The Nine Orders of Angels
*** SERAPHIM ***
The highest order,
the six-winged ones, surround the throne of God, singing ceaselessly,
Holy, Holy, Holy.
They are angels of love, light, and fire.
The guardians of the fixed stars,
keepers of celestial records, bestowers of knowledge.
In the Talmud cherubim are equated with the order of wheels,
also called ophanim.
Chief rulers are Ophaniel, Rikbiel, Zophiel,
and, before his fall, Satan.
Bring God's justice to us.
They are sometimes called wheels
and in the Jewish Kabbalah,
CHARIOTS or the MERKABAH.
The occult book, the Zohar,
ranks wheels above seraphim,
but other sources place them as cherubim,
the whole thing being confused.
The ruling prince is Oriphiel or Zabkiel or Zaphiel.
Regulate angelic duties.
Through them is manifested the Majesty of God.
They hold an orb or sceptre as an emblem of authority,
and in Hebraic lore,
the chief of this order is named Hashmal or Zadkiel.
Work miracles on earth.
They are bestowers of grace and valor.
Stop the efforts of demons to overthrow the world,
or else they preside over demons,
or perhaps (according to St. Paul) they are themselves evil.
Ertosi, Sammael, or Camael (depending on source)
is chief of the Powers.
Protectors of religion.
Nisroc, in Milton, is "of principalities the prime,"
and others, according to various sources,
are named Requel, Anael, and Cerviel.
Guardians of people and all physical things.
GOVERN ALL CREATION
GOVERN ALL THE COSMOS
GOVERN ALL THE WORLD
The Spirit of Wisdom
The Spirit of Understanding
The Spirit of Counsel
The Spirit of Power
The Spirit of Knowledge
The Spirit of Righteousness
The Spirit of Divine Awfulness