Angels are often divided into groupings, called a Hierarchy. Closest to humankind are angels who act as our guardians and helpmates. Above them are the Archangels, who act as messengers in service to God.

It’s also said that the Archangels do battle with the forces of negativity, endeavoring to maintain a positive balance of light and Godliness throughout the universe. They’re also consigned with the task of being guardians to world leaders so that the earth and we who dwell here are protected.

In religious texts, these are the Angels who stand around God's throne, ready to carry out the divine and most important decrees to humans. According to the book of Revelation, there are seven Archangels who stand in the presence of God, but only four are mentioned in the Old Testament, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. The identity of the other three is open to debate.

Each of the Archangels is said to have a distinct personality, and an area of life as a specialty. In addition, they have special skills along with their divinity and will come to the aid of anyone who calls on them.

The Archangels are described below. In the event you would like to call upon a specific Angel to help you, each angelic description is accompanied with a special prayer calling on the specific Angel’s strength. Simply recite the prayer aloud.

Michael and Protection

Probably the best known and most powerful of all the Archangels is the Archangel Michael. He was also the first angel created by God, and his name actually means “Who is like God.” He is the leader of all the Archangels. A warrior who is often depicted carrying a sword in order to do battle with the forces of Satan, Michael’s domain is protection, courage, strength, truth, and integrity. Not only does he offer physical protection, he also protects us against psychic attack.

It is Michael’s task to rid the earth of fear. He can help you to be fearless, strong, and uncompromising when it comes to doing the right thing. Call upon the Archangel Michael when you feel you need protection. He can be very inspirational and is the perfect angel to contact when you are in doubt or nervous about something. When your motivation or sense of commitment is lagging, call on Michael to boost your strength and dedication. He can also help with your self-esteem and sense of personal worthiness.

It is Michael who can help us realize our life’s purpose. He stood beside Adam in the Garden of Eden to teach him farming and family values, and he spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. He can be of immense help in your career, your ambitions, and your personal life's calling. He can literally help you fight the darkness in yourself as well as in the world around you. The energy associated with Michael is profound because it comes from the power of being aligned with all things "Good" and "Just."

Because of his bravery and help with heroic deeds, Michael is considered the patron of police officers. He’s also very helpful when mechanical or electrical devices malfunction, so call on him when you’re having car or computer trouble. He can also help vanquish nightmares.

Seeing clearly into our own hearts is an important task, and it’s Michael who can provide the openness and wisdom necessary for you to do that. He can help you be faithful to who you truly are and were meant to be.

A Prayer for Protection

I call on Michael to be with me now. Blessed Angel, please surround me with your loving goodness and fill my heart with the strength I need to complete my life work. Please protect me from all negativity and shine a light on the path I need to follow. If I falter, please lift me up, and help me see the life I should be living. Thank you.

Raphael and Abundance

The Hebrew word rapha means doctor or healer, and the name Raphael signifies “Healing power of God.” He is healer of all humans and animals and the one to call upon when you’re ill, or when a loved one needs healing.

It was Raphael who taught Tobias how to make balms and ointments from a fish when his father’s sight was failing and the remedies cured his blindness.

Raphael is a healer and also acts as the patron of doctors and other medics endeavoring to do healing work. If you need help with your own medical career or in obtaining the funds to pay for your studies, Raphael is the angel to call.

It’s said he can find lost pets, reduce or eliminate cravings or addictions, aid in clairvoyance, and bring unity and a new found sense of spirituality to your life. Raphael can help you establish balance back in your life, assisting you in getting back on the right course in order to reap rewards. He will guide you in starting new adventures and new enterprises. His presence encourages growth and rebirth. Call upon Raphael to help generate abundance and miracles in your life.

Known as the Patron of Travelers, he is there for those on the road who need protection, guidance, or assurance. Likewise he will shepherd your luggage safely to its assigned destination. In addition to physical journeys, call on him when you’re embarking on a spiritual journey and need a guide.

Renowned for his sense of humor, Raphael is sweet and loving and is often depicted chatting merrily with human beings.

A Prayer for Abundance

I call on Raphael to be with me now. Please surround me with your healing kindness and clear my heart of any negativity. Heal me of all darkness and open me up to your love and light. Please help me find my true path and the road to abundance. Let all good things flow through my life and let me share what I have with others. Thank you.

Zadkiel and Happiness

Zadkiel is known as the Archangel of freedom, and his name means “Righteousness of God.” As the patron of all who forgive, his areas of specialty are benevolence and mercy. When you think about it, it makes sense. Nobody can truly be happy with anger and revenge in their hearts, and once forgiveness is offered, the heart can be cleared of that misery. Zadkiel's virtues include freedom, guidance, diplomacy, righteousness and spiritual development.

It’s said that it was Zadkiel who prevented Abraham from sacrificing his son, Isaac. Because of this, he’s often depicted holding a dagger.

He, along with Jophiel, are the two standard bearers, who follow directly behind head Archangel Michael as he enters into battle.

He is associated with the color violet, a most spiritual hue, and he is associated with the planet Jupiter, the planet of expansion and luck.

A Prayer for Happiness

I call on Zadkiel to be with me now. Please surround me with your loving mercy. Help me forgive those who have hurt me and please ask those whom I have hurt to forgive me in turn. When tempted to make a negative choice, please be with me and point me in a better direction. Clear my heart of all pain and suffering and open it to the joy that life can bring. Thank you.

