By Rev. Sheila M. Scott, Angel Intuitive
Twenty years ago, I stepped tentatively into the world of angels, and they have enriched my life beyond measure. They want us to know that they are real. They are here and they sincerely want to help us. I have witnessed the power of angels in my own life and I wish to share some of the information that I have learned about them over the years. Below are some questions and answers about angels that you may find helpful.
What are angels? The term Angel comes from the Greek word “Angelos”, which means messenger and they truly are God’s messengers. Angels are divine spiritual beings who are here to bring us help, hope and love.
How do I pray to angels? You really don’t have to pray to angels in any particular way. All you need to do is ask them either out loud or silently, and they will help you. Some people do set up alters or do rituals as a way of inviting angels into their homes.But we really do not need to do anything complicated or elaborate other than just ask them with sincerity and they will come to your aid.
Does everyone have a guardian angel? Absolutely! These divine beings are assigned to us before we are born. They travel with us through our life’s journey from birth to physical death.
Do angels judge us? No! They are here to help us, not judge us. We judge ourselves when we cross over to the other side. The angels love us unconditionally.
Why don’t they help us without us asking? Unlike humans, angels do not have free will. They can only intervene without us asking when we are in grave danger and it is not our time to die.
Do angels have wings? No.
The concept of angels with wings was introduced by medieval artists to portray divine beings who could fly between earth and heaven. This concept has persisted throughout the ages until modern times. It is interesting to note that in most cultures there are divine beings depicted with wings. It seems that wings have always been associated with divinity.
Do people become angels when they die? No. Humans do not become angels when they die. They can become spirit guides and of course our friends and family can return to help us in spirit form, but they do not become angels and angels have never been human. However, there are two notable exceptions to this rule. The prophet Enoch became the Archangel Metatron and the prophet Elijah became the Archangel Sandalphon. Archangels who first were created by God, have the letters EL at the end of their names such as Michael, Raphael, Gabriel etc. EL means “of God”.
Who are the Archangels and what do they do? The four primary archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.
The name Michael means, “He who is like God” or “He who looks like God”. Archangel Michael is the most powerful of all the Archangels. His areas of expertise are helping us to remember our life purpose, and giving us courage, dedication and commitment and determination. He clears lower energies and facilitates spirit liberation. He also helps humans to feel worthy and increases our self-esteem.
The Archangel Raphael’s name means “God Heals”. He assists with physical healings, including eliminating and reducing cravings and addictions. He guides and supports healers. He is the patron saint of safe travel. He works with Archangel Michael in space clearing, and spirit liberation.
Gabriel’s name means “God is my Strength” and she is the messenger angel. Her areas of expertise are parenting, conception, pregnancy, adoption and custody of children. She protects children, teachers, writers and artists.
Uriel’s name means “God is Light”. He is the Archangel of spiritual enlightenment and illumination. He helps students with problem solving, studies and exams. He is the Angel that oversees earth changes and weather, alchemy and divine magic.
Another Archangel I would like to introduce you to his Archangel Azreal. His name means “Whom God helps”. He is also known as the Angel of death, which can make him seem scary. However, Azreal is a kind, gentle, and compassionate Archangel. His area of expertise is grief counselling and helping departed spirits crossover.
How do I know when angels are near? Angels will show signs of their presence, such as feeling a warm, comforting energy, finding white feathers, finding pennies or other coins in odd places, seeing repeating numbers, experiencing synchronicity events, seeing faces or other images in clouds, seeing unusual animals, and hearing a song on the radio that you have been thinking about.
Can angels appear as animals? Yes! Angels can appear as anything and anyone. They will often appear in the form that we can recognize and feel most comfortable with.
In closing, I would like to reiterate that angels are here to help and guide us. They want us to know that we are worthy of their attention and love. No matter what we have done, not done or think we have done, angels are here for us without judgment. They want us to know that we are deeply loved and cherished by them. So, don’t be afraid to ask for anything, even small things, because they are more than willing to help. It is been said that there are many unemployed angels just waiting to help us.
Rev. Sheila M. Scott is an ordained Spiritualist minister in the province of Ontario.Her website is www.angel-intuitive.ca