Egregores and Astral Constructs

In one of his many books on the occult, Colin Wilson tells us of a television show that featured a “created” ghost. The show was one of those psychic phenomenon shows that were very popular in the early seventies. This particular show explored the notion of mediums, seances, and communication with spirits across the Veil. Well, prior to the show, the sitters got together and decided to “make” a ghost. They came up with a name and an elaborate history for this fellow, and they put a good deal of time, effort, and energy into imagining what he would look like, how he might speak, and how he lived his life.

The purpose of this experiment was in part to see whether or not spirits were truly being contacted by the medium during such sittings, or if the details typically gleaned by a medium from a “spirit” were actually being telepathically picked out of the heads of those present.

The experiment proved inconclusive, unfortunately, because this created spirit did not limit himself to the details that sitters were thinking about beforehand. Instead, he proved quite lively, rapping and tilting the table and elaborating on details of his history the sitters had not agreed upon. In essence, he behaved just like a real ghost.

The results of this experiment of course raised the question for the paranormalists, “Is it possible to ‘create’ a ghost?” Most students of the paranormal, if they acknowledge the existence of spirits, assume that the spirit-world is populated exclusively with human ghosts. So the notion of a spirit that was created through the collective thoughts and focus of a small group lay out of the realm of what they could conceive. However, though the parapsychologists might find the notion puzzling, the creation of spiritual entities has long been known to practitioners of magick. With the proper focus, it is of course possible to “create” a spirit. In some traditions, such a created thing is known as a thought-form or an elemental. I tend to refer to them as constructs. Another more technical occult term for a created spirit is “egregore”.

People can make constructs intentionally, or they can create them accidentally by focusing a lot of energy on a particular thought form, force, imagined entity, and so on. A good example of an accidentally, but very real, construct, would be the “spirit” that haunts a certain house in Greenwich Village of NY, as cited by John Keel in “The Mothman Prophecies” (now a major motion picture). Anyhow, this spirit wears a slouch hat and a long flowing cape and goes stalking about the hallways with a sort of menace to his step. The spirit was well documented, but when people researched the history of the place, there was no one who had died there who even remotely fit the description of this thing.

However, as Keel notes, there was an interesting fellow who had lived there for several years. He was a writer, and he spent some of his most prolific years in that place. His name was Walter Gibson, and he was the creator of the Shadow — he “who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.”

The Shadow, for those born too recently to know, was a dark and menacing figure who stalked about in a broad-brimmed hat and voluminous cloak (and no, the original was not Alec Baldwin).
Basically, by pouring so much energy, imagination, and intensity into his character, Walter Gibson has left behind an astral construct of the character, and this construct now perpetually goes through the motions of its created existence.

Constructs, from this example, are basically thought given form in the subtle reality. The more energy you put into them, the stronger they are. They can be created for many purposes. A lot of magickal workers create them as guardians. They are kind of like computers or robots in the fact that they function on a simple program and can be made to carry out basic functions — like the Shadow, who stalks around menacingly in keeping with his character. With a lot of effort and focus, they can be made to be more complex, though this often depends on the skill of the person or persons creating them.

Constructs tend to fade over time unless they are sustained. Some of the more complicated constructs can be self-sustaining and will feed upon energy just like any other entity in the subtle realm. Others will be sustained as long as you continue to put some thought and focus into them – whether you consciously intend to do this or not. Thought is energy, and the more you focus on something consciously, or in daydreams and nightmares, the more energy you provide to strengthen and sustain it.

Some really powerful egregores seem to achieve sentience over time, and these may become independent of their creators, essentially becoming indistinguishable from “true” spirits.

Of course, as constructs and egregores are typically used as what amounts to servants by magickal practitioners, this raises all manner of questions about ethics. If an egregore can achieve sentience, does that make it “real”? Do such entities simply follow programs and patterns that are worked into them, or can they achieve something akin to free will? And since we seem to be able to generate these entities both consciously and unconsciously through our focused emotions and thoughts, what does that say about our relation to them? Are we creating “life”? And if this is the case, do we then have any kind of responsibility toward our creation?

These are very sticky ethical questions that are beyond the scope of this short thesis. But they are questions that certainly bear consideration, especially before you sit down and decide to create an egregore to baby-sit your altar or guard your home.

