Jacob's Wheel
Angelic Hosts

"...the deva [i.e. 'angelic'] evolution is of equal importance to that of the human. These devas are many in number, are of involutionary and evolutionary nature, and of all grades and types. Ruling over them on the physical plane is the great deva Kshiti. He is a deva of rank and power equal to a Chohan of a Ray; He presides over everything outside the human kingdom upon the physical plane, and He has for His council the four subordinate deva lords of the four etheric levels. He, with these subordinate devas, presides over a subsidiary council of seven devas [the seven Flames, or Seraphim?] who handle all that concerns the deva evolution, and the work of the greater and the lesser builders.

"The deva Ruler of the fourth, or lowest ether [corresponding with the Earth element], has delegated a member of His council to meet with certain of the Masters at this time for two specific purposes, first, to see whether the approximation of the two lines of evolution, human and deva, might be now tentatively permitted, and, secondly, to reveal some of the methods of healing and the causes of physical disability which are inherent in the etheric double."

[From: A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, by Alice Bailey. Pp. 911-912]
[Bracketed text and highlights are my own.]

It is thought that the 'devas' mentioned by Master Djwhal Khul (i.e. in the quote above and elsewhere) include the angelic hosts associated with Jacob's Wheel.

The diagram below tabulates the first three major divisions of the angelic hierarchy of Ophanim. The angelic names included in the diagram are derived from the Jacob's Wheel master mandala which latter is thought to be a communication device linking the Ophanim with Humanity.

The Ophanim (or 'Wheels') are angels associated with (what has become known as) the 'divine chariot' in the vision of Ezekiel. They govern especially the karmic cycles of humanity and are said to be the dispensers of God's judgement.

There are four basic levels of hierachy expressed by Jacob's Wheel...

  1. 7 Ophan Lords (also called: Aish, 'flames')
  2. 21 Chief Ophanim (also called: Galgalim, 'wheels')
  3. 147 Ophan Angels (also called: Yadoth, 'spokes')
  4. 441 Lesser Ophanim (also called: Oyinim, 'eyes')

Note: In the Sefer Yetzirah these angels are referred to as follows:

  1. Serafim, ('burning ones')
  2. Ophanim, ('wheels')
  3. Holy Chayot, ('holy living creatures')
  4. Malaki Shorath ('ministering angels')

[See: Sefer Yetzirah 1:12.]

The Seven Aish ('Flames')

The seven 'Flames' are associated with the Fire element (Heb. letter: Shin, ש) and collectively rule over the entire Jacob's Wheel scheme. More specifically, each one of the Flames rules over one of the seven major spokes of the Jacob's Wheel master mandala.

The seven Flames are located in the central 'key' mandala of Jacob's Wheel and govern the scheme from that central location.

"And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire." [Ezekiel 1:4]

This quote from Ezekiel describes a central fire ('infolding upon itself') surrounded by a 'brightness'. It is an image that symbolises quite nicely the function of the central 'key' mandala of Jacob's Wheel.

The key mandala is an engine, fueled by spiritual Fire (Shin), that turns the surrounding Wheel about itself simultaneously in two opposing directions.

Another quote from Ezekiel that symbolically hints at the function of the seven Flames is:

"As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [was] like burning coals of fire, [and] like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning." [Ezekiel 1:13]

This image emphasises the process whereby the spiritual fire of Shin (in the symbolic form of lightning) shoots forth out of the central key mandala and infuses the surrounding rings and spokes of Jacob's Wheel.

In the Jacob's Wheel scheme Shin represents the movement of the 'fiery serpent' (i.e. kundalini) and in this context each of the seven Aish oversees the evolution of one of the seven major chakras (i.e. as symbolised by the seven spokes of Jacob's Wheel).

The Twenty-one Galgalim ('Wheels')

The 21 'Wheels' are naturally divided into three groups of seven (and also seven groups of three). Each group is associated with a different element: Air (Heb. letter: Aleph, א), Water (Heb. letter: Mem, מ), and Earth (Heb. letter: Tav, ת).

Each Galgal rules over one of the 21 mandalas that occupy the three rings and seven spokes of the Jacob's Wheel master mandala.

"The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel." [Ezekiel I:16]

This quote develops the theory that there are actually four Jacob's Wheel master mandalas, each one corresponding to one of the four wheels of the four 'living creatures' (Heb: Chioth) and the four elements: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.

The master mandala that we use as our main template is the Fire mandala (associated with the Lion Chiah). This master mandala has the Hebrew letter Shin (representing the Fire element) at its center. The other three master mandalas have their elemental Hebrew letters also located at their centers—Mem, Aleph, and Tav. They are associated with the Eagle, Man, and Bull Chioth respectively.

The geometric design of the Jacob's Wheel master mandala closely resembles 'a wheel in the middle of a wheel' as do its smaller component mandalas that together constitute the larger construct. The names of the twenty-one Galgal angels are derived by combining the Hebrew letters at the centre of these smaller mandalas.

The 147 Yadoth ('Spokes')

The 147 'Spokes' are also divided by elemental attribution into three natural groups with 49 angels in each group, and within those three divisions they are further sub-divided into seven groups of seven angels.

"The four wheels had rims and they had spokes..." [Ezekiel I:18]

This quote from Ezekiel assumes a corruption of the original Hebrew text. The verse is usually translated as: "As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful...".

Evidence points in this verse towards an unintentional substitution of the Hebrew letter Resh for the original Daleth, and for Heh accidentally put in place of the original Tav.

[For more information see: http://www.bible.org/netbible/. Ezekiel I. Note #36.]

The names of the 147 Yadoth are derived from the letters on the spokes of the 21 component mandalas of Jacob's Wheel plus the central letter of each mandala. This makes the 147 'Spoke' angels similar in nature to the highest order of Ophanim called the Aish, but of course, the Yadoth operate within a dimension below that of the seven Aish.

The 441 Oyinim ('Eyes')

Each of the 147 Ophan angels (Yadoth) has three Lesser Ophanim (Oyinim) under its command. These 441 lesser angels are responsible for overseeing the 441 phases of the Jacob's Wheel master cycle and can be evoked during their respective phases when assistance is required.

In order to determine the timing of your Jacob's Wheel phases, as well as the Oyin presiding over each one, you can download and use my free Jacob's Wheel Calculator program available here.

"The four wheels had rims and they had spokes; and their rims were full of eyes round about." [Ezekiel I:18]

If you look at the Jacob's Wheel master mandala (and component mandalas) you will see that the three rings (or 'rims') of each mandala (or 'wheel') are covered in Hebrew letters suggesting the 'eye' ('oyin') symbolism of the above verse of Ezekiel.

The Ophanim 'run and return' meaning that they move in both directions—from Heaven to Earth, and from Earth to Heaven.

"And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning." [Ezekiel I:14.]

The involutionary Ophanim are associated with the Tree of Life's 'Pillar of Severity' and they provide a facility through which spirit involves itself with matter (producing 'consciousness').

The evolutionary Ophanim are associated with the 'Pillar of Mercy' and they aid and faciltate the evolution of consciousness in matter (i.e. towards spirit).

Due to a lack of space I have only included the first three angelic levels in the diagram. The 441 Oyinim (Eyes) are listed here however.

If you would like to download a print-ready full-size Jacob's Wheel wall-chart please click the following: Astrological Version, Kabbalistic Version.