Cherubim (Kerubim, Kerubs)

The Cherubim were originally the ancient protectors of the Mesopotamian Tree of Life. They were often depicted supporting the thrones of deities and kings.They are closely related to (and often identical to) the sphinx.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, they are the four vast, winged creatures described in the visions of Ezekiel, each winged creature bearing four faces: a lion, a bull, eagle, and human head.

In later Christian tradition, the four Cherubim (tetramorphs) are associated with the four evangelists of the New Testament.

In ceremonial magic, the four kerubim are the living energy of the tetragrammaton, and rulers of the fixed signs of the zodiac. Kabbalistically, the Order of Cherubim correspond to the sphere of Chokmah.

The chubby baby angels we commonly refer to as “cherubs” are in fact putti, and are carry-overs from Roman paganism.

A Mesopotamian Kerub protecting the Tree of Life

A nineteenth century depiction of Cherubs

Related Symbols:

Knot of InannaTetramorph


Donald Vanderswalmen December 18, 2018 at 5:57 am

Het Oude Testament – Boek Exodus – 20 : 4 Gij zult u geen gesneden beeld, noch enige gelijkenis maken, van hetgeen boven in de hemel is, noch van hetgeen onder op de aarde is, noch van hetgeen in de wateren onder de aarde is. Blijkbaar is een kerub dus iets uit de mythologie.

Rodney October 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

The second picture are depictions of the four living creatures from Ezekiel 1.

Jinn June 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

These beings are not Angels, they are Jinn.

Semibel March 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Kerubims? Are not they Lamassus? I doubt why peoples named Lamassu Kerubs…

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