Who Is Cassiel?
Out of the darkness came light, and from that light were born the archangels, those who would lead the orders of God’s angels; those who would perform the most important tasks in God’s great plan for his greatest creation, mankind.
Brightest of these angels shone Cassiel, Speed of God, Angel of Temperence.
Cassiel is a member of the order of archangels, and is, in this capacity, the ruling prince of the Seventh Heaven. The Seventh Heaven is considered to be the holiest of all the holies, and is where God sits on his throne.
As Cassiel is the prince, he is in charge of who may or may not enter the Seventh Heaven. This goes in line with the fact that, unlike other archangels, Cassiel watches the goings-on of the universe without interference, and also the association with being the guardian of the threshold between our world and the next.
The Deaths of Kings
While he is recognized as principally a watcher of the doings of mankind, Cassiel is also tasked with presiding over the deaths of kings. In addition, he is said to have a special position of watching over those who would otherwise be overlooked. In these two capacities he would seem to have responsibilities at polar ends of the spectrum on the earthly plane, while presiding over the disposition of all souls who would present themselves before God in the next.
Cassiel is the patron angel of all manner of overlooked people, or those in weakened states. These include orphan children and the enslaved, the poor and downtrodden, those who are oppressed by others, the oppressed, and those who have been unjustly persecuted.
As the patron angel of the downtrodden and oppressed, Cassiel’s influence can be seen and felt when someone is at their lowest ebb. When an orphan feels like there is no future, he will whisper that they are not alone. When a parent loses a child and cannot see beyond the tears, Cassiel will intercede to help wipe them away so they may see to the next day. And when a person feels there is nothing at all left to live for, Cassiel lifts them and bears them forward. As a flawed species, mankind needs the love and support of Cassiel and he shoulders our burdens for us until we can carry ourselves again.
Most of all, he is the angel that teaches serenity and temperance, so that individuals may open themselves to receive the flow of divine light within themselves.
Cassiel is also similarly known in the Islamic faith, but as he is a guardian in the Seventh Heaven and knowledge of that place is forbidden to mortals, there is very little Islamic-specific information available.
Cassiel appears as a bearded man, wearing a crown to represent that he is a prince of Heaven. He is often shown riding a dragon, and carrying the spear with which he is associated.