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jewish Fallen Angels

From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: jewish Fallen Angels 
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 18:54:13 -0800

I think this could be archived under Jewish religion or demonology --
take your pick. It was posted to the Freemasonry list as part of a
discussion of Solomon's interactions with the fallen angel Asmodeus (who
helped him buyild the Temple). It also has a very interesting connection
to archaeoastronomy -- look at what happens to the human maiden Istehar
(Ishtar/Esther) after she cock-teases the fallen angel Shemhazai: she
ends up in the Pleides!



excerpts from "The Legends of the Jews Volume 1" 
by Louis Ginzberg (Translated by Henrietta Szold)

* * *

Grown to manhood, Noah followed in the ways of his grandfather 
Methuselah, while all other men of the time rose up against this pious
king. So far from observing his precepts, they pursued the evil 
inclination of their hearts, and perpetrated all sorts of abominable 

Chiefly the fallen angels and their giant posterity caused the 
depravity of mankind. The blood spilled by the giants cried unto heaven 
from the ground, and the four archangels accused the fallen angels and 
their sons before God, whereupon He gave the following orders to them:
Uriel was sent to Noah to announce to him that the earth would be 
destroyed by a flood, and to teach him how to save his own life. 

* * *

The fall of Azazel and Shemhazai came about in this way. When the
generation of the deluge began to practice idolatry, God was deeply 
grieved. The two angels Shemhazai and Azazel arose, and said: "O Lord of 
the world! It has happened, that which we foretold at the creation of
the world and of man, saying, 'What is man, that Thou art mindful of 

And God said, "And what will become of the world now without 
man?" Whereupon the angels: "We will occupy ourselves with it." 

Then said God: "I am well aware of it, and I know that if you inhabit
the earth, the evil inclination will overpower you, and you will be more 
iniquitous than ever men." The angels pleaded, "Grant us but permission 
to dwell among men, and Thou shalt see how we will sanctify Thy Name." 

God yielded to their wish, saying, "Descend and sojourn among men!"

When the angels came to earth, and beheld the daughters of men in all 
their grace and beauty, they could not restrain their passion. Shemhazai 
saw a maiden named Istehar, and he lost his heart to her. She promised 
to surrender herself to him, if first he taught her the Ineffable Name, 
by means of which he raised himself to heaven. He assented to her
condition. But once she knew it, she pronounced the Name, and herself
ascended to heaven, without fulfilling her promise to the angel. 

God said, "Because she kept herself aloof from sin, we will place her
among the seven stars, that men may never forget her," and she was put
in the constellation of the Pleiades.

* * *

Unlike Istehar, the pious maiden, Naamah, the lovely sister of 
Tubal-cain, led the angels astray with her beauty, and from her union
with Shamdon sprang the devil Asmodeus. She was as shameless as all the 
other descendants of Cain, and as prone to bestial indulgences. 

Cainite women and Cainite men alike were in the habit of walking abroad
naked, and they gave themselves up to every conceivable manner of lewd
practices. Of such were the women whose beauty and sensual charms 
tempted the angels from the path of virtue."


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