The Black Veil

The Black Veil is a set of ethical guidelines designed to serve as a moral compass for the vampire community. The original Black Veil was written by Father Sebastian Todd for the Sanguinarium. Subsequent revisions were made by Michelle Belanger in the fall of 2000 and later in 2002. As there is such diversity within the vampire community, the Black Veil has been the focus of much debate and controversy. Many who first encounter the document assume that it is intended as a strictly enforced set of rules. Others question the applicability of any set of guidelines to the community as a whole. Finally, there is the issue of the first published version of the Black Veil, which many felt owed a great deal of inspiration to the “Traditions” of the role-playing game, Vampire: the Masquerade.

The Black Veil as it stands now is purely a set of guidelines and moral suggestions. While it still serves as the backbone for the Sanguinarium and the new Order of the Strigoi Vii, it has also been adopted by numerous groups and individuals who share no affiliation whatsoever with either of these groups.

The very first version of the Veil appears in the 1998-1999 edition of the Vampyre Almanac and reads:

The central philosophy of the “Black Veil” revolves around

  1. hospitality
  2. unity of the family
  3. prevention of negative media exploitation and fundamentalist attacks
  4. maintaining the mystique of the vampyre aesthetic
  5. inspiring chivalry & honor.

A subsequent version published on the Internet was reminiscent of the seven Traditions of the Masquerade. These rules were followed by the fictitious secret society of vampires supposed to exist within and throughout the modern world as depicted by the authors of Vampire: the Masquerade. (Mike Rhein-Hagen, et. al)

This first version was unacceptable not only because of the issues of possible plagiarism raised by others in the community, but also because the perception that these rules intended for the real vampire community had been drawn from a role playing game seriously triviliazed the legitimacy of that community. Subsequently, Michelle Belanger got involved and requested permission to revise the Black Veil in order to increase its legitimacy and appeal. The resulting Thirteen Rules of Community, released in the fall of 2000, were clearly removed from any RPG influence and tailored more to the needs of the community at that time.

At Endless Night in October of 2002, a meeting between representatives of the Vampire Church, Bloodlines, the Sanguinarium, and individuals from many other independent organizations gave rise to a second revision of the Black Veil. This version was released a few weeks later. Trimmed down from thirteen and back to seven rules, the new Black Veil was streamlined to remove pretentious and overly “”Goth”” language to once again increase its appeal to the continously evolving greater community. The main idea behind this final revision was to express, in plain and simple language, the ethics already innately valued by the majority of that community.

As it stands now, the Black Veil is intended as a set of guidelines only. There is no obligation on the part of anyone within the vampire community to strictly follow these rules, and there is certainly no way to enforce them. However, as these guidelines were an attempt to give voice to the unspoken rules generally followed by everyone anyway, we feel that they adequately reflect the values upheld by many individuals within the community. At the core, they are simply common sense rules of behavior based upon respect for oneself and for others.

Beyond expressing the values held by a majority of the community, the main function of the Black Veil is to provide a widely publicized ethical code that the media can see when issues arise that might reflect poorly upon our community. When someone commits rape, assault, or murder and attempts to tie this to vampires or vampirism, we merely have to point to the tenets of the Black Veil to show that such behavior is not condoned by our community and that those who commit such crimes are acting well beyond the bounds of what we consider acceptable. In this, the Black Veil exists more for our own protection than anything else, and its continued existence insures that those outside of our community have a more positive view of who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

Here is the most current version of the Black Veil endorsed by House Kheperu:


 

The Black Veil

DISCRETION

Respect yourself and present yourself so that others also respect you. Take care in revealing your nature. Explain what you are, not to shock, but to teach and to inform. Do not flaunt what you are, and know that whether you want them to or not, your actions will reflect upon the rest of the community.

Share your nature only with those with the wisdom to understand and accept it, and learn to recognize these people.

DIVERSITY

Among us, there are many different practices and many points of view. No single one of us has all the answers to who and what we are. Respect each person’s individual choices and beliefs. Learn about them and share what you know. Our diversity is our strength, and we should not allow misunderstanding to weaken our community.

Find the path that is right for you and uphold this freedom for others.

