Cadres & Entities

A cadre is a group of about seven thousand souls. It is divided into seven entities of about a thousand souls each. Each person is a member of an entity and its cadre. A cadre contains essences of all seven roles, but within an individual entity, two to four roles are usually represented. Other members of our entity could be likened to our brothers and sisters, while members of other entities of our cadre could be compared to our first cousins, or our peers in the local community.


Each entity carries a distinct vibration. Like a flavor or color, it can be hard to define in words what it is, but it can be recognized. Entities, which could be called “spiritual families,” are not unlike biological families, in which every member is unique, but carries the stamp of the family. Some people have learned to identify the vibration of many entities—they can meet someone and know that he is in a particular entity. Furthermore, there are “strains” within an entity, people who share even more particular qualities—they can even look alike. Again, it is similar to a family, where some members may share a common laugh, smile, walk, idiosyncrasy, or even look strikingly alike, although not everyone in the family does.

There is one entity whose members I often feel both attracted to and nervous around. Michael told me that in consecutive past lives, I experienced painful rejections from two members of that entity, and I now unconsciously equate members of that entity with rejection, which brings up in me a longing to be accepted by them, particularly with my goal of acceptance. Being conscious of this pattern is helping me neutralize it.

One entity with which I am familiar has a number of strong women who are currently into wearing short, spiky “punk” haircuts. Members of my entity tend to be at least a little flamboyant (depending on the role and overleaves). I also know an entity that tends toward qualities such as kindness and gentleness.

Some members of another entity strike me as having a rough, bearish quality—they are warm in a gruff sort of way. Still another entity has a strain of members who seem particularly aggressive and/or abrasive to me. In fact, its whole cadre has something of that feeling to me, although there are members who do not. Of course, such perceptions are subjective; what I find abrasive may be someone else’s definition of strength or even beauty.

The commonalities shared by cadre members are less specific than those shared by members of the same entity. I can usually tell if someone is in my cadre, although it would be hard to explain why—there’s just a familiarity, perhaps even a sweetness, for me. Entity mates feel even more familiar. I may not realize when I first meet someone in my entity that he is an entity mate. However, after it is channeled, I can usually at least recognize the vibration and feel the connection. I usually like and feel comfortable with other members of my entity, although this relationship is not immune to problems that can arise between any two people, such as abrading (clashing) overleaves, false personality (fear-based ego), or simple disappointment. Personality conflicts can always get in the way of essence connections, and even relationships with entity mates can be karmic.

Just as each person has a life task and overall focus for his grand cycles, each entity has goals and interests, both short- and long-term. In fact, this is true of every grouping.

Entity mates share a common energy, and we are often attracted to people whose energy is more different from our own than that of our entity mates. Therefore, romantic relationships appear to be most common between members of directly neighboring entities in a cadre, whereas relationships within an entity are usually more brother-and-sisterly. Entity mates who are romantically involved with one another sometimes describe their relationship as having something of that sibling quality. On the other hand, Yarbro described mature and old soul members of the same primary cadence as often being “the best of friends or lovers.” (A primary cadence is a group of seven souls who have the same role; it is the “building block” of the entity.) So being in the same entity does not prevent romantic involvement.

In order to begin incarnating on the physical plane, our entity must “fragment” into its individual essences. Members of our entity who have cycled off (completed) the physical plane begin to reunite on the middle astral plane while waiting for the rest of our entity to cycle off. They make themselves available to assist us. Like nonphysical essence twins, it is almost as if they live within us, providing us with an expanded “palette” of energies from which to draw. “Jessica Lansing” channeled Michael as saying that what Jung described as the collective unconscious was his perception of his reunited entity mates, with whom he was quite connected. It is possible to remember past lives of such entity mates almost as if they were our own.


During my first year of channeling, I mostly saw members of my own cadre, which, in my channeling, Michael labeled Cadre Three. After that, I began to see significant numbers of members of the next three cadres, especially.

