Monday, 17 August 2009
A = Angels And Goddesses
Ariel is one of the Archangels. Ariel means ‘Lion of God’ and is associated with the air and water. Ariel is the keeper of the sacred wisdom and is the angel of the earth.
Ariel is a protector of animals and is the great angel of new beginnings. Ariel ranks as one of the seven princes who ruled the waters. In the Bible the name Ariel can indicate a man, a city, and an altar. Ariel is considered to be one of the valiant angels as courage; focus, healing and awakening are some of his virtues.
Ariel is called one of the seven ‘Angels of Presence’ or ‘Angels of the Face’. As with many of the Archangels Ariel is considered to be one of the Guardian Angels.
Amaterasu Omikami is the Japanese Shinto sun Goddess whose name means ‘she who shines in the heavens.’ Amaterasu is the most important Goddess in the Shinto religion as she is said to have invented the cultivation of rice, silkworms and initiated the art of weaving.
Disgusted with her brother because of his violence, Amaterasu enclosed herself in a cave and refused to come out. The other deities gathered outside her self-made isolation and tried to lure her out with a loud celebration. Amaterasu overcome with curiosity emerged from the cave and seeing her radiance reflected in a mirror that had been set up outside the entrance was amazed at her own brilliance reflected back to her which she had never seen before. She decided to return to the world and life was renewed.
*artwork of Amaterasu by Sandra Stanton