Cadres & Entities (Soul Groups)

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Cadre & Entities

A cadre is a soul 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, sometimes called a soul family. A cadre contains essences of all seven roles (or soul types), 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.

Here are some quick definitions:

Fragment: Individual essence, or soul. The term conveys that each of us is a fragment of the whole, and particularly, a fragment of our entity, with which we will recombine when we have completed all our lifetimes on the physical plane.

Essence: Soul, or "higher" self, in distinction to the outer personality, or "lower" self. It generally refers to all nonphysical levels of self, including the astral and causal selves, as well as those that resonate with the three highest planes, although it can be used to refer only to the latter. Read more about essence.

Roles: One of the seven types of essences: server, priest, artisan, sage, warrior, king, and scholar. Everyone has a particular role. It defines the individual's way of being or fundamental style, not his worldly position.

Entity: Usually refers to a "spiritual family" of about one thousand souls. Michael is the name of one entity.

Cadence: A permanent grouping of seven essences. A primary cadence consists of seven essences of the same role; it is the smallest "building block" of the entity. An essence's numerical position within his cadence, and his cadence's position within his greater cadence, significantly influence how he directs his energies.

Greater Cadence: A unit of seven primary cadences.

Casting: The Tao's expression into the dimensional universe, as in "fragments cast from the Tao," and the order of it, as in "first-cast warrior in the entity." A person's casting is his position within his entity (see "Entity"), or commonly, just his primary cadence position (see "Cadence").

Cadre: A unit consisting of seven entities (roughly 7000 souls each). (See also "Entity.")

Cadre Group: (sometimes called Energy Ring) Twelve cadres make up what Michael calls a cadre group.

Greater Cadre Group: Seven cadre groups make up a greater cadre group.

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Cadres, Entities, and Casting (A Quick Overview)

Understanding the structure of the soul groups and extended spiritual families may seem daunting when first encountered, so the following analogy is offered to help explain the numbers using more conventional imagery.

Think of the TAO (or All That Is) as a major airline company. Let's call it TAO Airways.

In this scenario, the tickets are paid for, compliments of the Tao. The destination of the airline -- LIFE.

Now TAO Airways is an enormously successful company and they house their fleet of planes in airport hangars across the world. To illustrate this in Michael terms, twelve hangars operating together are called a CADRE GROUP.

Taking this further, think of an individual hangar as a CADRE. There are twelve cadres in a group. Within the cadre (or hangar) there are seven airplanes -- and each plane is an ENTITY.

TAO Airways flies jumbo jetliners (or ENTITIES) that can hold a thousand passengers (more or less). Each passenger is known as an ESSENCE (or soul).

Inside the plane (or ENTITY) there are three sections of seats. In each row there are seven seats and a row is called a CADENCE. A cadence is a grouping of seven identical roles (or passengers). If you grouped these rows into a segment of 49 seats that would be called a GREATER CADENCE (a block of seven cadences).

Like most airlines, there is assigned seating. Each passenger (or ESSENCE) is boarded in groups that correspond to their ROLE (or the individual soul type). In other words, servers, artisans, etc, will sit on the plane together in groups.

All of the seven roles do not necessarily board the plane (or ENTITY) -- some planes may only hold a couple role groups (such as warriors and kings) -- but the seats in each row of seven (a CADENCE) are like stand-ins for the roles, starting with server (seat one), artisan (seat two), warrior (seat three), scholar (seat four), sage (seat five), priest (seat six), and king (seat seven). This is called the CADENCE (or casting) position. For example, if a passenger sits in the 5th seat, that is the sage position and the passenger would be sage cast; a passenger in the 2nd seat would be artisan cast, and so on.

The individual seat number of a passenger (or essence) known as the CADENCE POSITION provides the exact location of a passenger in the plane (or ENTITY). Where a passenger sits -- in the three sections (or sides) of the plane -- determines if the passenger (or ESSENCE) is in the truth, love, or beauty side (or orientation) of the ENTITY.

Occasionally a plane (ENTITY) may be boarded by those who weren't assigned a seat. Those souls are called WILD CARDS -- or stowaways, in airline terms. Although, this last item is only relevant to a type of casting that uses raw numbers.

Energetic Vibrations

Since the astral is most likely a 4th-dimensional space and a row (or cadence) as we know it may not even exist in ways that could be described from a physical plane perspective, understand that these structures are not meant to mimic the actual reality of an entity on the astral plane. They're just illustrations for the sake of convenience. 

Another way to describe the energetic vibrations of an entity is an illustration that paints vibrations as multi-colored marbles in a glass jar.

At first, the individually colored marbles are perfectly ordered in the jar to line up according to cadences, etc. Then someone violently shakes the jar and mixes up the order so that it appears random. But all marbles from a specific cadence are of a similar color (or vibration) which connects them as a whole. Adjacent cadences, for example, would also be of similar color but show a slightly different hue, which helps define them.

Now turn the jar upside down and all the marbles would spill out into the world, rolling in every possible direction. But the marbles could eventually be recollected and reassembled in the proper order, by means of their colors (or vibrations).

The significance of this analogy is to point out that the various descriptions of entities are three-dimensional models. They're purely theoretical. The fragments designated to the sides of an entity, for instance, are likely scattered all over the place, but they're oriented vibrationally. That's what groups them together, not their actual location. 

Take the Tao. It permeates everything; we're all made of Tao-stuff. Just like our physical bodies are all made of star-stuff. The atoms contained within us are from a distant star that once exploded somewhere in the Universe. But this whole containment thing is just a physical plane construct. We don't know anything else. In this world, matter must be held together to seem real. We can't wrap our brains around anything different. But the spirit world doesn't work the same way. 