When I channel a Michael Reading chart, I include the person’s cadre and entity numbers. Michael numbered the cadres through me in order of their average amount of planetary experience, so Cadre One is presently the most experienced cadre on earth; Michael assures me that planetary experience is measurable, although the difference in experience between two cadres with close numbers is negligible. Michael considers both the mean number of previous grand cycles, primarily, and also the mean soul age (which relates partly to when the cadre started incarnating) when they number cadres through me. I have channeled cadre numbers as high as twenty-three, out of what I presume are hundreds of thousands of cadres incarnating on earth. I suppose that this indicates that only members of the most experienced cadres are attracted to these teachings, and that the people they ask about are likewise in those cadres since “birds of a feather flock together.” If I were to channel the chart of someone selected randomly from the middle of a distant country, someone having no connection with anything in my world of experience, it is likely that the cadre number would be quite high. Unlike the numbers one through seven associated with soul age level, entity, and cadence, the cadre numbers in this system have no energetic significance; they are simply a convenience for identification.

Michael has numbered cadres differently through many of the northern California channels. What Michael calls Cadre Three through me is called Cadre One in the other system, and my Cadre Four is called Cadre Two. (I discuss the reasons for this in the next section.)

I come across members of what are labeled Cadres One and Two in my system only occasionally (they account for about three percent of the charts I have channeled). They mainly incarnate in the Orient. Those I do meet often have an interest in Eastern teachings, and/or have a drive to visit India, China, or other Asian destinations. These cadres are not themselves students of Michael; individual members may choose to study with Michael, and I have a couple of clients who are quite interested in the Michael teachings, but they don’t often have the inclination because of the lack of an agreement to do so on a cadre level.

I have been keeping entity lists on my computer for those who wish to know about some of their entity mates, especially well-known members of their entity. Not surprisingly, I have by far the longest list for Cadre Three, with the most names for its second entity, which is my own. I have also recorded a high number of Cadre Three/Entity Four members, interesting in light of the fact that Michael through JP Van Hulle said that it is largely cycled off. Perhaps New York, my home from 1985 to 1995, is a hub for the “cleanup crew.”

I see a disproportionate number of members of number two entities of other cadres, such as Cadre Four/Entity Two and Cadre Six/Entity Two. Perhaps because I am in a number two entity, there is a resonance.

Members of particular entities come to me as clients in waves. It is as though one or two members of an entity come to see me, then spread the word within their entity on an essence level. I begin to see its members more frequently in both private and group sessions, and they even turn up more often when I channel charts requested by people not in that entity. At group sessions, I have joked on occasion, “Welcome to the (such-and-such) entity reunion.” At the next one, perhaps none of its members would be there. At a workshop I led at the NewLife Expo in New York, there were four members of Cadre Two, three in its third entity. At the next Expo, just one person from that entity was present at my workshop, but she had planned to attend the previous one and hadn’t made it. (Most of the Cadre Two members I meet are at my Expo workshops.)

Sometimes I do a session with a particular entity’s member, and then a friend of mine who is in that same entity drops by or calls during it or directly afterward. Or, I schedule two phone sessions back to back (which I rarely do), and the clients turn out to be not only in the same entity but of the same essence role. (That is a closer bond than being different roles in the same entity.) I don’t know if all Michael channels have this experience. As a sage, I am constantly “networking,” introducing people who need to meet; perhaps my experience as a channel in connecting entity mates is partly an outgrowth of that.

I can certainly validate the channeling in Messages from Michael that seventh-level old souls seek out their entity mates. That must be especially true for sages, being so social. I have had friendships or significant acquaintances with over fifty people channeled as being in my entity, and I have met several others. My mother was in my entity, and her paintings hang on the walls of my apartment. It is often entity mates who express admiration for her work or a sense of connection with her through it. (Members of neighboring entities, who might have known her in past lives, also sometimes comment on them.)


