ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Little About Angels

Updated on June 1, 2011
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel | Source

This picture has been around for a long time—it hung in my bedroom when I was a child and looking at it made me feel safe. That’s what Guardian Angels are for, after all, or that’s what we were told in Catholic school.

Angels have been a part of religious belief since the beginning of recorded time. In both the Christian and Jewish texts they have been portrayed as spiritual beings, superior to humans in both power and knowledge. Since the 5th century angels have been depicted with large wings. Supposedly, angel wings are not all white. Different types of angels have different colored wings. Most, however, have no wings at all.

Everything we know about angels is subjective, as there is no guidebook written by a higher power that gives us intricate details about them. As I’ve mentioned, The Bible and other religious publications mention them, but they do not give us detailed information. So, when it comes to details, we have to rely on what many “experts” agree upon as the truth.

There seems to be nine individual classifications of angels, which are divided into three ranks.

The first rank are the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones. These angels are thought to be totally dedicated to God and his needs.

The second rank are the Dominions, Powers and Authorities. These angels work through God for the general benefit of the cosmos.

In the third rank are Principalities, Archangels and Angels. These are the angels that deal mostly with humans and animals. These are the Guardian Angels and spirit guides. In the Hindu religion they would be known as The Angiris—messengers between man and the holy-divine energies.

Many people believe in the existence of angels, and not only the religious. Because they are always portrayed as coming from Heaven and are always associated with God it is difficult to talk about them without them having a religious association. Since we have no information to the contrary, let us assume that this is what most people believe. I think we all can agree that angels are symbolic of communication and connection between higher Universal energies (God) and lower energies (man).

Angels seem to have many tasks. Among them are: they act as messengers—they communicate God’s words and desires to man. The word, “Angel” comes from the Greek (angelos) word meaning messenger. An example of a messenger angel would be the angel who came to Mary to announce that she was with child, or the angels that came to the shepherds telling them of Christ’s birth.

Angels are also associated with protection, as Guardian angels. We were told in Catholic school that everyone had a guardian angel… that would make for a lot of angels bumping into each other on a crowded sidewalk. It sure is a comforting thought when one is walking home alone on a deserted street or wooded area, however.

Archangels are thought to be the highest ranking angels. They are associated with strength, protection and guardianship. I am the most confused by these angels, as I cannot equate angels with a warrior persona. To me they are the symbol of faith, love, tolerance, peace, compassion, protection and harmony. Perhaps John Travolta has ruined my impression of the archangel Michael forever. “Hollywood Hype” strikes again!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)