To understand about the celestial orders/hierarchy it is important to know exactly what an angel is (see What's Angels).

Briefly it can be described as: a spiritual being that is believed to be much more powerful than a human. In Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other theologies an angel can be one who acts as a messenger, attendant or agent of God. Regarding the celestial orders/hierarchy, the majority of scholars believe that angels are divided into clearly defined ranks and depending on the rank of the angel it will have separate honors and duties. To understand better how this number of Twelve Orders list was form see "The Number Twelve (12)" section.

Each Angelic Order has its special purpose for existing, and now lets see some details about them. Orders of the First Choir are: Supernals - Celestials - Illuminations Orders of the Second Choir are: Seraphim - Cherubim - Thrones Orders of the Third Choir are: Dominations - Virtues - Powers Orders of the Fourth Choir are: Principalities - Archangels - Angels At the end of this page you will find some more references about the number, the hierarchy, and the names of the Angelic Orders.

No one can really say which is the correct number of the Angelic Orders but personally I find the number 12 and this list more mystical and appealing to the whole subject as 12 is the number of completion. The portrayal of the synthesis for - The 12 Orders - was made by me using as much as possible the information in hand. Steli :-) |Up| The First Choir ANGELS OF PURE ENERGY: The Will of the Source: The First Choir is the non-tangible "invisible" one and the expression of the loving intention of the Source of the Whole of

Within the 1st Choir are three Orders of Beings of Pure Light which are everywhere and nowhere at the same time. In actuality they came into being simultaneously before there . The first order of angels were the first companions for the Source of the Whole of Existence also known as the Holy Twelve or the Angels of Presence. These Angelic Orders are listed each as they came into being and into there Choirs. This first Choir forms a kind of Trinity and the means for The Source of the Whole of Existence to extent his Divine Will. Then the second order came into being and so on in the same capacity. and thus an "extension" of God Himself The Source of the Whole of Existence.Existence. Wisdom and Light downward to the next Orders of Angels and so on to the physical realms.

was time. and radiated tremendous loving everywhere. They are known as the Supernals. . SUPERNALS: The First Order of Angels are of brilliant gold light and are companions to The Source of the Whole of Existence. The first angels existed as brilliant shinning light. the Celestials and the Illuminations. Each order took on different roles and a variety of duties as they interacted with the universes. The Angelic Orders of the First Choir are: The Supernals. They form what are known as the Holly Twelve or the Angels of the Presence.

are those beings. Their presence forms within it. The Holy Twelve assisted the angels in becoming aware of the wisdom of all things. Each of these twelve possesses an ascending and descending principle of creation in balance. the abode of the Source of the Whole of Existence. as 12 is the number of completion within physical orders. Members of this Angelic Order : Michael .Supernals .There are always 12 Supernals at any given time that serve in this capacity. The Holy Twelve . who are extensions and the first intentions of the Source of the Whole of Existence. harmony and synchronization with each of the twelve.

|Up| CELESTIALS: The Second Order of Angels maintain the connections between Divine Thought and Wisdom and its manifestation into the physical realms. They are . They appear as shinning silver light.Metatron Suriel Sandalphon Astanphaeus Saraqael Phanuel Jehoel Zagzagael Uriel Yefeiah Akatriel.

They appear as iridescent light and are known as Illuminations. .known as the Celestials. Member of this Angelic Order : Celestiel (Astarael) |Up| ILLUMINATIONS: Those of the Third Order of Angels are of the highest physical form and maintain and accomplish the emulations of divine light and wisdom throughout the physical realms. They are present within all physical realms. Few ever appear to humans or 3rd density realms. They are present throughout all of existence.

and its . This means that they manifest energy through pure thought. These angels possess the deepest knowledge of Divinity.Member of this Angelic Order : Sandalphon (Ilaniel) |Up| The Second Choir ANGELS OF PURE CONTEMPLATION: Govern All Creation: The second Choir of angels is collectively concerned with the universe and the manifestations of divinity within it. Some see these as the angels of pure contemplation. operating at the highest level of the astral.