CONTROL

Do not allow your darkness to consume you. You are more than just your hunger, and you can exercise conscious control. Do not be reckless. Always act with a mind toward safety. Never feed because you think this makes you powerful; feed because this is what you must do.

Be true to your nature, but never use it as an excuse to endanger those around you.

ELDERS

Give respect to those who have earned it. Anyone can claim a title, but a true leader will prove him or herself through dedication, hard work, and great deeds. Even so, leaders should be guides and not dictators. Look to them as examples, but always decide for yourself what you must do.

Respect the person, not the position, and understand that your choices are always your own.

BEHAVIOR

Know that there are repercussions to every action, and that you alone are responsible for your decisions. Educate yourself about risky behaviors, then always act with wisdom and common sense. Do not allow others to abuse you, but also, do not selfishly abuse.

Respect the rights of others and treat them as you would be treated.

DONORS

Feeding should occur between consenting adults. Allow donors to make an informed decision before they give of themselves to you. Do not take rapaciously from others, but seek to have an exchange that is pleasant and beneficial for all.

Respect the life that you feed upon and do not abuse those who provide for you.

COMMUNITY

Reach out to others in your community. Exchange ideas, information, and support. Be hospitable to others, and appreciate hospitality when it is extended to you. Do not engage in illegal activity, for this can endanger us all.

Seek to nurture our community and support all those who do the same.

written by Father Todd circa 1998 and revised by Michelle Belanger in 2000 & 2002


 

A copy of the most current Black Veil (BV v 2.0) appears in the back of The Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work by Michelle Belanger as well as in the 2007 release, Vampires: In Thier Own Words.

Energy Imprints and Constructs

It is important to understand that our energy is not static. It doesn’t just glow around us like some kind of painted halo. Our energy is engaged in a constant exchange with the energy of the world around us. Our auras are more like a candle flame than you might imagine. Like the flame, they constantly radiate energy outward, and that energy is dispersed into the world around them. For the candle, there must be some kind of fuel, such as paraffin, to sustain combustion. However, the flame would not burn without additionally taking in a vital component from the atmosphere surrounding it: oxygen. Through this interaction, there is a constant exchange going on that feeds the candle flame even as it sends its heat and light out into the world. So it is with us, a constant and dynamic exchange. We are sustained by the energy naturally generated by our bodies, yet even as we are constantly radiating energy outward, so too are we taking energy in to continue the cycle.

A candle flame warms the air around it with its shed energy. We affect the world around us with our energy radiation as well. Spent energy constantly disperses from us, being shed in the process of our burning. This energy drifts off of us, settling like psychic dust in the subtle world. This trace of our passing will linger for some time until the energy is picked up by one of the currents of the subtle reality. Once it gets caught in one of the eddies or floes, the energy is moved and agitated, reduced to a neutral state again, and eventually recycled into the greater whole. However, it can also drift into stagnant places like the store room used as an example several chapters ago. In that case, the energy simply adds to the detritus already built up there, helping to create a very rank and oppressive atmosphere. As no currents move through places like this in order to clean them out, the energy will remain there until something comes by to consume it or until it is consciously stripped away.

Not all of the energy that we leave in the world around us is simply cast-off detritus. Some of the energy fingerprints we leave on objects and places are imprints that we very actively put there. By attaching special significance to certain places or things, we actually invest some of our energy into that location or object. Whether we are conscious of the process or not, the more attention and emotion we focus on something, the deeper an impression that we leave upon it.

Think of it like this: a candle lit in an empty room will burn regardless of whether anything is there to receive its warmth and its light. However, a flame can also be used to warm someone’s hands, or it can be used more directly on an object, to burn a mark into it. How close something is to the flame and how long it is exposed to its energy determines how deeply it will be burned. Some objects we merely scorch with our personal energy, but some things we practically brand with our individual signatures.

