The First Heaven:
Name: Shamayim or Wilon
Etymology: From a root word meaning "lofty height" or "sky." Shamayim literally means "The
Heavens" or "The Skies." Wilon (Vilon) means "curtain" or "veil." It also directly implies cloud
cover or atmosphere, coming from 'Sham'-'mayim', meaning: "there is water."
Ruler: Levannah (Gabriel)
Governors: Sidriel and Hasidel
Function: The lowest Heaven which borders this world. It is the firmament, or atmosphere &
acts as a veil covering. This is where those angels who work directly with the world (or perhaps,
physical universe), and its creatures. It is a border which is passed when traveling between the
higher spheres of Heaven to Earth. It is where the upper waters, clouds and winds are held.
These are all held, according to Enoch, in a "great sea" which connects to a river in which fire
flows like water that stretches throughout the upper Heavens, ending at the foot of God's throne
as the "lake of fire." The land is said to be shimmering, and "seven times brighter than silver."
Time in the Shamayim is regulated to reflect our reality, and there are hours and days in this
Heaven that flow naturally, though they can be manipulated by the inhabitants such as the
Watchers, who can speed or slow moments on Earth for their observation.
Inhabitants: Primarily those in the choir of Angels and Archangels. All guardian angels and
lunar angels spend much of their time here under the authority of Gabriel. The astronomy
angels or "Rah" (guardians / personifications) of the stars dwell within the First Heaven, as do
the "Rah" of snow, ice and dew. The 200 Watchers which were called "Grigori" who came to
Earth and corrupted mankind were stationed in the Shamayim as well. It is also the eternal
home of Adam and Eve. All stars, planets and galaxies are found in this Heaven along with
their ruling angels.
The Second Heaven:
Etymology: Most accurately translated as "expanse", though the Hebrew word for
is similar and often considered a translation.
Ruler: Labbiel (Raphael)
Governors: Barakiel and Zacharael
Function: Dwelling place of the chariot / palaces of the Sun (where solar angels dwell) and
also of Christ & John the Baptist. This Sphere of Heaven has an almost direct line to Gehenna,
the borders of Hell, where those of the fallen who can be saved are kept in darkness awaiting
judgement (according to Enoch this includes the fallen Grigori, though they are also said to be
imprisoned in the 6th Heaven). According to Jewish mysticism, this connection between
Heaven and Hell is used by the order of restoration/healing angels known as the Labbim to
retrieve the lost who wish to be pure but can not save themselves. As the angel of restoration,
Raphael (Labbiel) is the governing prince of the Labbim and is primarily stationed here where
several Labbimic temples throughout the Raqui'a are used by the inhabitants of Heaven to
keep their purity. The sun rises and sets here as it does on Earth, revealing the night sky stars
of the First Heaven (Though time is said to be somewhat different, in the Raquia, from our
reality and the Shamayim).
Inhabitants: Solar angels and Principalites, who govern regions of the Earth and properties
of creation. The angels who govern Earthly elements, called the Af. Although some Malachim
of the choir of angels work here, they inhabit the First Heaven primarily. Dominions, the angels
who distribute charges to angels of lesser choirs can sometimes be found here. Angels of fury
and wrath were once kept here, but are now in the 5th Heaven. Nuriel and his host of 50 angels
"composed of fire and water" once dwelled here, but are usually found in the 6th Heaven.
The Third Heaven:
Name: Sagun or Shehaqim
Etymology: Shehaqim Sagun (Sakun) is a variation of the word "shakhan" which means, "to
dwell (in)" or "home." In Akkadian, shakan meant "place of peace" or "perfection" and was
synonymous with paradise.
Shehaqim is derived from the root "shachaq" which means "small dust ground from the skies"
from the older form of "shakh'ak", meaning: "to grind, beat, or wear down". It has been
translated as mist, clouds, or ash smoke as it can indicate any extension of the firmament...
However, it is most likely a term referring to the manna production of this Heaven, where the
substance is made by refining through attrition by grindstones. The term "shehaqim" is most
commonly used in Hebrew to refer to "clouds" or "grindstones."
Governors: Azrael and Baradiel
Function: This heaven is the spiritual resting place of the garden of Eden, where it borders on
the 5th Heaven. Shehaqim, like the Raqui'a, also borders on Gehenna just north of Eden. The
flaming river runs through this sphere and separates Hell from paradise along a desolate
expanse of cold and ice. Here, according to Enoch, was the original habitations of the angels
of retribution and wrath, who bound & punished the wicked. In paradise, angels under the
authority of Michael carry and store manna (brought from the 4th Heaven) as bees store honey
(these angels are actually often referred to as actual manna producing bees). The manna is
also refined through a pair of vast millstones and made into a fine powder (hence the name for
the heaven: "Shehaqim" ). According to St. Paul, the heaven has a gate of golden pillars and is
the dwelling place of Enoch the scribe. Three hundred angels of light accompany him there and
guard the orchards of paradise which stretch into the 5th Heaven and include the Tree of Life.
