Questions and answers on angelic scripts, symbols, seals and sigils...
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Posted By: Starlytkty
(3/15/01 6:34 pm)
Ariel? Do you have any online graphics of Sharmiel, or Cassiel's symbols???
- Joined: 15 Jun 2004, 20:52
- Joined: 15 Jun 2004, 20:52
Cassiel's "creation symbol" or primary symbol.
It is commonly recognized as the oldest known symbol for the planet Saturn; Cassiel's ruling planet. The symbol is commonly interpreted as being a "sickle" or "scythe", mostly in it's associations with the personification of the planet as the old Italic deity of sowing and harvest (Saturn) who was adopted from the older Greek personification of time & death (Chronos). The "sickle" itself is actually a combination of two symbols: the "fuller crescent" or "hook" which represents not receptivity and personality, and the "cross" which represents inevitability & the pull of nature (the world, matter, form, limitations, sin, etc.), Cassiel's symbol illustrates the idea that the crescent of receptivity, the personality, submits to the restrictions of design (matter). It is in this way that it is most synonmous with time (or transitions such as death).
The symbol is also a representation of deprivation and sorrow. Saturn, is known as the Greater Malefic, "the bringer of sorrow", and the "one who deprives". Likewise, Cassiel is called the "Lord of tears and solitudes." But Saturn, as the Malefic & Cassiel, as the angel who governs the properties of sadness - "only bring sorrow and deprivation in those areas of a person's life that are based on illusions or unrealistic expectations." They represent "the unrelenting aspect of reality that forces the individual to abandon all ideas that are not based on a realistic perception of the material conditions of life." (HME Publishing: Symbols.com, 2006)
The symbol, in all of its associations, represents: duty, responsibilities, discipline, and work. It also represents the psychological principle of contraction and consolidation.
These are variations of Cassiel's creation symbol.
In alchemy, the symbol became the most important sign for lead. Anatomically, is associated with the skeleton and the teeth, those hard structures of the body that support it. The "double-cross" on the center variant either represents an active order in natural things or its angelic counterpart: an Archangel.
The centermost symbol above is also used to represent Sharmiel, an angel under Cassiel. In this context, the double cross represents hierarchy, and places Sharmiel below Cassiel. Another symbol used in this way is Cassiel's creation symbol (the first on this page) with two "power points" within the "hook", which also represents Sharmiel as a correspondant of Cassiel.
This is commonly known as the symbol for Chronos, the Greek personification of time.
It is a variant of Cassiel's creation symbol also, but deserves special description.
The reverse nature of the "sickle" is likely due to the defamation of the name Chronos with the Titan who was popularized in myth (and eventually seen as completely unrelated to the original personification). The symbol could have been reversed to distinguish between the two Chronos' symbols, or to vilify the symbol completely, due to its association with the Titan.
It has also been suggested that it is the original form of the symbol. This is unlikely, however, to the many associations that the symbol has had with the "sickle" as illustrating time, death, and the harvest.
This is the most common variation of Cassiel's symbol in Kabbalistic mysticism. It is also a combination of the cross (the Semitic cross was often symbolized with a " T " shape as much as a " † " shape.
The "power point" on the second variant is especially significant, as it illustrates Cassiel's dominion as stemming from the "personality" or "receptivity" represented by the "hook", and later manifesting under the properties of order and inevitability (the cross).
It should be noted that Cassiel is associated with both Gabriel (the angel of receptivity) & Danyael (the angel of form and matter), the symbolic variant above could mean he is closer in association to Gabriel's properties than to Danyael's. (Cassiel is also associated with Uriel, who is the personification of change (and also the Aeon of Time.)
A very old ideogram which was used to indicate hidden property (such as money). The symbol translates into the symbol for truth (order) 'bent' to represent "illusion". The symbol may be a predeccesor to Cassiel's creation symbol, as it does contain the same element of the "fuller crescent" or "hook."
In mysticism, the symbol represents hidden spiritual potential. It shares this in common with Cassiel's creation symbol, which represents (as mentioned before) an embracing of worldly illusion as "reality" and "truth". The symbols both represent (as do properties of Saturn, Chronos & Cassiel) the source of sorrow, deprivation and solitude in the "hiding" of one's true self behind worldly ambitions, worries and conformity. By embracing a worldly "personality", the true personality is hidden beneath inevitability and the pull of nature (the world, matter, form, limitations, sin, etc.).
This concept can be summed up as: "Every time we do what is untrue to our nature, acting not from a real necessity but rather to fulfill what others may expect of us, we commit a crime against ourselves that is peculiarly Saturnine. We move a bit toward death, more of our potential becomes actual, and what is actual does not express what we are." (Robert Hand, 1981). It best defines the use of this symbol as a indication of "innaccessable" goods.
