Death

 

Remember friend, as you pass by.
As you are now, so once was I.
    As I am now, you soon shall be.
   So, prepare for death, and follow me.

Being the Dark of the Year, I decided to Dedicate a Place in my "On Line House" to The often misunderstood Angel of Death.

It is said that a Person must have an intimate knowledge of The Dark
before fully comprehending the Light....


 Thanatos
 Angel of Death
 Anubis
 Hades
 Funeral Herbs
 The Rite for the Dead


"Death stands above me, whispering low
I know not what in my ear;
Of his strange Language all I know
Is there is not a word of Fear."

-Walter Landor

 

Azrael the Most Beautiful of all the Angels is not spiteful or full of Anger and Vengeance as some would have us believe quite the contrary he serves to Liberate us from the prison of Flesh that we call the world. He offers freedom and peace and reunion with those who have gone before . May the Brother of Sleep and the Son of Night find this Site crafted in his Honor and smile, a grim Dark Smile
 

The Night Hath been a more
familiar face to me than that of man.
and in her starry shade of Dim and Solitary loneliness,
I learned the Language of another world

-Lord Byron

Let Us consider Lord Death In on of his most Classic Roles, that of


Thanatos:
Nyx  The personification of night, not the daily interval of darkness but the great darkness that follows creation. She is  immensely powerful and greatly feared by man and god Erebus  The darkness under the Earth, thought which the dead had to pass to reach the underworld. Along with Nyx they bore  Hemera the day.

    Thanatos Personification of death and the son of Nyx and the brother of sleep and even the gods hated him. Thanatos ("Death") Thanatos often accompanied his twin brother Hypnos, and the two of them lived in a cave along the river Lethe. When the Fates cut the thread of a person's life, Thanatos would claim the spirit as his own. Sisyphus, however, imprisoned the god when he came for him, and no one died until Ares released him.  In art, he was pictured as a young winged man with a sword and an extinguished or inversed torch.

   Hypnos ("Sleep") Greek god of sleep and the son of Nyx. Hypnos often accompanied his  twin brother Thanatos,  He would send mortals and gods alike to sleep by sprinkling water from the river Lethe with a branch or pouring juices from a horn onto their eyes. It is said that he allowed Endymion to sleep with his eyes open so that the shepherd could look upon his beloved Selene( thus illustrating the compassionate nature of Death and reflecting the promise that, upon death we will be reunited with those who have gone before).  Lethe ("Oblivion") Personification of oblivion and the daughter of Eris. Lethe was also a river in the Underworld from which souls would drink to forget their past lives before being reborn. The brothers Hypnos and Thanatos lived in a cave along the river, and Hypnos would sprinkle water from it onto the eyes of those he sent to sleep.


Angel of Death

I was born By my father, the lord, out of the wonderful light. The youngest angel I was probably reckless....That is probably
why I was able to get the handful of Dirt the Lord Required to make man...Because I was able to do that (something Michael
and Gabriel couldn't do) The Lord gave the important duty to be the Angel of Death..

   Angel of Death-in rabbinic writings there are at least a dozen angels of death: Adriel, Apollyon-Abaddon, Azrael, Gabriel (as guardian of Hades), Hemah, Kafziel, Kezef, Leviathan, Malach ha-Mavet, Mashhit, Metatron, Sammael (Satan), Yehudiah (Yehudiam), Yetzer-hara. In Falasha lore the angel of death is Suriel. In Christian theology, Michael is the angel of death who "leads souls into the eternal light" at the yielding up of the ghost of all good Christians. The Arabic angel of death is Azrael. He is also Iblis, as in the Arabian Nights tale, "The Angel of Death with the Proud King." The Babylonian god of death is Mot. According to Sch6nblum, Pirke Rabbenu ha-Kadosh, there are 6 angels of death: Gabriel (over the lives of young people), Kafziel (over kings), Meshabber (over animals), Mashhit (over children), Af (over men), Hemah (over domestic animals). The angel of death is not necessarily an evil or a fallen angel. He remains at all times a legate of God and in God's service. [Rf Talmud Baba Metzia, 86a.] In Zoroastrianism, the angel of death or the demon of death is Mairya (male or female), who offered Zoroaster the empire of the world [Cf Satan tempting Jesus; see also Saltus, Lords of the Ghostland, chap. on Ormuzd]. In the Apocalypse of Baruch there is an angel of death, unnamed, who makes his first appearance in that work. [Rf Smith, Man and his Gods.] In Ginzberg, The Legend of the Jews IV we read Elijah fighting and overcoming the angel of death. There is also a legend about Aaron seizing the angel of death and locking him in the Tabernacle "so that death ceased." The seizure nmst have been short lived. (The Aaron legend may have inspired the popular Broadway play, Death Takes a Holiday.) This angel of death was most likely Kezef, as suggested in Targum Yerushalmi. The great whale or crocodile of Biblical lore, Leviathan (along with Rahab), is also identified as an angel of death, according to various rabbinic sources. In Talmud Abodah Zarah, 20, the angel of death, Sammael, is described as "altogether full of eyes; at the time of a sick man's departure he [the angel] takes his stand above the place of his [the sick man's] head, with his sword drawn and a drop of poison suspended on it." To Eisenmenger (Traditions of the Jews) the supreme angel of death is Metatron, whose subordinates are Gabriel and Sammael. In his Book of Beliefi and Opinions, Saadiah Gaori (10th century) says that "our teachers have informed us that the angel sent by God to separate body from soul appears to man in the form of a yellowish flame, full of eyes shining with a bluish fire, hold- ing in his hand a drawn sword pointed at the person to whom death is coming." Saadiah then, goes on to suggest a parallel or affinity with the "angel of the Lord" in I Chronicles 21:16 who( stands "between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched over Jerusalem." The angel who would qualify here, so much in the description of him as in relation his office, is the benevolent angel of death, (q.v.). Over 6 persons the angel of death has power (says Talmud Baba Barbra, fol. 17), to wit: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. With regard to Jacob, it is said that not the angel of death ended his life, but the Shekinah took his soul with a kiss"; and that Miriam also "breathed her last in this manner." A rabbi (ben Levi) outwitting the angel of death is the subject of Long- fellow's poem "The Spanish Jew's Tale."

