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The Seven Archangels

Michael

The Archangel Michael, whose name means 'who is
as God', is generally considered to be the foremost
of the seven archangels and the leader of the Host
of Heaven. He derives originally from the Chaldeans
by who he was worshiped as something of a god. He
is the chief of the order of virtues, Prince of the
presence, angel of repentance, righteousness,
mercy and sanctification: also ruler of the 4th
Heaven, tutelary sar (angelic prince). He is the
      prince who defended the Israelites. According to the
Book of Revelations, Michael and his angels' are
described as fighting the dragon and his angels.
Hence Michael is often shown fighting or
overcoming a dragon armed with spear or sword as
God's Warrior.


Gabriel

The Archangel Gabriel, whose name means 'God is
my strength', explained to Daniel his vision of a ram
and a billy-goat foretelling Alexander the Great's
conquest of Persia and a prophecy foretelling the
freeing of the Israelites. In both these cases the
archangel is mentioned by name but it has also been
suggested that Gabriel is the angel who wrestles
with Jacob in the form of a man and that he was
involved in the destruction of Sodom and
Gommorah. Enoch says that Gabriel was sent to
destroy the giant children of the fallen 'watchers'
and did so by turning them against each other In
'Paradise Lost'.


Raphael

  The archangel Raphael, In Hebrew this means 'God
Heals'. Raphael is not named in the canonical books,
but only in the apocryphal Book of Tobit as the
companion and guide of young Tobiasto whom he
eventually reveals himself as one of the 'seven holy
angels'.In the Book of Euoch he is the guide to
Sheol, the Judaic underworld and it was he who was
sent to bind the fallen 'watcher' Azazel, burying him
under rocks in a desert place on earth.



Uriel

One of the leading angels in noncanonical lore, and ranked
variously as a seraph, cherub, regent of the sun, flame of God,
angel of the presence. Presided over Tartarus (Hades), archangel
of salvation. In the latter work he acts as heavenly interpreter of
Ezra's visions. In Enoch I, he is the angel who "watches over
thunder and terror." In The Book of Adam and Eve he presides
over repentance. Uriel "is supposed to be the spirit who stood at
the gate of the lost Eden with the fiery sword." The Book of Adam
and Eve designates him as this spirit. He is invoked in some of the
ancient litanies. He has been identified as one of the angels who
helped bury Adam and Abel in Paradise. He is known as the dark
angel who wrestled with Jacob at Peniel; as the destroyer of the
hosts of Sennacherib ; as the messenger sent by God to Noah to
warn him of the impending deluge, all of which feats or missions
have been credited to other angels, as elsewhere noted. In the
view of Louis Ginzberg, the "prince of lights" in The Manual of
Discipline refers to Uriel. In addition, Uriel is said to have
disclosed the mysteries of the heavenly arcana to Ezra;
interpreted prophecies, and led Abraham out of Ur. In later
Judaism we find Uriel instead of Phanuel" as one of the 4 angels
of the presence. Uriel is also the angel of the month of September
and may be invoked ritually by those born in that month. The
 Magus claims that alchemy "which is of divine origin" was brought
down to earth by Uriel, and that it was Uriel who gave the cabala
to man, although this "key to the mystical interpretation of
Scripture" is also said to have been the gift of Metatron. Milton
describes Uriel as "Regent of the Sun" and the "sharpest sighted
spirit of all in Heaven"



Saraqael
(Sarakiel)

The prince of ministering angels, officiating when these angels
convene at judgment councils. Although Saraqael usually appears
as a holy angel, he is sometimes mentioned as one who has fallen
from grace. He has even been known as the angel of death.



Raguel
(Raguil, Rasuil, Rufael, Suryan, Akrasiel -"Friend of God")

One of the 7 Archangels listed in the Enoch writings. Raguel is an
angel of earth, a guard of the 2nd (or 4th) Heaven. He 'takes
vengeance on the world of luminaries," which is interpreted to
mean that, for cause, he brings other angels to account.



Camael
(Camiel, Camael)

One of the 7 Archangels who attend the throne of God, as stated in
Enoch I. He is described as "one of the holy angels whom God has
set over those who rise". He is the same angel who, in the
apocalypse of Baruch, destroys the army of Sennacherib.