A Memory Ghost

Let us say that your grandmother has passed away. You’ve inherited her house and a good portion of her personal effects. Sad, but a little excited to be gifted with such tangible memories of her, you move in. You have one of her rings resized so you can wear it as a constant reminder of what she meant to you in life. You are very happy in your new home, but after a few weeks, you start noticing things that seem a little strange. For instance, every time you walk past the kitchen, it seems like you can see your grandmother standing over the stove. You catch the image just out of the corner of your eye, and of course when you look directly at it, there’s nothing there. But it seems like her presence lingers in the kitchen, even when you can’t actually see her. You also get a strong sense of her radiating from her favorite rocking chair. This is so strong that you unconsciously leave the rocking chair empty, almost as if you’re expecting her to sit down in it at any moment. And sometimes, when you’re sleeping, you wake up all of a sudden, and it seems like your grandmother is hovering over you, watchful and protecting. You can’t see anything in the darkness of your room, but the sense of her presence is almost palpable.

Now, you don’t get the feeling that your grandmother means you any harm, but the strength of the impressions has got you a little spooked. You hardly intended to be sharing your new home with a ghost. Feeling a little out of your water, you decide to do a little research. You check out a few books on the subject and learn that ghosts often linger due to unfinished business. Furthermore, they often appear to family members that they need to communicate with. You experimentally try talking to your grandmother, assuring her that you love her and, although she is terribly missed, she really needs to move on. Yet this is like talking into a phone that has no one on the other end. There is no response, and you do not even get a sense that the spirit is listening to you. The impressions of her presence continue, but always in the same places, and no matter how hard you try to communicate, she never responds.

In this case, it is very likely that there is no ghost and your grandmother has already moved on. The feelings and impressions that you’re picking up on in the house are simply lingering echoes of your grandmother’s energy. In the kitchen, for instance, she was always cooking, and a special way she expressed her love for her family was through her desserts and her food. It follows that a great deal of her energy was invested into the kitchen, and this energy residue is strongest near the stove. The rocking chair was somewhere she sat when she needed to think and ponder the direction her life was going, so of course a lot of her energy still lingers here as well. And whenever you wake up at night with the feeling of your grandmother’s presence nearby you, the ring of hers that you now wear is sitting on your night stand. If you really think about it, you realize that the impression of her presence is actually coming from the ring itself, a piece of jewelry that she always wore, for as long as you can remember.

We leave little echoes of ourselves in the places and objects that are important to us. Sometimes, we are half-conscious of this. For example, if we want a close friend to have a reminder of us, we often give them some piece of jewelry or some little object that was very precious to us. We usually even give it with the words, “Keep this close; it will remind you of me.” The reminder is not simply in the gesture of giving the gift. We could just as easily go to the store and pick out something expensive. But some of the most precious gifts we give to others are things that we’ve had with us for a while, things that we’ve attached a great deal of sentimental value to. Why? Because our energy is all over these things. When we give this to someone, we are giving them a piece of ourselves, and that energy, unique to us, will radiate out of the object, constantly reminding our loved one of what it feels like to have us near.

Emotional Imprints

It is possible to for us to leave traces of our energy on objects or places without having that energy resonate with our personal presence. Strong emotions can very easily imprint themselves on the world around us. Homes, workplaces, even hotel rooms can develop a distinct build-up of emotional residues. These residues linger in the subtle reality, affecting everyone who comes into contact with them on a deep and unspoken level.

Emotional residues, like our psychic dust, build up over time. Unlike psychic dust, however, emotional residues can linger for quite a while. Since we tend to associate places with the emotions we’ve experienced in them, we have a habit of experiencing the same feelings in the same places over and over again. The pre-existing energy of the place only encourages this, and so it creates a self-perpetuating cycle of emotion.

For example, a teenager almost always retreats to her room for sanctuary from the “unfair” world. Whenever this young person has a bad day at school or has an argument with her parents, she takes all her hurt feelings with her to her private space. Now, her original intention is to simply find some place that is separate and away from those things that seem to always be hurting her. And yet by constantly taking these bad feelings into her personal space, she imprints the negativity on the very walls. Over time this builds up, and it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle of negative emotions.

