THE WEAVING of the
CRYSTAL RIVER ~
SONGS of the
These are the poems and songs of mysticism and the spiritual path.
This page contains poetry arising from the contemplation of angels. Each figure in these poems speaks in the first person, as if talking directly to the individual reader.
Contemplation of the Angels of Merkabah MysticismThe five Angels chosen for the subjects of the poems that follow are from the Kabalistic (Jewish mystical) text The Book of Enoch. This book is an ancient writing whose authenticity was rejected by Jewish authorities and later by the church fathers, and was therefore never made part of the canon of the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Enoch purports to expand on Ezekiel's vision of the "throne of God" in the Hebrew Bible (Ezekiel 1:15), which associates the prophet Ezekiel's vision of heaven with the mystical symbol of a "chariot". The term chariot was used by later commentators to refer to Ezekiels description of a series of spoked "wheels within wheels" whose "appearance was like the gleaming of a chrysolite". In the vision, these wheels moved in harmony with four-faced winged angelic beings as they floated below the firmament (or platform) on which God's throne rested.
The Merkabah sect believed that the Merkabah (chariot) was a spiritual vehicle which could transport the mystic into the heavenly realms of the angels. This chariot symbol was the foundation for this mystical sect popular from the 7th through 11th centuries CE. This esoteric Jewish religious group was also strongly influenced by Gnostic and magical thought.