The Cheribim, Sphinx, and Ariel
Ancient Assyrian and Babylonian Cheribim
Cheribim are composed of the Four Fixed Signs of the Zodiac
Cheribim are important symbolic Biblical creatures
Cheribim guard the entry to the Garden of Eden.
--Ezekiel 1:10 "Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their works was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their works was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel (the axles. When they went, they went toward any one of the four directions; they did not turn aside when they went. As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them. When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up."..."for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels." --Ezekiel 1:15-21
The Four Evangelists
The four evangelists as the four living creatures of the Cheribim
"Though there are several inconsistencies between the records of St Augustine, Irenaeus, and St Jerome, St Jerome is generally credited with assigning the tetramorphs to each of the Evangelists. The tetramorphs, just as the four gospels of the Evangelists, represent four facets of Christ.
Matthew the Evangelist is represented as the winged man, or an angel. He is represented in human form because his gospel centres on the human nature and life of Christ. St Jerome writes, ”The first face of a man signifies Matthew, who began his narrative as though about a man: ‘The book of the generation of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham’”.
Mark the Evangelist is represented as a lion. He is represented in the form of a lion because he proclaims the royal dignity of Christ, the lion being the king of beasts. ”The second [face signifies] Mark in whom the voice of a lion roaring in the wilderness is heard: 'A voice of one shouting in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”
Luke the Evangelist is represented as an ox, or a calf. He is represented in the form of an ox as his gospel dwells on the atonement and the sacrifice of Christ, the ox being an ancient symbol of sacrifice. ”The third [is the face] of the calf which prefigures that the evangelist Luke began with Zachariah the priest.”
John the Evangelist is represented as an eagle. He is represented as an eagle as his gospel describes the incarnation of the divine Logos, the eagle itself a symbol of that which is from above. ”The fourth [face signifies] John the evangelist who, having taken up eagle’s wings and hastening toward higher matters, discusses the Word of God.”
Paxcalibur's sanctification baptisms have put out the fiery sword of the Cheribim
guarding the Garden of Eden
The symbolic Humanitarian Man as the Child who has outgrown his animal parts and is on his way to becoming a full human being in God's terms, i.e., a humane being
"...and a little child shall lead them."
Why did the folklore of the Cheribim which are fairly scary creatures who performed guard dog duty protecting the entry to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life, evolve into our images of cute little children with wings like angels? Why would such a transformation occur unless there is a spiritual undercurrent hidden within the Cheribim icon and angelology. If the purpose of the Cheribim is to represent Man still evolving into a Humane Being, then the Man Face of the Cheribim may very well show the Child Face of God.
And where does the Cherub as Cupid aim his arrows? It is at your heart because it is in awakening the heart that the purpose of the Spirit of Christ is on earth for. An awakened heart in a human being makes that human being a humane being.
"Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
The Leo-Aquarius Lion-Men
The Aquarian Man face of God is also seen in another astrological icon: the Sphinx which is a composite of the Sign of Leo the Lion and Aquarius the Man with the urn or cups or bucket who pours out Living Waters. Perhaps spiritually more important than the Cheribim creature formed by the Four Fixed Signs of the Zodiac is the Sphinx and Ariel, the Lion of God who is also the Angel of Jerusalem and the Angel of Peace. These two ancient astrological creatures are composed of the Leo-Aquarius axis of the astrological Grand Cross of Heaven, the Fixed Signs of the Zodiac, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus. The most well known cherib in the world is of course the Sphinx.
The Egyptian Sphinx
Sphinxes were found in several varieties including female ones. This unisex aspect becomes more important as the need to reestablish the Divine Feminine reaches critical stage in our times with male territorial warfare going unchecked by any significant political power of women in human governance.
Two Greek female Sphinxes
Ariel, the Angel of Peace, the Angel of Jerusalem
Ariel, the Lion of God is also the Angel of Jerusalem, the Angel of Peace
Ariel is the Archangel for the Age of Aquarius
Far less known is the Jewish angel of Jerusalem, Ariel, the Lion of God, an angel who would look like a lion-man but is paradoxically the Angel of Peace. I say would look because the Jewish religion forbade images of their religious creations such as the Cheribim of Ezekiel's Merkabah vision and Ariel, the Angel of Jerusalem. So they wrote in code around the prohibition because the Word of God priests with their written Holy Scriptures were at religious war with the pagans with their mythical icons and idols. Image worshipers were called "idolaters" by the Abrahamic religionists for relying on the power of imagery to instruct believers who could not read or write. With imagery interpretation is much more in the eye of the beholder than in the mind of the official religious interpreter of the Word of God who then controls the way people worship God.
The meaning of Ariel
Ariel is the icon that holds the Key pathway from Aquarius to Leo and beyond. Ariel is a symbolic Spirit bridge taking human souls from animal to full human being status.
"Make straight the path to God in the wilderness".
The straight path is the straight line of Aquarius/Leo, one half of the celestial Grand Cross. Ariel is especially meaningful to me as it was the Spirit of this angel who guided me for 28 years of my Christian walk. For 14 years I was known as Ariel in my counterculture community and as you can see by reading of how Ariel enters my life and as Arielmessenger all the spiritual work I was given to do that Ariel plays a significant part, still does as the astrological connection to the Messiah-Christ have become even more important in my Christian theology.
"Jesus said, 'Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes and the lion becomes man."
--Gospel of Thomas
This warning in the Gospel of Thomas surely fits Ariel Sharon, the ex-Prime Minister of Israel and accused war criminal who lies brain dead in a coma and has done so for seven years as of this writing in 2012. Ariel Sharon became a Lion of God but not a Man of God. The Lion consumed him and became man. This is why Aquarius, the Man Face of God, must lead in the Aquarius-Leo alignment. We can't go backwards become animals again, so once again I apply the aptly put wisdom of the famous actor President Aquarian Ronald Reagan, "The Future lies ahead".
The world's oldest carved figurine is of an ariel, a lion-man
Now let's not forget God uses religious imagery and icons to teach, not idolize.