According to my channeling, twelve cadres make up what Michael calls a cadre group, and seven cadre groups make up a greater cadre group.

A cadre group is reunited after cadres are reunited, generally on the messianic plane. On the buddhaic plane, cadre groups are united with one another, first in groups of seven (the greater cadre group).

Our entity (Michael) is a part of a cadre group that cycled off just before the current Cadre Group One cycled off, other than its two remaining cadres, which are well on their way to cycling off.

In other words, Cadres One and Two in my system are the last two cadres of an otherwise cycled-off cadre group, Cadre Group One, whereas ten of the twelve cadres of Cadre Group Two (my cadre group) are still incarnating. Someone in Cadre Two is in a different cadre group (One) than someone in Cadre Three (my cadre, which is the first cadre in Cadre Group Two), whereas someone in Cadre Four is in the same cadre group as someone in Cadre Three.

The following chart shows the twelve positions of my cadre group, Cadre Group Two. Next to them are the cadre numbers in my system.



First position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Three

Second position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Four

Third position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Five

Fourth position in Cadre Group Two / CYCLED OFF

Fifth position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Six

Sixth position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Seven

Seventh position in Cadre Group Two / CYCLED OFF

Eighth position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Eight

Ninth position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Nine

Tenth position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Ten

Eleventh position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Eleven

Twelfth position in Cadre Group Two / Cadre Thirteen


The entire cadre group of which I am part has an agreement to study with Michael, so I am mainly attracting its members. The fact that my cadre is in the first position out of the twelve helps explain why it is called Cadre One through the other system—it is the first cadre among Michael’s students. However, since I wish to identify the cadre of everyone whose chart I channel, I needed a numbering system that could encompass that, including Cadres One and Two in my system.

It might seem more consistent to number all cadres by their cadre group number and position, but the concept is relatively recent for me, and I know of no other channels who are working with it. Also, doing it that way would leave gaps, since some cadres have cycled off.

The concept of cadre groups helps explain the close bond we might feel with someone not in our cadre. If someone in another entity of our cadre is like a first cousin, a member of another cadre in our cadre group could be likened to a second cousin.

How do the cadres within the cadre group interrelate?


Seventh entities, for one thing, tend to join with seventh entities of other cadres within a cadre group through essence twin connections. Those in your cadre group (Two) do this more than in most other cadre groups. We’d say about seventy-five percent of your seventh entity members choose essence twins in neighboring cadres within your cadre group. Your being in the first cadre of Cadre Group Two, your seventh entity members would tend to team up with members of the seventh cadre of your neighboring cadre, Cadre Four/Entity Seven, although people do skip around. Members of Cadre Thirteen (the twelfth member of your cadre group)/Entity Seven might team up with members of any other Cadre Group Two cadre in the seventh entity, or might have an essence twin connection with Cadre Group Three, especially Cadre Twelve/Entity Seven (the first cadre of Cadre Group Three).


So cadre groups themselves are linked.


Yes. Seven cadre groups make a greater cadre group.


Where does it end?


When cadres complete the buddhaic plane and are reabsorbed, so to speak, back into the Tao, they no longer exist as formations but are a part of the increasing fabric of the Tao. You might say that this reabsorption process drives the evolution of universes. As one cadre is reabsorbed into the Tao, it pulls along the other cadres in the cadre group who are still universal. When whole cadre groups are reabsorbed, they pull along their greater cadre group members who are still on a dimensional plane. This process has no end that we know of. Greater cadre groups are linked in groups of twelve again, we believe, and we are not certain what comes after them.

Are there essence twin connections outside of greater cadre groups?


Not that we know of.


I thought that essence twins were cast from the Tao simultaneously. How can members of different cadres, let alone cadre groups, be cast simultaneously?


You need to understand here what is meant by “simultaneously.” Physical-plane time is not the measure of universes. It is an arbitrary division based on planetary circulations that relates mostly to itself and nothing else. Simultaneously means at the same universal frequency.