As it's two variations below, and all variations of Cassiel's creation symbol above, this symbol is used to represent lead.
Note: The assumption that the design of this symbol (apart from its meaning) is associated with Cassiel's primary or creation symbol is based on comparison of the most elementry form of Cassiel's creation symbol:
There is some obvious difference, but some of these can be explained by style. In some representations of the "hook" symbol, the tail curles downward rather than up (see the 6th and 7th symbols listed above). Also, the original ideogram may have first been seen in carvings, where the second half of the upper cross was illegible.
The "cross" in only one side could also be associated to the same cause for this variation of Cassiel's creation symbol, which has an almost identical pattern to the 3rd symbol on this page, but with only right "sides" of the double cross.
This variation is also associated with lead in alchemy, and Saturn in astrology.
Two variations of the above symbol, also commonly used in alchemical texts to represent lead. The first is obviously the above symbol atop a "power point", while the second one may be a crude interpretation of the shape of the original (doubled), bearing little resemblence to it. They can both be used to represent Cassiel, however, as they are illustrations of his properties (they are also associated with Saturn).
The first of these is is said to represent the Sun or Earth under the air or water, but more accurately it is the Earth under a serpent, which was a symbol used to describe the ether, the abysmal waters, etc. & specifically was sometimes used to mean "mystery" or "illusion." The symbol is associated with concealment (& sometimes attributed to Kassah'tiel rather than Cassiel). The 2nd symbol, an alteration of the serpent or abysmal waters symbol, is a symbol for "depth" or "mystery".
This is a sigil for Cassiel, (also attributed to "Caspiel" which is sometimes equated with Cassiel).
The sigil includes the symbols for authority (two crosses on either side) in two distinct forms (or by two entities) over matter. These could represent two properties of Cassiel which function with form and matter (such as time and inevitability), though they are likely authorities over Cassiel himself, who is perhaps represented by the symbol for "controlled" or "dominated" in the center (The upside down cross "held" within the symbol for matter under the two authorities mentioned).
The dashes in the baseline represent "armies" or "orders" of angels under Cassiel's charge (numbering 5 total). The 3 power points present are impossible to decipher (without a huge margin of error), but may represent 3 entities under Cassiel's charge, such as generals.
This is the "straight sigil" or "name sigil" for Cassiel.
It is primarily used to represent Cassiel's name or signature (much like a seal) in rites pertaining to his authority over Saturday. The 1st symbol in it is a symbol for centrality, or the middle between two opposites (In Cassiel's case - divine personality and worldly reality).
The sigil contains another variation of a symbol associated with Saturn (and now more commonly associated with Jupiter) in reverse (the 2nd symbol in the line). The 3rd symbol represents "inevifability" (as in future) or "prophecy". The last symbol could be the reverse of the strange variation of Cassiel's creation symbol (5 symbols above).
These line sigils are primarily associated with Saturn and Cassiel's rule over Saturnine properties, they are used in invocations to manipulate such properties (such as wealth, business, social standing). For a better look at these, see Saturn's symbols.
Note: Notice that the second line sigil (2nd row down) is the same as Cassiel's primary straight sigil above, with his creation symbol affixed.
This seal is attributed to Caspiel (or Kafsiel) who is generally equated with Cassiel.
Seals such as this are associated with invovations and mysticism rites. They are usually used to represent an angel's signature and are composed of several of that angel's sigils.
As you may observe in the seal above, Cassiel's sigil above (the 1st under "Sigils), is elaborated in this seal.
This is a seal which represents "solitude" or "isolation" through enveilment from others due to abstract properties which cannot be understood by those who don't share them.
Cassiel, as the angel of design in the physical world (and therefor fate and insight), is unnapproachable by those who exist under that design (to know him is to know one's fate). He is therefore isolated (and veiled) from the majority of those he works with, both mortal creatures and angelic guardians who must identify with them.
The symbol is not specific to him, but it is appropriate to his personality. It is also associated with Azrael and Nox (and Gabriel), and all angels who are "solitary" by lack of communion with their charges.
This seal is associated with Cassiel's authority over Aquarius. It includes several symbols associated with Cassiel.
This seal is associated with Cassiel's authority over Capricorn. It includes the symbols for Hanael (Anael), who is associated with Cassiel, Hanael is seen as the primary ruler of Capricorn and this seal is more appropriately accredited to him. However, Cassiel is seen as a ruling angel of both Capricorn and Aquarius.