Raphael is the overseer of the season of spring. The sun or the returning sun sometimes symbolizes him. He is the angel of brightness, beauty, healing, and life. The name literally means “God has Healed.” He instructs in the art of healing, especially through the elements of Nature and thus the caduceus is often his symbol as well. He works to help humans link the heart and the mind the healing process.
Information about Raphael originally came out of the Chaldean tradition, but he is also one of three great angels named in post-Biblical lore. In the Biblical Book of Tobit, he is companion and guide to Tobias, the son of Tobit. At the end of their journey together, he reveals that he is one of the “seven holy angels” that attend the throne of God.
In the Zohar, Raphael is charged to heal earth and “through him the earth furnishes an abode for man, whom he also heals of maladies.” He is also the angel of science and knowledge, and he was the preceptor of Isaac. One legend tells how Solomon prayed to God for help in the building of the Temple. God answered with the gift of a magic ring brought to the Hebrew king personally by Raphael. The ring, engraved with the five-pointed star had the ability to subdue all demons, and it was this “slave labor” of demons that enabled Solomon to complete the Temple.
Raphael is the keeper and guardian of the most sacred symbol of the Christian Mysteries — the Holy Grail — throughout the Piscean Age. He works to awaken the Great Quest — the quest for our true spiritual essence and how best to manifest it within this life. He bestows valor and grace upon humanity, and with a group of beings of light known as the Malachim that our individual Holy Guardian Angel comes, to teach us and guide us as we begin to take more conscious control of our evolution.
Excerpt from Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens & Messages in Nature by Ted Andrews
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