Essence twins are cast at a particular frequency; that is why they appear to be similar, or opposite sides of the same thing. There are also group frequencies shared, first by cadences, all the way up to the greater cadre groups and beyond. These common resonances are present in different aspects of the essence, each one providing a specific “overtone” in the unique “overtone series” of each essence.


Let’s say that your essence twin is in a different cadre group, and is cycled off. Would that put pressure on you to cycle off as well?


Yes, but you will probably stay pretty close in soul age to your essence twin as you move along anyway, so this is not a major issue.


Here is a summary of the organization of planetary sentient souls that Michael teaches (I will discuss cadences in the next chapter):





X GREATER CADENCES of X ROLES = ONE ENTITY (X=Varying Numbers)(About One Thousand Essences)

SEVEN ENTITIES = ONE CADRE (About Seven Thousand Essences)

TWELVE CADRES = ONE CADRE GROUP (About Eighty-Four Thousand Essences)

SEVEN CADRE GROUPS = ONE GREATER CADRE GROUP (Eighty-Four Cadres, about 588,000 Essences)

TWELVE GREATER CADRE GROUPS = ONE (Unnamed) (1008 Cadres, About Seven Million Essences)

Eventually, these linkages, directly or indirectly, include all sentient consciousness in the universe—they are part of the mechanics of oneness. The evolution of each part helps “pull” everything else along. By calling individual essences “fragments,” Michael is communicating that we are each part of the larger whole—specifically, part of our entity. The entity is our larger identity, but since the entity is a part of the cadre, the cadre is a part of the cadre group, and so forth, ultimately, our identity is that of the Tao itself.



We are often close to other essences with whom we were on other planets during previous grand cycles. Many of them are in our cadre.

Cadres are reformed each cycle, but as might be expected, many of the same sparks choose to band together more than once, so as to maintain continuity.


The pattern of organization outlined above applies only to sentient souls, who account for only about five percent of the Tao. Devas, for example, have another organizational pattern, and animal souls have still another. These are discussed in the following sections.

Incidentally, JP Van Hulle channeled that only about twenty-five percent of the Tao plays the universal game at all; the rest of it remains “uncast.” If sentient souls account for about five percent of the Tao, that means that they account for about twenty percent of the consciousness operating in the dimensional universe. (Five divided by twenty-five equals twenty percent.)

Animals might occupy about another five percent of the Tao, devas perhaps four percent. Perhaps six percent is star consciousness, although that has many subdivisions. (An example is, of course, the sun, which actually permeates its whole solar system.) The other five percent is miscellaneous, such as free agent beings who help create new planets. The raw material of undeveloped planets and of the universe itself, although occupying much space, does not account for a large percentage of the Tao—maybe two percent. Planetary energies develop as sentient consciousness develops on them, in response to that developing sentience, in much the same way that male energy acts upon and shapes female energy. The more developed, mature planetary energies, such as earth or gaia energy, perhaps accounts for about one percent of the Tao. Although developed planets carry more of the Tao’s consciousness than undeveloped ones, there are many more immature planets than mature ones.



Animals have hive souls. The consciousness that incarnates in animal bodies has a much simpler organization than that of sentient consciousness. All consciousness that incarnates, for example, in cows derives fundamentally from one big group. There are simple subdivisions, but they are not nearly as complex as cadres and entities, for example. The hive soul’s individual fragments rotate among available experiences. It might be a “sacred cow” in one lifetime, and live on a feed lot in another, to have a variety of experiences. Animals generally do not have as many lifetimes as sentient souls, because there is not as much available for them to learn.


Are animals in specific numerical positions within larger groupings?


No. There is a relatively simple, more chaotic structure within hive souls. Several cat souls, for instance, may cluster together around a consciousness that may not itself incarnate but brings to focus a particular aspect of cat souldom.



