Angelic Correspondences: Numerology and Major Arcana
"An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power
of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself
St. Thomas Aquinas
"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
"The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a
closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God."
"We trust in plumed procession
For such the angels
Rank after Rank, with even feet--
And uniforms of Snow."
I am merely a dabbler when it comes to Numerology but I do find it quite
fascinating and can be very accurate and helpful with predicting events and
compatibility in relationships. It is also extremely useful for looking into
past life connections. I have always known that I have angels watching over me.
In the early religious traditions God used his angels as divine assistants to
help administer the universe. The angels were variously described in the Bible
as "sons of God", "morning stars", "gods" or the "hosts of heaven". They are
immaterial beings made of pure spirit. We are both matter and spirit - the body
and soul. In the more esoteric sense they can represent the positive and
negative energies of our unconscious.
The word angel is derived from the the Greek word aggelos which means
messenger, although they are much more than Gods messengers. They were created
by the Grace of God and had freedom of choice between good and evil. They also
perform tasks appropriate to their status in the angelic hierarchy. (Ephesians
6:10-20, is an interesting section to read in light of these insights).
It is generally accepted that there are 9 angelic hierarchies - other
historical sources give up to 12 - and the order of importance may vary from
source to source. According the Bible they are: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones,
Dominions or Dominations, Virtues, Powers or Potentates, Archangels,
Principalities, Angels. These are divided in groups of three, respectively, into
three choirs.Other categories sometimes cited are: Aeons, Hosts, Innocents,
It is generally agreed that there are 7 Archangels although from source to
source the names vary:
According to Christian Gnostics they are: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael,
Uriel(Phanuel), Barachiel, Sealtiel, Jehudiel
In the Heirarchy of the Blessed Angels they are: Raphael, Gabriel, Chamuel,
Michael, Adabiel, Haniel, Zaphiel
According to the Muslims there are only 4: Gabriel, Michael, Azrael, Israfel.
In Persian mythology "The Holy Immortal Ones" who had the nature of angels
were: Justice or Truth, Right Order, Obedience, Prosperity, Piety or Wisdom,
Health, Immortality. I find these to be an interesting complement to the Major
Arcana as well.
The only two good angels named in the Bible are Gabriel, who reveals the
future in Daniel 8-9, and Michael, who has the cosmic task to battle the forces
of evil, Daniel 10-12; Jude 9; Revelations 12:10. The fallen angels Satan
(Lucifer) and Abaddon (Apollyon) are also mentioned. It is interesting to note
that God created good and evil, Isaiah 45:7. It is the prophecy that Michael
will slay the dragon, which means evil will be destroyed. This also destroys the
duality/opposition of good and evil. When something has no opposite then it is a
dimension, like Time/Space. In the end of days, four angels will have the
responsibility of destroying one-third of all mankind. (Rev 9:15)
The word angel is used 198 times in the bible in various forms. Angels are
busy and are swift to their task, Acts 12:7. They are responsible for the
transportation of departed spirits, Luke 16:22-25. Each human being has his or
her own protecting angel, Matthew 18:10; Acts 12:15. They have the freedom to
make moral choices as they require a judicial system. The Bible records a lot of
angelic rebellions, Genesis 6:1-4 (this is supported in the Dead Sea Scrolls
4Q531 Frag. 2); Psalm 82; Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28; Peter 2:4; Revelations
12:4-9. Angels are a powerful and intimidating presence, Daniel 8:7, Matthew
An angel may have human or even superhuman qualities as well as appearing
mortal, Haggai 1:13, Malachi 2:7, Hebrews 13:2. You were not to ask for the name
of the angel, angels names were secret, Judges 13:18, and they refused to be
worshipped Judges 13:16, Revelations 22:8-9. Angels have power to forgive sin,
Exodus 23:21 & Zechariah 3:4. Angels grieve for the ills of those whom they
guard. "The angels of peace shall weep bitterly.", Isaiah 33:7.
Angels only have limited knowledge, Matthew 24:36, 1 Peter 1:12; and when
they appear to us they are usually described as descending from heaven, Matthew
28:2; John 1:51; Genesis 28:12. Only Cherubims and Seraphims have wings, four
and six sets respectively. Other contacts with angels speak only of a man or men
dressed in white, Acts 1:10-11, Matthew 28:2-3, Mark 16:5-6. Zechariah 5:9
describes female beings with wings but does not call them angels.
Angels have specific characteristics, colours, sigils, planetary aspects,
dates and numbers that have become associated with them. In this article I will
discuss the numbers and the influences they may have on your path.
Uriel: 12 & 17
Cassiel: 15 & 21
Sachiel: 14 & 18
Samael: 4 & 16
Anael: 3, 5 & 8
Raphael: 1, 6 & 13
Gabriel: 2, 7, 12 & 18
Michael: 11 & 19
Lumiel: 0, 9, 10 & 20
Relate the corresponding Major Arcana card associated with each angel as a
further enhancement for interpretation. Uriel would relate to The Hanged Man and
The Star. Cassiel to The Devil and The World. Sachiel to Temperance and The
Moon. Samael to The Emperor and The Tower. Anael to The Empress, The Heirophant
and Strength. Raphael to The Magician, The Lovers and Death. Gabriel to The High
Priestess, The Chariot, The Hanged Man and The Moon. Michael to Justice and The
Sun and Lumiel to The Fool, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune and Judgement.
In order to assess someone's angelic influence you take their birthdate and
break it down into separate sections. 1) The Month 2) The Day 3) The Century and
then break down the remainder of the birth year as two separate digits.
i.e. My birthday is October 21, 1958
10 , 21, 19, 5, 8 Lumiel, Cassiel, Anael and Michael are all significant
presences in my alignment. Anael is the strongest. Since I am a Libra Scorpio
cusp, this is not surprising as Anael has an affinity with Venus and Libra is
ruled by Venus.