Given the tumultuous energy of a teen, this cycle can get pretty intense. Before too long, her room has become a kind of emotional pit, where anyone walking in can just feel the angst and anger dripping off the walls. A little bit of this negativity rubs off onto anyone exposed to it, inspiring similar emotions which then feed back into the pre-existing residue. Like breeds like where emotional residues are concerned, and every time the lingering impression inspires that self-same emotion in a person, that person’s emotional energy feeds back into the residue, strengthening it. So, whenever her parents come up to her room to comfort her, they find themselves instead inspired to a confrontation. They wind up yelling and arguing even more, unaware that a large part of their feelings are being influenced by the general feel of negativity radiating from her room. In such an atmosphere, it’s almost impossible not to react to the ambient emotion.

Negative emotions often leave the strongest lingering impressions, but not all emotional residues inspire bad feelings in people. We can invest objects with very positive impressions as well. Consider that favorite teddy bear you had as a child. You carried that thing with you everywhere, and for you it was the ultimate talisman of safety and security in an unpredictable world. When you went to bed at night, you knew beyond any kind of doubt, that that bear would protect you from all the monsters under your bed. You lavished love and attention upon it, so much so that it almost seemed to take on a personality of its own.

Once you outgrew the need for the teddy bear, you still kept it around, and eventually it was given to a very special child in your adult life. And the very first time that child held the teddy bear, he could feel the comfort and safety radiating off of it. Each time he took it to bed with him, he knew just by the feel of the bear that he would be safe. And his own feelings of comfort and security fed back into the bear, perpetuating the emotional impression.

Some day, at a much later time, the bear might end up in an antique shop, and the person who picks it up will immediately sense the love it was given. The impression of childhood trust and comfort breathes almost tangibly from the worn cloth of the toy. All of us have handled toys like that, little childhood talismans that seem to have taken on a life of their own. As children, our energy is unguarded and pure. We focus that energy into things without any kind of hesitation or reserve. And so the lingering impressions of childhood emotion are some of the strongest we can encounter.

Energy Constructs

There have been movies made about dolls invested with enough energy that they achieve a weird kind of life. Usually this is the stuff of horror films and nightmares, but let’s look back at the teddy bear example for a moment. Think about all the energy that a child puts into a toy like that. The child names the toy, makes up stories about it. The toy becomes in his mind a special friend, almost more real to him than the kid who lives down the street. How much innocent energy does it take to invest the toy with some kind of actual personality? Is there such a thing as a created spirit?

It is possible for enough energy to be invested into a residue that it takes on a life of its own. This process is very rare, but it can still happen with unintentionally. More common, although still far and few between, are intentionally created energy constructs. These are sometimes called elementals by witches and magickal workers. Another term for them is “astral construct,” because they exist entirely in the non-physical realm.

What is the difference between an energy construct and the impression of your grandmother lingering in the house? First and foremost, the construct is something which had no existence separate from the energy which makes it up. Your grandmother was a living person, unique and vital and very physically real. After her passing, a great deal of her energy lingered in her living space and on those objects precious to her. When you “saw” your grandmother in the house, it was an impression only, even though your mind interpreted it as her actual presence. A second spirit was not born out of the lingering energies she left behind. These were just echoes of her.

An energy construct, on the other hand, is created purely out of energy. It has no real existence in the physical world prior to or after its creation. It can be tied to a particular physical object, or even a place, but this serves as a focus only. The real existence of the construct is in the subtle realm. Such constructs are born of a continuous build-up of focused energy – either the energy of strong emotion, or the equally potent energy of a person’s intentionally directed will.

Intentional constructs can be invested with a limited amount of sentience – kind of like a spiritual program that dictates certain actions they should perform. Unintentionally created constructs usually play out a limited set of actions inspired by whatever created them in the first place. Thus, a construct that has developed in a home where there was constant anger and fighting will simply roam around, inspiring the same sort of feelings in others and feeding off of the energy those emotions produce.

The significant difference between a simple residue and a construct at this point is the independence it has achieved. The construct can move from place to place in the subtle reality much like any other spirit, while a residue is usually tied to the place where it was created until it is worn away or removed. The construct also actively seeks out the kind of energy that will perpetuate its existence, whereas a residue does this only passively. Finally, a construct will instinctively avoid anything that might harm it or bring about the end of its existence. This indicates at least a limited amount of sentience, a fact which is just a little unsettling, considering this created spirit developed from nothing more than a build-up of cast-off human emotion.