The Spirit World is Ordered Through Vibrations

Souls in groups aren't crammed together in one spatial location. They're connected energetically. Graphs and analogies are used to make sense of it all, but it's not a depiction of reality in those dimensions of existence beyond the physical. Members of an entity, for instance, can be separated by great distances (if you could actually measure that in the spirit realms) and unlike the physical, are not connected by proximity or a location in a single body, but through a likeness of vibration.

Think of the musical notes in a scale, for instance, C D E F G A B -- or perhaps use solfège (doremi, fa, sol, la, ti).

To illustrate, one group of souls (an entity), may vibrate at the frequency of the note C, with each soul in the group that resonates with C, a slight gradation of that note's vibration and frequency. In short, similar enough in vibration to be in the same family, but still distinct. Another group of souls, for example, may share the frequency of the second note in the same musical scale, namely, D. Taking this further, this scale (and the souls that resonate with the individual notes in the scale), are housed in a cadre. As mentioned before, there are seven soul groups (or entities) in a cadre, and in this analogy, the cadre resonates with all of the notes (or entities) in a particular scale. They could be thought of as in the same key and therefore have a homogeneous vibration due to their shared tonality.

Lets take our C major scale, for example. Entity one is the note, C; Entity two is D; Entity three is E, and so on. This tonality (or key) that's associated with the C major scale -- called a key signature in music -- could be thought of as the same kind of organizing principle that connects the souls in these groups together. They are all in the same key, so to speak.

The twelve cadres housed in a greater cadre (or ring) could then be said to correspond with the twelve-note chromatic scale. Figuratively speaking, of course.

The Michael Entity (through me) offered the following:

Like the marble analogy devised by our channel, an entity is not a singular organism that must be held together in perfect formation to be complete or connected as one. The reunification of an entity grants greater ubiquity and access to collective experience and knowledge, but this should not imply that the components of the whole are mere carbon copies, or that they are incapable of roaming to other realms individually. If you allow us to borrow from your current technology, we are connected vibrationally and share the same iCloud, so to speak. But this doesn't mean we are of a singular point of view without derivation. There is still separate input from those in the collective. Otherwise, we wouldn't be characterized as 1050.



Two Popular Casting Systems

The idea of casting has gradually evolved over the years, from what began as simple terminology to describe the numbers and arrangements of various soul groups, to more complex designations that included a whole series of special jobs and responsibilities that members in soul families carry out, as well as the unique path of each soul.

As a refresher, the position you occupy within your entity, your seat, so to speak, is your casting. Casting is a prominent secondary role influence and gains even more significance between lives, where your role and casting are the only elements that remain before starting the next life with a new set of overleaves.

Casting can be significant in the personal choices you make. If your casting, for instance, is the sage position in a king cadence, using the themes derived from those numbers, 5 and 7 (expansion and inculcation), can be instructive.

In this case, you may notice a tendency to make life choices based on a motivation to teach something in an expansive way. This could filter into all parts of the life. The secondary role energies of casting are certainly an undeniable influence, but their themes are equally important. Find more about those themes later in this article.

Essence Casting vs Raw Number Casting

In the section below, a brief description of the two most popular casting systems is presented. Through me, Michael chose to label them as essence casting and raw number casting (also called incarnational casting). With the exception of changes in terminology, the two systems may seem identical, but they are DIFFERENT in several fundamental ways.

For one, it is impossible to determine your raw number through essence casting. This misunderstanding has lingered for several decades in the Michael community and has been a source of considerable confusion. In addition, to begin with, essence casting into an entity is inherently messy. Yes, the roles are cast in sequences, the artisans, the priests, the warriors, for example, are all grouped together by their roles, but the available seating often allotted isn't a fixed number. In raw number casting the three sides of that entity structure are indeed fixed (343 souls per side). Although, some stowaways in that system (wild cards) are allowed. But in the end, if compared, entities representing both types of casting would not be alike nor would they perfectly align with each other. That was never intended. Attempts to map out an exact seating arrangement of each entity is an exercise in futility. It will never work.

And perhaps more anecdotal and not as relevant, but after examining countless photos of students and clients it became apparent that the role energies of essence casting are visible and leave an impression in facial expressions; whereas, with raw number casting, they do not. Which in a figurative sense, draws the conclusion that the ingredients of essence casting, if you will grant a culinary comparison, are slow-cooked at a simmer and allowed to become a permanent part of the stew, while raw number casting is more like those delicate herbs and pantry staples you add in the last minutes of preparation to avoid losing their flavor.

Namely, essence casting is permanent and wired-in for the entire grand cycle, whereas raw number casting is only relevant to those lives on the physical plane -- impermanent and make-shift, like the things you carry in an overnight bag on a road trip.

For a simple analogy, think of your Essence Casting as the home address of your SOUL. In casting numbers like you would find on my Michael chart, it might look like (5/7/1). Conversely, your Incarnational Casting is the special JOB you do on behalf of your entity; your office building, figuratively speaking, the block, the row, and the number of the cubicle you sit in. More on that later.



Sometimes called Yarbro casting, since the information was first given in the Message From Michael books, this system describes how essence is cast from the Tao (or All That Is).

In this system, after your essence is cast you are amassed in a large group of around 84,000 souls called a cadre group (or energy ring). This sports stadium-sized congregation is broken into twelve smaller divisions of about 7000 souls each, called a cadre. A cadre contains seven soul families which consist, on average, of around a 1000 members a piece, and these groups are called an entity.

