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Archangels of the Seven Rays

There are numerous angels and archangels in sacred texts around the world. The archangels are associated with days of the week as well as specific qualities, colors and archaei (feminine counterparts). However, the archangels of the seven rays are the most commonly known. They are the following:

  • Archangel Michael
  • Archangel Jophiel
  • Archangel Chamuel
  • Archangel Gabriel
  • Archangel Raphael
  • Archangel Uriel
  • Archangel Zadkiel

Song to the Archangels of the Seven Rays

Angels can be invoked through prayers, songs and meditation. Chanting the names of the seven archangels is a practice akin to singing mantras to other aspects or personifications of God.  Angels can be invoked for specific needs and to surround yourself with light and uplifting energy.

There are angels for just about every conceivable situation: angels attend birth, angels guide us after death to the heavenly realms, angels protect us while we sleep, angels can intercede in health situations and they appear to protect in danger.

Some traditions teach there are specific angels for Christmas or other religious holidays. Other accounts indicate that angels can take embodiment in human form as needed.

Descriptions of the Archangels of the Seven Rays

Archangel Michael of the First Ray (Color Blue): Archangel Michael is a protector. He is associated with the color blue, the throat chakra and Tuesday. His feminine counterpart is the Archaea Faith. Michael is known as the captain or leader of the heavenly hosts of angels. He is a spiritual warrior. Archangel Michael is usually depicted battling the devil. He is dressed in armor and carries a sword and shield. Ultimately, Archangel Michael is victorious. He is depicted standing over the devil in paintings and statues.

Archangel Michael Spiritual Protection
Archangel Michael Defeating the Devil

Archangel Jophiel of the Second Ray (Color Yellow): Archangel Jophiel is the angel of knowledge and wisdom. Jophiel is associated with the color yellow and Sunday as a day of the week. His counterpart is the Archaea Christine. Archangel Jophiel is known for watching over the sons of Noah, although he is not a canonical archangel in modern texts. Jophiel is the Prince of the Cherubim, one of the nine choirs of angels.

Archangel Chamuel of the Third Ray (Color Pink): Archangel Chamuel is known for the virtue of love and charity. The color associated with Chamuel is pink. He is also associated with a day of the week: Monday. The archangels are masculine. Their feminine counterparts are called archaei (plural) or archaea (singular). The counterpart of Chamuel is the Archaea Charity. Chamuel is known as the angel of peaceful relationships.

Archangel Gabriel of the Fourth Ray (White)

Archangel Gabriel of the Fourth Ray (Color White): The Archangel Gabriel exemplifies purity. Gabriel is present in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Gabriel is a deity meaning strength. He is a messenger, most famously the angel of the annunciation  who informed Mary of the coming birth of Jesus. Gabriel is one of the three archangels who remain in the modern Bible, along with Michael and Raphael. His color is white and his day is Friday. His feminine counterpart is the Archaea Hope.

Archangel Raphael of the Fifth Ray (Color Green): Archangel Raphael is known as a master of healing. His color is green and his day is Wednesday. His counterpart is Mary the mother of Jesus. Some traditions view Mary as an archangel sent to earth for the purpose of bearing the Son of God. Raphael is said to guard pilgrims in their travels. He is often depicted holding a staff. Raphael may also be shown holding a fish, a pictorial reference to his healing of Tobit with the gall of a fish in the apocryphal Book of Tobit.

The Archangel Raphael is widely recognized as the angel of healing in the Christian, Islamic and Judaic traditions. The name Raphael means “God Heals” or “It is God Who Heals”. Of the seven widely recognized archangels, only Archangel Michael and Archangel Gabriel are present in standard biblical scriptures. Archangel Raphael, however, appears in The Book of Tobit, recognized as canonical by the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, The Book of Enoch and the Islamic Hadith.

Archangel Raphael of the Fifth Ray Green
Archangel Raphael of the Fifth Ray (Green)

Archangel Raphael is the patron saint of doctors and medical practitioners. In the Book of Tobit, Raphael tells Tobit to catch a fish, from which he uses the gallbladder to heal a man of blindness. For this reason, Raphael is often pictured standing on a large fish or holding line with a captured fish.

Raphael is often associated with judgment as well as healing. In the Book of Enoch, Raphael binds the demon Azazel until judgment day arrives. In the Islamic tradition, Raphael blows the horn that signals that Judgment Day has come. In occult lore, Raphael is associated with the colors gold and green. His gemstone is the emerald. Raphael is connected to the air element and appears in the mystical traditions of the Tarot and the Kabbalah.

