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One of the most common Christian theories in Angelology is the idea of the angelic hierarchy, made famous by the work of Dionysius the Areopagite in the 4th century AD. This definite hierarchy contains three concentric circles with God at the center. There are three distinct “Choirs” of Angels in each of the concentric circles.
The outermost circle is the closest to the physical world, interacting most often with man.
these beings are the lowest rank on the celestial ladder. Think of them as “Guardian Angels”. The Angels serve as foot soldiers in the Army of Heaven.
these beings are the next step up from Angels. They follow the affairs of lesser angels and groups of men (clans, villages, etc...) The Archangels serve as the leaders in the Army of Heaven.
these are the “Angels of Nations” they have dominion over the Archangels and Large groups of men (nations, tribes, etc..) The Principalities serve as beaurocrats and generals in the Army of Heaven.
The second circle in are more distant and removed from the majority of humanity.
These angels serve as the celestial “Border Guard” between heaven and Hell. They have power over demons and sometimes are controlled by them. The majority of “Fallen” angels seems to come from this group due to their treacherous duties on the borderlands. Their duties include ensuring that the souls of men reach their appropriate reward (Heaven or Hell) and serving as the main force of defense in case of a demonic attack of heaven.
These angels serve God by providing the mechanism for miracles. They actually control the “Song of Life” of the world and dole out the required blessings/punishments demanded by the divinity.
Dominions (Dominations) -
These angels serve God by monitoring the Powers and Virtues. They maintain a “cosmic” balance that reaches beyond the earth to the entire physical plane.
The innermost circle of Angels are the closest to God and server him directly. They do NOT necessarily look like winged humans.
Thrones (Ophanim) -
Their primary duty is as the “Chariot” or “Throne” of God. These angels usually are described as looking like wheels. They also are considered to be dispensors of God’s Justice.
These angels, despite common belief, are NOT viewed as portly children with undersized wings, but rather usually as Assyrian Sphinxes in form. In many belief systems Lucifer was of their number. These Angels are “Spirits of the Harmonies. The guardians of the fixed stars, keepers of celestial records, bestowers of knowledge.”
The uppermost section of the hierarchy, these are the angels closest to the throne of God. It is they who unceasingly chant the Trisagion, "Holy, holy, holy..." and encircle the throne, existing off the love emanated by God. It is said that the light they give off is so intense, that not even other divine beings may look upon them. There is said to be four of these angelic beings. They are listed as the four holy beasts in the book of Revelation and are also described as angels with four faces and six wings.
A'albiel - An angel in service to the archangel Michael.
An angel in ceremonial magic tracts, used for invoking. His named is also found inscribed on the second pentacle of the moon.
Abel (Meadow) -
Souls arrive in Heaven and are judged by Abel. He is one of 12 Powers with this task. He is angel of the fourth Heaven ruling on the Lord's Day. He must be invoked from the East. (See Abraham 13:11)
He is a Seraphim, the angel of patience and discoverer of the secrets of nature. In the New Testament Achaiah is a Roman Province. Paul visited the churches in that region. (Act 18:12, 27)
This angel holds dominion over the sun sign Sagittarius. Those who were born under this sign can pray to Adnachiel for special protection and blessings. We can all pray to this shining one for the spirit gifts of independence, honesty and gregariousness.
Af Bri -
An angel who exercises control over rain.
Traditional angelic lore informs us that this being of light safeguards young life, and is also considered to be protective of that which is youthful and tenderly growing within each of us, no matter how old we actually are. Afriel is believed to grant youth, vigor and vitality and is prayed to for these gifts and attributes.
The angel of twilight.
An angel of the order of dominations, a spirit of fire used in cabalistic magical operations.
An angelic enforcer of the law.
Akatriel (Akrasiel) -
Revealer of the divine mysteries and angel of proclamation; cf. Raziel
A great prince who, when invoked, protects the invocant from gunshot wounds and from sharp instruments. His aids are the angels Reivtip and Tafthi.
Amatiel Amatiel -
Holds dominion over the season of spring. We appeal to this renewing angel to plant the seeds of hope, rebirth, new beginnings and positive expectations in our hearts and minds.
This angel inspires clear communication so that we might better speak our own truth, while gently guiding human beings toward a time when truth and clarity will be the universal norm. Ambriel is also considered to be an angel of general protection. Ambriel presides over the sun sign of Gemini and the month of May. Those born under this sign pray to Ambriel for special blessings and protection.
One of the 7 angels of creation. Prince of the Archangels and ruler of the Friday angels. Anael exercise dominion over the planet Venus. He is one of the luminaries concerned with human sexuality and is governor of the second heaven, where he is in charge of prayer ascending from the first heaven. In addition he controls kingdoms and kings on earth and has dominion over the moon.
Chief of the crown judgment angels of the Merkabah.
One of the 64 angel wardens of the celestial halls.
Angels Of Childbirth -
There are 70 amulet angels invoked at childbirth.
Angels of the Mansions of the Moon -
There are 28 angels ruling the 28 Mansions of the Moon.
Angels of the 12 Months -
There are angels for each month of the year.
Angels Of Prayer -
The seven angels who convey the prayers of the saints to our creator. Akatriel, Gabriel, Metatron, Raphael, Sandalphon, Sizouse and Michael.
Angels of the Rain -
Matriel, Matarel, Matariel, Ridya and Zalbesal.
Angels of the Seasons -
There are Governing and Serving Angels of the Four Seasons.
Angels of Sunday -
Sunday is influenced by the Sun. Michael is the primary Angel of Sunday, but each hour of this day also has its secondary angel. These angels are, beginning with the 1st hour -- Michael, Anael, Raphael, Gabriel, Cassiel, Sachiel, Samael, Michael, Anael, Raphael, Gabriel, and Cassiel. Some Angels do double duty on this day!
Angels of the Wind -
Moriel, Ruhiel, Ben Nez and Rujiel
Angels Of Winter -
Ctarari, Amabael and Certari. The head angel is Altrib or (Attaris)
An angel invoked in magical rites, specifically in the invocation of fumigation.
One of the numerous angelic guards of the gates of the West wind.
A high holy angel, invoked in magical rites after proper investiture by the invocant.
One of the 28 angels governing the 28 mansions of the moon.
This is an angel of balance and harmony we appeal to Anthriel to help us stay on an even keel, leading our lives with moderation. Anthriel helps us stay calm at all times. Those who become easily off-centered and filled with anxiety pray to Anthriel for balance.
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