Archangel Raphael is one of the most well known healing angels, and the main archangel who oversees healing for living beings on Earth. Raphael is said to control the etheric vitality of individuals as well as supporting the Earth as a living being.
Ever since I first read Angels – Companions in Magick by Silver RavenWolf back in circa 2004, I have been working with the Archangels when casting a circle of protection. Angel magick isn’t just for Christians, ChristoPagans or people on a monotheistic Path; Angels are truly non-denominational and will work with anyone who is on a Path of Love.
The Greek word ‘angelos’ means messenger and Angels are indeed messengers of the Divine but they are so much more. Some of them are fierce warriors of protectors of the innocent and they each have specialised functions.
Take the four Elements, for instance. Each of the Elements/cardinal directions has their own Archangelic ruler:
This means you can invoke the Archangelic ruler of each Element when casting a circle of protection. It doesn’t mean other methods are inferior or less safe; It simply means that for those who have good resonance with the Angelic Realm, this is a very simple and powerful method. I know this from many years of experience of working with the Angels myself.
There are many methods you can use for invoking Angelic assistance and you can also combine the methods listed below:
Starting in the East, invoke Archangel Raphael with the following words:
Archangel Raphael, Guardian of the Element of Air, ruler of the winds of East, please protect this circle and keep me safe.
Turn to the South and invoke Archangel Michael:
Archangel Michael, Guardian of the Element of the Fire, ruler of the winds of the South, please protect this circle and keep me safe.
Turn to the West and invoke Archangel Gabriel:
Archangel Gabriel, Guardian of the Element of the Water, ruler of the winds of the West, please protect this circle and keep me safe.
Finally, turn to the North and invoke Archangel Uriel:
Archangel Uriel, Guardian of the Element of Earth, ruler of the wins of the North, please protect this circle and keep me safe.
This can be followed with an invocation in the centre of the circle for the Lord & Lady, your tutelary deity and/or any spirit guides you want to be present.
Closing the circle, start in the north and move anti-clockwise, thanking each of the Archangels in turn for their assistance. I never dismiss the Archangels but I do offer them heartfelt gratitude for their presence in my life upon closing.
This works especially well if you use music during your magickal working but can also be performed in silence if you prefer or simply wish to not disturb people nearby.
What you need to do is to come up with a signature movement for each Archangel. I find that it helps to spend some time in meditation, contemplating the quality of each Element. For instance, for Raphael, I came up with a graceful sweeping arm movement that elevates me up on my toes as I turn to the East and call on the ruler of the Easterly Wind. I complete each movement in prayer position but you don’t have to do that.
For the Element of Fire and Archangel Michael, I incorporate a movement that mimics the use of the Sword of Truth carried by Archangel Michael.
For the Element of Water and Archangel Michael, I turn westward with spiraling motions, cupping my hands to receive the Water of Life and again finishing the sequence with hands in prayer position.
Turning to the North, I use a pose to indicate stability and groundedness.
When I use movement instead of words to close the circle, I simply start in the North and bow in gratitude and reverence of each Archangel, moving anti-clockwise.
Using Tarot cards to mark the four cardinal points of the circle is very handy. Once you have charged the cards with Archangelic energy, it is simply a matter of laying the cards out and you’re off. Make sure to give thanks when you gather the cards back up. As always, you begin in the East and move clock-wise when casting the circle. Closing, you start in the North and move anti-clockwise.
If you choose the Aces, stick with only Aces and don’t mix them with the Majors. Likewise, if you prefer to lay out Major Arcana cards when casting the circle, stick with them throughout.
Prepare cards for circle casting from a deck that you only use for healing work/divine magick. Pray over each of the four cards and charge them with the energy of each Archangel by asking them to bless the card while holding your hand over each card in turn. You can use your own words or a prayer like the one below:
Archangel _________ (name of Archangel), bless this ___________ (title of card) to act as a place holder in the _________ (cardinal direction) for your energy when I need your protection.
Above you see what the Archangelic sigils look like for each of the four Archangels. If you have a set of stones like the ones above, you simply charge them in the same way as you charge the Tarot cards. If you do not have sigil stones, you can easily make your own or even draw the sigils on pieces of cardboard.
If you work outdoors, I recommend tracing the sigils on the ground. Indoors, you can trace the sigils with salt or chalk depending on the surface – Just make sure that you can clean up after yourself without leaving any trace.
For both cards and sigils, you can add the words and/or the movements as well, depending on how elaborate you like your rituals to be.
If you are new to working with the Archangels, I recommend reading up on them before you invite them to assist with your magickal workings. THIS SITE has a wealth of information about Archangelic correspondences. I also recommend the book Angels – Companions in Magick by Silver RavenWolf mentioned above. To learn about the Archangelic rulers of the seven days of the week, click HERE.
The Archangel Michael Sigil – A sigil is a powerful angelic symbol. Therefore, if the sigil of each archangel holds its angels power. But an archangel sigil also helps you to communicate with that certain angel or invoke him. Hence, The Archangel Michael Sigil helps in communication with the archangel. And it is also helpful in rituals such as invocation.
You need only a few things. Search for a Rose Wheel and print it. Now search the Hebrew name of Archangel Micheal. Which is מיכאל.
Now you will need a pencil and a ruler. Now mark every letter of the archangel’s Hebrew name on the Rose Wheel. The connect the dots with a ruler. Starting with the first letter and then drawing a line to the second one. Then drawing a line from the 2nd letter to the 3rd one. And so on.
At the end you will have the sigil, which should be similar to the one in the image above. It also contains the Rose Wheel.
Making your own sigil is important because you can find hundreds of archangel sigils online. But not all of them are accurate. An if you use a random sigil from the internet might ruin your ritual. And do more harm then good.
The Archangel Michael Sigil has numerous uses. It is often used in protection. If you wear crystals, pendants or stones with this sigil on brings you Archangel Michael’s protection. He protects you from accidents, injuries, evil forces, and many more.
Carve this sigil in the candles on your altar. Burning a candle with this symbol on while you pray will protect you and make sure that your prayer is heard. Also, burn candles with the sigil on in meditation and contemplation sessions. Do not use burning sage or other incense. They are not compatible with any religion.
Use this symbol the the invocation of Archangel Michael. So put a drawing with the sigil on your altar. Place crystals and candles around it. And your altar is ready for invocation. But be careful, because the experience might shock you.
The Archangel Michael Sigil is a great way to communicate with the archangel. It brings him closer to you. And it often helps the archangel to materialize or make himself seen or heard. This sigil is powerful, and you have to be careful how you use it. And for what purposes.