1. Religion & Spirituality

How Does Angel Michael Represent Hod (Glory) on Kabbalah's Tree of Life?


tree of life Kabbalah

In Kabbalah, the Tree of Life illustrates how God and his angels are at work in the universe with creative power, including Hod (glory and splendor).

"Tree of Life" by Rodrigotebani, public domain
Question: How Does Angel Michael Represent Hod (Glory) on Kabbalah's Tree of Life?

On the Tree of Life in Kabbalah (also called "Qabala"), archangels Michael and Raphael work together to oversee the sephirot called "Hod" which means glory and splendor. Here's how Michael represents the quality of Hod in the universe:


Fighting for God's Glory to Prevail

Michael, who leads God's holy angels in spiritual battles between good and evil every day, represents the part of Hod that exemplifies the importance of fighting for God's glory to prevail over sin that can obscure it in this fallen world, believers say.

In her book The Temple of High Magic: Hermetic Initiations in the Western Mystery Tradition, Ina Cüsters-van Bergen writes: "Archangel Michael is the ruling archangel of Hod. ... He is the angel who is connected with the defense of light and truth. Michael is the angel who conquers Satan during the War in Heavens. He is also called the Prince of the Light. ... Michael leads the souls of the justified ones to the eternal light. His major qualities are protection, perfection, and power."

"The Archangel of Hod is Michael, the great Guardian who holds at bay the forces of the Underworld," writes Gareth Knight in his book A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism. "This archangel is the one to be called upon when assaulted by danger or unbalanced force of any nature, including the uprush of averse and demonic aspects within oneself."

People who are meditating on Michael's role expressing Hod often picture him with fire. "The Element of fire is that Element which transmutes forms to a higher level and so is associated with Michael by reason of the fact that he deals similarly with unregenerate forms and forces," Knight writes. "Fire is the purging Element as Michael is the purging Archangel."

Helping People Discover God's Will

As Michael inspires people to focus on God's beauty, they can discover more about the splendor of God's will for their lives.

"Michael teaches about the development of will, to stand fearless in the face of danger when doing our divine will," writes Christopher Penczak in his book Ascension Magick: Ritual, Myth & Healing for the New Aeon. "Modern practitioners call upon him to release unwanted spirit attachments during healing sessions. Qabalistically, Michael has been associated with both the sphere of Tiphareth (Sun) and of Hod (Mercury). Most texts say he rules one sphere and co-rules the other, jointly with Raphael, showing his association with healing."

In his book Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls: Tools for Ancient Scrying & Modern Seership, Ted Andrews writes that, while expressing Hod, Michael can give people information about: "Truth and dishonesty, communication, business wheeling and dealing, education, scientific knowledge and endeavors."

Knight writes in A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism that "... ignorance is the breeding ground of much evil, and that ignorance is dispersed by the light of the mind in Hod. Thus the attribution of Michael, the Disperser of the Forces of Darkness, is a correct one."

Working With Raphael

Archangel Michael and archangel Raphael work together as a team to express Hod in the world, say believers.

"There are two archangels attributed to Hod: Raphael and Michael," writes Ellen Cannon Reed in her book The Witches Qabala: The Pagan Path and the Tree of Life. "Hod is situated directly below Geburah, home of Khamael, defender of the wronged and protector of the weak. Michael is also a defender, especially on psychic planes. Raphael, however, is the healer of psychic wounds, and of Air, which represents the intellect. He, therefore, has a rightful place in this sphere. The striving for knowledge can place us in danger, psychically, and it is good at these times to have mighty Michael on your side. Should these explorations result in psychic hurts, however, it is good to have Raphael. The archangel you invoke depends, again, on the work you are doing."

  1. About.com
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. Angels & Miracles
  4. Angels in Religious Texts
  5. Kabbalah Angels
  6. Angel – Archangel - Michael - Tree of Life – Sephirot - Kabbalah - Qabala - Hod - Glory - Splendor - Raphael

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.