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The Astrological Malachim
The Angels in Your Chart
A Brief Introduction

The Hebrew name we use to describe the astrological angels is 'malachim' (plural). Malach (singular) means 'messenger' and refers to the function of the angels (or 'devas') as transmitters of the divine impulse from the Creator to His Creation (more specifically, in the case of our present study, to His human creation).

The 'divine impulse' is symbolized by the Hebrew letter Yud (י). The Yud emanates from the Creator—represented by the spiritual 'monad' in the case of a human-being—and is carried by the malachim into the realm of human consciousness. The precise nature of the Yud impulse varies from person to person, but all the individualized Yuds are perfectly harmonized and coordinated with the Creator's divine Plan for Humanity.

Symbolically speaking, the transmission of the Yud impulse (Y) occurs through the medium of HVH—the latter completing the sacred formula of Creation: YHVH (called 'the Tetragrammaton'). The HVH portion of the formula reflects the basic structure of an astrological chart. And it's by working with the HVH formula that we eventually come to know the nature of the Yud impulse that's seeking to manifest itself through the medium of our birth-chart (i.e. through the medium of our human incarnation).

Hebrew Astrological
Heh (ה) Zodiac
Vav (ו) Planets
Heh (ה) Houses

The Yud impulse originates beyond the boundary of the Earth's Tropical zodiac. It enters the zodiacal sphere (or circle) like a human sperm penetrating an ovum. As it enters the sphere the impulse is diffracted through the prism of each human monad/soul.

The tropical zodiac represents a 'high frequency band' of planetary consciousness (necessarily including collective Human consciousness) that surrounds the Earth. It expresses the consciousness of the planetary Logos as well as all human souls/monads. The band of the zodiac defines the group-conscious 'environment' in which we exist when out of incarnation—i.e. when we are free of the subjective personality. This is explained astrologically by the fact that when we leave our physical body the circle of houses disappears and all that remains is the tropical zodiac (to which we return).

The existence of all human souls within the field of the tropical zodiac is maintained by the higher malachim (or devas). They can be imagined as lines (or tendrils) of force that extend outward from each monad/soul effectively anchoring it within (and merging it into) the larger zodiacal matrix. In fact, all the malachim in your chart can be thought of as extensions of your own consciousness that project outward (upward and downward) and thereby involve you in all the various levels of planet Earth's body of manifestation. That is why, when we look at the world around us we see a reflection of ourselves, individually and collectively.

The higher malachim (i.e. the zodiacal malachim) receive the creative impulse (from the logos) and carry it to the ten natal planets (representing the ten major faculties of human consciousness). The impulse passes through the ten natal planets and is carried by the lower malachim into the realm of subjective manifestation—that is, the impulse enters into the domain of the twelve terrestrial houses. It's within the astrological houses that the creative 'Yud' impulse assumes its ultimate (and most material) manifestation.

The lower malachim involve and focus our consciousness within the three lowest planes of Being: the lower mental, astral, and physical planes. In other words, the lower malachim embody the expression of the human personality vehicle—an expression that manifests within the context of the twelve houses. The twelve houses represent an interface that's established (via the lower malachim) between our incarnate subjective consciousness and the greater planetary (or collective) consciousness that infuses the Earth sphere.

An astrological birth-chart clearly delineates the three stages of Yud manifestation in its arrangement of the ten natal planets within (and between) the astrological signs and houses. We have only to look at an individual's natal horoscope to see the entry points (and paths of descent) of the diffracted Yud impulse as it flows from the zodiac, passes through the ten planets, and finally enters the twelve-fold circle of terrestrial houses.

The names of the malachim with whom we are working (and who are intimately attached to us in this life-time) are written in our astrological birth-charts. But in order to read those names we must convert the astrological symbols in our chart into their Hebrew equivalents. The translation key is found in the ancient Hebrew metaphysical treatise called The Sefer Yetzirah (or Book of Formation). In that book, the astrological signs and planets are ascribed to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Here is the key in tabulated form...


The Hebrew letters assigned to the twelve houses are the same as those associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac. Aries (ה) corresponds with the 1st house, Taurus (ו) with the 2nd house, etc. In the table above, the English letter equivalents are given directly below the Hebrew.

I'll use my own birth-chart as an example to demonstrate the procedure for determining the names of the astrological malachim in your chart.


The astrological chart above displays the ten major planets arranged in the twelve houses. The outermost twelve-fold circle represents the sphere of the Tropical zodiac.

When we convert the astrological symbols in my chart to their Hebrew counterparts we can construct the following diagram...


The red outer circle (or band) contains Hebrew letters corresponding to particular signs of the zodiac. The middle blue circle signifies the realm of the ten natal planets. The red innermost circle represents the terrestrial houses. Not all of the twelve signs and houses are assigned Hebrew letters in the diagram—only those that are occupied by natal planets. The so-called 'empty' signs/houses are in fact also occupied by malachim, but they're what we call secondary malachim, and are not discussed in this brief introduction.

Here's the diagram in English...


The diagram above provides us with all the information we need to determine the names of the twenty primary malachim who inhabit my astrological chart, and who therefore indwell my consciousness. Here follows a table of the ten malachim formulae that are encoded in my natal chart...


The names of the angels are determined using the ten malachim formulae. The names of the ten higher (i.e. zodiacal) malachim are derived using the first two letters of each formula. The names of the ten lower (i.e. house) malachim are derived using the last two letters of each formula. Here follows a table of the names of the higher malachim in my birth-chart.


And here are the names of the lower malachim in my chart...


You will notice that I've added the traditional AL (אל) suffix to the names of the angels. And I've also included the Malachim alphabet transliterations of the names.

The 'Mishkan' column lists the names of the 'astral domains' in which the angels can be contacted. They're a little bit like the Aethyrs of Enochian magic. Each mishkan is the abode of one higher and one lower malach (along with numerous other astral entities). Visiting the mishkanot (plural) during meditation provides an opportunity for you to interact with your higher and lower malachim.

The higher malachim transmit the Yud impulse from one of the twelve zodiacal signs to one of the ten natal planets. The two Hebrew letters that compose the name of each higher malach reflect the descending flow of the Yud impulse from zodiacal sign to natal planet. Similarly, the two Hebrew letters composing the names of each of the lower malachim reflect the deeper descent of the Yud impulse from one of the ten natal planets into one of the twelve terrestrial houses. The AL suffix appended to the name of each malach merely identifies it as an angel of God.

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Patrick Mulcahy
21 August, 2011