A Compendium of Angel Names

The following is an extensive list of angel names. It’s part of a larger collection of magickal names I’ve been compiling over the past year. The names come from several sources, including The Book of Enoch I (Charles translation), Gustav Davidson’s classic work A Dictionary of Angels, Matthew Bunson’s Angels A to Z, and the Angels encyclopedia put out by Visible Ink Press (compiled by James Lewis and E. Dorothy Oliver), in addition to a few sources of Medieval ceremonial magic, such as Richard Kieckhefer’s Forbidden Rites.
There will be a separate compendium that lists demon names.

Technically, angels are differentiated from demons because the latter fell while the former remained associated with the Heavenly host. But of course it’s never as simple as that, and there are certainly the names of fallen angels mixed in throughout this list (especially with those taken from the Book of Enoch).

How do you resolve the issue of fallen versus not fallen in the matter of heavenly beings? If you go by the edicts of the Medieval Church, the only angels who are to be considered legitimate and not fallen are those three archangels whose names appear specifically in the Bible: Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael.

Of course, conspicuously, these three also appear specifically by name within the sacred texts of another culture entirely. In the Sumerian tale of Inanna’s descent into the Underworld, Michael, Gabriel, and associates stand guard at each of the gates of hell. Those who would later be adopted as archangels into Jewish myth appear as guardians who exact payment from the goddess before she may pass through the various levels of the underworld in her attempt to reach the throne of her sister, Ereshkigal.

The voluminous lore of angels and demons that has grown up throughout the ages holds that same fascination for me that most bodies of myth do. I imagine that many of you will find this list insteresting, if only for the sake of curiosity. Enjoy.