They are known as Seraphim. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: . They are the guardians of the various universes. their very name means ardor and are in charge of maintaining the presence of the Source of the Whole of Existence within the physical worlds. The angels of the first Choir are: The Seraphim. SERAPHIM: The Fourth Order of Angels manifests so rapidly within the physical realms that they appear as 6 wings of light with eyes. the Cherubim and the Thrones.inner workings and manifestations.

dispelling and destroying the shadows of darkness. and by the unhidden. changeless. radiant and enlightening power."The name Seraphim clearly indicates their ceaseless and eternal revolution about Divine Principles. unquenchable. kindling them and firing them to their own heat." The Seraphim are primarily concerned with vibrational manifestations which keep Divinity in perfect order. and wholly purifying them by a burning and allconsuming flame. They have been described as being the angels of love. their heat and keenness. perpetual. light and fire. They help to carry positive energy through the orders of the angels to us in the physical . and their elevative and energetic assimilation of those below. tireless activity. the exuberance of their intense.

The Seraphim without question they are the closest in all of heaven to the very throne of God. given the nature of the angels (who have perfect powers of concentration) and the delight that such an honor actually brings to the spirits. Because of this. and the Archangel Michael.realms. Supposedly they are so bright and powerful that to look at them would instill one with pure fright. and their primary function is to circle the incomprehensibly beautiful throne in perpetual adoration of the Lord. the only beings known to interact with the Seraphim are The Lord and Lady. These angels work with consuming divine love and compassion. The Seraphim are almost always identified . This is a task that is not nearly as monotonous as it may seem to mortals.

painful flames and heat of hell. and his train filled the temple. The intensity of their adoration and pure Love of God pure out of them as a flawless reflection of the Divine Love that emanates from the Lord. high and lifted up. the Cherubim and the Thrones. each Seraphim has six wings.with fire-not the burning. They are literally living flames. According to Enoch. In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah (6:1-3) he writes ". but the healing flame of Love.. and with two he flew. each angel radiates such light that even the other Holy Beings. cannot look upon them." In the Book of Revelation (4:8) is another possible reference: .I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne. Like the rising sun. each had six wings: with two he covered his face. Above him stood the Seraphim. and with two he covered his feet..

are full of eyes all around and within. They listen to group ritual. holy. is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come!" In Isaiah 6. and day and night they never cease to sing 'Holy. To reach the Seraphim. holy. work with the Seraphim when you wish to raise energy for humanitarian or planetary causes. burn a white candle for Divinity. and a purple candle for the Seraphim. Members of this Angelic Order : Michael Seraphiel ."And the four living creatures. we read that the Seraphim have 6 wings Magically. each of them with six wings.

They appear when humanity remembers its own joy and allows happiness to be present. They are the reminders of joy.Gabriel Metatron Uriel Nathanael Jehoel Chamuel (Kemuel. happiness and the essence of creation. . Shemuel) Metatron Satan (before his fall) |Up| CHERUBIM: Members of the Fifth Order of Angels are youthful and appear as faces of light or very childlike forms. They are known as Cherubim.

Their name signifies "fullness of knowledge". the cherubim hold the knowledge of God and they truly possess the fullness of the divine science of heaven. They enlighten the lesser orders of angels and are to them the Voice of Divine Wisdom. Characterized by a deep insight into God's secrets. their receptivity . the expulsion of Man from the Garden of Eden and the Annunciation of Christ were both performed by cherubim". "It is also they who are often sent to earth with the greatest of tasks. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "The name Cherubim denotes their power of knowing and beholding God.

their contemplation of the Beauty of the Godhead in Its First Manifestation. They supposedly outshine all the other angels. An older description places the Cherubim with four faces and four wings.to the highest Gift of Light. They create and channel positive energy from Divinity and appear in exquisite form. best owners of knowledge. They are also said to be the guardians of light. keepers of celestial records. and that they are filled by participation in Divine Wisdom. and guard any religious temples." The Cherubim have been described as the guardians of the fixed stars. which could be a mythical representation associating them . The Cherubim watch over all the galaxies. and bounteously outpour to those below them from their own fount of wisdom.

placed fifth as well in the second Choir of the angelic hierarchy (with the Seraphim and Thrones). blinding the blessed human who has the honor of actually beholding them in this world. . Function and Philosophy The Cherubim Order is the fifth of the 12 accepted Orders of angels.with the four winds. Only a step below the Seraphim in Divinity. Their illuminative knowledge and wisdom are thus so great as to be utterly incomprehensible to the mortal mind. standing below the Seraphim in direct closeness to God. They are some of the most powerful and aweinspiring of all angels. In the Renaissance period they somehow got shrunk into little baby-face angels now known as Cherubs.

