The Angels of the First Sphere

An exploration and biblically accurate depictions of the three choirs of angels described in the highest order of the angelic hierarchy.

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”.

Available in 21cm x 21cm sized prints.

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ii. The Cherubim Print

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.

Available in 21cm x 21cm sized prints.

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iii. The Thrones Print

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.”

Available in 21cm x 21cm sized prints.

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About the collection

Angels are depicted in many different religions and cultures from around the world. From the Lamassu of Ancient Sumer, the Sphinx of Ancient Egypt, the Peacock Angel of the Yazidi religion, and to the angels of the Abrahamic religions well known in the west.

The Angels of the First Sphere is an exploration of the biblical depictions of angels, and the collection includes three choirs of angels from the highest order in the celestial hierarchy put forward by 5th century Christian theologian and Neoplatonic philosopher—Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.

In Christian Angelology, the first sphere is said to be composed of the Seraphim, Cherubim and the Thrones. A study of the 72 angels of the Shem HaMephorash, derived by medieval Kabbalists from the Book of Exodus also informed this work, and the sigil of an angel from the corresponding choir is included on each piece of artwork.

Diagram of the names of God by Athanasius Kircher.

Diagram of the names of God in Athanasius Kircher’s Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652–54). Depicts the 72 angels of the Shem HaMephorash.

An artistic exploration of divinity, magick, mysticism & the occult…

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