This Muslim Scholar Shared How Angels And Astrology Are Connected

By Rameeza Ahmad | 12 Jan, 2020

This Muslim scholar’s thread on angels and astrology, and their connectedness, is truly out of this world!

Ali Olomi is an Assistant Professor in the United States and a keen historian of all things related to the Middle East and Islam. He has a firm grasp on popular folklore which was birthed in this part of the world. He has previously talked about horrific monsters and demons; which are categorized under different jinns.

But this time, he brought forth a lighter topic for discussion; angels and astrology.

He talked about how each angel was assigned a planet and, with that planet, a specialty. And magicians even today use the forbidden practice of making talismans (taweez) to give to people.

He talked about how medieval Muslim writers who came across a discussion of the cosmos by Persian, Indian and Hellenic writers, started looking at the cosmos in terms of angels.

The angel Ruqiyail is associated with the sun. He exudes a lot of power and is attended by heavenly kings.

The angel Jibrail, known for the revelations, is associated with the moon.

Samsamail rules Mars and this angel was thought to be fierce; the imagery reminds one of that of a warrior. And Mikail rules over Mercury – the angle who and grants sustenance and mercy upon people.

Kasfiyail rules Saturn.

These ideas of angels and astrology being interlinked is quite complex and brings together a lot of schools of thought.

And this is where things get interesting; the association of these angels with these planets and powers has made those who do forbidden magic know whom to call when they want a certain result.

For instance, one way is using astrological timing to make a taweez with certain numbers that invoke Kasfiyail, the ruler of Saturn. And with his associated power of strength, he could help discover and trap thieves.

Or, in other cases, using Mars for its timing and invoking Samsamail to force people to shower honor and respect on you.

While the practice is forbidden in Islam, it is still widely in use.

The idea that astrology and angels are related since medieval times, and are invoked according to the time and numerical digits of their planets blows my mind!

What do you think of angels being associated with astrology for magic? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Cover Image Source: cruxnow.com/@aaolomi via Twitter.com

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