note: this was a comment on a tumblr thread on how weird angels look, especially in Biblical texts and whatnot
Sup, occultist here. I have mostly worked with Qabalistic/Kabbalistic rituals and operations such as the Goetia (legendary book of 72 demons) and the book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, which were integral in magickal orders such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as well as Aleister Crowley’s Thelemic orders which I am a part of.
I feel like I have some things to contribute.
If you look at angels, demons, and deities from Jungian-psychological standpoint, they are achetypes, thoughtforms, and different frequencies of energy interpreted differently during visions filtered through your own mind, which were an important part of ancient mystical tradition. Visions can mean lots of things, but it doesn’t always mean ‘insanity’ as many materialist scientists will argue. Everything from dreams, trance state imagery, and so on, and even drug trips are valid in lifting the veil of human perception.
Most people only see things with a fraction of their mind, it would be like denying the theory of black/dark matter just because we currently can’t detect it.
A person’s interpretation of an angel will vary on their personal beliefs, expectations, previous lives, and so on. While on paper they may sound terrifying, there is really nothing to fear as long as you have provided necessary ritual precautions (this can be elaborate depending on what system you work with). and the belief that all beings are on equal grounds, including God.
In studying the art and science of magick, the Qabalistic diagram of the Tree of Life, a model which can consist of an infinite number of correspondences, there is the descent of ‘spirit’ or ‘divinity’ to matter, or life as we know it in the construction of known experience, which we can relate to ‘big bang theory’ and such.
Anyway, back to angels and demons, they are in short an independent energy frequency that is filtered through your sense of perception. I have seen beings that had countless limbs, eyes, wings, and multiple animal heads. To paraphrase legendary occult practitioner Eliphas Levi (creator of our modern concept of Baphomet), “when working with demons, only do good and fear nothing”. Same thing with angels. Obviously a first encounters with an angel or demon will provoke awe and terror, sublime in the true sense, you must remain in control of the situation (and yourself).
I’m not an authority on the subject of such things, just felt like contributing~