Nature of Incarnation - A Look at Angelic Beings
Angel is a term for which there are
countless definitions. They embody the concept of all that is good and
holy in the world. They are seen as Messengers, Watchers, Guides and
Guardians. From the Qabalah, angels are thought to be aspects or parts of
God, each with a specific purpose and dominion for which they oversee.
They are accordingly named with the suffix -el and -iah
meaning "of god." In the Christian Bible, angels are given ranks
and orders (called often "Choirs") ranging from Seraphim to
Archangels. They are said to have glorious spans of feathered wings;
sometimes one pair, or three, or six, or more. Angels are depicted from
fat little cherubs, to mighty warriors wielding swords of fire. Angels are
found in art, literature, scripture, myth and legend in thousands of
forms. Tales exist of angels on high, of those who were "fallen"
or "cast" from Heaven, and of those who rebelled. The Books of
Enoch tell stories of angels co-mingling with humans producing offspring
known as "Nephillim" - a race of giants born to mortal women.
Angel is a truly a term for which there are countless definitions.
Then there are those who feel they are angelic. Born into human skin, they yet feel or remember themselves to be of something else. Some feel different in origin or purpose. Some have "phantom wings" where they feel the presence of a pair (or more) of wings which are not there; the same as a person who's lost a limb yet feels it's presence. They may feel compelled to render aid - even (sometimes especially) to strangers. They may feel a deep connection - or a deep longing for the empty place within where the connection should be - for the Divine. For God. For the nameless One that is the Source and Completion of all things. Whatever their particular reasons, they find solace in the term "angel" or "angelkin." But these terms are confusing and misleading at best.
I am of several minds on the subject.
The differences can be subtle and hard to distinguish, but the bottom-line between an Incarnate angelic being and someone who is angel-like (i.e. human with traits and/or abilities associated with angels or, "angelkin") is that an Incarnate is yet and always still an angelic being while an angelkin never was an angelic being and never could be. (This is not a bad thing, we are all what we are, and there is no shame in being true to what you are, be it angelic being, human, or something else.)
Incarnates, I must stress are rare. There
is generally great need for them to be in their natural aspect, not in a
human body. However, as the world and reality grows colder and further
away from the Divine, more drastic measures must be taken, and angelic
beings Incarnate to tie the loosening threads in the physical world.
Finding those who are similar in thought, or of related traits can help
bridge the gap and bring those of Incarnate and angelkin together. In the
end, it matters not what words you use to call yourself, so long as you
remain true to yourself, your nature, and your path.
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