The names of the Archangels vary widely depending on which source or tradition you
consult, but many are similar enough to make a workable cross-reference.
I'll give a few below, but there are many others that you can use
if these don't suit you for some reason.
Source: ENOCH I (Ethiopic Enoch) Earliest Reference to the 7
3. Raguel - Ruhiel, Ruagel, Ruahel
5. Zerachiel - Araqael
7. Remiel - Jeremiel, Jerahmeel
Source: TESTAMENT OF SOLOMON
Source: CHRISTIAN GNOSTIC
4. Uriel - Phanuel
Source: TALISMANIC MAGIC
Source: THE HIERARCHY OF THE BLESSED ANGELS
Now, it is usually agreed that there are more Archangels than 7.
For example, the 10 Archangels of the Holy Sefiroth and the 10 of the Unholy
Sefiroth, but these are the 7 most commonly known.
Source: Mathers, The Kabbalah Unveiled, and Waite, The Holy Kabbalah.
A Buddist Angel Concept
DAKINIS: Sky Dancing Angels
"The teaching of the whispered lineage is the Dakini's breath"
The literal translation of Dakini is "Sky Dancer".
The Western form for Dakinis are Angels. If you believe in or have
curiosity about Angels, well Dakinis immediately follow. The Western idea
of an Angel being a beautiful celestial being who flies in the sky and who
sometimes comes to earth to provide inspiration and support to us mortals
is very similar to the Dakinis.
Generally when they are referred to in Buddhist literature it is assumed
they are devoted to the Truth (Dharma). But the broader meaning of the word
is a female (males are called Dakas) spirit who has some freedom but is
still bound by their past actions. Thus there are good Angels and bad (or
simply confused) Angels. Some people might argue that you couldn't call
them an Angel anymore if they're bad, but that's ridiculous since being
predictable is not part of anyones long-term nature.
Thus there are worldy Dakinis who are malicious and use their powers to
confuse us, to arouse passions that are destructive, and who use their
charms for their own selfish purposes. Dakinis can manifest on earth in
human form or take birth as a human. These are then called "worldly
Dakinis" and I'm sure you've met at least one or two in your lifetime.
Women (or men) who seem to be able to simply will things into being. People
who are so charming that they seduce whatever they want from the world and
enjoy it fully, yet also remain somewhat disattached from the results.
Dharma Dakinis are devoted to a higher purpose and so their actions are
generally positive. But it is hard to generalize the actions of Dharma
Dakinis since they aim to break our rabid fixation on concrete thoughts.
Dharma Dakinis are not afraid to use their powers to dazzle us, arouse us
out of our sleep of habits, and seduce us onto a path of truth. Dakinis are
tricky, capricious, and unpredictable. We're in trouble when the Dakini
disrupts our mind with magic, breaks our habitual thought patterns with the
miraculous, or simply opens our hearts with mad adoration. Messengers
between our earthly realm and the higher realms of the teachers, they help
to bring the powerful teachings to earth, protect the truth from
destructive forces, and bring blessings to sincere seekers. The natural
result is to fall in love with a Dakini or Angel. How can you avoid falling
in love with someone who inspires wild love and higher meaning suffused
Fixate on that pleasure and the Dakini does the most compassionate thing
possible. They fly away. Dakinis do not manifest simply for our pleasure.
(There are people who will do that but it usually requires negotiation and
some form of hard currency). Dakinis manifest the beauty of the Truth which
is then an invitation to follow the path of Truth. Sky Dancers help us
through vision and inspiration. But although we can be greatly inspired by
a Dakini (another word is Muse), they will only come back if we put into
action what they have shown us.
In that regard a Dakini's love is unswerving and always compassionate. It
doesn't matter if we wait a few hours or a few lifetimes to put our
inspiration into action. Miracles occur but sometimes it takes years to
fully realize the implications. When we do realize or remember, our hearts
open, and again the magic and majesty of the universe is open to us. The
Dakinis celebrate the Truth and our resolve to work for it in a most
extraordinary way. They dance in the sky.
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