Angels in Wicca
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Angels in Wicca

I have seen the use of angels in some Wicca books that I am reading, specifically Uriel, Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel. All of these are angels from the Christian bible.

My question is, aren't these representations of the Christian pantheon? If so, if you acknowledge these beings from the Christian pantheon and call upon them are you not acknowledging all deities from that same pantheon? In particular Satan?

Is this an example of Christo-paganism? Having been raised loosely Christian, I love the fact that Wicca in general does not acknowledge Satan as a Deity however seeing the use of Christian angels brings about some confusion for me.

Thanks for the clarification.

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Mar 20, 2013
Matt: Robin Hood
by: Abi

I may just be being a tad uneducated here because we may be on about different "people" but from my knowledge Robin Hood was real. I know because he was buried in the woods at the bottom of my road and he went to a nunnery at one point which used to be where there is now a pub called The Three Nuns, also at the bottom of my road.
This was totally irrelivant to the topic and I know that but I just had to share my knowledge about what Matt said.

Jul 17, 2011
To be fair...
by: Matt

What you need to bear in mind is that Paganism; Wicca; Witchcraft etc have been around longer than most religions, including Christianity.
Also, in Wicca; Paganism etc, you can really select any pantheon you like. Egyptian dieties; Roman; Greek, it does not matter, it is down to what you as an individual want.
You should also consider that most (if not all) Christian celebrations are, at their roots, Pagan. Halloween is essentially Samhain; Christmas is Yule; Easter is Ostara. And even some characters such as Robin Hood are Pagan dieties. Robin Hood is one of the dipictians of the Pagan God, Herne They have just been changed. And looking at that, you have to ask yourself whether the Angels in The Bible might just be altered versions of other Pagan entities.
Basically, it is down to you as an individual. If you want to call on what Christiasns (and most people really) call "Archangels", then call on them. In all fairness, they may not have actually been Christian entities in the first place.

And, so you are aware, I got this from a book called "The Wicca Bible" (not really a bible, it is basically guidlines on what it means to follow the path of Wicca, detailing Gods/Goddesses; Celebration; Symbols etc), so most of it is for Wicca really, but still, it should apply to anything similar.

Jan 20, 2011
Angels
by: Cobra

Firstly I would like to state that I am speaking from personal opinions, and experiences. My word is not law, and I have no delusions of being absolutely correct. Yes, angels are more widely associated with the Judeo-Christian faith, and if you look anywhere you will find that most facts about angels are drawn from the Bible or Tora. However I feel it is important to acknowledge that angels can be found depicted long before the bible. Depictions of winged guardians can be found as early as Egypt or even perhistoric cave painting. These winged beings have been associated with protection and the divine long before God supposedly even created them.

The Christianity has negelected to mention many key angels in the Bible and has even antagonized a great many of the angels, simply because these angels stood for something that the Judeo-Christian faith did not believe. Camael, Samael (Often associated with Satan), Metatron and Shekinah (whom represent the equal balance of the masculine and feminine). And let us not forget of course Lucifer. Honestly angels are awesome, I can't blame Judeo-Christianity for wanting to lay claim to them. However angels are not solely Christian, they are creatures of love, protection, and faith. They come to those that believe, and they certainly seem to like magic.

Anyways, I figured I'd share. And if you'd like to learn more I recommend Ravenwolf's: Angels. She presents many good sources and she's fun to read. If you can tolerate her bias I would also recommend Doreen Virtue, she has writen many books on angels, not many of which I like but if you can pick out the good stuff I say go for it. Anyways I hope this helped!

Nov 30, 2009
You're Welcome
by: Ken


Thank you Kim, for giving me feedback. I can only do what I think is right, unless my readers tell me otherwise.

I am a strong believer that as a teacher, it is my responsibility to give the student a basic structure and foundation to learn from.

Once the student understands that baseline, they can go out and explore other ways that may work better for them, but until they have that baseline, how can they know if anything works any better than anything else? They have nothing to compare it to.

The structure of my opinion, of how things should be done, the way I teach a student how to do Witchcraft, becomes the baseline. The student knows that it works, but they now also have that baseline to compare how well other techniques work.

I feel that you can't make Witchcraft your own, until you know what Witchcraft is. the only way to know what Witchcraft is, is to learn from an experienced teacher.

That is what I try to provide here.

Nov 26, 2009
Angels in Wicca
by: Kim

Thanks for the explaination Ken. I also want to thank you for the directness that you use in addressing instruction/questions on this website. It becomes frustrating as a newly dedicated seeker to be told to find your own path, pick what works, etc when you just want to understand "why"--I will pick what works, but before I do, I need to totally understand and when I dont understand I count on the Goddess and God to show me the way--which is totally amazing, because I have found that what I dont understand today the Goddess and God explain to me in due time, usually pretty quickly. Anyway, thanks again!


Nov 25, 2009
Eclectic Witchcraft
by: Ken


I suspect that based on the four angels you mentioned, Uriel, Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel, they were called in at the Quarters of the Circle?

The Guardians of the Watchtowers, are associated with the four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, in order to bring about balance to the cast Circle.

In Eclectic Wicca/Witchcraft, we can change things around to better suit our needs. This isn't a random swapping of whatever, just because, it's done after careful consideration. This new way then becomes a new Tradition, because it's done this new way from this point forward.

Since most of us come from some Judeo-Christian background, we find the Archangels familiar to us. Not only that, but several magickal disciplines use the Archangels for protection also.

You are correct when you say that using elements of a particular pantheon mean that we must acknowledge all the elements of that pantheon, but I suspect that this form of Wicca that you are using as an example, comes more from the mysticism of groups like the Golden Dawn, or OTO, than directly from Christianity.

I've never really been drawn to any of that. I have attended OTO Mass. It reminds me of Church.

What it comes down to, is finding the elements of ritual that work for you. If you want to call angels at the Quarters, call them. If you don't want to call angels, then don't.

The right way, is the way that works for you, and only you can decide what way that is.


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