked a select group of angels to assist the Archangels in the creation of Eden. The Watchers ( guess what they do? ) who descended to earth saw the daughters of man and became enchanted with them. Consequently, they coined the phrase 'how you doin'?' They also revealed to humanity some of the secrets of Heaven; such as the movement of the celestial bodies and the art of making savage weapons. Two hundred Watchers took human wives and created offspring, giants, creatures of legend known as the Nephilim. A single verse from the Book of Genesis also alludes to these events but nothing more is written of this angelic poon-tang fest in biblical canon. The actions of the Grigori angered God, he threw them out of Heaven, cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment. God sent the Great Deluge, opening all the fountains of the great deep in order to clean up the moral and genetic mess that devastated the adamic inhabitants of this world. Some notable angels said to have fallen are Semyazza, Sammael and Azazel.
A far later account tells of two angels, Loki, the mal'akh ha-mavet ( Angel of Death, Heb. מַלְאַךְ הַמָּוֶת ) and a Grigori by the name of Bartleby, who got into a theological discussion over drinks as to whether murder in the name of God was okay. It was known that Bartleby ran rings around Loki intellectually ( not to mention the fact that the angel of death was more than half cut ) the Grigori convinced Loki to forgo his position and take a lesser one - one that didn't involve divinely sanctioned slaughter. So - very inebriated - Loki informed the great ' I am ' of his intention, threw down his fiery sword and gave God the finger. For this action the pair were banished for the remaining span of human history to Wisconsin, North America. The position of mal'akh ha-mavet has apparently remained vacant ever since.

*I know the turns of phrase are attributed to Gabriel in "The Prophecy" lets just assume its in common use amongst celestial upper management. While we're on the topic of films if you didn't catch the "Dogma" reference, rent the movie, buy it, just watch it :)
nemo vos seducat volens in humilitate et religione angelorum quae non vidit ambulans frustra inflatus sensu carnis suae


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