Seraphim (Seraphs)

Seraphim in Hebrew means “flaming serpents.” In Judeo-Christian tradition, the Seraphim are the order of angels who surround the Throne of the Presence. They appear by name in the bible only once, in the vision of Isaiah:

“… I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.”

The Seraphs are also referred in the apocryphal Book of Enoch, and are associated with the “fiery serpents” who assaulted the Israelites in the Book of Numbers.

A seraph is most often depicted as one to four heads surrounded by six flaming wings, often covered with a multiplicity of eyes.

In magick, they are associated with the Sphere of Geburah, the sphere of justice on the Tree of Life.

They are possibly descended mythologically from the Egyptian flaming winged uraeus serpents who guarded the Pharaohs.

A Hittite Seraph, 1000 BCE


A medieval Christian Seraph


An Egyptian fiery serpent, or Uraeus

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