but they are also . They are the first angels to be encountered in the Old Testament.the Cherubim have always been much more active on Earth. being posted in the Book of Genesis in the east of Eden to ensure that no one entered after the expulsion of Adam and Eve. the Cherubim was allegedly created out of the tears shed by the Archangel Michael for all the sins of humanity. In Islamic lore. protecting all God's creations. If humans knew just how much the Cherubim have done for them. No other Order works harder (only the Powers are their equals in relentless devotion to duty). they would occupy the most privileged station in Angelic Lore. Their chief task in the celestial hierarchy is to sing the praises of God.

an eagle. symbolizing their eternal vigilance and knowledge. Characteristics: Cherubim had the bodies of a winged bull. They are described as the Charioteers of God. As is clear from Ezekiel's encounter.declared in occult lore to have the responsibility of driving the Chariot of the Lord (Merkabah). a key symbol of heaven. steering the Ophanim/Wheels (another name use for the order of Thrones). or a sphinx and the faces of men or lions. The Cherubim are also given the task of maintaining the records of heaven and seeing to the details necessary to keep order in the Heavenly Host. the Cherubim possess four wings and four faces. which reaches every direction of .

and knowledge. To reach the Cherubim burn a white candle for Divinity and a blue candle for the Cherubim.Creation. wisdom. Members of this Angelic Order . again in reference to their all-seeing omniscience. Contrary to paintings on greeting cards and new age book covers. They are also often presented with peacock feathers bearing a host of eyes. seek the Cherubim when you need divine protection. or the angels gracing the Ark of the Covenant and Solomon's temple in biblical terms. winged babies. Magically. Instead they are described as sphinx like creatures in Assyrian lore. the cherubim are not depicted as fat.

They are known as Thrones. They ensure that these energies maintain connections and flows through the realms. They are the keepers of higher more expanded energies.Cherubiel Gabriel Ophaniel Raphael Uriel Zophiel Lucifer (before his fall) |Up| THRONES: Angels of the Sixth Order are beings of tremendous power and movement. They act as the conduits of the physical worlds and tend to be more stationary in their .

being attentively open to divine participations." .existence. and manifest God. and the super mundane ascent up the steep. immovably and perfectly established in the Most High. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "The name of the most glorious and exalted Thrones denotes that which is exempt from and untainted by any base and earthly thing. but dwell in fullest power. and receive the Divine Immanence above all passion and matter. For these have no part in that which is lowest.

Dispensation of justice is important to the Thrones and they send healing energies to victims while . They do however. They create. Thomas Aquinas.Known in scripture as the bringers of justice. come in the second Choir. the Thrones have the task of pondering the disposition of divine judgments. and are assigned to planets. and sometimes placing them as the Cherubim. sometimes placing them above the Seraphim. According to St. channel and collect incoming and outgoing positive energies. but their status in hierarchy is often confused. This position makes them some of the most powerful angels in service to the Lord. In other words. they carry out or fulfill the divine justice of the Lord.

shining a light on injustice to bring it's presence to our attention. despite their greatness. an attribute that allows them to dispense justice with perfect objectivity and without fear of pride or ambition. Because they are living symbols of God's justice and authority. Function and Philosophy This group of Angelic Princes are often also called "Ophanim. are intensely humble. They. they come the closest of all Angels to spiritual perfection and emanate the light of God with mirror-like goodness." It is said that they were the actual wheels of the . they are called Thrones and have as one of their symbols the throne. Like their counterparts in the second angelic triad. Wheels or Galgallin.

