The Second Triad

The Second Triad contains other three angelic choirs: Dominions, Virtues and Powers. These divine angels act as heavenly governors.

The Dominions are believed to look like divinely beautiful humans with a pair of feathered wings, much like the common representation of Angels, but they may be distinguished from other groups by wielding orbs of light fastened to the heads of their scepters or on the pommel of their swords.

The Dominions apply the Law of Cause and Effect over the Divine Creation. They are Ministers of God's Justice to the Cosmos and the world. According to Dionysius, they have the duty of regulating the tasks of Angels, and maintain the minute details of cosmic existence, but their main task will always be to preside over nations.

The VIRTUES have as main task the control over all the Elements including the winds, rain, ice, and snow. The Sun, stars, planets, Moon and galaxies, are kept on their divinely appointed routes and are subject to the command of the Virtues. Their secondary task is to perform miracles on behalf of God and to undertake the orders from the superior celestial orders and to transform them into miracles for people. Many people believe the Virtues to be in charge with miracles even though they are not the highest order of angels.

They guide the elemental energies that exist on earth. They monitor nature and guide every component of natural life including the weather. They also assist humans by bestowing grace and valor within our hearts. They give us encouragement to make healthy choices and keep us strong during hardship and suffering. They give us the strength to always turn to the Holy Spirit, especially in our time of need. They can bolster our will and faith so we are able to withstand any hardship or suffering that comes our way. Virtues are attracted to people who always go the extra mile. The ones who never say never! If you are a person who is striving to enlighten and bring harmony to others, you probably have some Virtues around you. The Virtues will carefully listen to the wishes and dreams you articulate and assist you in whatever way they can to make them come true. They are also wonderful healing angels. When you are sick, call on them. They can alleviate the fear humans have about change and the unknown.

The Virtues look like normal angels but their entire body appears blurred and almost transparent. They may appear as sparkling lights and for this reason the Virtues are also known as "The Brilliant Ones" or "The Shining Ones".

The POWERS represent the sixth angelic choir and the last from the Second Triad. They are also called "Potentates". St Dionysius the Aeropagite says that the Powers are considered as "the favorite between the mortals". It is said that the Powers have a dangerous task: to guard all paths between Heaven and Earth. They are on a continuous alert against any intrusion into Heaven or Earth by the Hell's Legions. This is why they are recognized as special "Warrior Angels" against evil and look like warriors. They are the Elite Army of God. „The Powers" have power over the devil, in order to restrain the power of the demons, to repulse the temptations brought upon people by them, and to prevent the demons from harming anyone to the degree that they would wish. The Powers also strengthen the good ascetics in spiritual struggles and labors, protecting them so that they may not be deprived of the spiritual kingdom. They help those wrestling with passions and vices to cast out evil thoughts and slanders of the enemy and to conquer the devil.

Among these tasks, the Powers are also the keepers of history. They also specialize in reducing formulated ideologies into written documents and doctrines. The Powers are academically driven and concerned with ideology, philosophy, theology, religion, and the records that pertain to those studies.

The Powers watch over those who govern countries, cities, congregations, and agencies and will come to their assistance. They are some guardian angels of the leaders.

The Powers are said to be the only order created after the Fall, but from my studies and guidance I know that actually the Devil was the Chief of the Powers before he fell and he was replaced by Archangel Chamuel.