Entities are divided into three sections energetically aligned with a theme of either TRUTH, LOVE, or BEAUTY (sometimes called energy). Once souls are assigned one of the three universal energies, the members are placed into groups of 49 souls that resonate with one of those themes, and each group is called a greater cadence. Souls are then further divided into smaller pockets, a row of seven members called a cadence. There are seven cadences in a greater cadence.

Finally, the position that a soul occupies in a cadence (and the entire entity) is the cadence position (or casting).

In More Messages From Michael, the famous cookie dough metaphor is offered to add more clarity.

“Let us try to clarify some of this Casting for you. We will use a metaphor that is not to be taken literally, or even picturesquely. Let us say that a baker is making many flavors of cookies. He rolls the dough out into long tubes and cuts off those lengths he needs, flavors those tubes appropriately, then slices them into the individual cookies. Each cookie is still part of the tube of dough, although it is now artificially segmented, and has a particular flavor. Entities are like three or four tubes of dough being cut and baked at the same time, and the Cadres are like the other sorts of cookies and combinations of cookies on other shelves in the oven. This is not a literal description, but it gives something of the sense of Entities and the matter of order in Casting which results in Cadences.”

The bond that energetically pulls members of a cadence together is an enduring and compelling one, with a greater bond only found between the essence twin and task companions. Cadence mates may spend up to 80% of their lives together, expressing an unusual degree of tolerance toward each other. They are literally like "peas in a pod," and the connection is uncanny in its level of familial comfort and agreeableness. Whereas members of the same entity often feel like close cousins, members of the same cadence may feel like brothers and sisters. For this reason, if possible, cadence mates seek each other out. And opportunities for essence contact are notably high between members of a cadence. The synergy that naturally exists is a perfect fit for the recognition and validation of the connection.

A Chart Example

On a standard Michael chart you may see notation similar to the following: Cadre 1/Entity 5, Sage casting (5/7/1). From left to right, those numbers in parenthesis indicate your cadence position (or casting), your cadence number, and your greater cadence number. Resonating with a spice of role energy, your casting influences how your role expresses itself. A warrior with server casting will show different inclinations in life compared to, for instance, a warrior with sage casting. 

The next two numbers are your secondary and tertiary casting, which, as mentioned before, represent your cadence and greater cadence positions. Your secondary numbers (which all correlate with a role) are not as influential as your primary casting, but their effects are still noticeable. Of note, the number of your entity is more prominent in its influence than your greater cadence (the third number), but the greater cadence can boost the influence if the set of casting numbers is doubled or tripled. For example, 5/2/2 or 7/7/7.

As a rule of thumb, your cadence position (or primary casting) is your strongest casting influence. Your cadence is second. People that know you closely will feel the role influence of your cadence more readily; whereas, the greater world will tend to notice the influence of your entity's role number. For this reason, some channels list their casting numbers as cadence position, cadence, and entity number as opposed to cadence position, cadence, and greater cadence. Both arrangements have their merits and neither is better than the other.

Here are the numbers correlated with their respective role energies:

1 = SERVER; 2 = ARTISAN; 3 = WARRIOR; 4 = SCHOLAR; 5 = SAGE; 6 = PRIEST; 7 = KING. 


Why is this even important?

Because the numbers assigned to each of these groups bear universal themes or energies related to the cosmic numbers in the Universe, and they play an influential role in your life. In other words, those seemingly random numbers given in Michael charts have MEANING.

The cadres, for example, numbering from one through twelve, are thematically linked with the positions in the support circle. The themes for each cadre are assigned as follows:

Cadre one (Love), Cadre Two (Knowledge), Cadre three (Compassion), Cadre four (Mentor), Cadre five (Beauty), Cadre six (Child), Cadre seven (Humor), Cadre eight (Discipline), Cadre nine (Anchor), Cadre ten (Healer), Cadre eleven (Enlightenment), Cadre twelve (Muse).

Entities (and this applies to all numbers given) also have themes based on their numerical position in a cadre. This list includes their positive and negative poles.

Entity ONE: (+Purpose and -Simplicity). Server influence.
Entity TWO: (+Stability and -Balance). Artisan influence.
Entity THREE: (+Enterprise and -Versatility). Warrior influence.
Entity FOUR: (+Consolidation and -Achievement). Scholar influence.
Entity FIVE: (+Expansion and -Adventure). Sage influence.
Entity SIX: (+Harmony and -Connection). Priest influence.
Entity SEVEN: (+Inculcation and -Eclecticism). King influence.

As stated in More Messages From Michael, these numbers resonate throughout the Michael teachings.

ONE: Infant Soul, Server, Reevaluation, Stoic, Emotional Center, Self-Deprecation. TWO: Baby Soul, Artisan, Caution, Discrimination, Skeptic, Intellectual Center, Self-Destruction. THREE: Young Soul, Warrior, Perseverance, Submission, Cynic, Physical Center, Martyrdom. FOUR: Mature Soul, Scholar, Observation, Flow, Pragmatist, Instinctive Center, Stubbornness. FIVE: Old Soul, Sage, Power, Acceptance, Idealist, Higher Intellectual Center, Greed. SIX: Astral Plane, Priest, Passion, Growth, Spiritualist, Higher Emotional, Arrogance. SEVEN: Causal Plane, King, Aggression, Dominance, Realist, Moving Center, Impatience.

These themes can also be applied to the cadence number and cadence position.

To give an example, perhaps a Michael student is part of a seventh cadence (Inculcation) and sits in the fifth position of that cadence (Expansion). Using the chart above, it could be said that the student may show a natural proclivity to be an expansive teacher.

