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Haniel (Hebrew: הניאל‎, "Joy of God" or Hebrew: חַנִּיאֵל‎, "Grace of God"), also known as Anael, Hanael or Aniel, is an angel in Jewish lore and angelology, and is often included in lists as being one of the seven archangels.[1] Haniel is generally associated with the planet Venus, and she is the archangel of the Sephirah Netzach, the name Haniel probably derives from Hebrew hana'ah, "joy", "pleasure" (qualities associated with Venus) + the suffix -el, "God". Haniel is one of the archangels encrypted in the Sigillum Dei Aemeth of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly.

Popular culture[edit]

  • Haniel (as Anael) appears in the strategy RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor as a boss depending on which route the player takes. All of her appearances are made alongside Sariel, although angels, they take on appearances typical of "grim reaper" visages.
  • Haniel supports Licht Wulfstan Schwarz as her partner in Daemon Bride. She appears as little girl wearing a dress while holding a stuffed bunny, she attacks her opponents with light and sound because of her voice. *Haniel takes rare male form in the fictional Saving Angels Series by Tiffany King. He is a mentor to a group of teens who were created by God to rid the world of evil.
  • In Clockwork Angel, Will dubs his Seraph Blade as Anael at one point.
  • Supernatural character Anna Milton, a fallen angel appearing in the fourth and fifth seasons of the show, is thought by her actress (Julie McNiven) to actually be the series' interpretation of Anael.[2]
  • In the book series Kushiel's Legacy, one of the angels, who fall from the One God's grace to follow Elua, is Anael. The others are Naamah, Kushiel, Azza, Shemhazai, Camael, Cassiel, and Eisheth. Raziel is also mentioned, but only due to his lost book of hidden knowledge. Rahab is mentioned, too, since he gathers up a small part of the "lost Book of Raziel" to give his own half-mortal son control of the seas....

Further reading[edit]

  • Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels. Free Press. ISBN 0-02-907052-X
  • Dee, John. Five Books of Mystery. edt. Joseph H. Peterson. Weiser. ISBN 1-57863-178-5


  1. ^ Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels. Free Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-02-907052-X
  2. ^ Knight, Nicholas (2010). Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 4. Titan Books. p. 142. ISBN 1-84856-738-3.