-Gustav Davidson the Dictonary of Angels


Anubis

The EgyptianGod of Death
Anubis  was the son of Nephthys: by some traditions, the father was Set; by others, Osiris. (And by still other traditions his mother was Isis.) Anubis was depicted as a jackal, or as a jackal headed man; in primitive times he was probably simply the jackal god.

Owing perhaps to the jackal's tendency to prowl around tombs, he became associated with the dead, and by the Old Kingdom, Anubis was worshipped as the inventor of embalming, who had embalmed the dead Osiris, thus helping preserve him in order to live again. His task became to glorify and preserve all the dead.

Anubis was also worshipped under the form Upuaut ("Opener of the Ways"), sometimes with a rabbit's head, who conducted
the souls of the dead to their judgment, and who monitored the Scales of Truth to protect the dead from the second death in
the underworld

Funeral Herbs

Since ancient times herbs have played a part in funerals. They've been used to scent graves and cremation fires, to fill amulet bags and in making wreaths to decorate burial places.
 
BASIL: Protection, Love 
BAY LAUREL: - Communication with the dead, 
protection, triumph, used in funeral wreaths. 

BIRCH: Rebirth. 
CEDAR: Prosperity, Purification. 
COMFREY: Healing. 
CYPRESS: Endings. 
ELDER: Transformation 
FRANKINCENSE: Purification, Spiritual Transformation. 
GARLIC: Protection. 
HOLLY: Renewal, Resurrection. 
IVY: Rebirth, Celebration. 
LAVENDER: Memories, Peace. 
LEMON BALM: - Immortality, happiness; used in a tea for 
emotional cleansing and uplifting. 
LILY: Resurrection. 
MINT: Joy, a stewing herb. 
MISTLETOE: Protection. 
MUGWORT: Inner Sight 
MULLEN: Cleansing. 
 

MYRRH: Healing, Purification, Protection, Used in Mummifying. 
PARSLEY: - Good luck in here after; decorating tombs. 
PERIWINKLE: Immortality, " Flower of the Dead, " Placed on graves. 
POMEGRANATE: Rebirth. 
POPPY: Restfulness.
ROSEMARY: - Friendship, purification, happiness; 
thrown into graves " for remembrance, "
burned as incense, sprigs carried in funeral processions.

ROSES: Love Purification. 
ROWAN WOOD AND BERRIES: Protection. 
RUE: Karmic Completion. 
SAGE: Wisdom, Purification. 
SANDALWOOD: Purification. 
THYME: Purification. 
WILLOW: Releases, Cleansing. 
WORMWOOD: Transformation. 
YARROW: Protection, Healing. 
YEW: Immortality, endings; once planted in graveyards to protect bodies of the departed. 

 


The Rite For The Dead
The Deceased is blessed with the four elements:
O Element of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water,
grant release from pain, heal those
who remain here, in this more lonely world.
And speed the soul of one who is loved
into the beautiful realms of the Gods.”
A white candle is light
Lovely, somber Lady of the Declining Moon,
Strong and silent Lord of the far realms beyond
be with us here in this time of loss.”
The candle is addressed
O spirit, we do call on thee,
to stand before us,
that we may offer you our honor and love."
The Mourners are addressed
Good friends you have for a while
lost one who is dear to you
and we all feel your loss
But it is only for a time,
and we bid you have no sorrow...
There is a reason for being here
and a reason for going
The Summerland and the places beyond,
are places warm, pleasing, and beautiful.
With all ills gone and youth anew
So let us all be ha
for the one you love knows true
joy at last!”
Dying is only a mode of forgetting.
A way of rest, a way of return
to the eternal source
To be renewed and made strong
To rest and finally to return.
“We of the Old Ways know
that when a person dies, the soul returns
again to the Earth
This has been a tenet of loving faith
taught since long before time began.
“It is said in our lore:
Arrayed in some new flesh disguise
another Mother gives Birth
With sturdier limbs and brighter brain
the Old Soul takes the road again.”
The west is addressed:
O Gracious Lady who gives rest
O Lord of the twilight realms,
we do thank thee for guiding our friend
to the Golden Portals of the beauteous
lands beyond
Convey, we do ask, the love and good wishes
of those good friends who yet remain behind.”
 Blessed Be!
 


 



My Consideration of Death has led me to the Underworld
 
 
Hades