ANGELS, FEATHERS AND MEANINGS
It is said that we are sent many signs when loved ones and angels are near us.
Feathers are one of the more well know signs and there are many others including butterflies and rainbows. Sometimes you may see magical formations in the clouds that will look like feathers or some may even see full-blown Angels.
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 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.