Archangel Raphael’s stronghold in the minds of believers is reflected in the many places named for him. Cities, mountains and even deserts named after Saint Raphael are found in France, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, the Philippines and Venezuela.

Archangel Uriel of the Sixth Ray (Color Purple/Gold): Archangel Uriel exemplifies service, peace, tranquility and wisdom. His colors are purple and gold. Uriel is associated with Thursday as his day of the week. His counterpart is the Archaea Aurora. Uriel is well-known in the Russian Orthodox tradition. Uriel is sometimes identified as an angel of repentance. The apocryphal Book of Enoch mentions Uriel several times.

Archangel Zadkiel of the Seventh Ray (Color Violet): Zadkiel is one of the seven archangels, a form of the deity meaning transformation and forgiveness. His color is violet and his day is Saturday. Zadkiel’s feminine counterpart is Holy Amethyst. The name Zadkiel means Righteousness of God or Grace of God. In the Jewish tradition, Zadkiel is the Angel of the Lord who prevented the prophet Abraham from sacrificing his son. Thus Zadkiel is often depicted holding a dagger or knife. In astrology, Zadkiel rules the planet Jupiter and is linked with both Sagittarius and Pisces.

Summary: Archangels of the Seven Rays

Archangel Michael

Ray: 1st Ray
Color: Blue
Virtue: Protection
Day: Tuesday
Archaea: Charity

Archangel Jophiel

Ray: 2nd Ray
Color: Yellow
Virtue: Wisdom
Day: Sunday
Archaea: Christine

Archangel Chamuel

Ray: 3rd Ray
Color: Pink
Virtue: Love
Day: Monday
Archaea: Charity

Archangel Gabriel

Ray: 4th Ray
Color: White
Virtue: Purity
Day: Friday
Archaea: Hope

Archangel Raphael

Ray: 5th Ray
Color: Green
Virtue: Healing
Day: Wednesday
Archaea: Mary

Archangel Uriel

Ray: 6th Ray
Color: Purple/Gold
Virtue: Service, Peace
Day: Thursday
Archaea: Aurora

Archangel Zadkiel

Ray: 7th Ray
Color: Violet
Virtue: Transmutation
Day: Saturday
Archaea: Amethyst

Author’s Personal Notes About Angels

On a personal level, I grew up with an awareness of angels in the Catholic church. My mother is devoted to angels to the extent that she decorated her Christmas tree exclusively with angels one or more years. If it is true that angels take embodiment at times , my mother is surely one of them!

When one of my sons was recovering from a serious injury and the related PTSD, I read stories of angels to him on a nightly basis. I bought every book available that included angels, especially stories of angelic intervention in modern times. This was a great comfort for both of us.

My Favorite Story About an Angel

My favorite was the story of a grandfather on his deathbed who suddenly sat up and announced, “I have to go! I have to be someone’s guardian angel!” Days later his family had gathered to be present at his funeral. His great-granddaughter fell out of a third story window In a freak accident onto a cement porch below.

She was rushed to the hospital and examined for hours. the only wound was abrasion marks under both of her arms. When asked about the fall, she insisted, “Grandpappy caught me!” He had saved his great-granddaughter’s life even before he was in his grave!

When my father was dying, the hospice nurse said that men often hold on to life for fear that their loved ones will not be taken care of. I thought that was likely true of my own father. I told him this story to reassure him that he could continue to care for his children and grandchildren from the other side.

Angel Wing Painting by Kathleen Karlsen
Angel Wing by Kathleen Karlsen

Angel Wing Painting by Kathleen Karlsen

I often call to the angels or spiritual beings to guide me when I paint. In one instance, the resulting painting looks remarkably like what I would think of as an angel wing. Artistic renditions of angels usually include wings, which may actually be shafts of light rather than bird-like feathers.

Some angels are considered to be reflections of God’s light and love. However, this wing seems to glow from within. I like the idea that God is within every aspect of His creation and shines from within each form in the material universe.

Author Kathleen Karlsen

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Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. More about Kathleen Karlsen.

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Archangels of the Seven Rays Article Summary

The archangels of the seven rays are hierarchs for innumerable angels serving under them. An angel can be viewed as a form of the deity meaning an “angle of God.” Angels are messengers, protectors, healers and comforters. There are numerous angels and archangels in sacred texts around the world. The archangels of the seven rays included in this article are Archangel Michael, Archangel Jophiel, Archangel Chamuel, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Uriel and Archangel Zadkiel. 

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