When I first started working with Angels, I was reading a book in the garden and had just turned to a new chapter. My father suddenly arrived and as he walked towards me, across my newly laid lawn, I saw him bending and picking up something. He stopped a few times to repeat the same action and when he reached me he handed me a handful of beautiful white feathers. They had not been there earlier as they would have been spotted on my new green lawn but as I looked down at the chapter I had just turned to, I noticed it was entitled ‘Feathers’. This was my first conscious experience of Angel whispers, those magical reminders that we are all being loved and cared for.
Feathers are just one sign and there are many others including butterflies and rainbows. Sometimes you can see magical formations in the clouds such as feathers or a full-blown Angel. I always thought that they would look like cherubs, made out of fluffy clouds but it is the wispy clouds you need to look for. I was driving home from a show and got stuck behind a horsebox. Instead of getting frustrated I decide just to bimble along behind and that was when I saw my first Angel. It was huge, with a sword and a harp laid carelessly on one side. The colours of the sunset were beginning to fade and left a turquoise and blue hue to the sky. There was no doubt in my mind that it was Michael and I almost crashed the car when I saw it.
So what are Angels and where do they come from?
The word Angel is derived from the Greek word for Messenger and the halo represents virtue and innocence. The wings represent an Angel's role as a messenger travelling between Heaven and Earth. Originally Angels were not depicted with wings and the earliest example of a winged Angel in art is in a 5th century mosaic in the church of St.Prudencia in Rome. Angels in biblical and ancient non-biblical Jewish and Christian texts are portrayed as spiritual being, superior to humans in both power and knowledge
In Angelology there are nine choirs of angels divided into three groups of ranks and spheres.
1st Rank, Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.
These Angels are entirely turned towards God.
2nd Rank, Dominions, Powers and Authorities.
These Angels know God through there concern for the cosmos.
3rd Rank, Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
These Angels oversee nations, are involved with human beings and know God through his creation.
There were many questions that arose when I started to work with the Angels and trying to decide which ones to produce. I knew that people needed to connect to something outside of themselves and seemed to be searching for hope, peace, love, healing, comfort, strength and beauty. So I picked these seven Archangels because they are perfect in every way to deal with most of the life problems we encounter. I then added five Zodiac Angels, so that we would have an essence for each star sign and giving additional qualities to help and guide.
The Seven Archangels:
The Archangel Michael is the Angel of courage, strength and protection and he will stand by your side with his mighty sword and shield, ready to protect you.
The Archangel is associated with this words truth, courage, strength, success and faith. Call on Michael's mighty sword to protects you, cutting through the cords that bind you to people, places and things.
If you are afraid, lack courage or in need of protection, imagine his protective cloak around you, helping you to speak and live your truth.
Michael is a mighty warrior and will give you initiative, willpower, drive and energy to follow your path and complete tasks without too much effort. He will help you to develop the strength and focus needed to be successful.
The colours associated with this Angel are dark peacock blue and turquoise.
Let Archangel Gabriel's shining light surround you with protection to guide you through your darkest moments, keeping loved ones safe. Imagine the people and things you want to protect surrounded by pure white light and Gabriel will keep them safe.
The words associated with this Archangel are protection, intuition, clarity and discipline.
In order to follow your higher path, Gabriel gives you the discipline and guidance to take the first steps, followed by vision and clarity to follow that path. Sometimes your life choices can be hard but Archangel Gabriel will be with you all the way.
The colours of this Archangel are gold and white.
Archangel Raphael is a sage, a seer, gives healing both physically and emotionally through giving and receiving love.
The words associated with this Archangel are healing, communication, knowledge and vision.
This Angel encourages you to communicate and share you inner wisdom to heal with thoughts, words and creativity and you should call on this Angel if you are doing group work or wishing to exchange knowledge and ideas.
The colours associated with this Archangel are shades of green. However the complimentary colour of green is pink (see Chamuel) and I sometimes use both colours.
Archangel Uriel is the Angel of Fire and can help you to release your fears and anger, letting go of the past.
The words associated with this Archangel are peace, wisdom, light, understanding and change. Ask for this wisdom and light to help let go of the past, bringing inner peace, transformation and harmony into your life.
If you are experiencing major changes in your life, call on Uriel to make the transitions as smooth as possible. If you need to let go, in order to move on, imagine his wings of burning flames releasing you from the past into the present.
The colours traditionally associated to this Archangel are purple and gold but I have been guided to use orange to represent the flames of the fire.
This Angel of unconditional love lifts you from your sorrow, helping you to love yourself and others, expressing your innermost feelings.
The words that this Archangel is associated with are love, pleasure, creativity, tenderness and compassion. In order for you to give love to others, you need to release negative emotions, helping you to find forgiveness to mend that bruised and battered heart.
Chamuel will lovingly guide you to be creative and imaginative and to find special inspiration from the depths of your heart.
The colours associated with this Angel are shades of pinks going through to magenta.
Called the Angel of Freedom, Archangel Zadkiels silver violet flame can purify body, mind and soul, to heal emotions and negative beliefs. This will help you to move on with your life, bringing freedom and forgiveness for yourself and others.
The words associated with this Archangel are forgiveness, mercy, cleansing and freedom.
To call on Zadkiel's silver violet flame simply imagine a circle of these flames and place the people, situations or emotions into the centre. This cannot harm you or the people you love but will burn away the negative emotions and beliefs.
The colours associated with this Archangel are violet and silver.
Jophiel brings understanding to illuminate your path in life, bringing enlightenment, health and wealth.
The words associated with this Archangel are joy, wisdom, insight, inspiration and intuition. Call on Jophiel for those sudden flashes of inspiration and answers to ongoing problems, as well as developing intuition, inner wisdom and insight.
Jophiel brings JOY, laughter and light, removing negativity. Call on this Angel for help with studying, examinations and concentration or if you are giving a talk or presentation.
The colour associated with this Archangel is yellow.
The Five Zodiac Angels:
The words associated with this Archangel are good fortune, luck, purpose and positivity. Cassiel is the Angel of good fortune, helping you to create your own 'luck' so you can reap the vast rewards of positive thinking. His greatest gifts are patience and strengthening inner convictions giving us strength to work hard, have inner discipline and belief in ourselves.
The colours associated with this Archangel are earth colours, from rich russets and browns to oranges.
The words associated with this Archangel are victory, stamina, courage, leadership and passion.
Sammael gives courage and stamina to overcome adversity and liberate the soul. He rules over battlefields and represents the warrior, guiding ambition, drive and passion, as well as the pursuit of love and romance.
The colour associated with this Archangel is red.
The words associated with this Archangel are love, fertility, joy, pleasure and sensuality.
Anael rules over love, romance and desire. Through this earthy, sensual energy, Anael teaches you to respect Mother Nature and her creatures, and to love and protect our planet while celebrating its wonderful gifts.
The colours associated with this Archangel are blues, green and sometimes lavender.
The words associated with this Archangel are truth, understanding, insight and strength.
Azrael is a powerful Angel who teaches you about truth and illusion, life and death to bring strength of soul and helping you to transcend your fears. Call on this Angel in times of grief for love, comfort and strength.
The colours associated with this Archangel are burgundy and magenta.
The words associated with this Angel are emotions, dreams, intuition and creativity. Asariel has dominion over the waters of the world and the abundance of life within and so guides the deep ocean of your spirits. Asariel watches over your emotions and the ebb and flow of life, encouraging creativity and teaching through dreams and inner wisdom.
The colours associated with this Angel are aqua and blue.