You may be a little overwhelmed by all the information that exists surrounding the Archangels and their role in the physical and spiritual worlds. There can be a lot to take into consideration and the information itself can vary from one source to another. In this article, we are going to explore each of the 7 Archangels and some of the important aspects commonly associated with them. As we explore the 7 Archangels and their meanings, you should get a better idea as to how you can connect to each.
Archangels definition – In simple terms, an archangel is a higher rank of angel. Where there isn’t a limit to the number of angels there can be there are only a handful of Archangels. They are arguably the closest beings to God. The term Archangel is primarily used within Abrahamic traditions and faiths but beings that are remarkably similar to Archangels are described in other religions and cultures.
What do the archangels represent?
If you’re completely new to the concept of Archangels, you probably have a number of questions: what is an Archangel and who are the Archangels? How familiar are you with the 7 main Archangels and their meanings?
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The 7 Archangels and their Meanings – Names
So now that you have an understanding of what Archangels are, we can explore each of the main 7 Archangel’s names and what their meanings are.
We’ll begin our exploration of the 7 Archangels and their meanings by taking a look at the Archangel Michael. It’s interesting to note that Archangel Michael is the only Archangel to appear in the Bible, the Torah, and the Qur’an. His name translates roughly as “He who is like God”. Archangel Michael is viewed as being the lead Archangel. His main role in our world is to promote courage, bravery, and justice. He also works to keep evil spirits from leading us away from our spiritual path. Many who work in jobs involving the care of others will feel the presence of Archangel Michael.
Ariel translates as literally meaning “lion of God”. This makes more sense as we delve into the duties of Archangel Ariel. She is responsible for the protection and healing of Mother Earth and the beings that dwell within it. This isn’t limited to only plants and animals but also elements such as Earth, Wind, and Water. She encourages us to take care of the environment and will try her best to help each of us in following our spiritual path and living up to our full potential. Ariel will usually use her influence over nature as a means of communication such as sending hummingbirds as a symbol.
As we explore the 7 Archangels and their meanings further, we come to the Archangel Raphael. The name Raphael can be translated as meaning “It is God who heals” or “God heals”. It probably doesn’t surprise you then that he is the angel of healing. When people are in need of healing (physical, spiritual or emotional) they will often pray to Raphael. He does perform other roles beyond healing though: Raphael tries to bring joy, happiness, and laughter into the world so that we can all see the light, even in the darkest of times.
The name Gabriel means “God is my strength” which is perhaps why Gabriel is one of the more well-known angels and serves as God’s messenger. We see 3 examples of Gabriel within the Bible: He appears to Daniel to provide an explanation of a divine vision (and prophecies the coming of the Messiah). He also appears to Zechariah to announce the coming pregnancy of his wife and the birth of his son, John the Baptist. Finally (and perhaps most famously) he appears to Mary to relay the message that God has chosen her to be the mother of Jesus, the Messiah.
As we continue through the 7 Archangels and their meanings, we come to the Archangel Jophiel. She is one of the few female Archangels. Her name translates as “divine beauty” or “beauty of God”. She helps mankind to appreciate the beauty in the world. When we stop to admire an incredible flower or the intricacies of a leaf, we have usually had a nudge or a visit from the Archangel Jophiel. She also boosts our imagination and inspires creativity, all in an effort to make us realize how miraculous our world is. People pray to Jophiel when they lose sight of the meaning of life.
As we near the last of the 7 Archangels and their meanings, we reach the Archangel Azrael. His name in Hebrew translates as “Angel of God” but he is often referred to as the “Angel of Destruction and Renewal”. This isn’t a reason to fear Azrael. He doesn’t bring death or destruction but rather he helps guide us under these circumstances. For example, upon death, he will help us to remain calm and cross over from this world to the next. His role is somewhat similar to Anubis from Ancient Egyptian mythology. He also provides comfort to those who have just suffered the loss of a loved one.
The last of the 7 Archangels and their meanings that we’ve yet to explore is Archangel Chamuel. Chamuel’s name means “one who seeks God” and for a good reason. He is the angel of relationships but that isn’t as straightforward as it may sound. The relationships he is involved in aren’t limited solely to romantic relationships but also friendships, family and of course spiritual relationships such as your connection to God. Chamuel helps us to realize when we’ve stepped over a line and need to acknowledge that in order to repair a relationship we have put our ego to one side and admit that we are wrong.