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Zaphkiel (Hebrew: צפקיאל‎‎), also written as Jafkiel, Japhkiel, Tzaphkiel, Zafkiel, Zafchial, Zaphchial, Zaphiel or Zelel, is an archangel. His name means "God's knowledge". He is sometimes equated with Jophiel/Zophiel, but other times considered to be a different angel.[1] Zaphkiel is "chief of the order of thrones and one of the 9 angels that rule Heaven; also one of the 7 archangels."[1] He can watch people when they need to make important decisions and when they need to put them into words for others. If they are unsure of the words, he will help them to make the message more clear. He is associated with the planet Saturn.[1]

In fiction[edit]

Zaphkiel has been adapted for several pieces of modern fiction:


  1. ^ a b c Davidson, Gustav (1971) [1967]. A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels. New York: Free Press.