Lord's Heavenly Chariot (Merkabah). "The four wheels had rims and they had spokes, and their rims were full of eyes round about." They are also frequently referred to as "manyeyed ones." God's spirit is conveyed in a certain manner to these angels, who in turn pass on the message to men and the inferior angels. Characteristics Having the most bizarre physical appearance of the celestial host, they are described a great wheels, covered with a great many eyes and glowing with light. One explanation given for this (besides them acting as God's chariot), is that they mark the end of the first Choir, where the emanations of God begin to take

on more material forms and as such exist in a state of transition. Magically, call on the Thrones when you need assistance in smoothing relations with groups of people or between two individuals. For any issue involving a need for stability, or planets or planetary energies, call on the Thrones. To reach them, burn a white candle for Divinity and a green candle for the Thrones. Members of this Angelic Order Bodiel Jophiel Zaphkiel Oriphiel Raziel |Up|

The Third Choir ANGELS OF THE COSMOS: Govern All The Cosmos: The third Choir Angelic Orders (the Dominions, Virtues and the Powers) concern themselves with the governing of a specific planet, as well as those angels assigned tasks below them. These angels flow in an intensity of power. They also carry out the orders they get from the Angels of the above Choirs. Third Choir angels deal with the cosmos and its interconnectedness.

DOMINATIONS: Within the Seventh Order of Angels are those beings that distribute and maintain

They are so called because "they rule over all the angelic orders charged with the execution of the commands of the Great Monarch. whose purpose is to regulate the duties of the lower angels." They are also known as the Lords. Their main virtue is zeal for the maintenance of the King's . They are known as Dominations or Dominions.connections between all beings and things within physical realms. Receiving their orders from the seraphim and cherubim these bright spirits make known to us the commands of God and ensure the cosmos remains in order. Kyriotetes or Hashmallim. They act as a form of middle management between the upper Choir and the lower.

instead they quietly concern themselves with the details of existence. They belonged to the Third Choir with the Virtues and Powers. Dominations are one of the 12 accepted orders of Angelic Princes. ranked seventh overall. Only on very rare occasions do they reveal themselves to mortals.authority. Function and Philosophy Also called the Dominions and the Lords. They integrate the material world with the spiritual. According to Dionysius. continuing balance and order between the two. They are described as carrying an orb or scepter as their emblem of authority. the Dominations .

They are the most alien of all of the Orders. capable of experiencing life in ways other angels can only imagine. The Dominations are gifted with the ability to take part in the different corporeal aspects of the Symphony. the very order of the cosmos is maintained. designating tasks to the lower orders of angels. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: . They handle the minute details of cosmic life and existence. Through the efforts of these spirits. seeing the world through an endless array of eyes.have the duty in the Heavenly Host of regulating the activities of the angels. but they are also closest to the human experience in many ways.

freedom from all that is of the earth. a liberal superiority to harsh tyranny. as far as possible. an exemptness from degrading servility and from all that is low: for they are untouched by any inconsistency."The name given to the holy Dominions signifies. They are true Lords. forever one with the Godlike Source of lordship." In the traditions of Angelology. I think. and to the Source of lordship. Dominations are the first Angels (and therefore the oldest . and they providentially fashion themselves and those below them. They do not turn towards vain shadows. into the likeness of true lordship. perpetually aspiring to true lordship. but wholly give themselves to that true Authority. and from all inward inclination to the bondage of discord. a certain unbounded elevation to that which is above.

In turn.Angels) created by God. On a magical basis. appearing in widely separated spaces and times. Characteristics They are sometimes perceived as travelers. anything concerning leadership falls under the area of the Dominations. By custom Dominations are believed to wear green and gold. This denotes their lordship over all created things. and their symbols are the sword and scepter. To reach the Dominations burn a white candle for Divinity and a pink candle for the Dominions. Members of this Angelic Order: . the dominations receive their instructions from the Cherubim or Thrones.

and generate various amounts of light. they . They manifest in this Universe as astronomically large beings. They are called Virtues and also known as the Malakim and the Tarshishim.Hashmal Zadkiel Muriel Zacharael (Yahriel) |Up| VIRTUES: Those beings of light that act as generators within the physical realms belong to the Eighth Order of Angels.

it is the Virtues who listen to you and assist you. They love all the gogetters and the positive people who try to enlighten and lead others toward harmony. and with even larger astronomical phenomena.commune directly with stars and the nebulae which give stars birth. The Virtues' primary job is to move massive quantities of spiritual energy to the earth plane and the collective human consciousness. Virtues work with movement. the Virtues bestow grace and valor to those worthy. guiding the elemental energies that affect the planet. When you are sick or scared call on the . The Virtues are said to be very fond of those striving to achieve more than people say they can. When you work with elemental energies. Said to work miracles on earth.

Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "The name of the holy Virtues signifies a certain powerful and unshakable virility welling forth into all their Godlike energies. never falling away from the Divine Life through its own weakness. perfectly turned towards the Source of virtue. but ascending unwaveringly to the super essential Virtue which is the Source of virtue: fashioning itself.Virtues. abundantly filling them with virtue. as far as it may. and flowing forth providentially to those below it. in virtue." . not being weak and feeble for any reception of the divine Illuminations granted to it. mounting upwards in fullness of power to an assimilation with God.

marking and guiding every facet of natural life: rain. they are members of the third Choir with Dominations and Powers. The virtues specifically preside over the elements of the world and the process of celestial life. whichever. they take part in the duties given to the Choir. Thus all heavenly bodies-from the stars and planets to the galaxies themselves-are kept in their divinely appointed routes and progress. It has also be speculated that . some places them above Powers and some below.Function and Philosophy The virtues are ranked eighth in the heavenly host out of the 12 Orders of Angels. There is a little mixed-up in the ranking of Virtues. namely the ordering of the universe. snow. As a member of this triad. On earth the angels maintain a watch over nature. etc. wind.

Virtues are in charge of miracles. they receive their orders from the Order above them. As if these duties were not enough. the angels also assist humanity by stowing grace and valor within the mortal heart. To reach the Virtues burn a white candle for Divinity and an orange candle for the Virtues. As the angels in charge of miracles. Members of this Angelic Order: Chamuel Uriel . They encourage humans to turn always to the good and help enhance the person's will to endure hardship and suffering and to have the personal strength to turn ever toward God. but they are also closely interlaced with the saints.

They are keepers and teachers of the laws and are known as Powers. .Gabriel Michael Tarshish Peliel Barbiel Sabriel Haniel Hamaliel |Up| POWERS: The Ninth Order of Angels are those beings who maintain the laws set into motion we call the physical realms. These are information gatherers and depositors of truth and information to all things that exist.

or else they preside over demons. and are the angels of warning. making them "evil". In scripture the Powers are said to stop the efforts of "demons" to overthrow the world. Paul. as claimed by St. They are however. who attempt to assure order in the World (according to God's will). the keepers of human history. Powers work through the human 6th sense. . a form of Celestial Police Force. They are known as the angels of birth and death and they organize the world's religions and send divine energy to keep the positive aspects of religion growing.According to tradition. the Powers are Guardians of order (peace & order).

signifies an orderly and unconfined order in the divine receptions.The Powers are Virtues embodied. warrior angels so resolute that they could not Fall. and the regulation of intellectual and super mundane power which never debases its authority by tyrannical force. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "The name of the holy Powers. they have been Heaven's first and last line of defense against the diabolical hordes. co-equal with the Divine Dominions and Virtues. Since then. They were not created with the other Angelic Orders. but came into being during Lucifer's rebellion. led by Archangel Uriel. The noblest and purest angels. but is irresistibly urged onward in due order to . became a new kind of celestial.

They are placed in the third Choir along with Dominations and Virtues. and Forces. which it manifests after the manner of Angels in the well ordered ranks of its own authoritative power. as far as possible. Authorities. this disagrees with the theory that all angels came into existence at a single moment and with the believe that they came into being during the Angels war with the evil .the Divine. However." Function and Philosophy One of the 12 Angelic Orders. It beneficently leads those below it. numbered ninth overall. Powers are also known as Potentates. to the Supreme Power which is the Source of Power. Dynamics. Some believe that the Powers like the Thrones were supposedly the very first of the angels created by God.

They are declared awesome defenders of the cosmos against all evil and the maintainers of all cosmic order and equilibrium. They are also tasked with guarding the celestial byways between the two realms and ensuring that souls which .) During heavenly warfare they are a major line of defense. policing the routes to and from heaven to the earth. They are the guardians of the heavenly paths. This means they concern themselves with humanity as well. The great harmonizers. they assist each soul to overcome the temptations place before it to do evil and to lean instead toward the proper action (that being to Love and worship God.forces. Powers have the task of defeating the efforts of the demons in overthrowing the world.

