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Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel from the
Angel Insight Pack by Chrissie Astell. Painting by Rene Milot.
Courtesy DBP copyright 2008.

The Archangel of Annunciation, Guidance and Resurrection.

Day of the week: Wednesday
Colour: Crystal white
Archangel of the east
Element: Air
Planet: Mercury
Ashram (Healing Temple): Mount Shasta, California
Crystal: Danburite or Celestite
Key words: rebirth, new beginnings, direction

The angel Gabriel, together with Michael, is the only angel mentioned by name in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and acts primarily as a messenger of God and is probably the most famous of angels with many, many stories collected from different traditions.

Gabriel’s name means ‘God is my strength’ and is the second highest ranking angel in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Gabriel is ruler of the Cherubim, the guardian of Paradise and of the first heaven, which is apparently closest to mankind, and said to sit on the left hand side of God.

As Archangel of Resurrection, Annunciation, Baptism and Rebirth, Gabriel is also known as the Archangel of Communication, the Angel of Revelation and the bringer of truth who can direct you on your true life’s purpose back to the Light of God’s eternal love.

There is a theory that, seated to the left of the throne of God, Gabriel could be seen as a feminine energy, and the only female archangel in the angelic hierarchy. More evidence of this theory can be found in Longfellow’s 'The Golden Legend' where he describes Gabriel as the angel of the moon who brings humanity the gift of hope. The moon is generally symbolic of the feminine principle. Another pointer to this possibility is that it is always Gabriel who announces birth, and traditionally is said also to be the teacher of wisdom to the incoming soul of the unborn child during its nine months in the mother’s womb.

A further clue of this is that Mary, the virgin, was not afraid of the angel, since she did not assume it to be ‘a man’. In art Gabriel is almost always strongly depicted as female carrying the lilies of purity. However, this would not be easily accepted in some quarters!

There are more stories written about Gabriel than any other of the angels. In Biblical (Jewish and Christian) tradition Gabriel appears four times. Firstly to Daniel (Da 8:16, and 9:21) and then to Zechariah as he is burning incense at the alter in the temple. Gabriel announces that his wife is to give birth to a son named John (Lk 1:11-19). Probably the most well known is the story of the annunciation where Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she was going to give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-29).

In Islamic lore, as the ‘spirit of truth’ it was Gabriel (Jibril in Islam) who is believed to be the angel who appeared to Mohammed and dictated to him the Qu’ran sura by sura (verse by verse).

Mentioned several times in ancient texts such as the book of Enoch, Gabriel is very important in the Jewish literature: in the book of Enoch, Gabriel is one of four angels that will cast Satan (Azazyeel) and his minions “into a furnace of blazing fire, that the Lord of spirits may be avenged of them for their crimes, because they became ministers of Satan, and seduced those who dwell on earth.” (1 Enoch 53:6, Laurence translation)

In the Dead Sea Scrolls book War of the Sons of Light with the Sons of Darkness, the Sons of Light go into battle with the names of several angels, including Gabriel, on their shields.

As the angel of communication it is Archangel Gabriel who will give you guidance on your spiritual growth and future direction if you ask wholeheartedly. As Archangel of birth and death meditating in communion with Archangel Gabriel will enable you to focus on your direction and purpose and possible changes in your life. She/he will bring you assistance and guidance particularly if you desire a change in direction or a new challenge.

Available from Chrissie:


The Angel Insight Pack
This pack includes a set of 52 oracle cards, beautifully illustrated by Rene Milot, along with an accompanying book giving interpretations for each card and ideas for ways you can use the cards for meditation, communion and readings for yourself and others.

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Discovering Archangels - Gabriel
On this CD, Chrissie takes you on a guided visualisation with Gabriel to bring you news and great joy. Work with this energy of new beginnings to develop your sense of purpose and ask for the gift of wisdom.

Also part of the full 7-CD set:
Discovering Archangels


Educating Heart and Soul
A 7-month programme that helps you develop your knowledge and spiritual understanding, and includes all of the Archangel CDs.

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