Spiritual wisdom suggests invoking different archangels for different life challenges. Gabriel, for example, is invoked for justice and righteousness, and Uriel for the high light of consciousness and lighting the way in the dark. Raphael, one of the primary archangels and the one dedicated to healing, is invoked for this reason:
Raphael is the angel we invoke when we ourselves are not well, physically or mentally; when our beloved friends or family are suffering; or when we are praying for the end to suffering of all beings and for the end of suffering of nature and Mother Earth.
It is interesting to note that each of the four archangels is connected with a symbolic creature, described by the prophet Ezekiel in a vision–considered to be one of the most significant mystical revelations in the entire scripture. In this vision, Michael appears with the face of a lion, Gabriel with the face of an Ox, Uriel with the face of an eagle, and Raphael with the face of the man.
Of all the angels and archangels, Raphael is in many ways the “friendliest,” most accommodating intermediary between humans and the great multitudes of angels in the various realms.
Raphael is envisioned as standing directly in back of us, supporting us at all times. Moving behind us, Raphael cleans up our mistakes and erases any disturbances we may have left behind on our path.
Adapted from Invoking Angels, by Rabbi David A. Cooper (Sounds True, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Rabbi David A. Cooper. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from Invoking Angels, by Rabbi David A. Cooper (Sounds True, 2006).