The Casting Numbers Double Back on Themselves

Of more interest, where in Michael Math the role and overleaves numbers are ranked from 1-3, with server as most ordinal, to 5-7, with king the most cardinal (and 4 being neutral), in casting, everything is reversed and doubles back on itself. Imagine the Yin-Yang symbol. The numbers 1-3 are now cardinal (server, artisan, warrior), with the server being the most exalted, and the previously cardinal numbers of 5-7 are now ordinal (sage, priest, king), with the king winning the prize of lowest ordinality.

More Messages From Michael cites the following:

“The Cadres are composed of seven Entities, and the Entities of Fragments of various Roles which are Cast in order at the same time. The functions within the Cadre and Entities are Cardinal and Ordinal. Those who are in the first half of the Casting, be it of Role-in-Entity, Entity and/or Cadre are Cardinal. Those in the second half are Ordinal. As is apparent, there is a great deal of flexibility in this, for it may be that a Fragment is in the Cardinal part of his Role-in-Entity but in an Ordinal Entity within the Casting of the Cadre. And the reverse is also true.”

Take a warrior-cast scholar with a server essence twin. In this scenario, the normally ordinal warrior energy, typically one-on-one and detail-oriented, now transforms into an exalted expression of warrior energy, bringing more cardinality to bear, like the king. The influence of casting moves from the sensory input of a noticeable spice to a more robust and predominantly heavy flavor, with a greater expansiveness conveyed by the now cardinal role energy -- at least in the casting position.

Why does this matter? This complimentary balance in secondary role influences allows formerly passive energies to share the stage on an equal footing. Our warrior casting that now exudes cardinality lends a new dynamic to the once ordinal archetype. Like the overleaves, these varied energies give the personality additional character-traits to work with and attract a more colorful array of life experiences, as a result. In other words, the experience of life becomes richer.

More Examples of Cardinal and Ordinal Functions in Casting

The cardinal and ordinal functions not only apply to the cadence position (or primary casting) but to numerical influences in other soul groups, as well. The entity exerts its own gravitational pull, so to speak, along with the cadence and greater cadence. If our previously mentioned warrior-cast scholar is in the first entity, for example, that is the most cardinal entity in the cadre, with the seventh entity the most ordinal. The cadence lends its on cardinal/ordinal influence, although to a lesser degree. As mentioned earlier, the greater cadence is not as noticeable, but it can pair up with the casting and cadence numbers, if two or all three of them are the same, and have an impact.

In More Messages From Michael, the following examples are given:

“Let us give you some examples. One of the members of our little group is a sixth Level Mature Scholar, is in the third Cadence of her Entity, in the fifth Position. This means that her Cadence is one that will tend to strive, to be +Enterprising, which is the nature of the Cadence. This Scholar in particular will do so +Expansively. This Fragment has many diverse interests and is especially fond of travel. We will provide another example. This Fragment is a fourth Level Mature Artisan in the Caution Mode with a Goal of Growth, a Skeptic in the Moving Part of Emotional Center with a Chief Feature of Stubbornness. In terms of Casting, this Fragment is in the Third Ordinal Cadence of his Entity in the First Position. He is therefore -Receptive rather than +Catalytic, and with the third or ‘Warrior’ Cadence, and the first or ‘Slave’ Position, he is strongly motivated to act when he is presented with the circumstances which require it. Since Artisans in general are not as quick to respond as the Fragment is, there are those who have expressed surprise at this. With understanding of the Cadence and Casting, the reasons behind it become clear. Here is another example. This Fragment was a seventh Level Mature Warrior in the Caution Mode with the Goal of Dominance, a Pragmatist in the Intellectual Part of Emotional Center with a Chief Feature of Stubbornness. Strong Overleaves to be sure, but it is when you are aware of his Casting that his full strengths and integrity become apparent, for this Warrior is not only the first-Cast Warrior of his Entity in which the Warriors were Cast first, but in the Entity that is the first-Cast of the Cadre. In other words, he is the Cardinal-most Fragment of the Cadre, giving him extreme Cardinality and one-ness on an order that can be experienced by no other Fragment.”

Beyond the Influence of Essence Casting

After completing the reincarnational cycle on Earth and advancing through the remaining planes of existence (astral, causal, mental, messianic, buddhaic) the soul reunites with the Tao. When the time is right, a new role and casting are selected and the spark is recast into the physical universe. Another reincarnational cycle begins on a different planet, with the soul occupying another life form with it's own unique set of challenges and possibilities.

There has been speculation regarding how much is retained after completing each grand cycle. The Michael Entity offered these comments:

Q: Concerning grand cycles and our spark, does the spark retain its individuality even in the Tao, where all is one?

A: We tend to see individuality as a limiting concept yet from the perspective of the incarnated soul it's often impossible to perceive anything else. 

Your spark from the Tao goes through many transformations along the way, an amorphous energy of collective awareness not individual in the manner you would define it. What connects it all is a shared resonance. In other words, individuality in a spark from the Tao is made singular by a distinct vibration.

Consciousness is not as important in this sense as the overall resonance involved. You could compare the concept to several different qualities. The distinction might be purely vibrational in spiritual terms. It could be equated with a harmonic resonance (musically related micro-tonal chord clusters), or defined as a color of visible light (subtle hues that differentiate themselves). More directly, this individualization amounts to minute differences in energy. This distinct energy, while a part of the Tao, never loses its core identity.

Consciousness grows and evolves through these energetic formations.

