Holy Guardian Angel  

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The term Holy Guardian Angel originates in the Catholic Church where a morning prayer is recited which reads, "Holy Guardian Angel whom God has appointed to be my guardian, direct and govern me during this day/ Amen". The idea of a Holy Guardian Angel is central to the book, "The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra Melin the Mage", Abraham of Worms, a German Cabalist who wrote the book on ceremonial magick during the 15th century which was later translated by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, the founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. He elaborated on this earlier work, giving it extensive magical notes, but the original concept goes back to the Zoroastrian Arda Fravaš ('Holy Guardian Angels'). In Mathers' publication of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, he writes:

"If thou shalt perfectly observe these rules, all the following Symbols and an infinitude of others will be granted unto thee by thy Holy Guardian Angel; thou thus living for the Honour and Glory of the True and only God, for thine own good, and that of thy neighbour. Let the Fear of God be ever before the eyes and the heart of him who shall possess this Divine Wisdom and Sacred Magic."

Later, author and occultist Aleister Crowley popularized the term within his religious and philosophical system of Thelema.

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