Uriel: 12 & 17
Uriel has guardianship over all unexpected happenings, good or bad. His
influence causes the "eleventh hour miracles". There is sadness here as Uriel
has connections with all types of separations but he can also instill
inspiration. Inspiration is always necessary to get out of "impossible"
situations. Magnetism and all magical powers are his attributes, everything else
has to fail before he will use these powers. Uranus is the planet of influence.
Uriel is the angel of the month of September. It has been said that Uriel gave
us alchemy and the kabballah. His symbol is an open hand holding a flame. The
combination of these two Major Arcana creates the framework for success and
standing in the spotlight. These are powerful cards regarding soul mate
Anael 3, 5, & 8
Anael is associated with the planet Venus, ruling love, affection, human
sexuality and marriage, as well as beauty in art and relationships but has
dominion over the Moon. Anyone born under his guardianship are fortunate people.
He is ruler of the Friday angels. Comparing this to the Major Arcana The
Empress, Hierophant and Strength, this is about love and the lessons it teaches
us; our mother (nurturing), our children (sharing), our teachers (knowledge),
our church (moral order) and our own inner self (will) - but most of all, the
stories we listened to as children which helped form the emotional perspective
we have for relationships.
Samael - 4, 16
Samael is an angel who has been regarded as both good and evil. He is one of
God's angels of death and is also said to be a magician. He belongs to the order
of the seraphim and is an art critic. He is widely characterized as being God's
wrath (The Tower). They say dogs howl at night when Samael passes. These two
Major Arcana create a powerful, potentially destructive male influence and
extraordinary mental pressure. Money, power and control can become all
consuming. The lesson is, things are only worth what they are worth if you have
to sell them tomorrow and if it all fell apart tomorrow, what would you rebuild
Michael 11 & 19
Michael is associated with the Sun. His influence extends over everything
concerned with official life and people in positions of power. He rules worldly
ambitions, our physical development and music. He is ranked as the greatest of
angels in Jewish, Christian, Islamic secular and non-secular literature. He is
the angel of repentance, righteousness, mercy and sanctification. He is destined
to be the conqueror of Satan - although Satan is still around. He is the angel
of final reckoning and the weigher of souls so he holds a set of scales in his
hand. A nice correspondence with "what goes around, comes around" and clear
mental purpose as aspects of Justice and The Sun.
Lumiel 0, 9, 10 & 20
These are the Karmic numbers - if a Karmic number occurs in your birthdate
you are under his guardianship. In times of trouble, Lumiel is your Guardian
Angel. The Earth is his planet. He is regarded as a teacher and he can add or
reduce the strength of many factors in your life. These numbers generally
indicate that specific experiences and irrevocable points will occur in your
life - these are generally linked to emotional experiences and they will be
powerful. There will be much more complexity in interpretation of the karmic
numbers. Details and other factors have to be strongly considered because of the
strength of the karmic forces. Don't make foolish choices, seek truth, balance
your karma and lead with your light. Faith, Wisdom, Chance and Resonance will
all be required.
Gabriel - 2, 7, 12, 18
Gabriel is connected to the moon and so has influence over the changing flow
of our fates and fortunes the, same way the moon's gravity controls the tides.
Home, women's physical and domestic affairs are under his guardianship.
Everything in his dominion is concerned with increase. He is the angel of
conception and childbirth as well as those who travel by sea - this blends
nicely with The Chariot and the Moon.
He is also concerned with magic and mysticism. If he is aspected in your
numerology it means you have great imagination and natural clairvoyance - which
tie in with The High Priestess and The Hanged Man - the ability to know without
knowing and the introduction of spirituality.
Sachiel - 14, 18
Sachiel is influenced by Jupiter which concerns social expansion and
prestige, which is usually connected with finances. He rules powerful business
people, lawyers, judges and judicial matters. He helps during financial crises
but he also rules games of chance. If he is your angelic influence you would do
well to bet on 14 and 18. There is tremendous moodiness, emotional slamming
around and a need to persevere while exercising patience. Radiation and sonogram
technologies are also heavily influenced by these numbers.
Raphael - 1, 6, 13
Raphael is the angel of the sun and guardian of the Tree of Life, along with
the Cherubims, in the Garden of Eden. He is an angel of healing, science and
knowledge and is the chief of the angelic order of virtues. He gave Solomon the
magic ring which enabled him to subdue all demons. He is also considered to be
one of the 10 Sephiroth. He has the ability to manifest desires, challenge
relationships and create sudden chaotic endings.
Cassiel - 15, 21
He is concerned with house, property, land, farms, old people, long term
illnesses and aspects of poverty. He could be perceived as an upsetting
influence but if he is aspected strongly it gives you a chance to view life as a
challenge. Many favours will come late in life, so if you suffer in your youth,
your 40's are something to look forward to. Life will never be easy but it will
make you tenacious and doggedly determined to persevere. It will be hard-testing
and people will be extremely dissappointing but you can make it to the top.
There are some interesting connections to the Major Arcana, I will be
expanding on this further but I hope you have enjoyed this. As tarot is also a
tool for personal growth, seeking our own divinity and awareness of our
relationship with our Creator, I think these insights are quite helpful on the
journey through self-knowledge. Just ask God to send you the good angels - "let
go and let God...".
SourcesThe Holy Bible
King James Version
A Dictionary of
Including the fallen angels
By Gustav Davidson (c)
By Sybil Leek
The Oxford Companion to
Edited By: Bruce M. Metzger & Michael D.
"Angels" by Samuel A. Meier
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