2) INCARNATIONAL CASTING (or Raw Number Casting)

Introduced by JP van Hulle, this system does not involve the process of being cast from the Tao, but describes a special incarnational casting used to assign a global job, a community responsibility, and (if you include Varda Hasselmann's contribution) the unique path of the soul. Incarnational casting is only relevant during the reincarnational cycle on the physical plane. The information given, however, is valuable and another tool in the arsenal of those driven to learn about the human condition.

The structure of the system is derived using a model of a standard entity, but with different terminology. A cadre group, for instance, is called an entity ring. The terms cadre and entity are the same, but greater cadence and cadence have been changed to the terms, block and row. There are also three sides to the model that represent the universal energies of Truth, Love, and Beauty. Each side contains 343 souls, with a total of 1029 in the entity altogether.

More importantly, the cadence (or casting position) has been changed to the term, raw number. These distinctions are important. While both systems describe the structural design of an entity (and the similarities are obvious), the INTERPRETATION is not the same.

In this system, the raw number is key to unlocking the global jobs and community responsibility. There are 49 possible global jobs, and 49 possible community responsibilities. The seven blocks each have an underlying motivation. The server block is BONDING; the artisan block is INVENTION; the warrior block is PRODUCTION; the scholar block is LEARNING; the sage block is COMMUNICATION; the priest block is SALVATION; the king block is MASTERY.

Each side of the entity (truth, love, energy) repeats the same global jobs and community responsibilities. For example, in the artisan block, raw numbers 50 (Truth), 393 (Love), and 736 (Energy) all share a global job of BALANCE and a community responsibility of NOURISHMENT. When you look at the Casting Chart Grid this all becomes much easier to understand.

Here's an introductory break-down of the components of incarnational casting. It shares similarities with essence casting, with slight differences in terminology and a structure that is more fixed.

● 12 cadres in a ring.
● 7 entities in a cadre.
● Each entity consists of three sides: Love, Knowledge, Beauty
● 7 groups of 49 people in Love. 7 groups in Knowledge, 7 groups in Beauty.
● Each soul in an entity is assigned a number: 1 to 1,029.
● Each soul is assigned a Global Job and Community Responsibility that is aligned with the raw number in an entity.


Below is a list of the jobs and responsibilities.


Wild Cards

Because incarnational casting uses a fixed number of souls per entity, the model is sometimes an unrealistic fit for real-world entities that contain more than 1029 souls. The Michael Entity, for instance is comprised of 1050 souls, and other entities have been channeled with considerably larger congregations. But that's why incarnational casting differs from essence casting from the Tao, and is exclusively used as an overlay to determine the global jobs and community responsibilities for the members of an entity.

In this system, when an entity does contain more than 1029 souls, those additional stowaways are called wild cards. The Michael Entity, with 1050 warrior and king souls, would conceivably contain 21 such wild cards.

How this all works differs in theory. In a cadence (now called a row), a wild card is said to fill vacancies in a cadence, or even wedge between two other casting positions in a cadence (or seats in a row of seven) and share the same global job and community responsibility. The imagery this evokes, where the wild card soul contorts itself into strange and misshapen forms to fit between seats occupied by two other souls is rather amusing. This does not likely happen, however. As mentioned already, these connections are achieved vibrationally and not bound by spatial restrictions. There may be proximity in the arrangement, and there may not. These seven souls and their stowaways, for the sake of illustration, could just as easily be on video calls from different places around the world. As long as they have a connection, a vibrational match in sync with their entity, it would feel as if they're at a party together, mingling in the same room. The spiritual realms are vastly different from the limitations of the physical.

More likely, the wild card simply takes a position in the entity that extends beyond 1029. For instance, position 1030,1031,1032, and so on. Since these positions go outside the pre-established rows and blocks that assign the various global jobs and community responsibilities, the sequence simply starts over again. If you were channeled with a raw number of 1030, for example, your equivalent position in the global jobs/community responsibilities casting chart (or grid) would be number 1, which corresponds with the truth side, a global job of service, and a community responsibility of nourishment. In other words, position 1030 could be considered an energetic counterpart with position 1; position 1031 would be a counterpart with position 2. And the sequence continues.

Seven Paths of the Soul

Varda Hasselmann's Seven Paths of the Soul can also be derived by using the raw number.

Varda's system outlines an internal structure that resides in each soul family. Varda says, "Because no soul family contains all seven essences, the structure of the seven paths joins the two, three, or rarely four essences that form a soul family. Thus, it becomes possible for a "warrior" to follow the path of silence by his position within the soul family, or a "priest" the path of knowledge, a "king" the path of touch, a "sage" the path of strength. But one thing is common in both the path and the role of the soul: the seven paths also correspond in their principles to the characteristics of the seven basic energies."

There are seven paths:

1) Path of Touch

2) Path of Knowledge

3) Path of Strength

4) Path of Form

5) Path of Longing

6) Path of Silence

7) Path of Search

A Word of Advice

In regards to Raw Number casting, it's generally not a good idea to reverse engineer the numbers and assign secondary role influences as commonly done with Essence Casting (or Yarbro's system). The raw number system, as mentioned already, chiefly maps out the global job, community responsibility, etc. Yes, the blocks and rows will carry certain attributes of role energy that pertains to the assigned casting, but any secondary role influences should first be derived from Yarbro's system, which is directly linked to essence. Otherwise, if you combine both systems as if they're the same, you're left with a wash of diffused and watered-down energies that have the murky consistency of soup, not distinct flavors. They ultimately cancel each other out.

I asked the Michael Entity if they could explain how the role influences differ between the two casting systems. Here is their reply.

