Fallen angels have always had a strong allure to the human psyche.
Fallen angels have physical beauty, and power. However, together with strength, they also have vulnerability. They are fallen, and therefore need to be saved.
When you cried I’d wipe away all of your tears
When you’d scream I’d fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me
~~[Excerpt of My Immortal by Evanescence]
There are a variety of interpretations and beliefs associated with fallen angels. Fallen angels are most commonly identified as angels that have been exiled from Heaven as a punishment from God.
A variation of this belief, is that fallen angels are those angels who have sinned. Because angels are spiritual beings, they are immune from sins of the flesh. As a result, they are only susceptible to two sources of sin – pride and envy.
Another interesting interpretation of fallen angels is that they are simply messengers. However, unlike angels who bring an enlightened message that comes from love, fallen angels bring an unenlightened message that comes from fear.
In all of these descriptions of fallen angels, there are several common aspects –
- Fallen angels retain the intellect, knowledge, and power of angels.
- Fallen angels differ from angels in that they are imperfect in some way.
This brings fallen angels much closer to humans. Like us, they are imperfect, and are therefore vulnerable in that imperfection.
This vulnerability makes fallen angels a lot more accessible because we can see ourselves in them – that is why we love them.
However, fallen angels are a more perfect version of ourselves because they wield the power, strength, and knowledge of angels.
Angels vs. Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels are commonly depicted as regular angels, except with dark or black feathers. Their physical aspect, and powers are equal to that of an angel, but they are marked by a darkness which manifests in the color of their wings.
For the same reasons we love bad boys or bad girls, we love fallen angels. We love fallen angels because they are dark and imperfect. We are the only key that can unlock and smooth away those imperfections. Once we do that, they are perfect and ours forever.
On the other hand, perfection is boring. Perfection cannot be saved, because it is already perfect. As a result, it can never truly be ours to hold.
Fallen angels are exciting and dangerous because we can never predict their behavior. They may choose the path of light, they may choose a darker path, or they may just choose the path that rocks.
There is chaos in darkness, and chaos is scary but exhilarating.
Perfection is perfectly predictable. It is comforting but stagnant.
Are Vampires Fallen Angels?
In recent media depictions, the line between vampire and fallen angel has been blurred.
Unlike vampires of old, modern vampires are physically stunning, and have the strength and power of angels. They are no longer depicted as simple monsters with a thirst for blood, but rather are capable of love and compassion.
Like fallen angels, vampires are flawed because they must drink the blood of the living to survive. However, modern vampires are no longer soulless, and can love just as deeply as the best of us.
Truly then, there is very little that separates fallen angels from vampires except in the particulars of their flaws, and powers.
My Fallen Angel
Yes … fallen angels are attractive, irresistible, and we cannot help but fall in love with them.
They are a wonderful fantasy and a beautiful dream.
However, if we constantly seek the excitement of darkness, it will surely overwhelm and destroy us.