These angels will defend your home. there are more angels from the ranks of the powers listed as fallen than from any other member of the hierarchy. the Powers are warrior angels. and their symbol is a flaming sword. To reach the Powers.leave the mortal world reach heaven safely. given their proximity to the nether regions. Characteristics Powers' colors are green and gold. property. children or any group of people who call on them for protection and defense. Perhaps not surpassingly. burn a white candle for Divinity and a yellow candle for the Powers. On a magical basis. . and you can call on them when you're in trouble.

They constantly weave in and out of our lives. listening closely to human affairs.Members of this Angelic Order: Gabriel Raphael Camael Verchiel |Up| The Fourth Choir ANGELS OF THE WORLD: Govern All The World: The Fourth Choir Angels find themselves intricately involved in human affairs and are considered the Angels of the Earth and the friends of man. The Fourth Choir Angels include the .

the Archangels." These three Angelic Orders are charged with relations with mankind. The Fourth Choir Orders are the developers of politics and the arbiters of taste. They work with and conjoin their energies . They are known as Principalities. From Divine Diplomats to Heavenly Socialites.Principalities. They have been known to become patrons of whole areas. PRINCIPALITIES : Those angels of the Tenth Order of Angels are governors and administrators of various systems within the physical realms. countries or cities. and thus the "least Divine" of all the Angelic Orders. bringing the discipline of abstract structures to the corporeal realm. and those simply called the Angels.

N. "as such. Principalities watch over the mortal world and are executive in regard to the visible world of men. and other human creations on a grand scale (such as U. conferencerooms. The Principalities are said to be the guardians of large groups. . You can find them anywhere. cities. Religion and of politics are also guarded by them and. swimming pools. they are assumed to be given more freedom to act than the lesser angels below them and are responsible for . countries.with larger groups of various types or species. and wherever groups of people congregate for learning.NATO). such as continents. or just for fun. They work toward global reform. such as boardrooms.

they are given to the task of managing the duties of the angels. Finally. and . in the execution of any action there are beginners and leaders. this-the leadershipbelongs to the Principalities." Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "The name of the Celestial Principalities signifies their Godlike princeliness and authoritativeness in an Order which is holy and most fitting to the princely Powers. Thomas says of them: "The execution of the angelic ministrations consists in announcing divine things." St. Now.carrying out divine acts concerning their area of jurisdiction.

town. these angels are the first of the Choir most concerned with earth and are traditionally declared to have roles of caretakers over every nation. district. city. and lead others in princely fashion. the Principalities also protect religion under their . as far as possible. According to tradition. Also called Princedoms and Princes. and that they are formed. in the likeness of the Source of Principality.that they are wholly turned towards the Prince of Princes. They are ranked tenth overall. province. and house. county. and reveal Its superessential order by the good Order of the princely Powers. village." Function and Philosophy The Principalities are placed first in the Fourth Choir of Angels among Archangels and Angels.

Characteristics The symbols of principalities are the scepter. They are supposedly empowered with greater strength by God than the Guardian Angels and thus receive permission more frequently to have a direct involvement in the affairs of humanity. It is debated that the Guardian Angels function as the personal angelic protectors and the principalities are the administrative or technical writers. and the sword. . They work with Guardian Angels who are also assigned to every spot and person. the cross.care. They use their incalculable strength of heaven to move the hearts and minds of those mortals with whom they have direct contact.

Members of this Angelic Order: Anael Haniel Cerviel Amael Nisroc Requel |Up| . Human rights and economic reform are top priorities for these angels. you can call on the Principalities in times of discrimination.Magically. extinction of animals or people. To reach the Principalities burn a white candle for Divinity and a red one for the Principalities. inadequate leadership or another from a town to a company.

ARCHANGELS: Those angels who govern the affairs of the messengers of the various realms and dimensions are known as the Angels of the Eleventh Order.. The archangels are known to work on several different levels in the Orders. they often belong to one of the other Choirs or Orders. and yet they enjoy working with humans when they can. Their presence signals great change. They are called Archangels. They sometimes take human form in order to cause occurrences or change the tide of events for humanity. They create and funnel energies both ways up and down the divine . They are very large and radiant spiritual beings..