The role energies of the global job and community responsibility are more subtle than the fixed, deep-seated schematic that's wired into the soul when essence is initially cast. And the role influences seen in the blueprint of raw number casting are ephemeral. The underlying motivation of the job is the true catalyst. The nature of the work itself, the accompanying impulses, the total immersion, awakens the role energy that corresponds with the particular job, and at that moment, an outer layer of the resonating energy is temporarily imprinted onto the personality and sometimes detected by others. It's not a ubiquitous influence as experienced with the role, traditional casting, or the overleaves, but short-lived bursts of recognition, like a flash of lightning behind the clouds. Again, the underlying motivation is the key. 

In your world, there is a saying about wearing different hats. Certain occupations require a wide variety of hats, uniforms, and other accouterments. When someone is engaged in one of the global jobs then and focused on that incarnational mission, they are temporarily wearing the hat of the role influence that corresponds with that job. If you have a global job of the archivist, for example, you are wearing a scholar hat. If your global job is humor, you are wearing the sage hat, and so on. Although, the community responsibilities, as a rule, are not as detectable in an outward sense, and mostly perceived as a soft patina. 

Overall, to summarize the two casting systems and compare their impact on the personality, essence casting is predominant and pervasive at all times; incarnational (or raw number) casting is more temporal, depending on when those energies are activated by the global job that corresponds with those role influences. 

In short, raw number casting should not serve as a model to represent the initial casting from the Tao as described by Yarbro and other channels. Attempts to force the two systems together or expect them to perfectly align in symmetrical union is akin to pounding the proverbial square peg into a round hole. It does not work unless the intention is to master the art of convolution.

Both casting systems have well-defined tasks and are highly useful tools, but the intended purpose of the two should not be confused. As most carpenters know, using the right tool for the job is crucial. You don't pound a nail with a screwdriver. This truth also applies to the Michael teachings.

Considerably more could be said about this model, but that would be too extensive to include in a brief article.

To learn more, read about the Global Jobs and Community Responsibilities. Note: You will need to have your raw number channeled to get the full picture. If you already know your raw number, start with the Casting Chart Grid.


To identify your Global Job and Community Responsibility, use the Chart Casting Grid (linked above) to locate the global job and community responsibility connected with your raw number.

Organized into a series of blocks, rows, and columns, the items in the grid are all associated with one of the seven role energies: server, artisan, warrior, scholar, sage, priest, and king. The block and row determine the global job; the column determines the community responsibility and side of entity. For example, if your raw number is 149, you would open the grid and search for that number in the center boxes on the chart.

Once you find your raw number, notice that it correlates with either truth, love, or energy, and its position also reveals your row in the block. In this case, if you scan to the left in your row after you have found your raw number, you’ll see that the global job for that row is ARCHIVES. If you look in the column where your raw number of 149 is located (which also includes the numbers 492 and 835, the sides of the entity), you’ll see that the community responsibility is COMFORT. Do not assume your raw number is the same number as the global job numbers outlined on the global jobs description page. That is incorrect. Use the chart casting grid to find your corresponding global job and community responsibility, and then go back to the PDF to read the descriptions.

David Gregg

Shepherd Hoodwin weighed in further about the two types of casting at the MT discussion list, and that material is included here for your edification.

More on the Casting Systems

There are two totally different kinds of casting for entities on the physical plane: “Essence Casting” and “Incarnational Casting.”


The initial casting from the Tao, as outlined in More Messages from Michael by Quinn Yarbro in the “Michael Math” chapter, mostly groups souls by roles: a group of, say, sages first, then servers, etc. Michael gave the analogy of a baker rolling out dough for different kinds of cookies, one role first, then another.

In more complex entities, there can be more than one cluster of greater cadences (seven cadences, or forty-nine souls) of each role, so there could be, for example, two or more sages with 1/1/1 casting, because the third number refers to your greater cadence’s position within your string of greater cadences, not within, say, all the sages in your entity.

In the raw number system, the groupings can have mixed roles, which is one giveaway that they are different systems.

Essence casting is the kind of casting on my chart, and on Dave’s as well. It tells you how you tend to direct your essence energies. It gives you flavors of other roles, but not their energies (as ET bleedthrough does). It is more “baked into” your essence than “raw number” casting, which is mainly about what you do on the physical plane. Neither are more important than your essence role, which is your basic nature, but sometimes your casting (and/or ET bleedthrough) jumps out at others first, perhaps because it has a stronger flavor.

For example, I am a sage with 5/4/3 initial casting, so I am a sage-cast sage. Sage is my “primary casting” since 5 is the first number, and sages are the 5 role. I am a stereotypical sage, and therefore I tend to strongly direct my sage energies into the sage domain (communication, performance, writing, teaching, singing, etc.—fifth chakra activities).








My secondary casting is 4, or scholar. I secondarily direct my sage energies into the scholar domain, which accounts for my collecting information as well as disseminating it. The 5 number applies only to me in my cadence, so it is the most concentrated or important for me. The 4 applies to everyone in my cadence of sages (seven of us), so it is more general. You could say that it makes a larger circle around me, diluted but evident from a little further away. Therefore, Sarah Chambers channeled that the number in this position stands out to friends and family.

The third number, 3, is the weakest influence on me personally, since it applies to everyone in my greater cadence, which is forty-nine sages, making a still-larger circle of influence. For me, it adds a bit of the warrior’s enterprising nature. I include it on my charts to see whether it reinforces any other essence influences; in my case, it doesn’t.

