Heretical art & apparel by Sammi Walters
Exalting the veiled mysteries that reside within us all
Latest Collection: The Angels of the First Sphere
i. The Seraphim Print
Known as the “burning ones” and sometimes as “fiery serpents”.
The Book of Isaiah states that the Seraphim are six-winged beings of fiery passion who fly around the Throne of God singing “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory”. And it is stated in the Book of Revelation that as well as their six wings, they are “full of eyes, around and within”.
Say Cherub and many people automatically visualise a baby with wings. But a being with four faces, four wings (two to fly, two to cover their body), and hooves is the biblically accurate depiction.
The faces represent the fixed signs of the zodiac. A human face for Aquarius, a bull for Taurus, an eagle for Scorpio (Scorpio has three avatars, the most common being the scorpion but it’s also depicted as an eagle and a phoenix), and finally the lion for Leo.
These flaming whirling wheels of eyes are beloved by many and are known as the Wheels, Thrones or the Ophanim.
Described in Ezekiel 1: “The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.”