Jophiel and Wisdom

Jophiel, whose name means “Beauty of God,” is the Archangel of art, beauty and Paradise. His special gift is helping us appreciate the beauty all around us. He also can help us think beautiful thoughts.

Jophiel was present in the Garden of Eden and later watched over Noah’s sons.

He is the patron of artists and all those who appreciate the beauty that surrounds us in the world. Most of us believe that creativity comes from within the person doing it, but in fact, it is a partnership. Divine inspiration always precedes creativity, and as the artist opens to the flash of inspiration, he or she uses personal talents to give substance to the divine vision. Jophiel brings inspiration and inspires us toward awareness, enlightenment, open mindedness and freedom of thought.

Jophiel is also the patron of interior designers. He helps create beauty wherever he goes. He also helps us see the beauty around us, whether in the physical world or in the hearts of those we know. Beauty is everywhere, if we’re open to seeing it, and it’s Jophiel’s task to help open us up to this miracle.

Through beauty, comes joy and laughter. So, Jophiel can be called upon when you’re harried and not willing to stop and smell the roses. He brings the light of vision and of joy.

Jophiel also works on a spiritual level to awaken our souls to the greater potentials of who we are and the infinite wonders that surround us.

A Prayer for Wisdom

I call on Jophiel to be with me now. Please surround me with your rainbow of inspiration. Let me see the colors of life and all the beauty that is everywhere. Please open my mind and my heart to inspiration, so that I may find the best path and take the best journey possible. Help me see life clearly, in all its details, and help me know how to handle wisely everything I see. Thank you.

Uriel and Success

It is Uriel who presides over fire, energy, passion and creativity. His name means “God is light.”

He could be considered the angel of intellect, because he is known for being wise and savvy and ever ready with creative insight, practical solutions, and intellectual information. Uriel rules over enlightenment and insight. Call on him to remind you of your true purpose and to connect to your inner Light. Very subtle, he doesn’t require a lot of fanfare, but provides answers when they are needed in a quiet and helpful way.

It was Uriel who warned Noah of the impending flood, helped the prophet Ezra to interpret mystics’ predictions about the coming of Jesus, and delivered the Cabal to humankind. He also brought the practice of Alchemy, which has only worked on a spiritual level: we can turn dross into gold through a spiritual transformation that brings illumination and new wisdom.

Uriel is the Archangel who helps when natural disasters, such as floods and fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes, strike. He can lead you to safe ground and aid in your post-disaster recovery.

When you need help with spiritual understanding or problem solving, call on Uriel. He also can assist with magic and writing.

A Prayer for Success

I call on Uriel to be with me now. Please surround me with your wisdom and enlighten me to everything I need to know. Help me see the barriers that prevent my success and aid me in easily moving them aside. Please open my heart to my true path so that I may walk on it happily and successfully. Thank you.

Gabriel and Luck

This angelic horn blower's name means “Strength of God.” Gabriel presides over water, emotion, psyche, and movement. Along with Michael, he is considered one of the two highest-ranking of all the Archangels.

Gabriel can be quite inspirational and tends to nudge us all in beneficial directions. When you’re unsure of your own direction and need guidance or prophecies, call on Gabriel. When you’re contemplating a big change, Gabriel can provide the clarity of vision that you need. He is above all else, a messenger.

Gabriel brings news of happy tidings, like impending births, just as he did to the mothers of Jesus and John the Baptist, Mary and Elizabeth. For those who are yearning for a child, whether a natural one or an adopted one, Gabriel is the angel to call upon.

In his role as messenger, he is also a coach for those who are communicators, and he helps artists and writers overcome fear and procrastination.

Gabriel also acts as a healer in that he can help release the body’s toxins, the mind’s impure thoughts, or even the heart’s pain after a horrible ordeal. When you feel you’re under psychic attack from negative influences, call on Gabriel to vanquish them.

A Prayer for Luck

I call on Gabriel to be with me now. Please cleanse my heart and soul of all negativity and open me up to all good things. Where I have faltered in the past, please show me the way to stand in the right place for fortune to find me. Let me be positive in all things and in response, let all good things come to me. Thank you.

Chamuel and Love

Chamuel is the Archangel for pure love. This is not just romantic love, but the purest force within all of creation. His name means “He who sees God.” Chamuel is known as the most compassionate of all the angels. He embodies the great heart and love of the Divine Creator for all of mankind.

Chamuel can help in the search for a soulmate as well as with the desire to repair and heal any relationship in trouble. In any relationship, a secure foundation of devotion and affection is necessary and Chamuel helps us find the way to build that.

Whenever unhealthy relationship patterns are evident, such as jealousy, clinginess, or insecurity, Chamuel is the one to call upon for guidance and support.

If there are problems between a parent and child or of simple lack of self-love, Chamuel can light the way toward a healthier interaction. When someone has left your life through death, divorce, or separation, Chamuel can help ease the pain. He will stand by you in your time of need and help your heart to heal.

Negative emotions such as depression, hopelessness, or despair also fall to Chamuel to heal. When a broken heart dampens your days, reach out to this kindhearted, loving angel.

The most important thing to have in life is a loving spirit. The ability to feel love for all people and all creatures, even for plants, can help us all live better lives that enrich not only ourselves but all mankind. Call on Chamuel to help make this possible.

A Prayer for Love

I call on Chamuel to be with me now. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the gift of having loved ones in my life. I truly feel blessed to have such wonderful people around me. Please fill my heart with love and understanding for all those around me and give me the patience, trust and courage to keep my heart open for those I love.