Meet Archangel Barachiel, the Angel of Blessings
Barachiel (who is also often known as "Barakiel") means "God's blessings." Other spellings include Barchiel, Baraqiel, Barkiel, Barbiel, Barakel, Baraqel, Pachriel, and Varachiel.
Arabic: بُراقيل "Burāqīl")
In the Third Book of Enoch he is described as one of the angelic princes, with a myriad of some 496,000 ministering angels attending him.
He is counted as one of the four ruling seraphim, and counted the prince of the second heaven and of the order of confessors.
He is described in the Almadel of Solomon as one of the chief angels of the first and fourth chora.
He is regarded as the angel of lightning.
Barachiel is known as the angel of blessings.
He intercedes in prayer before God for people in need,
asking God to give them blessings in all areas of their lives -- from their relationships with family and friends to their work.
People ask for Barachiel's help pursuing success in their pursuits.
Since Barachiel is also the chief of all guardian angels,
people sometimes ask for Barachiel's help delivering a blessing through one of their personal guardian angels.
In art, Barachiel is usually depicted scattering rose petals that represent God's sweet blessings showering down on people, or holding a white rose (which also symbolizes blessings) to his chest. However, sometimes images of Barachiel show him holding either a basket that's overflowing with bread, or a staff, both of which symbolize the blessings of children that God bestows on parents. Barachiel sometimes appears in feminine form in paintings that emphasize Barachiel's nurturing work delivering blessings. Like all archangels, Barachiel doesn't have a specific gender and can manifest as either a male or a female, according to what works best in a given situation.
or with rose petals scattered on the clothing particularly the cloak.
The scattering of rose petals was to symbolize or represent God's sweet blessings showering down on people.
In Roman Catholicism, Barachiel is depicted holding a bread basket or a staff,
both of which symbolize the blessings of children that God bestows on parents.
Role in Religious Texts:
The third Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish text, describes archangel Barachiel as one of the angels who serve as great and honored angelic princes in heaven, and mentions that Barachiel leads 496,000 other angels who work with him. Barachiel is part of the seraphim class of angels who guard God's throne, as well as the leader of all the guardian angels who work with humans during their earthly lifetimes.
Other Religious Roles:
Barachiel's responsibilities are as varied as the blessings for which the archangel is named,
Barachiel is also the chief of the guardian angels
and it is written that
Barachiel may be asked for all the benefits which the guardian angel is thought to confer
if one is not asking to the guardian angel directly, but as an intercession.
Barachiel is also traditionally associated with the month of February
Barachiel is an official saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church,
and he is also venerated as a saint by some members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Catholic tradition says that Barachiel is the patron saint of marriage and family life.
In astrology, Barachiel rules the planet Jupiter and is linked to the Pisces and Scorpio zodiacal signs. Barachiel is traditionally said to inspire a sense of humor in people who encounter God's blessings through him.
How Do I Recognize Archangel Barachiel?
Archangel Barachiel (who is also often called Barakiel) is known as the angel of blessings. He works to announce and deliver God's blessings to people. Barachiel also leads the guardian angels, who work more closely with human beings than any other angels.
Here are some signs of Barachiel's presence when he is nearby:
Since rose petals symbolize God's blessings showering down from heaven into people's lives,
Barachiel will sometimes use rose petals to signal his presence in your life, say believers.
Barachiel came to be associated with rose petals in people's minds
because his depiction in the ancient Jewish texts called the Sibylline Oracles:
"He holds blossoming rose branches, a token of God's blessing" .
Barachiel's presence is so joyful that he often inspires people to laugh, so laughter is one of the signs that Barachiel may be nearby, believers say.
"Barakiel has a great sense of humor and inspires laughter and joy."
Barachiel is an expansive, humorous angel...
Expecting Good Things to Happen
When people are able to shift their attitudes from expecting the worst to expecting the best, Barachiel may be at work in their lives, say believers.
Barachiel is the angel of good fortune and he will assist you in opening your heart so you can receive the gifts of abundance. He will also help you keep a positive outlook and encourage you to expect abundance in your life.Barachiel helps us swiftly to retrieve our sense of perspective. Our horizons widen and our perceptual limitations recede when Barakiel draws near. He grants success and good fortune, and allows us to be generous to ourselves.