Background information and lore on Raphael
*This will include some amount of personal gnosis as well as research because hey that’s what journals are for.
Name: In monotheistic religions he is known as Archangel Raphael or Saint Raphael. (Israfil in islam)
Raphael means “God heals” and comes from the hebrew word “rophe” which means doctor.
I do believe he has other names in other cultures as well but for now I will keep those to myself. Suffice it to say I believe this entity is far older than the abrahamic faiths are. This goes for most if not all angels and demons. Personally I feel dividing these entities up into such categories is frivolous and doesn’t do them justice. As a result we have also severely watered down their power,abilities and characters. But perhaps that will be another post for another time.
What is an archangel? To me an archangel isn’t a species. When I first met Raphael he was very clear he was a king. He did not say
“Hey I’m archangel Raphael God sent me”
I don’t doubt some people might have experiences like that but I didn’t. He was very clear he was the king of this specific realm.
When I began to think deeper about it this made perfect sense. Every archangel leads their own army. Traditionally within history across the globe it was the king who led the battlefield.
I think the archangels are a group of entities all rulers from various realms who have a political alliance with each other. But I don’t think that necessarily makes them all the same any more than every member of the united nations are from the same country. It’s more plausible in my mind they are all from different realms rule over different things and are each very different from each other. I don’t claim to be able to understand their politics. I think there’s been enough of that already in mainstream religion.
The Archangel of Science
Wait what? I thought it was healing!
Do you go to a doctor with a certificate in healing or do you prefer the one with a phd in medical science?
Makes sense when you think about it right?
Raphael is a knowledge keeper he learned from Archangel Raziel the keeper of mystery.
Raziel gave the book of knowledge to Adam and Eve when they were first expelled from the garden. Apparently the other angels got super pissed at him tore the book up and threw it in the ocean. Unclear if they threw Raziel out of heaven for it or not.
What we do know is that Raphael did what he does best and healed the book. He found the many scattered pieces of Raziel’s work and put the book back together. Then started reading it and learned from it.
I think this is a beautiful story personally and it demonstrates a lot of just how he is.
Although I can’t help but notice he didn’t exactly give Raziel his book back and seems to go by the philosophy “finders keepers”
He also has the job of counting time. Raphael is the only archangel to know when Armageddon will strike and because of that is tasked with sounding a horn at the end of times that all of creation will be able to hear.
There is also a lesser known gnostic version of this prophecy where Raphael does not merely count the day down but will be a key part in bringing about the end times. Not purposely but that the end times will be signaled by his fall from grace and the sound heard throughout all creation will be his screams as he falls.
Not my favorite idea. To be clear I would still dearly love this entity if he was classified as fallen. It’s the idea of him being in pain and screaming I don’t like.
His realm: Traditionally his realm is associated with Hod on the Kabalah. It rules over wisdom and intelligence.
Within astral travel I believe if one magician can find their way there so can others regardless of religious background or culture. So just like he has other names in other cultures this realm also seems to pop up. I’ve read very detailed descriptions that match my experiences within both judaic christian lore and outside of it.
Within my experience his realm is cold dark lit by moonlight and populated by barren woods and flesh eating zombies.
Enoch described it as “horrifying” and was convinced he was in hell until an angel was like “No dude this is a level of heaven”
Maybe if you’re lifelong dream was always to kick some zombie ass?? Although Raphael hates it if his minions get damaged so-
I guess zombies are hard to make
I personally think of it as being within the underworld and I don’t classify it within any sort of religious or cultural context.
Cardinal direction: East
Colors: Blue,gold and green (I sometimes use orange as well as it is associated with his realm on the kabalah and he pointed it out to me to use it. He kissed me wearing orange lipstick and then gave me a riddle to solve)
Sacred items: Flask and Staff
Astrological elements: Mercury for wisdom and intelligence and the Moon for his healing abilities. (Raphael is also known as the "angel who stirs the waters. He takes his staff stirs the water and any who bathe in water touched by him are healed of their afflictions. The moon is also responsible for the push and pull of the ocean’s tides.)
Elemental associations: Air and Water
Numerological association: 8
Raphael was the 8th archangel to be created second youngest to Gabriel making him a middle child.
Helps with: Healing, necromancy, mind control/hypnotism, mental disorders, nightmares,insanity, travel,marriage and love affairs, shepherding, alchemy,blessings/ cursings, divination, diplomacy,learning/education,astrology,
He’s a powerhouse. I don’t doubt there is anything he can’t do. Any illness he can’t heal. Any affliction he can’t cause.
