The Orders of the Celestial Hierarchies
The Celestial Hierarchies - Miscellaneous Facts
The Nine Rulers of the Christian Hierarchy - Explantion of the Christian Hierarchy


A link is only provided where clicking on the name of the angel would provide you with more information about that entity. Otherwise, all that I know, at this time, is that the being is a member of it's associated hierarchy.

According to many different sources, including the Bible, St. Ambrose, pseudo-Dionysius and Pope Gregory, the celestial hiercarchy consists of either seven, nine, ten, or eleven choirs or orders. Eventually Aquinas "blessed" the Dionysian hieracrchy of nine, three sets of three, making it acceptable to the church and, therefore, the most familiar of the hierarchies today. The ten choirs of both The Greater Key of Solomon and the Mishna Torah are called the chaioth ha-Qadesh, auphanim, aralim, chasmalim, Seraphim, malachim, elohim, bene elohim, kerubim, and ishim (ranked in that order). See the chart below for more information.



The Celestial Hierarchies
Ranked from highest to lowest

St. Ambrose
(in Apologia Prophet David, 5)
Seraphim
Cherubim
Dominations
Thrones
Principalities
Potentates (Powers)
Virtues
Archangels
Angels
Gregory the Great
(in Homilia)
Seraphim
Cherubim
Thrones
Dominations
Principalities
Powers
Virtues
Archangels
Angels
John of Damascus
(De Fide Orthodoxa)
Seraphim
Cherubim
Thrones
Dominions
Powers
Authorities (Virtues)
Rulers (Principalities)
Archangels
Angels
Moses Maimonides
(in Mishne Torah)
Chaioth ha-Qadesh
Auphanim
Aralim (Erelim)
Chashmalim
Seraphim
Malachim
Elohim
Bene Elohim
Kerubim
Ishim
The Zohar
(Exodus 43a)
Malachim
Erelim
Seraphim
Hayyoth
Ophanim
Hamshalim
Elim
Elohim
Bene Elohim
Ishim
Pseudo-Dionysius
(in Celestial Hierarchy
and Summa Theologica)
Seraphim
Cherubim
Thrones
Dominations
Virtues
Powers
Principalities
Archangels
Angels
Dante's Divine Comedy
Seraphim
Cherubim
Thrones
Dominations
Virtues
Powers
Archangels
Principalities
Angels
Maseket Azilut
Seraphim
Ofanim
Cherubim
Shinnanim
Tarshishim
Ishim
Hashmallim
Malikim
Bene Elohim
Arelim
Berith Menucha
Arelim
Ishim
Bene Elohim
Malakim
Hashmallim
Tarshishim
Shinnanim
Cherubim
Ofanim
Seraphim
St. Jerome
Seraphim
Cherubim
Powers
Dominions (Dominations)
Thrones
Archangels
Angels
Isidore of Seville
(in Etymologiarum)
Seraphim
Cherubim
Powers
Principalities
Virtues
Dominations
Thrones
Archangels
Angels
Isidore of Seville
(in De Ordine Creaturarum)
Thrones
Dominations
Principalities
Potentates (Powers)
Virtues
Archangels
Angels
Constitutions of the Apostles
(in Clementine Liturgy of the Mass)
Seraphim
Cherubim
Aeons
Hosts
Powers
Authorities
Principalities
Thrones
Archangels
Angels
Dominions
All information on this page
came from:
A Dictionary of Angels
including the fallen angels

by Gustav Davidson
.
Francis Barrett, The Magus
Seraphim
Cherubim
Thrones
Dominations
Powers
Virtues
Principalities
Archangels
Angels
Innocents
Martyrs
Confessors

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Miscellaneous Information

The Erelim and Ishim are considered to be the same in Revelation of Moses in Studies and Texts in Folklore by M. Gaster. The Erelim come from Isaiah 33:7 and the elim are derived from Exodus 15:27 and ezekiel 32:21.

The hashmallim (or hamshalim) are often equated with the order of the Dominations.

The Hayyoths are equated with the Cherubim in Exekiel 20. The Ophanim are also equated with the Cherubim; they are called the "many-eyed ones" or "wheels."

The Thrones are equated with the Ofanim and Arelim (erelim).

The Malakim and the Tarshishim are equated with the Virtues.

The Tafsarim (3 Enoch) are a group of Angels often grouped with the Elim and Erelim. They are said to be "greater than all the ministering Angels who minister before the throne of glory."

The Bene Elohim (sons of god) are equated with the Ishim and, according to The Zohar they are a subdivision of the Thrones.

Other hierarchic orders, mentioned in various religious and secular sources, include Ardors, Authorities, Sanctities, Voices, Regents, Apparitions, Acclamations, Sovereignties, Gonfalons, Warriors, and others.

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The Nine Rulers of the Psudeo-Dionysian Hierarchy

Metatron, ruler of the Seraphim
Ophaniel, ruler of the Cherubim
Zaphkiel, ruler of the Thrones
Zadkiel, ruler of the Dominations
Camael, ruler of the Powers
Raphael, ruler of the Virtues
Haniel, ruler of the Principalities
Michael, ruler of the Archangels
Gabriel, ruler of the Angels.

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Christian Angelic Hierarchy
The words in parens are their Cabalistic names

First Order:
This order and its three choirs control the balance of the universe and the manifestation of divine wills, that they carry out.

First Choir - Seraphim
Second Choir - Cherubim
Third Choir - Thrones {Ophanim (Auphinim)}

Second Order:
This order and its three choirs represent the power of God and they govern the planets, especially Earth. They also carry out the decrees of the angels of the First Order and oversee those of the Third Order.

Fourth Choir - Dominions {Hasmalim (Chasmalim)}
Fifth Choir - Virtues (Malachim)
Sixth Choir - Powers (Chaioth ha Quaddosh)

Third Order:
This order and its three choirs protect and guide humanity, and bring our prayers to the Divine Presence.

Seventh Choir - Principalities {Erelim (Arelim)}
Eighth Choir - Archangels (Elohim)
Ninth Choir - Angels (Bene Elohim)


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