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WATCHERS-Also termed the grigori, a group of angels who figure in Jewish legend; they are reputed to have members who fell onto sin and others who stayed devoted to the cause of the Lord. Originally the watchers were apparently some of the most august angels in all of heaven. They never slept, kept eternal vigilance over heaven, and were some of the tallest beings in all creation. According to the Book of Jubilees (supported to some degree by the First Book of Enoch), they were sent to earth to give instruction to mortals on nature and other knowledge considered useful for them to have by the Lord. Unfortunately several watchers became enamored with human women and so cohabited with them. Their offspring were the nephilim, the giants who were mentioned in the Book of Genesis and who supposedly troubled the world with their cruelty and evil; the nephilim were all but exterminated in the Flood. There is also another group of mighty angels called the watchers. Known in Hebrew as the irin or irin qaddisin, these angels are said in the Third Book of Enoch to number only two and are the close companions of the holy ones. They are greater than all the other angels combined, matched by no other other creatures in the entire heavenly host. They reside directly next to the very throne of God and, with the holy ones, act as the court officials of heaven, debating every case that comes before the blessed throne. The watchers and the holy ones were mentioned in the Book of Daniel (4:17).

WEEK, ANGELS OF THE-The angels who have authority over the seven days of the week-in much the same fashion as there are angels presiding over the planets, hours of the day, and months of the year. The angels give their particular day their special attention and in legend can be invoked to assist a person in some endeavor or need. The angels and their days are reported in The Magus (1801) by Francis Barrett:

WHEELS-The nickname given to the angelic choir or order of thrones. The name derived from the Hebrew word ophanim (later galgallim, "wheels" or "spheres"), itself based on the vivid description of these angels found in the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel (1:13-19). The angels are also called the "many eyed ones."

WIND, ANGEL OF THE-Angels who possess special authority over the winds of the earth. There are generally reputed to be four such angels, one for each point of direction, south, north, east, west, although in the ever-useful Third Book of Enoch Ruhiel is named as being in charge of the wind, with Zaamiel in control of whirlwinds.The Book of Revelation (7:1) speaks of the four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth.

WRATH, ANGELS OF-The name of several fearsome angels, also termed the angels of anger. They were supposedly encountered by Moses during his visit to heaven, as recounted in the Apocryphal Revelation of Moses. According to that work, Moses met them in the seventh heaven. Among those identified as angels of wrath have been Af, Hemah, and Kezef. The Book of Revelation also notes seven angels of wrath who will appear at the time of the Last Judgment.

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