Time in the Shehaqim somewhat resembles time in the 2nd Heaven, though it is more unstable
and can be faster or slower (less linear) than time in our reality.
Inhabitants: The "shining ones" who guard the gates of Eden. Those cherubim who guard the
Tree of Life. Many Arelim are stationed here as well as Michael's angels of manna. Most
angels of the choir of Powers make their home in the Shehaqim, where they administer control
over the borders of Gehenna. Dominions are often working between the 4th and 6th Heavens,
and so are found here also. By name: Zotiel, Zefon, Johiel, and Azrael dwell here.
The Fourth Heaven:
Name: Machanon (Machen) or Zebhul (Zevul)
Etymology: Machanon comes from the root word "makhon", and means "central site", "base"
or "foundation." Zebhul means "the innermost part of a house" or roughly "home/temple."
Because it is a name for Heaven, in Akkadian it was roughly translated to mean "high place" or
Ruler: Michael or Phanuel (equated Ariel & Uriel in unison)
Governors: Anael and Zahakiel
Function: The center-most Heaven. Zebhul runs into the Shehaqim (3rd Heaven), so that the
garden of Eden is at its borders. The Tree of Understanding (knowledge of good and evil) is
held here in a great orchard, along with, according to Enoch, the Tree of Life. (Most accounts
place the Tree of Life surrounded by Cherubim within the 3rd Heaven, with the Tree of
Understanding in Zebhul where it is guarded by Azrael.) Also in Zebhul is the site of the
Heavenly Jerusalem and the Temple and altar of God, all prepared for the saints and the souls
of the righteous who are spared after judgement. The city is made of gold, encircled by 12
gated walls each with its own tower, and surrounded by four rivers of honey, milk, wine and oil
respectively. The geography of this Heaven is peculiar, as it has no defined borders but
stretches from the 5th Heaven to the 3rd. Its boundaries are defined by the Tree of Knowledge
which stands in the orchard of Eden (which is divided between the 3rd Heaven and Zebhul),
and the outskirts of the New Jerusalem which run into a great ocean that borders the prisons in
the 5th Heaven. This sea stretches into a river which runs through the 5th Heaven and another
which runs into the 3rd to cross into Eden (some say it is the river called Pison). The 4th
Heaven is the domain of duality (sometimes this title is credited to the 6th Heaven) and the
seat of time (and inevitability). It acts as a clock which keeps time in Heaven (although, in the
Machanon, time stands still like at the eye of a storm). Time, as we would see it is then
completely based on will and personal perception of its inhabitants, and events do not occur in
a definable linear pattern (this is true of the 6th and 7th Heaven as well). The chariots of the sun
& moon cross the 4th Heaven drawn by winds shaped like a phoenix and a brazen serpent,
with faces like lions and lower parts like that of Leviathan. When the phoenix chariot crosses
the sky, Ariel governs this Heaven, and when the serpent is above the Heaven is ruled by Uriel.
Together they are equated with the angel Phanuel, and they regulate time as it is experienced
in the Heavens.
Inhabitants: Azrael and the "shining ones" who guard the gates of Eden. Primarily Arelim, Af
(elemental property angels) and angels of time. Most of the choir of Dominions make their
home in the Zebhul. Mohammed, Melchizedek and Enoch are among the earthly prophets who
live here. Other saints who are charged with preparing the new Jerusalem are said to dwell
here, though it is also said that no souls of men can cross the borders of the 3rd Heaven.
The Fifth Heaven:
Name: Mathey or Machon or Ma'on
Etymology: Mathey comes from the word Mattithiah, which means "gift of the hand of God."
Machon comes from the root word "makhon", and means "central site", "base" or "foundation."
Ma'on is a variant of Mavon/Mahon and means "habitation."
Governors: Sammael and Arioch/Orion
Function: In the north of this Heaven (and crossing into the next) is where the prisons holding
the Grigori are stationed. Af, an angel of anger, is chained in black and red fire along with the
other Avenging angels who are held here to protect the world from their fury. In and around
these prisons are great mountains of black crystal and living pillars of flame. In the South,
multitudes of angels gather to sing the Trisagion through the night, which is said to be both the
source of the vibrations in the universe and also a song of praise to God. At dawn, the
Trisagion ceases, allowing God to hear the worlds praises and petitions. It is said that the
Trisagion is also used to soothe those angels bound in their fury within the prisons. Sammael
was once the ruler of this sphere, although having now fallen from grace, it is ruled by another
angel of matter and power, Sandalphon. This Heaven is the source of direction in the universe,
and holds the four winds and the four towers which mark the cardinal points.