Devas are nature spirits who take care of the earth “behind the scenes.” They work with the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms, as well as with larger elements, such as the oceans, clouds, and mountains. The more wild the area, the more devas there tend to be, although there are also devas in urban areas, particularly where the “vibes” are good. (Negative vibrations repel devas, which is partly why plants tend to wither in them.) Germanic legends speak of “elementals“: the undines, or water spirits; the salamanders, or fire spirits; the sylphs, or air spirits; and the gnomes, or earth spirits (reputed to be rather nasty). A legend that became a popular nineteenth-century novel and a 1950’s French play (done on Broadway with Audrey Hepburn, called Ondine) was about a water “sprite” who became an enchanting teenage girl and marries a knight. The Little Mermaid derives from the same legend. Fairies, brownies, and dwarves are other examples of devas. These beings vibrate slightly slower than we do, and it is possible to see them when in a meditative state. I understand that they can look much like they are depicted in children’s books. (I personally sense them more than see them.)

Before we commit to a sentient cycle on a planet, we usually explore it first as a deva. There are also “full-time” devas, who do not go on to a sentient cycle. We form into tentative sentient entities before our devic stage, and solidify those plans after it. However, when we are devas, we are not working out of a sentient entity—we join a devic grouping. The devic experience is less structured and formal than a sentient cycle, giving it more flexibility in that regard. Therefore, someone can join a devic grouping as a temporary “adjunct” rather than committing to a relatively long-term cycle.

A typical devic grouping or “entity” is made up of about one hundred fragments. Seven of these entities make up a devic “cadre.” These entities and cadres may be highly specialized (ordinal), highly general (cardinal), or in between. One entity may consist of only oak tree devas, for example. If that is the case, its “cadre” may consist of seven oak deva entities, or may consist of a cross section of related tree species. A cadre may also be cross-special [related to the wordspecies]. At the other end of the spectrum is a cadre that includes representation from all the physical systems on the planet. Such a cadre might help coordinate the activities of the more ordinal cadres, and can also be appropriate for pre-sentient souls who want to get an overview of the planet. “Career” devas are more likely to specialize.

Since devic cadres are not as highly organized as sentient cadres (they don’t need to be), they can be added to without major problems. It is complex to add a fragment to a sentient cadre, and it rarely happens.



Michael is the name of an entity that itself is a part of a cadre. The other entities of their cadre also teach on earth’s physical and astral planes, but mostly nonverbally, through the body and emotions, rather than through the intellect. According to my channeling, Michael is in the fourth (or scholar) position in their cadre. The entity in the seventh position consists of three roles, artisans, sages, and priests. The other entities each have four or five roles in them.

Michael’s cadre receives friendship and support from other causal cadres, mostly, and from cadres on higher planes. Although Michael experiences much more oneness with their larger groupings than we do on the physical plane, they are relatively self-reliant. Perhaps it relates to the nature of warriors and kings, who seek challenge and mastery, respectively, and who tend to like to do things by themselves.



To make an analogy, we can be members of various, sometimes overlapping organizations, in addition to being a member of our family, with its complex family tree. These organizations may be political, religious, or social. They may be on the community, national, or international level. They may be part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent. They may be small or large. If this is true of a human being during one lifetime, how much more true might it be of an eternal soul?

Seth, channeled by Jane Roberts, speaks of nine types of soul families, rather than seven. Ceanne DeRohan’s Right Use of Will describes the organization of consciousness in an elaborate hierarchy. We are very complex, and there are many valid ways to describe the ways we relate to each other. Fundamentally, we tend to gather together wherever there are common interests.


About Shepherd Hoodwin

Shepherd has been channeling since 1986. He also does intuitive readings, mediumship, past-life regression, healing, counseling, and channeling coaching, where he teaches others to channel. He has conducted workshops on the Michael teachings throughout the United States. His other books include Enlightenment for Nitwits, Loving from Your Soul: Creating Powerful Relationships, Meditations for Self-Discovery, Opening to Healing, Growing Through Joy, Being in the World, and more to come.

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