Summary: In the Celestial Kingdom of Heaven, each of the seven Councils of Light
is organized into seven Houses, with each House containing within itself twelve Quorums
(AZC — Elohim). The twelve quorums carry out all the duties, functions and responsibilities
of each House within their given mandate. While the same Houses and the Quorums exist
throughout all seven Councils of Light, the mandates of each vary according to the
Council (see diagram below).
The seven Houses are grouped into three ‘Holy Orders of Ascension’. The First Order
is associated with the Council’s chief planet. The Second Order is associated with
the Council’s chief sun, while the Third Order pertains to the entire Celestial galaxy,
referred to as Kolob. Shown below are the seven Houses of Heaven and the Order to
which each House corresponds, *as pertaining to the Council of Elohim (E:3:1-4).
On Jeruel did the Elohim gather, in Salem of Merigoth did the Lords and Gods assemble
themselves in solemn array.
Before the throne of Ahman did the congregations of Heaven draw nigh; and there was
foremost among them the House of Archons and the House of Valhaladea, being made
after the Order of Kolob.
And there were also added unto these the House of Shevas and the House of Sabaoth,
being in their fashion made after the Order of Xanathea.
To these also were gathered the House of El Shalon and the House of El Shaloah, and
the House of Mithron, being of themselves fashioned after the Order of Jeruel.
Seeing then the gathering of the seven houses, Ahman rose up to speak; and standing
upon the porch of the temple, he spoke to the assembly, saying: “To you, O children
of Light, give forth an eager heart, and be you filled with holy expectation. [...]
Decide therefore, what we the Elohim should rightly do; that in each house of this
our glory, the quorums of God might act as one in all holiness and joy; being each
to each bound by love and gentle wisdom whereby we might serve well this Heaven which
Thus did Ahman speak, and Galendriel rose to stand beside her sweet Beloved, and
she spoke, saying: “How speak the Lords and Gods of Eloheim regarding the words of
Ahman? Will you give assent?”
Then did each house rise up to give assent; first from the House of Valhaladea did
all the women rise up to say: “Amen!” Then in like manner rose the House of Archons,
and with a mighty shout they cried: “Amen!” And each house according to their order
and standing rose up to give assent.
And hearing all these things, Galendriel spoke again, saying: “Let then the Mothers
rise up and in your quorums deliberate on these things.” And immediately did all
the women rise up of one accord, each going forth to gather unto their quorum, according
to their house.
Again did Galendriel speak, saying: “Let then the Fathers rise up and in your quorums
deliberate on all these things.” And in like manner did all the men of Elohim rise
up as one, each seeking out his quorum according to their house.
5th Endowment 5:3, 9-13
[...] “The office of Soul of the Just Made Perfect is an initiatory office, and those
who achieve this first step along the path of exaltation are often referred to as
the ‘Initiates of Glory’. Here you first learn what it means to work among the Gods
of Elohim. It is literally, on the job training.
Not only will you be called upon to supervise the work of the Teraphim, you will
be required to spend a great deal of time working with each of the Seven Houses of
Heaven in order to more thoroughly familiarize yourself with the full scope of Heaven’s
many and varied endeavors. This is much like an internship which is meant to give
you a working knowledge of each House’s function and of their inter-locking relationship
to each other.”
Azrael’s Commentary — El Shalon & El Shaloah (House of): 1. Soul of the Just Made
Perfect, para. 1-2