In the division of the Angelic Hierarchy into 4 Choirs of 3 Orders each. and many of the angels previous named as simply archangels were given new posts. the Archangels belong to the fourth and lowest Choir. The Archangels are perhaps the most confusing of the Angelic Orders. The confusion about the collective celestial rank of archangels and archangels arises from "the ancient Hebraic way of defining angels which was simple angel and archangel. for aside from being a distinct part of the . Archangels are ranked eleventh: above angels and below principalities." Function and Philosophy One of the accepted Orders of Angels.channel. It was not until later that the hierarchy was defined.

But since each Hierarchy has first. participates in the two extremes. for." Archangels are among the few angelic beings mentioned specifically by name in the Old . through its middle position. as has been said. there is one Hierarchy which includes these and the Angels. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "The Order of the holy Archangels is placed in the same threefold Choir as the Celestial Principalities. being joined with the most holy Principalities and with the holy Angels. middle and last ranks. the holy Order of Archangels.heavenly host. their name is used frequently for virtually every angelic being superior to the ordinary angels.

such as the Letter of Jude (1:9): "But when the Archangel Michael. They bring to the world the prayerful blessings of the Lord.like their close counterparts the Angels . Archangels liaises between God & Man and are in charge of Heaven's armies in their . he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him. but said. Even more specific are references in the New Testament.'" As is clear from their appearances in Scripture. contending with the devil. It is for that reason that the Archangels . 'The Lord rebuke you. disputed about the body of Moses.are said to intervene so regularly in the affairs of men and women. the primary duty of the Archangels is to carry out the will of God as it relates directly to humanity.Testament.

Members of this Angelic Order: The number of Archangels has long been a source of great discussion among angelologists. Islam recognizes only 4 Archangels. which is the best-known list. I have compiled the list of Dionysius the Areopagite. Traditionally there are seven Archangels although who they are and what they do has been given variously in different sources.Battle against Hell. Also they oversee Guardian Angels. Gabriel Raphael Michael Metatron . and other customs say twelve but there are much more than these.

.Uriel Chamuel Zadkiel Jophiel Barbiel Jehudiel Barachiel Jeremiel (depending on reference) Satan (before his fall) Many more (see Archangels & Angels section) |Up| ANGELS: Those angels of the Twelfth Order of Angels are the messengers that commune with various life forms within the physical worlds. These include the Guardian Angels of humankind.

They are constantly present. indeed. as we have said. fill up and complete the lowest order of all the Choirs of the Celestial Intelligences since they are the last of the Celestial Beings possessing the angelic nature. And they.They are called Angels. Quote from Dionysius the Areopagite text: "For the Angels. They also at times inspire through thoughts and ideas. are more . These are the most accessible angels to humans and other life forms. Large groups of them may appear at tragic events as they accompany their charges to their next level or dimensional area.

and the Choir of Dominions. must be regarded as hierarchically ordering in a bidden manner the second Choir. indeed. as we have said. . The highest Choir. and the revealing Choir of the Principalities. being in the foremost place near the Hidden One. that the procession from God. but in a more hidden manner than the Choir below it. leads the Principalities. Virtues and Powers.properly named Angels by us than are those of a higher rank because their order is more directly in contact With manifested and mundane things. Archangels and Angels more manifestly. than the first Choir. and moreover. Archangels and Angels presides one through the other over the human hierarchies so that their elevation and turning to God and their communion and union with Him may be in order.

and other Archangels are assigned to other peoples. and visiting them all in common. give us ." Guardians are the Angels that are assigned to a particular human being. may be with the most holy order. Accordingly the Word of God has given our hierarchy into the care of Angels. For the Most High established the boundaries of the nations according to the number of the Angels of God. They defend us when we're in trouble. Our own Personal Guardian Angel! They join us at birth.beneficently granted to all the Hierarchies. and help s move over into the otherworld when we part the earthly plane. for Archangel Michael is called Lord of the people of Judah. guide us in the right direction according to our life plan.

They pass messages along to the relevant parties. they assist us. While the lowest ranked of all angelic beings (if one accepts the idea of a regulated angelic . Our Guardian Angels are constantly in touch with any and all of the angels in the 12 Orders. Guardian Angels can come from any of the 12 Orders. Each angel has his/her (or its) function. None is better or more important than the others. their primary focus of their existence being the caretakership of humanity and the world. Function and Philosophy The twelfth and final order of angels belongs to the fourth and final Choir.small insights into how things are. and if we ask for help from our Guardian Angel. and call on other angels too to help. and inspire us to live better lives.

