Ruby is the gemstone that I associate with Archangel Raphael. It is a stone of passion, creativity, survival and even aggression. It is a gem I associate primarily with mothers with young children or expectant mothers. We bring life into this world through the union of a man and woman. For those of you who are secretly wishing and longing for a soul mate relationship, Archangel Raphael is there to guide you to your heartfelt desire and your deepest and truest dream.

There are two elements I associate with Archangel Raphael: water and fire. But in Raphael’s realm, these two elements co-exist in perfect harmony. It is not easy to get the balance right. Raphael is also associated with the healing pool of Bethesda. It is the place where a man who was paralysed was miraculously healed. Raphael is an angel of healing. He allows us to be whole and new again before we start a new journey and a new chapter.

How many of us dream of beautiful marriages that will lead to a small little family, a home, a community and a place to belong? How many of us have chosen to be alone; not because there are no people in this world–but because we have lived out lives of alienation and exclusion? If there are wounds from the past holding you back, Raphael can help you heal those wounds before you start anew and afresh.

If we are born into a family where we are judged; not by our merits, our hard work and our latent talents–but rather, where we are in the birth order, our appearance, the colour of our skin, and our gender; we may begin to harbour feelings of worthlessness or a false sense of self-worth.

What do I mean? Maybe, if you’re the first born, you think you’re entitled to more. This, in itself, can be a damaging belief as life goes on and you realise that outside of your family, no one thinks you’re worth anything. Why? You haven’t honed your own being through your hard work, your merit and your talent. Now, you go out into the world expecting that people will give you a free-for-all, but it doesn’t happen. You were loved and cherished in your younger years and now all you get is rejection. You now have to work for it.

Archangel Raphael will make his presence known in your life when you are about to embark upon the greatest adventure of all: the adventure of companionship and friendship. He will be there to heal your past wounds before you begin anew.

It is from Woman that all the children of the world come to be. It is from the Womb–which is not a garden, but a place of incubation. A place that is hidden away from prying eyes. There is a tale that comes to my mind and it is that of a woman who is forced out of her home while she is pregnant. This is a story that appears in the Quran and the Hebrew Bible. In the tale, the woman and her unborn child, wander the desert together–till a spring appears.

The spring is the healing love of Raphael. When we drink from its waters and bathe in its glory, we come clean. This is not about sin or wrongdoing. This is about a fresh beginning. When a child is born, it is a fresh beginning. It is the pure potential of life expressing itself in human form.

The greatest gift you can ever give your other half—your soul mate–the person of your dreams; is a fresh beginning. Raphael comes to those who need to heal from past wounds before they can commence a new path.

Raphael’s presence will make itself known in your life if you find yourself walking away from the source of your grief and your pain. If you have been hurt in the past or if you’ve hurt someone in the past, Raphael is there to help you make amends.

He doesn’t want your penance or repentance. Why? Have you ever tried to apologise to someone whom you have wronged? They probably didn’t want to hear from you. Even if they did accept your apology, they may not want you back in their lives. They may even tell you to go away. You may even repeat the same mistake again, if given a second chance. Essentially, your penance and repentance allowed you the opportunity to repeat your wrongdoing all over again.

There is a story, a much older story; of two flames being born of the same fire. Archangel Raphael is the one who not only blesses the union, but brings the two flames together till it is their time to depart. You will know when you meet this person. You may not necessarily have to trust your intellect and make plans. You need only to trust the flame in your heart and you can count on Raphael to light your path and forever guide your way. It is about actualising a shared destiny that two people are destined to create together.

It is about the creation and manifestation of unborn children. In the story I mentioned earlier, Hagar is driven away from her home. She gives birth alone. She may be the world’s first single mother. Abandoning one’s creation is something that happens, more often than it doesn’t. Our parents split up, affairs happen, we grow up witnessing abuse everyday and so on. The people who created us don’t love us, but instead abuse us and treat us unkindly.

If this has happened to you, Archangel Raphael is there to heal your wounds so that you can start again; with a heart that is open, vibrant, multicoloured and free.

All in all, Archangel Raphael is the angel of new beginnings, new journeys and new life.

Archangel Raphael and Tobias by Titian

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