A Compendium of Angel Names

Aarin: Variant of the term used to describe the angles who walked out of Heaven, mated with the daughters of man, and produced the Nephilim; appears in the Book of Enoch
Abaddon: Angel of the Abyss
Abalim: “Great angels”; fiery guardians; name for the Order of Thrones
Abdiel: courageous “flaming seraph”; from Milton’s Paradise Lost
Adimus: angel once venerated by the Church; probably derived from the First Man
Adoel: angel who governed the explosion that caused the universe to be created (essentially the angel of the Big Bang); from the Book of Enoch
Af:terrible angel made of red and black flame
Ahiah: half-angel son of Semyaza
Akhazriel: “herald of God”
Amaliel: protector from weakness
Anahita: a fiery, beautiful female angel; also associated with water; from Persian myth
Anaiel: angel who taught knowledge to man; from the Book of Enoch
Anak: “giant”; mortal with angelic blood
Anakim: “giants”; race of fierce giants mentioned in the Bible; descended of the Nephilim
Anaphiel: high angel of the Merkabah; bearer of the seal
Angelos: Greek for “messenger”; a heavenly being
Aphaeleon: ruler of fallen angels named in ceremonial magic
Appolyon: Angel of the Abyss
Arakiba: angel in the Book of Enoch
Aralim: “Great angels”; Thrones; fiery guardians
Araquiel: taught the signs of the earth; from the Book of Enoch
Arariel: angel of the oceans; helper of fishermen; from Medieval angel lore
Archon: angelic governor of the material world; from Gnostic myth
Ariel: “lion of God”; a spirit of the air; source: Hebrew myth; appears also in Shakespeare
Arioch: one of the fallen angels; from Milton’s Paradise Lost; also appears in the works of Michael Moorcock
Ariuk: preserver of Enoch; from the Book of Enoch
Armaros: taught how to resolve enchantments; from the Book of Enoch
Armisael: an angel of childbirth
Asaph: angel who supposedly authored Psalms 73-83
Asuriel: angel who warned of the Flood; from the Book of Enoch
Azazel: taught men of metals and gems; from the Book of Enoch
Azrael: the angel of death; appears in the writings of Leilah Wendall
Ballaton: guardian invoked in Solomonic magick
Baradiel: heavenly prince; angel of hail; from the Book of Enoch
Baraqiel: heavenly prince; angel of lightning; from the Book of Enoch
Barattiel: supports the highest heaven; from the Book of Enoch
Bethor: angel of the planet Jupiter; appears in ceremonial magic
Boamiel: angel of the four quarters of Heaven; appears in ceremonial magic
Boel: angel of the planet Saturn
Camael: “he who sees God”
Camiel: variant of Camael; “he who sees God”
Caphriel: angel of the Sabbath
Cassiel: angel of tears and temperance; appears in ceremonial magic
Cerviel: angel of principalities
Chalkydri: either “brass serpents” or companions to the sun; from the Book of Enoch
Chamuel: “he who seeks God”
Chasan: governor of air; appears in ceremonial magic
Daniel: “God is my Judge”; Hebrew — also the name of a Prophet
Dubbiel: protector of the Persians
Duma: the angel of silence; also the patron of Egypt
Empyrean: the highest heaven; heaven of fire; appears in Milton’s Paradise Lost
Ephemera: “short-lived”; angels who exist solely to sing the praises of God
Erelim: “the valiant ones”; a name for the Order of Thrones
Exousia: “power” or “virtue”; alternate word for Angel; Greek
Ezequiel: taught the knowledge of clouds; from the Book of Enoch
Gabriel: “God is my strength”; angel of judgment; one of the angels who actually appears by name in the Bible
Gadiel: invoked to repel evil; appears in ceremonial magic
Gadriel: taught men warfare; from the Book of Enoch
Gagallim: “spheres”; a name for the Order of Thrones; from Hebrew lore
Gazardiel: the angel of sunrise and sunset
Germael: “majesty of God”; an angel of creation
Gezuriya: an angel of the Order of Powers
Gibborim: half-angelic giants; “men of renown”; Hebrew & Biblical lore
Grigori: from the Greek for “watchers”; the Watchers of the Throne; a minor order of angels
Habriel: angel of the Order of Powers
Hadariel: “the Glory of God”
Hadramiel: “the Glory of God”; variant of Hadariel
Hamon: a prince of heaven; mentioned in the Book of Enoch
Haniel: “the grace of God”
Haroth: twin of Maroth who knew secret name of God; appears in Persian myth
Hashmal: leader of the Order of Dominions
Hayliel: wielder of the fiery lash; from the Book of Enoch
Hemah: terrible angel made of red and black flame; appears in Hebrew lore
Hochmael: “the wisdom of God”
Irin: alternate word for the Nephilim; “the Watchers”; one source suggests that Ireland earned its ancient name of Eryn because it was first settled by this fallen race
Ishim: angels of fire and ice
Israfel: angel of the Resurrection
Ithuriel: messenger of Gabriel; appears in Milton’s Paradise Lost
Jabril: Muslim variant of Gabriel
Jael: guardian of the Ark of the Covenant
Jeduthun: choirmaster given angelic status
Jehoel: guide and guardian; a seraph
Jeremiel: “mercy of God”; variant of Ramiel
Kadmiel: an angel of childbirth
Kajabiel: “the star of God”; an angel of astrology
Kalmiya: a guardian of the veil