It is my belief 100% he can help with black magick as well as white magick. It’s really just a matter of which direction you’re asking him to apply his skills.
The most he’ll probably say is no so what does it hurt to ask? Just be respectful. He’s polite and formality goes a long way with him.
Manifestations: He most often manifest as a tall man with long dark hair light eyes and somewhat androgynous. He usually dresses nice. I most often see him wear a suit.
Many people describe him in terms such as “handsome” and “beautiful” Within the bible his beauty was enough to cause a rapey riot. Raphael wasn’t exactly into it and cursed the entire crowd with blindness.
If you don’t see him you will most likely experience an impression of the color green or a fragrance. Many people say it specifically smells of sandalwood. To me it smells like an upscale cologne a well dressed man would wear.
I have no doubt any spirit can take on any form they wish. So it’s very possible you could see him differently but this is how I and many others have experienced him.
Archetype: Within jungian psychology he fits into the archetype of the magician. It’s important to note within the magician archetype is the trickster. In the book of Tobit he disguises himself and lies something many tricksters do throughout various mythologies.
Messages from him often have trickster qualities. He has a sense of humor that can come through and has played his fair share of pranks on people. They can also be like giant puzzles you have to solve. He is consistently reported as speaking in riddles and I’ve also experienced that. Sometimes he will thankfully use plain speech especially if it’s a quick job but if you do get a riddle that’s actually more of the norm.
This is hard for theologians to understand and I have seen numerous articles written trying to address the question “Is it ok when Archangel Raphael lies?”
Mythological appearances: Raphael appears more times in the bible than you probably realize because he is not mentioned even once by name. This leads me to believe that details about him have been intentionally buried and hidden. But many things that are simply credited as “an angel did it” was specifically Raphael when traced back through earlier forms of monotheism such as judaism.
Some appearances I’ve already mentioned and don’t need to repeat. But another honorable mention is that he was one of the two angels in Jesus’s tomb after he was resurrected (Gabriel being the other)….and he also just so happens to be a necromancer…hmm wonder why they couldn’t possibly want him taking credit for that??
While this doesn’t feature in the bible he was also a prominent figure in the flood story.
As in it was his personal idea.
So a group of angels called The Watchers or the Gregori decided to come to earth and help mankind get a decent civilization started. Most people assume that all the Gregori were fallen and many of them were. However, Azrael, Raphael and Uriel are also counted among them and are not considered fallen today.
So the angels decided while they were on earth the biggest sex party ever was in order.
As a result of their giant heavenly orgy with the foxiest ladies earth had to offer were the nephilim. Half angel half human. They also terrorized the earth by eating everything in sight including people and threatening to destroy the entire globe.
The nephilim were a real horror show that made the angels wish they had invented condoms first.
The other angels freaked out and asked their science officer “WTF do we do man???”
Raphael said “I don’t know I’m out of ideas Let’s just flood it and start over!”
So it was Raphael’s idea but Uriel executed it. They high fived each other after giving one guy a boat and the other angels were cast out of heaven for throwing the worst party ever
I’m not the one who made this up. If this offends your notion about angels take it up with ancient judaism
And I do agree that penance seems severe for throwing a bad party. But on the other hand near destruction of an entire planet does seem like the party got a tad out of hand
Offerings: Traditional offerings are a candle in any of his colors, emerald and carnelian gemstones, water, incense (frankincense and sandalwood)
You are not limited to these. As long as the offering is from your heart. I have given him cologne with strong notes of vetiver which he seemed to really like, other gemstones such as green aventurine,labradorite,clear quartz. I have a specific candle holder that is just his I’ll put tea lights in. Peppermint oil. Creative writing. Red grape juice.
He’s not shy and he will tell you what he likes. Pay attention and get it for him.
Some magicians don’t believe offerings are necessary for ritual work and maybe not. Personally I feel it’s respectful to say thank you after he completes a task for you or if you choose to have an ongoing relationship with him.
How to evoke him: There are tons of rituals you can find online or you can build one based around the associations I’ve given you here.
After studying his sigil I realized that’s enough to evoke him on it’s own. It is my belief it is a literal evocation circle you can draw on the ground and build up the ritual from there.
It’s key to getting in touch with him for sure. I’m not saying it’s the only way but it is a very powerful way. Be creative but use it.
Thanks for reading through all this. The hardest part was deciding what NOT to include.