Whenever I read things it only makes my life more complicated.
So it seems to me that the LBR is tree of life with elemental directions welded on to it. You go right shoulder "ve-Geburah", left shoulder "ve-Gedulah" but Geburah is associated with the left hand and Gedulah or Chesed with the right hand so shouldn't it be the other way around?
Older versions have Michael in Chesed and Gabriel in Geburah, Auriel in Tiphareth and I'm guessing Raphael in Yesod. So the archangels are not elemental but mapped to the tree of life where before is Tiphareth, behind is Yesod, Kether above and Malkuth below. The banishing pentacle stuff is then shoe-horned in out of nowhere and the angels given elemental associations to fit with that.
Of course it does work because things have a habit of doing that anyway and there's no reason the archangels shouldn't accept elemental associations.
How did the angels get moved into the more common sephirothic places (Michael/Tiphareth, Raphael/Hod, Gabriel/Yesod and Auriel missing altogether)?
Maybe we can discuss archangels or the LBR at the discussion group. Current Mood: beknighted