Summary: Each of the seven celestial Councils of Light are presided over by a Father
and Mother Ahman, appointed as King and Queen over their Council and Celestial domain
(B:28:80-81; W:24:20; 1:1:25-27). Serving under the Supreme Father and Mother of
the Council are seven representatives from both the Matriarchy and the Patriarchy.
In the House of Archons (Patriarchal), the highest position under the Father Ahman
is designated as the Chief Archon. In the House of Valhaladea (Matriarchal), the
highest position under the Mother Ahman is the Chief Aretakai. These positions are
always filled by a Beloved husband and wife (1:1:11-12), and can be correlated to
that of “Prince” and “Princess” (W:2:8; W:16:1-3; E:10:33). The rank and position
of the seven leading Arch-Angels is determined (in part) by seniority (W:16:45).
In the Council of Elohim, the position of Chief Archon was originally held by Shaemdiel
(E:1:26; E:10:33; 5:5:39-47; 5:14:11-12). However, in the midst of his rebellion,
Shaemdiel was removed from his position and replaced by his younger brother, Michael
(E:8:26-28; E:9:42-43; B:2:1-39).
Michael and his Beloved, Sher-el, preside as the Chief Archon and Chief Aretakai
of the Council of Elohim. One of the responsibilities of the Chief Archon is to determine
when to initiate the first dispensation on a mortal world, so that the spirit children
of the Emmanuel and Sophiel may begin incarnating into mortal life (see: House of
El Shalon / El Shaloah). It is the Chief Archon and his Beloved who assume mortal
form, and descend to the mortal world to walk among the native, evolutionary humans
as the Adamilus and Evelah (Adam and Eve). In addition to launching the first dispensation,
the Chief Archon oversees the remaining six dispensations and the Arch-Angels which
preside over them (W:16:43-46).
Azrael’s Commentary contains a single reference to the seven leading Archons of each
Council as “Chief Archons”:
“...There are 115 permanent members on the Council of the Seven Lights. These members
are the Ahmans of each council, plus the seven Chief Archons, both Patriarchal and
Matriarchal, of each council. The Seraphim elect only one member to represent all
the tribes of the Seraphim on the Council of Seven Lights. Over this sublime quorum
presides The One and Areta.”[...]
AZC - Councils of Light; para. 5
Scripture refers to the seven presiding Archons as ‘mighty ones’ or ‘captains’ (W:2:38).