Other Forms FormsCastiel, Mocoton, Kafziel, Qafsiel, Qaphsiel, Qaspiel, Quaphsiel
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 10/19/2010
Means "speed of God" in Hebrew via El theophory in the Bible, which is the practice of embedding the name of a god or a deity in, usually, a proper name. Cassiel is the Latin name of an archangel in post-biblical Judeo-Christian religion, particularly that of the Kabbalah. Unlike many other angels, Cassiel is known for simply watching the events of the cosmos unfold with little interference. He is the angel of solitude and tears, and is said to preside over the deaths of kings. He is often included in lists as being one of the seven archangels and often associated with the Seventh Heaven.Cassiel is the main protagonist in 'The Outcast Season' book series by Rachel Caine. The character of Cassiel appears in Wim Wenders's film Wings of Desire, as well as the U.S. remake, City of Angels. Cassiel, played by Otto Sander in the original and Andre Braugher in the remake, watches with considerable ambivalence as his friend becomes human. In the sequel Faraway, So Close!, Cassiel himself becomes human. Nick Cave wrote Cassiel's Song as part of the music for that film.