The Principalities (Principality for one), also known as Princes, Princedoms or Rulers, are the third choir of the third Angelic Sphere.
Principalities are enormous as they are said to make up entire planes with their bodies. They are shown wearing a crown and carrying a scepter, with massive metallic wings of a dimly gold color. They also are shown to be wearing humanoid masks of various silver and gold colors, and rarely do they ever reveal their faces.
They are strong in performing miracles, in attracting the celestial gifts and in redistributing them after receiving them. It is said that at the end of the world the powers of the heavens will be disrupted, because for their activity wonderful things will be accomplished on the elements.
They are those who possess a sovereign character with power of command within the divine order. Principalities collaborate with the Powers in the management of human politics, receiving orders directly from the Dominions Angels. In the Kabbalah, they inhabit the sephirah Netzach and rule over love and beauty, with Anael being their leader.
These Angels guide and protect nations, or groups of people, and institutions such as the Church. The Principalities preside over bands of angels and charge them with fulfilling the divine ministry. There are some who administer and some who assist. They are usually controlled by the chief angel Erebiel.
Their duty also is said to be to carry out the orders given to them by the angels of the upper sphere and bequeath blessings to the material world. Their task is to oversee groups of people. It was from this Order that the Angel who aided David in his task of slaying Goliath was thought to have come. As beings related to the world of the germinal ideas, they are said to inspire living things to many things such as art or science.
Together with the Archangels, they are in close and continuous contact with men, designating and choosing individuals suitable for governing, administering and fostering trade and military affairs. Every region, province, nation, city or village has its own Principality. While still absolutely pure, wise, and powerful, these angels are furthest from God in the angelic hierarchy, and so are better able to communicate with man in ways we can understand and even withstand.