Our entity’s number within our cadre is also part of our casting. Since it applies to all thousand or so entity members, it is much more diffuse, creating a much bigger circle around us. Therefore, according to Sarah, strangers (those farther away) will notice the casting of our entity’s position. In my case, that is a general artisan quality, since I’m in the number 2 entity of my cadre. All number 2-position entities have a generalized artisan quality. It just so happens that my entity has a lot of sages, so people will also notice a light, general sage flavor in entity members who aren’t sages. Therefore, my entity has a strong expression-axis quality, since artisan and sage are the two expression-axis roles, which shows up even in members of other roles.

Cadre numbers through me have no casting implications, since they are not one out of seven or twelve, but one out of infinity, a unique number for each cadre so that people can know whether they are in the same entity as someone else. Michael through me refers to my cadre as 3, but it is first in its “cadre group” (or “energy ring”) and therefore is in the “love” position out of twelve. According to JP, the twelve “support circle” positions are: love, knowledge, compassion, mentor, beauty, child, humor, discipline, anchor, healer, enlightenment, and muse.


After being initially cast and having a devic stage on the physical plane, as José Stevens outlines in Tao to Earth, most if not all entity members who are initially cast commit to a grand cycle on the planet (in this case, Earth, in the human form). They gather on the lower astral plane to plan their time on the physical plane. The deck is reshuffled, so to speak, as each soul volunteers for specific jobs and responsibilities. It is the same entity but its members take different positions that are not about the soul’s inner qualities (as in initial casting) so much as about what it does on the physical plane. This is the “raw number” system of casting pioneered by JP Van Hulle. Independently, Varda Hasselmann also started getting information about raw numbers.

It’s like forming a search party, and each member volunteers to search for experiences in different places in different ways to bring back to the entity. Then the entity’s first incarnation begins, usually by the soul with the raw number 1 (1/1/1 casting), since 1 casting tends to lead the way or go first, being the most cardinal position. JP has a raw number of 1. Her entity also happens to be first in its cadre and cadre group (twelve cadres), so she is in a very cardinal position, although her warrior role is ordinal.

The Michael Math chapter explains that with casting numbers, cardinality and ordinality are reversed: server is the most ordinal role, but 1 casting, which resonates with server and all the ordinal inspiration overleaves, is most cardinal since it comes first. That allows souls to experience each role’s qualities in a cardinal as well as an ordinal way, other than 4/scholar, which stays neutral since it’s in the middle.

(There will be a third kind of casting once the entity cycles off and starts to reunite on the upper astral plane, to plan their experiences moving forward.)

There’s a lot of confusion because the two different physical plane casting systems have been conflated. You cannot figure out your raw number or Way from the information on my chart, or Dave’s. THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF CASTING. Also, there are no “wild cards” in essence casting; they only exist in incarnational casting.

I asked Michael whether they wanted me to add raw numbers to my charts, and they said no, in part because my students are already confused enough by one casting system, but I am willing to see what I get in written channeling or individual sessions. I do find that raw numbers can add useful information.

Varda’s “Ways” are your position within your cadence in the raw number system. For example, according to JP, my raw number is 41, so I am in the sixth (priest) position of my row (cadence), characterized in this case by a “community responsibility” of “trust and faith.” Die Quelle through Varda calls that sixth position the Way of Silence. The row itself is also sixth in its block (greater cadence), characterized by “salvation,” which is my “global job.” The block is first in my entity, the “server bonding block,” and is therefore on the truth side (the first 343 souls of an entity, 7 x 7 x 7, are on the “truth side”). So my casting in this system is 6/6/1 (or if you start with the block/greater cadence first, 1/6/6.)  I have no inspiration-axis qualities on my chart, so this explains where those influences come from (priest and server are the two inspiration-axis roles).

Side of entity is not the same as “orientation” on my charts. I have a truth/love orientation, which means that from my initial casting, I am always working to integrate truth and love. Orientations are distributed randomly through entities. The truth/love combination is what I chose. An entity doesn’t necessarily have equal numbers of each orientation (which is usually just love, truth, or beauty/pure energy, not a combination).

Shepherd Hoodwin


Channeling About the Two Casting Systems

In the interest of understanding the two systems better, I channeled the following from the Michael Entity in hopes of further clarification.

-- Dave Gregg

Q: Discuss the two casting systems mentioned on the MT list, and explain how they differ. 

A: The two casting systems (what you call Yarbro casting and JP's casting) are primarily conveyed in a figurative sense, and not meant to be an exact representation of the actual structure that exists in dimensions outside your own. The outline of the entity, as presented by various channels, is a rough example at best, and certainly not a faithful reproduction. An accurate description of an entity would be impossible within the context of your three-dimensional world, which does not contain the geometric configurations or infinite variety of spacial possibilities available in a multi-dimensional universe. 
Your scientific theories concerning quantum entanglement are perhaps a more apt description (although not a precise one) of how fragments in an entity are interrelated, seemingly across vast distances — at least, according to physical plane measurements. While the depiction of an entity is accurate in an energetic sense, the souls are not squeezed together into perfectly symmetrical rows that have a visible form. These depictions of form and structure help students understand the framework of an entity, but souls do not need to assemble like atoms in a molecule to hold their shape, nor is a shape required. That is strictly a physical plane morphology. In reality, and reality can differ dependent on the dimensional perception, fragments in an entity mainly coalesce through vibrational resonance as opposed to a structure that requires being held together as a single mass. The current model, however, as we have shared with channels, is sufficient. 
In regards to the two casting systems, one could be called essence casting, and the other, incarnational casting

In your current understanding, partly found in the work of Yarbro, essence casting is where the Tao divides and sub-divides aspects of itself into the universe, similar to the way a human cell divides into another cell through the process of mitosis. Essence casting carries elements of spiritual DNA that allow for the continuous regeneration of soul stuff, evolving and gathering experiences beyond the capabilities the Tao could know if it had not once chosen to branch out in multiple directions, like leaves on a tree. 
Incarnational casting, introduced by JP Van Hulle, is a system that overlays the structure of an entity to align with specific goals, tasks, and responsibilities that enhance the spiritual development of the soul group. In some ways, this could be thought of as the overleaves of an entity. Used more like a schematic, the souls in an entity collectively agree to accept these specific jobs and responsibilities before incarnating into the physical plane. These task energies are superimposed, if you will, onto the framework of an existing entity, resulting in what appears to be a reorganization of the structure. But that is a matter of semantics or interpretation.  Someone essence-cast as a priest, for instance, in the essence casting model, will be priest cast throughout their entire progression from the physical plane back to the Tao. Their incarnational casting does not alter that. It simply imbues them with additional attributes (their global jobs, for instance) relative to their experiences and pursuits over a series of lifetimes. In short, essence casting reflects your core being, whereas incarnational casting reflects the work you do as a soul when involved in an incarnational cycle. 
To illustrate, think of an entity created from essence casting as an apartment complex or a neighborhood full of houses. When at home, souls typically represent their true selves (or core being), as cited by the positional influences in their entity (greater cadence, cadence, etc.). When these souls go to work, however, they leave their homes (or begin a new incarnation), enter an office building, and go to a specific floor of that workplace to sit at cubicles aligned with the jobs they are doing. This is just one figurative example of raw number casting among many. The system should not be confused as being a separate entity of its own, but instead, as an energetic overlay that represents the various jobs and responsibilities the members of an existing entity use to advance the cause of their individual soul needs and their entities' objectives. 
Q: But what about the raw number? Isn't that the position you occupy in your entity? How does that correlate with traditional casting, as outlined in the Yarbro books?
A: The raw number could be thought of as the location of your cubicle at work. It correlates with the global job you endeavor toward over an entire series of incarnations. Because the concept of a fixed point doesn't hold the same validity in a multi-dimensional experience, your actual position in an entity based on the essence casting model is more malleable and not easily measured. It's the unique vibrations of individual souls that generate the shared groupings in an entity, not their physical location. Yes, these fragments were cast into positions that set the vibrations in motion, but the positions are not fixed by locality. Their groupings are vibrational. A channel can ascertain the correct numbers aligned with these groupings, such as the cadence or casting, but a raw number would not work in this system.

The raw number is exclusive to the rigid structure of incarnational casting, which requires a pre-established template and a certain predictability in its configuration due to the more active engagement with the physical plane. 

Q: So raw number casting is not an exact rendering of an entity?

A: It is only an approximation -- an overlay, a model, but one that has energetic implications.

To throw out another analogy where the physical plane is school, which is not entirely a mis-characterization, raw number casting describes a seating chart a teacher refers to in a classroom and the positions are the assignments given as homework to each student. The work, the jobs, the assignments -- however you choose to perceive or distort them, all contribute to the continued growth and greater awareness of the fragments in an entity and the entity as a whole. These lesson plans are not universal and are specifically created to meet the unique requirements and needs of an ensouled species on a planet. If you canvas other worlds in the Universe, the course curriculum is likely different, with a unique set of global jobs and responsibilities.


The Different Cadre Number Systems

Most Michael channels use what is commonly referred to as the traditional cadre numbering system (sometimes called the classic system). I use traditional numbering on my own charts, Shepherd Hoodwin, however, uses his own numbering. Neither system is better than the other.

Since in Cadre Group Two, cadres 4 and 7 are thought to be cycled off, they're not included in the chart below. Note: some channels disagree and claim cadres 4 & 7 are still in the reincarnational cycle, but in small numbers. Sarah Chambers, for instance, channeled Koko, a human soul in the body of a gorilla, in cadre 4; and the actor Boris Karloff in cadre 7. Thus, there may be some stragglers in those entities. Either way, translating the two systems can get a little tricky.

To avoid unnecessary confusion, I have intentionally left out the two cadres left over from Cadre Group One. They are rarely encountered and I have no idea how other channels notate such occurrences. It really isn't standardized. Beyond cadre group two, the numbers continue. Check with your personal channel regarding how they are notated. There may be differences.

Also, the Michael Entity has a teaching agreement with everyone from cadre group two. That means cadres 1 through 12 are ALL Michael students. Unfortunately, there's some myth-making in the community that Michael students should only be in the first couple cadres. That is not the case. It's fairly common these days to see students dispersed in the later cadres. These are the new wave of Michael students coming in. If you see masses of students all bunched into cadre 1 and 2, it's likely an error of channel bias or a mistake. 

Included below is a chart to help decipher the cadre systems.


David Gregg



Cadres and Entities
Fascinating essay on understanding the structures of our spiritual families.

Energy Rings and All That Stuff
More information about the cadre structure
More On Cadres and Entities
Additional thoughts.
Casting Chart Grid
Use this chart to help you locate your raw number and determine its corresponding global job and community responsibility.
Detailed Descriptions of the Global Jobs and Community Responsibilities
150 pages of information about the global jobs and community responsibilities, as channeled by JP Van Hulle.
The Seven Paths of the Soul
A translation of material channeled by Varda Hasselmann, which looks at the unique path of the soul.
More on Casting and Raw Numbers (off-site)
Further discussion on the casting systems.
Channeling On Shepherd's Cadre Numbering
Q & A that helps clear up common misunderstandings.
Entity Definitions
Learn the names of each entity, along with some of their notable attributes and personalities.

Cadences, Numbers & Casting


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