Inhabitants: The Powers and the Archangels, who are in charge of guarding the prisons of
the angels. The Guardians of the Towers of the Four cardinal points. Also, the avenging angels
and the ministering angels. According to the prophet Zephaniah, an order of Dominions known
as the Lords are found here. The angel Salamiel and Na'ahayael are guardians of the Grigori
who are imprisoned in Mathey. (Though there may be some confusion behind this, as Salamiel
is also known as a Grigori himself).
The Sixth Heaven:
Name: Zebul or Makhon
Etymology: Zebul means "the innermost part of a house" or roughly "home/temple." Because
it is a name for Heaven, in Akkadian it was roughly translated to mean "high place" or
"mansion." Makhon means "central site", "base" or "foundation."
Ruler: Tzadkiel and Gabriel
Governors: Sabath and Zebul
Function: As with the 4th Heaven, the 6th is also called a domain of duality, where the turning
of day and night change its properties and rulership. By day, Sabath (who rules under Tzadkiel)
is the governor, and by night it is Zebul (who rules under Gabriel). By Sabath, the Heaven is
primarily concerned with justice and order in severity, by Zebul, the Heaven's properties are
mercy, endurance and understanding. This Heaven houses a great university where scholarly
angels gather to study God's properties through recording and debting on astronomy, time,
ecology, change and humankind. It is guarded by seven phoenixes and seven Cherubim who
sing the Trisagion. It also holds at its central courtyard, a statue made of a substance like snow
and fire, which is the likeness of the first angel (Beqa/Lucifer), once called the Guardian Angel
of Heaven and Earth. In addition to this university, the borders of this Heaven hold the prisons
which extend from the 5th Heaven, and a repository of natural disasters such as hurricanes,
plagues, earthquakes, and floods are kept, as well as snow, hailstones, dew and rain with
chambers of storms and caves of fog. Nuriel, a great angel of the order of Powers, and his
host guard a vast stretch of gates which lead to all points in the universe (or abyss). At the
borders of this Heaven (or its center), a great rift divides it from the great walls of the 7th
Heaven. A bridge, called the Daath (or Haalath / Daalath), stretches across the rift (which is
sometimes described as abysmal and sometimes called a flaming river) to the gated wall.
Inhabitants: The Powers and the Archangels, who are in charge of guarding the prisons of
the angels. Also, the Dominions and Tafsarim (an order of Virtues), along with other scholarly
angels. Ischim and guardian angels who learn in the university also dwell there temporarily. The
Seven Phoenixes and Seraphim, Nuriel and his host. The 10 judges of Heaven, including the
great twin angels called the Irin & the Quadisin are said to be stationed here also.
The Seventh Heaven:
Etymology: Can be translated from the root words for "sweet/pleasant" and "west" (as in a
specific place), or from the roots OrbTh, meaning "mixed matter." The word is most modernly
translated as "plains" or "desert", signifying an empty expanse that holds life behind an
apparent lack of abundance (so appearing both barren & full, holding both many things and
nothing). "Araboth" is also commonly translated to mean "clouds", indicating the mixture of air
& water. Again, as in the plains or desert, the clouds 'appear' to be empty, but are actually
Aeon: Nathanael or Beqa (Lucifer)
Function: The seat of God and the center of creation. This Heaven is of unique structure.
Surrounded by a great rift, it appears as a city or tower whose walls are unscalable, but it is
surrounded by doors (each gated). The Heaven itself is circular, sectioned into 7 Heavenly
halls all leading to its central throne, resembling an Ophanim (in the shape of a spoked wheel).
It contains 3 parts (which is where the 10 Heaven system likely comes from), The rooms (or
river of fire) between hallways where the Shekinah dwells form the outer ring, the Heavenly
throne room in a central ring, and the Ga'ar, a great curtain behind the Throne which none but
God can pass through (the innermost ring). All three are said to be immeasurable in
perception, making them appear as individual worlds or Heavens. God is seated on his throne
- made of, suspended & surrounded by Cherubim, Seraphim and Ophanim. He is usually
accompanied by Metatron (or some other herald) and at least 1 of the angels of the Presence
(Aeons) at all times.
Inhabitants: The majority of Seraphim and Cherubim, as well as many Ophanim in the form of
wheels. The angels of the Presence (Aeons or Seven Archangels). Metatron and Cassiel, who
dwells in his home within Araboth's walls. The Hayyoth and the Prophets/Saints. The spirits of
creatures not yet born are held here within the wellspring of the river of fire (called the "nahar
shel esh" in Hebrew, and the "nahar di nur" in Aramaic). The angel of divine law (who serves
under Danyael), named Zagzguel, also dwells here, where he serves as a scholarly angel by
observing the presence of God.
~Ariel of Megadriel~