Kasbiel: taught the Name that binds oaths; from the Book of Enoch
Kasdeja: taught of spirits, birth control; from the Book of Enoch
Kemuel: variant of Camael; “he who sees God”
Kerubiel: fearsome angel of flame and lightning; head of the Choir of Cherubim
Kezef: an angel of destruction
Kochbiel: “the star of God”; angelic astrologer
Lahabiel: protector and guardian
Lailah: “night”; an angel of conception; a feminine angel from Muslim lore
Layla: variant of “Lailah”; “night”
Lucifiel: “light bearer”; star of morning; a variant of Lucifer
Lucifer: associated with the stor of morning; fairest of angels who challenged God and subsequently cast from Heaven for his pride
Machidiel: “the fullness of God”; from the Book of Enoch
Madan: angel _f the planet Mercury; appears in ceremonial magic
Mahanaim: “two armies”; the heavenly host; appears in Hebrew lore
Malachi: “messenger of God”
Malakh: “messenger”; a heavenly being; Muslim term for an angel
Mariuk: guardian of Enoch; from the Book of Enoch
Maroth: twin of Haroth who knew secret name of God; appears in Persian lore
Mastema: “the Accusing Angel”
Matariel: angel of rain
Melkyal: “the fullness of God”; from the Book of Enoch
Merkabah: “chariot”; a mystical path to God
Metatron: angel of the presence; divine archivist; intermediary or mouthpiece of God
Michael: sword of God and warrior-prince of Heaven; one of the archangels who appears by name in the Bible
Mikhal: variant of Michael; “he who is like God”
Mumiel: guardian of health
Muriel: an angel of the Order of Dominions
Nakir: black-skinned and blue-eyed angel of judgment
Nathaniel: “given by God”; and angel of fire
Nephilim: half-angelic giants; “men of renown”
Nuriel: angel of hailstorms
Onafiel: angel of the moon
Ophaniel: chief of the Order of Thrones; a serpentine angel
Ophanim: “wheels”; “many-eyed ones”; the Order of Thrones; may also refer to serpents
Oriel: angel of destiny
Oriphiel: an angel of Saturn
Pahadron: an angel of terror
Peliel: a chief of the choir of Virtues
Penemu: taught writing; from the Book of Enoch
Peniel: “I have seen God”
Phanuel: angel of the presence; angel of penance
Purah: angel of oblivion
Puriel: an exacting judge
Qaddisin: “holy ones”; stand with the Grigori, or Watchers
Qaphsiel: repels ones enemies
Rabdos: keeper of stars
Raduriel: heavenly archivist; from the Book of Enoch
Raguel: “friend of God”
Rahab: violent angel of the sea; supposedly destroyed by an angry God as punishment for some wrongdoing
Rahatiel: governor of the constellations; from the Book of Enoch
Rahmiel: angel of mercy
Ramiel: “mercy of God”; angel of thunder
Raphael: “God has healed”; angel of the sun; an archangel who appears by name in the Bible
Rasiel: angel of earthquakes; from the Book of Enoch
Razael: angel of mysteries; purpotedly gave a book of magic to Adam and was punished by God for this presumption
Remiel: interpreter of visions; from the Book of Enoch
Rikbiel: guardian of the chariot of God; from the Book of Enoch
Ruhiel: angel of the winds
Sabaoth: prayed to as an angel in the Middle Ages; from the Hebrew word for the Heavenly Host
Sahaqiel: guardian of the Fourth Heaven; from the Book of Enoch
Salathiel: “I have asked the Lord”
Samael: thought to mean “Poison of God”; fearsome angel of death; sometimes associated with Satan and / or Lucifer
Sandalphon: “brother”; angel of glory and prayer; Greek
Saraquiel: variant of Araqiel; taught forbidden knowledge; from the Book of Enoch
Sariel: “prince of God”; governs spirits; from the Book of Enoch
Semalion: an angel of proclamation
Semsapiel: an angel mentioned in the Book of Enoch
Semyaza: leader of the angels who walked out of Heaven to marry among the daughters of man; sometimes associated with Lucifer and / or Satan
Seraph: living flame; holiest of angels; name may mean “fiery serpent”
Seraphiel: eagle-like chief of the Seraphim
Shamsiel: “light of God”; from the Book of Enoch
Sidriel: a prince of Virtues; from the Book of Enoch
Sopheriel: keeps the books of life and death
Soterasiel: “he who stirs the fire of God”
Tabris: angel of free will
Tadhiel: angel of sacrifice
Tagas: a prince of heaven; mentioned in the Book of Enoch
Tamiel: an angel mentioned in the Book of Enoch
Tarshishim: “the shining ones”; and order of angels
Tatrasiel: a prince of heaven mentioned in the Book of Enoch
Temlakos: patron of abused children; Greek
Turiel: angel mentioned in the Book of Enoch
Uriel: “flame of God”; sometimes a healing angel, sometimes the angel of death
Usiel: “the Lord is strength”; from the Book of Enoch
Vretiel: angel of wisdom; from the Book of Enoch
Yahoel: guide and guardian; a seraph
Zadkiel: angel whose symbol is a dagger; from the Book of Enoch
Zagzagel: angel of the burning bush
Zakum: an angel of prayer
Zambrim: ruler of fallen angels invoked in ceremonial magic
Zaphkiel: the swiftest of the cherubim; Miltonian
Zarall: a guardian of the Ark of the Covenant
Zephon: messenger of Gabriel; from Milton’s Paradise Lost
Zophiel: “the beauty of God”
Zuriel: “the Lord is my rock”