Moses. They proclaimed the birth of Christ and spoke to Abraham. but to places. Chief among these are to act as messengers of the Lord to the earth and guardians of the human soul.organization). churches. and a host of other prophets and patriarchies in the Old Testament. This is done through both physical and spiritual means. They deliver new or word of impending destruction and woe. It is precisely the humans that the members of the twelfth Order are most often concerned with. angels are nevertheless members of the heavenly host and thus possess the profound and beautiful attributes given to them by their Creator. The Guardian Angel is the angelic being supposedly assigned not only to every living soul. . They are beings of pure spirituality and exist to fulfill the tasks given to them by God. and even nations.

In heaven angels provide valuable service. perhaps recording every human act to provide a clear statement of the development of each soul.Angels also observe all of human history. To reach your guardian angel. Members of this Angelic Order: Gabriel Raphael Chayyliel Phaleg . Add a white one beside it for Divinity. in proper fulfillment of their natures as purely spiritual beings and the will of the the Creator. burn your favorite color candle.

More References on the Orders' Number ST.Adnachiel (Advachief) |Up| There are personal and group messages and scientific accomplishments attained through the messages that come through the various orders of angels. purposes and what they wish to share with all humanity. AMBROSE . At the dawn of each new age or cycle. These messages for humankind at this time contain information about the messengers and their messages. Angelic²messages are brought to the minds of the beings of all classes and orders.

Cherubim 3. Angels GREGORY THE GREAT 1. Dominations 4. Dominations 5. Powers 7. Seraphim 2. Seraphim 2. Cherubim 3. Virtues .1. Thrones 5. Thrones 4. Potentates (Powers) 7. Virtues 8. Archangels 9. Principalities 6. Principalities 6.

Seraphim 2. Hosts 5. Cherubim 3. Principalities 8. Thrones 9.8. Acons 4. Angels 11. Authorities 7. Archangels 10. Dominions MOSES . Angels CONSTITUTIONS OF APOSTLES 1. Archangels 9. Powers 6.

Auphanim 3. Kerubim 10. Seraphim 6. Seraphim 2. Shinnanim 5. Tarshishim 6. Ishim 7. Malachim 7. Ishim MASEKET AZILUT 1. Cherubim 4. Chasmalim 5. Bene Elohim 9. Aralim (Erelim) 4. Hashmallim .1. Ofanim 3. Elohim 8. Chaioth ha-Qadesh 2.

The Magus 1.8. Seraphim BARRETT. Ishim 3. Hashmallim 6. Arelim 2. Shinnanim 8. Bene Elohim 4. Seraphim . Cheribum 9. Malakim 9. Ofanim 10. Tarshishim 7. Malakim 5. Bene Elohim 10. Arelim BERITH MENUCHA 1.

Martyrs 12. Dominions (Dominations) 5. Virtues 7.2. Cherubim 3. Thrones 6. Innocents 11. Archangels 7. Powers 4. Seraphim 2. Thrones 4. Principalities 8. JEROME 1. Confessors ST. Powers 6. Angels . Archangels 9. Angels 10. Cherubim 3. Dominations 5.

DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE 1. Archangels 9. Angels ISIDORE OF SEVILLE 1. Seraphim . Powers 7. Seraphim 2. Virtues 6. Thrones 4. Principalities 8. Dominations 5. Cherubim 3.

Powers 4. Hayyoth 5. Principalities 5. Angels MAIMONIDES THE ZOHAR 1. Ophanim 6. Cherubim 3. Dominations 7.2. Hamshalim 7. Archangels 9. Erelim 3. Virtues 6. Elim . Thrones 8. Malachim 2. Seraphim 4.

Seraphim . Ishim JOHN OF DAMASCUS 1. Authorities (Virtues) 7. Elohim 9. Dominations 5.8. Angels DANTE 1. Seraphim 2. Archangels 9. Cherubim 3. Throne 4. Rulers (Principalities) 8. Powers 6. Bene Elohim 10.

Virtues 6. Angels . Cherubim 3.2. Principalities 9. Dominations 5. Powers 7. Archangels 8. Thrones 4.

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