Ask someone what the first image that pops into their head when you say the word “Angel” and they will more than likely describe a heavenly apparition surrounded by bright light and a chorus of astounding voices. Angels have long been revered as messengers from God and perhaps the most holy of all creations (except the big guy himself- but how do we really know?).
In Embraced, Jessica Shirvington brings us a new reality regarding angels and, although it is a work of fiction, some of her theories tend to ring true. Take Cherubs for example, Cupid possibly being the most well known of them all. Sure that little guy takes aim with his bow and arrow to bring us all some love, but how many times is his aim a bit off? How often do we fall like a ton of bricks—madly and deeply in love—to find we have scored ourselves a real dud? Of course he does get it right, eventually; but, if he truly was holier than holy, wouldn’t there be no mistakes?
In the early part of this century, the British also tried to wake us up to the potential truth of the halo-wearing set with the cult TV Show “Hex” (where fallen angels were up to all sorts of no good). Portrayed as very selfish and bordering heavily on evil, they would stop at nothing to gain their goals. They also had a very human feel to their personas, but I can’t see them fitting in up above.
Many theories abound regarding Angels, but the most common thread seems to be that they are in fact tasked with guarding and watching over us mere mortals; but they are not averse to some inter-mingling on the side. Who doesn’t want a warrior with supernatural powers and foresight guiding their path?
MUSIC: Aerosmith – Angel
Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock