Re: Feast of St. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael+ all the Archangels. Sept 29th.
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Angels were created as messengers of God.
The Scriptures reveal that God created nine orders of angels:
Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Archangels, and Angels.
Out of this order come the familiar seven Archangels which include
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and the fallen Lucifer.
The Eighth Choir - The Archangels, The seven angels that stood before God in Revelations are considered
to be the Archangels. Although it is agreed that there were seven Archangels, there has been some debate on who
the seven were. Most accounts name, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, the remaining three are generally chosen
from Metatron, Remiel, Sariel, Anael, Raguel and Raziel. The Archangels were the divine messengers between
the humans and God. Of the nine choirs the Archangels are probably best known to us. They are the battlers
of the Sons of Darkness.
Lucifer, whose ambitions were a distortion of God's plan, is known to us through the various religious teachings
as the fallen angel, with the use of many names, among which are Satan, Belial, Beelzebub and the Devil.
Because of the variety of teachings, we have come to 'untruth' when it comes to this most beautiful of angels
whose name means ' Light' .
The name of this archangel (Raphael = "God has healed") does not appear in the Hebrew Scriptures, and in the Septuagint only in the Book of Tobias. Here he first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself "Azarias the son of the great Ananias". The story of the adventurous journey during which the protective influence of the angel is shown in many ways including the binding "in the desert of upper Egypt" of the demon who had previously slain seven husbands of Sara, daughter of Raguel, is picturesquely related in Tobit 5-11, to which the reader is referred. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobias, Azarias makes himself known as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tob., xii, 15. Cf. Apoc., viii, 2). Of these seven "archangels" which appear in the angelology of post-Exilic Judaism, only three, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, are mentioned in the canonical Scriptures. The others, according to the Book of Enoch (cf. xxi) are Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jerahmeel, while from other apocryphal sources we get the variant names Izidkiel, Hanael, and Kepharel instead of the last three in the other list.
Regarding the functions attributed to Raphael we have little more than his declaration to Tobias (Tobit 12) that when the latter was occupied in his works of mercy and charity, he (Raphael) offered his prayer to the Lord, that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sara, his son's wife, from the devil. The Jewish category of the archangels is recognized in the New Testament (I Thess., iv, 15; Jude, 9), but only Gabriel and Michael are mentioned by name. Many commentators, however, identify Raphael with the "angel of the Lord" mentioned in John 5. This conjecture is base both on the significance of the name and on the healing role attributed to Raphael in the Book of Tobias. The Church assigns the feast of St. Raphael to 24 October. The hymns of the Office recall the healing power of the archangel and his victory over the demon. The lessons of the first Nocturn and the Antiphons of the entire Office are taken from the Book of Tobias, and the lessons of the second and third Nocturns from the works of St. Augustine, viz. for the second Nocturn a sermon on Tobias (sermon I on the fifteenth Sunday), and for the third, a homily on the opening verse of John, v. The Epistle of the Mass is taken from the twelfth chapter of Tobias, and the Gospel from John 5:1-4, referring to the pool called Probatica, where the multitude of the infirm lay awaiting the moving of the water, for "an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved.And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under". Thus the conjecture of the commentators referred to above is confirmed by the official Liturgy of the Church.
Vigouroux, Dict. de la Bible, s. v. Raphael.
Raphael ("God has healed" or 'the shining one who heals"): Although a seraph, Raphael is also mentioned as being a member of the cherubim, dominations and powers. He has be attributed as the chief of virtues, although that ranking has also been given to Michael, and also can be considered head of the guardian angels. His most notable appearance in scripture is his guiding of young Tobias in the apocryphal book of Tobit where he teaches the lad about medicine and demon exorcising among other things. Also in his role as healer, it is Raphael who eases the pain of Abraham after his circumcision, and healing Jacob's thigh after Jacob wrestles with another angel. He is also considered to be a patron of the sciences as well as medicine, teaching Noah how to construct the ark before the flood, and teaching Solomon how to bind demons into slave labor when Solomon's Temple was being built. Raphael is often depicted carrying a pilgrim's staff.
Raphael: is the Watcher of the North - aka prime planet of health, long life and good fortune - aka The Great Doctor - Situate 5.10 Leo sidereally - aka REGULUS or Cor Leonis or Qalb Al Asad (Lion's Heart or King's Heart) in Leo
Raphael = Associated with the Air element
Raphael rules over the day of Wednesday and the Planet Mercury
The Planet Mercury rules over the Tree of Life Sephirah 8 (Hod - Splendor), The Greek Deity Hermes, The Alchemical Metal Quicksilver, and Reflective Intelligence.
Colour: Sky Blue and Gold
This Archangel is 'over the spirits of men' Also called St. Raphael, this Archangel is 'the Shining One who Heals'. His symbol is the sun. Raphael protects travellers and heals the sick and injured, granted the gift of healing by God. While Raphael is also the angel of Science and Knowledge, he is equally known to be charming and funloving.
Twin Flame / Divine Complement / Twin Ray: = Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Also known as: Lord Raphael, Archangel of Healing, Archangel of the Fifth Ray, Archangel of Consecration and Dedication.
Historical and Literary References: Raphael's Name means "God has healed" and "the Medicine of God"., Raphael's interaction with Tobias is described in the Book of Tobias in the Catholic Bible. The Book of Tobias is omitted from the Protestant Bible.
Vibration / Ray / Flame: Emerald, Green
Service to Life: Healing of body, mind, soul, and spirit. Inspiration for the study and practice of music, mathematics, science, and both traditional and alternative medicine. Meeting of physical needs such as food, clothing, shelter, tools of your trade. Repairing of rifts between nations. Inspiration for new cures for diseases.
Angels: Healing Angels. Angels of Healing, Legions of the Fifth Ray, Legions of Healing, Legions of Emerald-Green Fire, Legions of Emerald-Green Lightning
St. Gabriel the Archangel
"Fortitudo Dei", one of the three archangels mentioned in the Bible. Only four appearances of Gabriel are recorded:
In Daniel., viii, he explains the vision of the horned ram as portending the destruction of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian Alexander the Great, after whose death the kingdom will be divided up among his generals, from one of whom will spring Antiochus Epiphanes.
In chapter ix, after Daniel had prayed for Israel, we read that "the man Gabriel . . . . flying swiftly touched me" and he communicated to him the mysterious prophecy of the "seventy weeks" of years which should elapse before the coming of Christ. In chapter x, it is not clear whether the angel is Gabriel or not, but at any rate we may apply to him the marvellous description in verses 5 and 6.
In N.T. he foretells to Zachary the birth of the Precursor, and to Mary that of the Saviour.
Thus he is throughout the angel of the Incarnation and of Consolation, and so in Christian tradition Gabriel is ever the angel of mercy while Michael is rather the angel of judgment. At the same time, even in the Bible, Gabriel is, in accordance with his name, the angel of the Power of God, and it is worth while noting the frequency with which such words as "great", "might", "power", and "strength" occur in the passages referred to above. The Jews indeed seem to have dwelt particularly upon this feature in Gabriel's character, and he is regarded by them as the angel of judgment, while Michael is called the angel of mercy. Thus they attribute to Gabriel the destruction of Sodom and of the host of Sennacherib, though they also regard him as the angel who buried Moses, and as the man deputed to mark the figure Tau on the foreheads of the elect (Ezech., 4). In later Jewish literature the names of angels were considered to have a peculiar efficacy, and the British Museum possesses some magic bowls inscribed with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac incantations in which the names of Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel occur. These bowls were found at Hillah, the site of Babylon, and constitute an interesting relic of the Jewish captivity. In apocryphal Christian literature the same names occur, cf. Enoch, ix, and the Apocalypse of the Blessed Virgin.
As remarked above, Gabriel is mentioned only twice in the New Testament, but it is not unreasonable to suppose with Christian tradition that it is he who appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and also that it was he who "strengthened" Our Lord in the garden (cf. the Hymn for Lauds on 24 March). Gabriel is generally termed only an archangel, but the expression used by St. Raphael, "I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tob., xii, 15) and St. Gabriel's own words, "I am Gabriel, who stand before God" (Luke 1, 19), have led some to think that these angels must belong to the highest rank; but this is generally explained as referring to their rank as the highest of God's messengers, and not as placing them among the Seraphim and Cherubim (cf. St. Thomas, I, Q. cxii, a.3; III, Q. xxx, a.2, ad 4um).
In addition to the literature under ANGEL and in the biblical dictionaries, see PUSEY, The Prophet Daniel (London, 1868); EDERSHEIM, Jesus the Messiah (London and New York, 1890), Append. XIII; H. CROSBY, Michael and Gabriel in Homiletic Review (1890), XIX, 160-162; BARDENHEWER, Mariä-Verkündigung in Bibl. Studien, X, 496 sqq.
Transcribed by Sean Hyland
Gabriel ("God is my strength"): Often considered as a slightly more benevolent spirit than his ally Michael, the cherubim Gabriel is most often noted as the messenger of the Annunciation where he tells Mary of the impending birth of Christ. Another notable birth that Gabriel presided over was that of John the Baptist when Gabriel came to Zacharias and told him of his coming son. Within all of the legends of birthing, Gabriel as been accredited as the angel who selects souls from heaven to be birthed into the material world and spends the nine months as the child is being developed informing the new person of what he or she will need to know on Earth, only to silence the child before birth by pressing his finger onto the child's lips, thus producing the cleft below a person's nose. Besides births however, Gabriel is also the angel who came before Daniel and told him of the future as well as the angel responsible for strengthening Christ prior to the Crucifixion. Finally, not being all pregnancies and wisdom, he is told as the angel who struck down the cities of Sodom and Gommorah as well as other places of sin throughout the Old Testament although he is never named there as such. Gabriel is described as having 140 pairs of wings, and is the Governor of Eden and Ruler of the Cherubim. Gabriel sits at the left hand of God. He is usually shown as a majestic figure, richly attired, sometimes wearing a crown and bearing a scepter. His right hand is usually extended in salutation.
Gabriel is: FOMALHAUT or Fom Al Hut in Pisces tropically is Archangel Gabriel (Word of Geode. The Revelation Angel). Watcher of the South. Situate 8.56 Aquarius sidereally.
Right now Antares (Uriel) and Fomalhaut (Gabriel) are being heavily transited by Pluto and Uranus & Jupiter respectively. Thus the Antarion conversion described by Solara is commencing Although the Pluto-Antares transit is nearly over and the Fomalhaut-Gabriel transit is just beginning this year. This has to do with the Voice of Spirit or Voice of the turtle that's getting louder and louder.
His (sometimes her) name means God is my Strength - Associated with the Water Element
Gabriel rules over the day of Monday and the Moon
The Moon rules over the Tree of Life Sephirah 9 (Yesod), the Greek Deity Selene, The Alchemical Metal Silver, and Patterns of Instinct
Colour: sea green
This Archangel is 'over Paradise' Gabriel sits at the left hand of God, and is the angel of incarnation, of conception and birth and of dreams. Gabriel's emblem is the lily, symbolizing conception, and it is Gabriel who instructs souls for the nine months before they enter the world.
Twin Flame / Divine Complement / Twin Ray: Hope
Also known as: Lord Gabriel, Angel of the Annunciation, Angel of Resurrection
Historical and Literary References: Gabriel's Name means "Hero of God." Angel of Revelation and Chief Ambassador to humanity. Apart from Michael, Gabriel is the only other Angel mentioned by Name in the Old Testament. He was said to sit on the left hand side of God. In many religious, writings Gabriel has appeared as a messenger and deliverer to humanity of blessed events. Mohammed claimed that it was Gabriel (Gibril in Islamic) who dictated to him the Koran. In Christian beliefs, Gabriel was the Angel who appeared to Mary to inform her that she would conceive and give birth to Jesus. In addition, Gabriel also appeared before Zacharias to announce that his son will be called John (the Baptist).
Vibration / Ray / Flame: Purity, White, Mother-of-Pearl,
Service to Life: Guidance in your spiritual life , Revelation of your life plan and purpose, Release Joy, Happiness, and Fulfillment, Dissolution of discouragement, Help establish Discipline and Order in your life
Angels: Angels of Guidance, Legions of the Fourth Ray, Legions of Purity, Legions of White Fire, Legions of White Lighting
Retreat / Spiritual Home: Fourth Sphere or Realm, Between Sacramento and Mount Shasta, California, U.S.A.
St. Michael the Archangel
(Hebrew "Who is like God?").
St. Michael is one of the principal angels; his name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. Four times his name is recorded in Scripture:
(1) Daniel 10:13 sqq., Gabriel says to Daniel, when he asks God to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem: "The Angel [D.V. prince] of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me . . . and, behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me . . . and none is my helper in all these things, but Michael your prince";
(2) Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: "At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people."
(3) In the Catholic Epistle of St. Jude: "When Michael the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses", etc. St. Jude alludes to an ancient Jewish tradition of a dispute between Michael and Satan over the body of Moses, an account of which is also found in the apocryphal book on the assumption of Moses (Origen, "De principiis", III, 2, 2). St. Michael concealed the tomb of Moses; Satan, however, by disclosing it, tried to seduce the Jewish people to the sin of hero-worship. St. Michael also guards the body of Eve, according to the "Revelation of Moses" ("Apocryphal Gospels", etc., ed. A. Walker, Edinburgh, p. 647).
(4) Apocalypse 12:7, "And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon." St. John speaks of the great conflict at the end of time, which reflects also the battle in heaven at the beginning of time. According to the Fathers there is often question of St. Michael in Scripture where his name is not mentioned. They say he was the cherub who stood at the gate of paradise, "to keep the way of the tree of life" (Gen., iii, 24), the angel through whom God published the Decalogue to his chosen people, the angel who stood in the way against Balaam (Numbers 22:22 sqq.), the angel who routed the army of Sennacherib (IV Kings 19:35).
Following these Scriptural passages, Christian tradition gives to St. Michael four offices:
To fight against Satan.
To rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death.
To be the champion of God's people, the Jews in the Old Law, the Christians in the New Testament; therefore he was the patron of the Church, and of the orders of knights during the Middle Ages.
To call away from earth and bring men's souls to judgment ("signifer S. Michael repraesentet eas in lucam sanctam", Offert. Miss Defunct. "Constituit eum principem super animas suscipiendas", Antiph. off. Cf. "Hermas", Pastor, I, 3, Simil. VIII, 3).
Regarding his rank in the celestial hierarchy opinions vary; St. Basil (Hom. de angelis) and other Greek Fathers, also Salmeron, Bellarmine, etc., place St. Michael over all the angels; they say he is called "archangel" because he is the prince of the other angels; others (cf. P. Bonaventura, op. cit.) believe that he is the prince of the seraphim, the first of the nine angelic orders. But, according to St. Thomas (Summa, I:113:3) he is the prince of the last and lowest choir, the angels. The Roman Liturgy seems to follow the Greek Fathers; it calls him "Princeps militiae coelestis quem honorificant angelorum cives". The hymn of the Mozarabic Breviary places St. Michael even above the Twenty-four Elders. The Greek Liturgy styles him Archistrategos, "highest general" (cf. Menaea, 8 Nov. and 6 Sept.).
It would have been natural to St. Michael, the champion of the Jewish people, to be the champion also of Christians, giving victory in war to his clients. The early Christians, however, regarded some of the martyrs as their military patrons: St. George, St. Theodore, St. Demetrius, St. Sergius, St. Procopius, St. Mercurius, etc.; but to St. Michael they gave the care of their sick. At the place where he was first venerated, in Phrygia, his prestige as angelic healer obscured his interposition in military affairs. It was from early times the centre of the true cult of the holy angels, particularly of St. Michael. Tradition relates that St. Michael in the earliest ages caused a medicinal spring to spout at Chairotopa near Colossae, where all the sick who bathed there, invoking the Blessed Trinity and St. Michael, were cured.
Still more famous are the springs which St. Michael is said to have drawn from the rock at Colossae (Chonae, the present Khonas, on the Lycus). The pagans directed a stream against the sanctuary of St. Michael to destroy it, but the archangel split the rock by lightning to give a new bed to the stream, and sanctified forever the waters which came from the gorge. The Greeks claim that this apparition took place about the middle of the first century and celebrate a feast in commemoration of it on 6 September (Analecta Bolland., VIII, 285-328). Also at Pythia in Bithynia and elsewhere in Asia the hot springs were dedicated to St. Michael.
At Constantinople likewise, St. Michael was the great heavenly physician. His principal sanctuary, the Michaelion, was at Sosthenion, some fifty miles south of Constantinople; there the archangel is said to have appeared to the Emperor Constantine. The sick slept in this church at night to wait for a manifestation of St. Michael; his feast was kept there 9 June. Another famous church was within the walls of the city, at the thermal baths of the Emperor Arcadius; there the synaxis of the archangel was celebrated 8 November. This feast spread over the entire Greek Church, and the Syrian, Armenian, and Coptic Churches adopted it also; it is now the principal feast of St. Michael in the Orient. It may have originated in Phrygia, but its station at Constantinople was the Thermae of Arcadius (Martinow, "Annus Graeco-slavicus", 8 Nov.). Other feasts of St. Michael at Constantinople were: 27 October, in the "Promotu" church; 18 June, in the Church of St. Julian at the Forum; and 10 December, at Athaea.
The Christians of Egypt placed their life-giving river, the Nile under the protection of St. Michael; they adopted the Greek feast and kept it 12 November; on the twelfth of every month they celebrate a special commemoration of the archangel, but 12 June, when the river commences to rise, they keep as a holiday of obligation the feast of St. Michael "for the rising of the Nile", euche eis ten symmetron anabasin ton potamion hydaton.
At Rome the Leonine Sacramentary (sixth century) has the "Natale Basilicae Angeli via Salaria", 30 September; of the five Masses for the feast three mention St. Michael. The Gelasian Sacramentary (seventh century) gives the feast "S. Michaelis Archangeli", and the Gregorian Sacramentary (eighth century), "Dedicatio Basilionis S. Angeli Michaelis", 29 Sept. A manuscript also here adds "via Salaria" (Ebner, "Miss. Rom. Iter Italicum", 127). This church of the Via Salaria was six miles to the north of the city; in the ninth century it was called Basilica Archangeli in Septimo (Armellini, "Chiese di Roma", p. 85). It disappeared a thousand years ago. At Rome also the part of heavenly physician was given to St. Michael. According to an (apocryphal?) legend of the tenth century he appeared over the Moles Hadriani (Castel di S. Angelo), in 950, during the procession which St. Gregory held against the pestilence, putting an end to the plague. Boniface IV (608-15) built on the Moles Hadriani in honour of him, a church, which was styled St. Michaelis inter nubes (in summitate circi).
Well known is the apparition of St. Michael (a. 494 or 530-40), as related in the Roman Breviary, 8 May, at his renowned sanctuary on Monte Gargano, where his original glory as patron in war was restored to him. To his intercession the Lombards of Sipontum (Manfredonia) attributed their victory over the Greek Neapolitans, 8 May, 663. In commemoration of this victory the church of Sipontum instituted a special feast in honour of the archangel, on 8 May, which has spread over the entire Latin Church and is now called (since the time of Pius V) "Apparitio S. Michaelis", although it originally did not commemorate the apparition, but the victory.
In Normandy St. Michael is the patron of mariners in his famous sanctuary at Mont-Saint-Michel in the diocese of Coutances. He is said to have appeared there, in 708, to St. Aubert, Bishop of Avranches. In Normandy his feast "S. Michaelis in periculo maris" or "in Monte Tumba" was universally celebrated on 18 Oct., the anniversary of the dedication of the first church, 16 Oct., 710; the feast is now confined to the Diocese of Coutances. In Germany, after its evangelization, St. Michael replaced for the Christians the pagan god Wotan, to whom many mountains were sacred, hence the numerous mountain chapels of St. Michael all over Germany.
The hymns of the Roman Office are said to have been composed by St. Rabanus Maurus of Fulda (d. 856). In art St. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield (often the shield bears the Latin inscription: Quis ut Deus), standing over the dragon, whom he sometimes pierces with a lance. He also holds a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the departed (cf. Rock, "The Church of Our Fathers", III, 160), or the book of life, to show that he takes part in the judgment. His feast (29 September) in the Middle Ages was celebrated as a holy day of obligation, but along with several other feasts it was gradually abolished since the eighteenth century (see FEASTS). Michaelmas Day, in England and other countries, is one of the regular quarter-days for settling rents and accounts; but it is no longer remarkable for the hospitality with which it was formerly celebrated. Stubble-geese being esteemed in perfection about this time, most families had one dressed on Michaelmas Day. In some parishes (Isle of Skye) they had a procession on this day and baked a cake, called St. Michael's bannock.
FREDERICK G. HOLWECK
Transcribed by Sean Hyland
Michael ("Who is as God"): Regardless of which major faith's angelic beings is being followed, Michael ranks as the highest of the host. He is the leader of the celestial armies and is the angel who fought Satan during the War and enchained the rebel leader. He is considered to be of the class of seraphim, and yet is also head of other ranks within the hierarchy: the ruler of the archangels leader of the virtues, and head of the principalities in his role as protector of Israel. Michael is considered to be the angel of the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses, and has also appeared in the book of Daniel, where God states him as being the highest within the angelic ranks. Although other angels have been attributed with the title of Angel of Death, it is Michael who weighs the souls on judgment day, after his battle once more with the forces of evil. He is mentioned
as both an angel of destruction and vengeance in the name of God, but also as a protector and the angel who kept Satan from claiming the body of Moses after the patriarch's death. By all rights, Michael can be considered foremost among the angels.
Michael is: ALDEBARAN or Oculus Tauri (Bull's Eye) in Gemini tropically, Watcher of the East aka the Christian Crusader. Commander of the Heavenly Host. Situate 15.08 Taurus sidereally.
Michael - Associated with the Fire element
Michael rules over the Tree of Life Sephirah 6 (Tephirah), The Greek Deity Helios, The Alchemical Metal Gold, and Harmony and Beauty
This Archangel is 'over the best parts of humanity and over chaos' His name means Who is like to God. Also known as St. Michael, Archangel Michael is said to be the closest to God and is heaven's greatest defender and mightiest warrior against evil. His symbol is a fiery sword.
Twin Flame / Divine Complement / Twin Ray: Faith
Also known as: Lord Michael, Prince of the Archangels, Archangel of the First Ray, Defender of the Faith
Historical and Literary References: Michael's Name means "Who is like God." Angel of Deliverance. Considered by all three of the major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, to be the greatest of all the Angels. Also, Michael and Gabriel are the only two Angels mentioned in the Old Testament by name. According to Jewish writings, Michael was considered to be the "Viceroy of Heaven", which incidentally was a title applied to the great adversary Lucifer before his fall from grace. Michael has been credited as being the angel who stayed the hand of Abraham when he was on the point of sacrificing his son Isaac. According to Louis Ginzberg in The Legends of the Jews, Vol.2, p.303, "the Fire that Moses saw in the burning bush had the appearance of Michael, who had descended from Heaven as the forerunner of the Shekinah." In the Book of Revelation 20:1, it is commonly thought that Michael is the "angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand." He is usually depicted wearing armor or chain mail and an unsheathed Sword, signifying his role as God's champion. He was described as young, strong and handsome; very huge and militant; eyes looking like pools of fire with firm, chiseled facial features. His skin was described as the "color of copper which radiates and glows from being in the Presence of God".
Divine Quality: Protection , Faith , Will of God , Power , Omnipotence of God , Perfection
Service to Life: In response to our free will calls and decrees, Archangel Michael protects our consciousness, being, and world. Focuses the Solar Consciousness of the First Ray Uses the Sword of Blue Flame to cut loose and set free from psychic and astral substance, as well as from other malevolent influences, all who make the call and invoke Michael's assistance.
Spiritual gift of freedom from doubt and fear (11) Strengthening of your faith (11) , Exorcism of demons (11) Inspiration for leaders (11) Improvement of government (11)
Vibration / Ray / Flame: Blue Flame , Blue Lightning Flame of Faith White and Blue Flame Blue Lightning of Cosmic Christ Protection (11)
Angels: Legions of Blue Lightning Angels , Angels of Blue Flame , Angels of the Sword of Blue Flame , Legions of Blue Flame Angels (1) ,
Retreat / Spiritual Home: Temple of Faith and Protection, in the etheric realm over the Canadian Rockies, near Banff and Lake Louise, Canada, and extending over the border of the United States (4)
("Fire of God"): Archangel Uriel rules Ministration and Peace. His name is interpreted variously as, "God is My Light"; "God is Light"; "Radiation of God"; "God is the Radiating Principle of Light", and, "Fire of God." Uriel stands with a fiery sword at the Gate of the Lost Eden. His symbol is an open hand holding a flame, which he offers as the Flame of Love towards all souls. In the Book of Enoch Uriel was called the Angel who "watches over thunder and terror" (Enoch 1).Identified as both a seraph and a cherub, Uriel is most well known for his role as Regent of the Sun in the book of Revelation where he calls forth the birds of the air to feast upon the fallen. As one of the most faithful and dedicated members of the host, Uriel was also placed in charge of Tartarus (another name for Hades), warned Noah of the impending flood (although Raphael is credited with teaching the building of the ark), and attacked Moses for failing to circumcise his son. Accepted as an archangel by the Church for many centuries, he was finally removed from the records in 745 CE as the Church became increasingly concerned with the prominence the public was placing upon angels.
Conversation with Uriel
In Babylonian scholarship, it was the extraterrestrial God EA/Enki (An Anunnaki) who warned Noah (Uta-Napishtim) of the impending flood. Uta-Napishtim was the son of Ubar-Tutu.
Uriel is: ANTARES or Cor Scorpio or Qalb Al Aqrab in Sagittarius tropically. Uriel (Ur = Earth). Watcher of the West. Situate 15.52 Scorpio sidereally.
Associated with the Earth element Colour: White, Gold, Earth tones This Archangel is 'over the world'. Archangel Uriel's name means Fire of God, and he is known as The Angel of Repentance. His Christian symbol is am open hand holding a flame. In Christian tradition, Uriel is also the Angel of Music, The Angel of Poetry and the Angel of Prophecy. Uriel also assists in communicating with nature, and can be called on to assist with material and earthly matters
Also known as: Lord Uriel, Archangel of Ministration, Archangel of the Sixth Ray, Angel of Ministration (6)
Vibration / Ray / Flame: Purple and Gold, Ruby, Ruby and Gold
Divine Quality: Peace, Ministration, Service
Angels: Legions of Purple and Gold Lightning Angels, Angels of Purple and Gold, Legions of the Ruby Ray, Angels of Ruby and Gold
Among the angels, there are those who stand out above the rest. Most people could name at least one or two archangels off the top of their heads; most probably Michael or Gabriel. However, there are according to most sources, at least seven of these divine beings who rule over the rest of the Host and act as the honored for God's most important missions. Pseudo-Dionysis, who was responsible for the previously listed hierarchy lists the following angels at the highest: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel and Zadkiel. Still, other listings give mention to Raguel, Remiel, Sariel, and Raziel among others. Regardless of which, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel are almost always given the post.
Michael is credited with most of the major miraculous events in the Bible by some authorities, whereas others place many of the same events upon the shoulders of lesser known angelic beings. Part of this problem arised from the Catholic church's refusal to accept many of the non-scripturally named angels as existent and thus was forced to delegate the events in the Bible to the three angels who were: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (who is mentioned in the Catholic apocrypha). Lesser dogmatic
individuals, however, were willing to accept the validity of other non-biblical sources, at least as far as the naming of members of the host. In the descriptions given below, duties that are ascribed to these "lesser" archangels are mentioned in their dossier as opposed to being lumped into the description of the major three.
Following are the lesser archangels:
Anael (Hanael) : The Angel of Air, who breathes air into the body. Anael rules over the Planet Venus, the Tree of Life Sephirah 7 (Netzach - Victory), The Greek Deity Aphrodite, The Alchemical Metal Copper, and Emotion Relation
Specifically to Netzach, HANAEL, "Me, the God", is the angel of intellectual activity. In the Golden Dawn, URIEL take his place, to the left at the North as archangel of the element Earth. He is the archangel of wealth, material and spiritual. His empire is over Hod-Netzach-Yesod. Hanael (or Anael) - This angel presides over the sun sign Capricorn and those born in the month of December. Those born under this sign can pray to Hanael for special protection and bright blessings. One of the 7 angels of creation. Prince of the Archangels and ruler of the Friday angels. Also, known as Anael, Hanael exercises dominion over the planet Venus. He is one of the luminaries concerned with human sexuality and is governor of the second heaven, where he is in charge of prayer ascending from the first heaven. In addition he controls kingdoms and kings on earth and has dominion over the moon. Hodniel - An angel reputed to have the power of curing stupidity in man.
Ariel - Archangel Ariel's name means, "Lion of God." He is the Keeper of the Sacred Wisdom and is the Angel of the Earth. Ariel is usually depicted as a serious-faced man of mature years with flowing silver hair and violet eyes. He wears a cloak of rainbow colors that flash and glow in his aura.
Cammuel - Archangel Cammuel is also known as Camuel, Kemuel, Shemuel Seraphiel, Camiel, Camiul, Khamael, Camniel, Cancel and Jahoe! His name means, "He Who Sees God". Camuel is the Archangel of Divine Love and the Gatekeeper of Heaven. He is regarded as Chief of the Order of Powers. He is usually depicted as a warrior with large green wings, dressed in a red tunic with green armour plates, and an iron helmet.
Cassiel rules over the Planet Saturn. Saturn rules The Tree of Life Sephirah 3 (Binah -understanding), The Greek Deity Kronos, Alchemical Metal Lead, and Time and Form
Chamuel ("He who sees God"): A member of the order of powers (although also considered a chief domination), Chamuel is considered by some to be the angel who wrestled with Jacob and damaged Jacob's thigh. Beyond this, Chamuel is considered, along side of Gabriel, to be one of the angels who strengthened and comforted Jesus on Gethsemane.
Jophiel - ("Beauty of God"): One of the cherubim, Jophiel is accredited with being the angel to drive Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden after they eat the forbidden fruit. If this is the case, Jophiel receives also the honor of being the first angel to be mentioned in the Bible. In such a role, he is last left guarding the Tree of Life with a flaming sword to prevent the return of man.
Raguel, Sariel and Jerahmeel [these three also known as Izidkiel, Hanael and Kepharel])
Izidkiel - (This prayer is used in a Thelema baptism: "may Izidkiel protect against all that would try to breach your inner boundaries. For all those who would aspire to do this do so in order to cling to your life's force and do so because they have none of their own."
Metatron: Metatron is the tallest of the Archangels and the twin brother of Archangel Sandalphon. He appears as an enormous being of brilliant White Light, and is the greatest of all the Heavenly Hierarchy He is Master of the Highest Power of Abundance, Chancellor of Heaven, and King of the Angels. Metatron is said to have been the prophet Enoch, who was taken up to Heaven and transformed into an Angel of Fire with thirty-six pairs of wings. Metatron is usually shown holding a scroll in his hand. In some traditions, the Supreme Angel, Angel of the Covenant and Heavenly Scribe.
Raguel ("Friend of God"): One of the principalities, Raguel is given the dubious honor of watching over the good behavior of his fellow angels. Besides this vigilance, Raguel is also mentioned as being an angel of ice and snow, calling forth other angels during the Final Judgment to deal with the unpure. This Archangel 'takes vengeance on the world of luminaries' As the "Friend of God" Raguel judges and watches over his fellow angels.
Raziel ("Secret of God"): One of the cherubim, Raziel is the giver of divine mysteries as well as an angel of knowledge. The Angel of the Secret Regions and Supreme Mysteries It is he who lead to the writing of the book of Enoch and is also the author of the tome from which Noah learns to build the ark. This is not to be confused with Raphael, who is the angel to give Raziel's tome to Noah, but did not write it himself. The Archangel - Raziel, known as the "Angel of secret regions and of the Supreme Mysteries", author of the "Book of the Angel Raziel that was presented to Noah, was also the chief of the Thrones. He proclaimed to know all the secrets of mankind.
Remiel (Ramiel or Jeremiel or Jeremeel) ("Mercy of God", "Lord of Souls awaiting resurrection"): This Archangel is 'over those who rise' and bring souls to judgment. Remiel means God Raises Up; accordingly this is the Angel in charge of souls on their way to heaven. He is the Angel of Hope. Remiel is accredited with two tasks. First, he is the angel responsible for true divine visions, and is said to be the angel to give such a vision to Baruch before destroying Baruch's enemies, the armies of Sennacherib. Beyond that, he is also the guide for the souls of the faithful, leading them into Heaven after Michael weighs them at the last trump. Although not mentioned specifically as such, such a role would lead to the assumption that Ramiel is a power. He is credited with the destruction of the armies of Sennacherib, being the carrier of the instructions of the "Seven Archangels", and the one who presides over "true vision". He was the leader of the Apostates and one of the fallen angels.
Sachiel rules over the Planet Jupiter. Jupiter rules over the Tree of Life Sephirah 4 (Chesed- Mercy), The Greek Deity Zeus, The Alchemical Metal Tin, and Paternal Wisdom
Samael is also known as Sammael and Samil. It is generally taught that Samael resides in the Seventh Heaven, although he is declared to be the Chief Angel of the Fifth Heaven. Samael rules over the Planet Mars. Mars rules over the Tree of Life Sephirah 5 (Geburah - Severity) , The Greek Deity Ares, the Alchemical Metal Iron, and Active Energy.
Sandalphon appears as very tall and dressed in black. His robe is made of pure energy. His name means, "Brother", and he is the twin brother of Metatron. Sandalphon is the Master of Heavenly Song. His primary function is to act as a Guide.
Sariel (Saraqael) ("Command of God"): Working along side of Raguel, this seraph is given the role of deciding the fate of angels which stray from God's path. Sariel was also the Angel of Death. It was claimed that Sariel was a healer like Raphael, a Seraphim and the Prince of Presence. He is also credited as being an angel of knowledge, and one of the leaders in Heaven's armies, his name being written upon the shields of one of the fighting forces. Though not recorded in fact, it was stated by some that Sariel was in fact one of the fallen rebel angels.
Zadkiel (Zedkiel) also known as Tzadkiel, Satqiel, and Zachiel. ("Righteousness of God") Zadkiel is the Chief of Dominations. Belonging to the ranks of the dominations, and considered by some to be chief, Zadkiel is considered an angel of mercy. It is he who holds back the hand of Abraham to prevent the patriarch from sacrificing his son, and because of this is usually shown holding a dagger. Also, Zadkiel is one of two standard bearers (along with Zophiel) who follow directly behind Michael as the head archangel enters battle.
(See also FEAST OF THE GUARDIAN ANGELS.)
That every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith; but it is the "mind of the Church", as St. Jerome expressed it: "how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it." (Comm. in Matt., xviii, lib. II).
This belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and Assyrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an Assyrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
In the Bible this doctrine is clearly discernible and its development is well marked. In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God's wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is the appointed leader of the host of Israel, and in 32:34, God says to Moses: "my angel shall go before thee." At a much later period we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 90:11: "For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways." (Cf. Psalm 33:8 and 34:5.) Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called "prince of the kingdom of the Persians", and Michael is termed "one of the chief princes"; cf. Deuteronomy 32:8 (Septuagint); and Ecclesiasticus 17:17 (Septuagint).
This sums up the Old Testament doctrine on the point; it is clear that the Old Testament conceived of God's angels as His ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs. There is no special teaching; the doctrine is rather taken for granted than expressly laid down; cf. II Machabees 3:25; 10:29; 11:6; 15:23.
But in the New Testament the doctrine is stated with greater precision. Angels are everywhere the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching: "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10). A twofold aspect of the doctrine is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfil on earth.
Without dwelling on the various passages in the New Testament where the doctrine of guardian angels is suggested, it may suffice to mention the angel who succoured Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison. Hebrews 1:14 puts the doctrine in its clearest light: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?" This is the function of the guardian angels; they are to lead us, if we wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven.
St. Thomas teaches us (Summa Theologica I:113:4) that only the lowest orders of angels are sent to men, and consequently that they alone are our guardians, though Scotus and Durandus would rather say that any of the members of the angelic host may be sent to execute the Divine commands. Not only the baptized, but every soul that cometh into the world receives a guardian spirit; St. Basil, however (Homily on Psalm 43), and possibly St. Chrysostom (Homily 3 on Colossians) would hold that only Christians were so privileged. Our guardian angels can act upon our senses (I:111:4) and upon our imaginations (I:111:3) -- not, however, upon our wills, except "per modum suadentis", viz. by working on our intellect, and thus upon our will, through the senses and the imagination. (I:106:2; and I:111:2). Finally, they are not separated from us after death, but remain with us in heaven, not, however, to help us attain salvation, but "ad aliquam illustrationem" (I:108:7, ad 3am).
Transcribed by Herman Holbrook
Ad Dei gloriam honoremque angeli custodis mei
Demons and Spirits
These are generally called up for a short time, enough to perform a specific task, and are then banished. This is not always the case, but it is a general rule. Mostly they do not have a material basis. An exception is when they are used in talismans or protective wards on a house. They can be called in solo, or in a group context with equal efficiency.
Sometimes a Demon may actually be a God. This is a different type of demon, and perhaps they should be refered to as Demon-Princes. The difference between a Demon and a Demon-Prince is like the difference between a Guardian Angel and an Arch-Angel. Arch-Angels and Demon-Princes are more like Gods, in that they are usually well known and have their names publicised in books, as well as having relatively clearly defined specialities/spheres of influence.
These are a special type of Spirit/Demon having a special association with one of the four elements. Earth elementals can be, among other things, Gnomes, Dwarves, Moles, Rocks, Stones or Trolls. Water elementals can be Undines, Mermaids, Fish, Serpents, Frogs, Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, Water Nymphs or Whirlpools. Air elementals can be Sylphs, Fairies, Owls, Eagles, the Wind, Smoke, Incense or Tornadoes. Fire elementals can be Salamanders, bonfires, lanterns, candles, torches, fireworks. They can be used both in group or solo work. The magician's magickal tools are also a special type of elemental. Wands are fire elementals, Swords/Knives are air elementals, Cups are water elementals and Pentacles are earth elementals. These magickal tools can be thought of as a sort of cross breed elemental-familiar-talisman type of servitor.
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