Seraphim (angels) are not known as guardians of destiny until such time as they are assigned to the association of a human soul who has realized one or more of three achievements: has made a supreme decision to become Godlike, has entered the third circle, or has been mustered into one of the reserve corps of destiny.
All angelic assignments are made from a group of volunteering seraphim, and these appointments are always in accordance with human needs and with regard to the status of the angelic pair in the light of seraphic experience, skill, and wisdom. Only seraphim of long service, the more experienced and tested types, are assigned as destiny guards. Many guardians have gained much valuable experience on these worlds which are of the non-Adjuster fusion series. Like the Adjusters, the seraphim attend these beings for a single lifetime and then are liberated for new assignment. Many guardians on our planet Urantia have had this previous practical experience on other worlds.
When human beings fail to survive, their personal or group guardians may repeatedly serve in similar capacities on the same planet. The seraphim develop a sentimental regard for individual worlds and entertain a special affection for certain races and types of mortal creatures with whom they have been so closely and intimately associated.
The angels develop an abiding affection for their human associates; and we would, if we could only visualize the seraphim, develop a warm affection for them. Divested of material bodies, given spirit forms, we would be very near the angels in many attributes of personality. They share most of our emotions and experience some additional ones. The only emotion actuating us which is somewhat difficult for them to comprehend is the legacy of animal fear that bulks so large in the mental life of the average inhabitant of our planet Urantia. The angels really find it hard to understand why we will so persistently allow our higher intellectual powers, even our religious faith, to be so dominated by fear, so thoroughly demoralized by the thoughtless panic of dread and anxiety.
In the ministry of personal guardianship, the assignment of angels as destiny guardians, seraphim always volunteer their services. Of those who volunteer, the planetary director selects one of the more experienced individuals and subsequently appoints the seraphim whom they selected as best adapted to guide the particular human being through their life journey. That is, they select a certain pair of equally qualified seraphim; one of this seraphic pair will always be on duty.
Seraphic tasks may be unremitting, but either of the angelic pair can discharge all ministering responsibilities. Like cherubim, seraphim usually serve in pairs, but unlike their less advanced associates, the seraphim sometimes work singly. In practically all their contacts with human beings they can function as individuals. Both angels are required only for communication and service on the higher circuits of the universe.
When a seraphic pair accept guardian assignment, they serve for the remainder of the life of that human being. The complement of being (one of the two angels) becomes the recorder of the undertaking. These complemental seraphim are the recording angels of the mortals of the evolutionary worlds. The records are kept by the pair of cherubim (a cherubim and a sanobim) who are always associated with the seraphic guardians, but these records are always sponsored by one of the seraphim.
For purposes of rest and recharging with the life energy of the universe circuits, the guardian is periodically relieved by her complement, and during her absence the associated cherubim function? as the recorder, as is also the case when the complemental seraphim is similarly absent.