Archangel Raphael – Angel of Healing

Archangel Raphael

Translated as ‘God heals’ or ‘It is God who heals’, Archangel Raphael is one of the most widely recognized angels. Worldwide, there are many places that have been named after him, including the San Rafael city in California and the San Rafael Desert in Utah.

And small wonder – he’s the angel most strongly associated with healing and divine love.

What does Archangel Raphael do?

Whether you’re in need of healing your mind, body or spirit, Archangel Raphael is here to help you. If you’re worried about someone else’s health, you can reach out to Archangel Raphael to help you both.

Archangel Raphael also helps healers in their practice and encourages us to consider not only healing ourselves but our planet as well. He can also help us let go of and heal broken relationships.

Archangel Raphael is often regarded as the patron angel of travelers, aiding anyone on their journey – whether that’s a journey towards healing or a physical journey on this Earth.

How is Archangel Raphael described in sacred texts?

The Book of Enoch 10:6 in the Old Testament describes Archangel Raphael as tasked with binding the fallen angel Azazyel: “Again the Lord said to Raphael, Bind Azazyel hand and foot; cast him into darkness; and opening the desert which is in Dudael, cast him in there.”

The New Testament does not make a direct reference to Archangel Raphael. But because of Raphael’s healing role, the story of healing at a place called Bethesda, described in John 5:4, is often attributed to this angel. “For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.”

In Islam, the angel Israfil is often considered to be Archangel Raphael’s counterpart, believed to be one of the four archangels.

How is Archangel Raphael depicted?

As the angel of healing and the guardian of travelers, Archangel Raphael has been depicted in several different ways. He’s usually described as a young man, who is either:

    • holding a staff in his hand;
    • or holding a fish in his hand;
    • or holding a bottle or a flask in his hand;
    • or sounding a trumpet.

Signs and messages from Archangel Raphael

Fresh ideas

Although some people have reported instances where they have experienced instantaneous healing, Archangel Raphael often communicates his healing through ideas and messages that penetrate the mind of the person in need of healing. If you pray for his guidance and notice a fresh idea pop into your mind about a positive step that you can take towards healing, and you feel a strong positive urge to act upon it, you may have received an answer to your prayer. These ideas can appear through your thoughts and feelings or even dreams and visions.

Transforming your inner world

At the root of some illnesses, there may be resentments or hatred that keep you stuck. When you pray for guidance, Archangel Raphael may point these out to you, illuminating the people you need to forgive, or judgments you need to let go of, one by one.

A sense of humor

Are angels always serious? Some people who have connected with Archangel Raphael describe their encounters as filled with a brilliant sense of humor. If you notice something that puts a smile on your face and fills you with peace, or simply makes you laugh, it may be an angelic message in disguise.

Appreciation for the natural world

Archangel Raphael may also communicate with you when you express appreciation for an aspect of nature that you see around you. He may urge you or give you an idea which can help improve the environment.

Angel numbers

There is some debate as to whether number 2 or number 7 is Archangel Raphael’s angel number. Alura’s angels makes a bold claim that it is 7, even though it’s often perceived as number 2.

Angel number 2 is associated with service, cooperation, and receptivity. When you notice the number 2 appearing frequently, it may be a sign to allow for events to unfold, in full trust that everything will work out for your highest good, and that you are being supported in your endeavors.

Angel number 7 is associated with spiritual awakening and the service to humanity. Seeing this number wherever you go could be an encouragement that the Universe is happy with your life choices, that you are overcoming obstacles, and that you may have a spiritual mission to be a healer, teacher or a communicator who will be instrumental in helping humanity advance.


Some people have described their encounters with Archangel Raphael as submerged in green light or flashes of emerald green.

How to channel Archangel Raphael

Gratitude and surrender are powerful ways to invoke Archangel Raphael and his divine healing love into your life.

Each morning just after you wake up and each night, before you go to sleep, find and acknowledge three things which you are grateful for (no matter how big or small they may be).

Surrender comes from admitting that we don’t always have all the answers or all the solutions, and we need divine assistance to help us move forward in life. This is especially true of addictions. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by a situation or a problem, take a moment to stop, take a few deep breaths and surrender the problem to the Universe, admitting that you do not know the right answer, but you are reaching out for divine guidance.

Archangel Raphael Prayer

If you are struggling with addictions, or are in need of healing or help in deciding what steps to take next, try this prayer to invite Archangel Raphael to help you.

Dear Archangel Raphael,
Thank you for your presence in my life,
Thank you for your divine wisdom
And your grace in healing me
And my loved ones.
I ask you to show me the light through this darkness,
Light a path for me through this fog I’m battling.
I admit that my life has spiraled out of control
I admit that I don’t know which path to take next,
And I am in need of your counsel.
I open my heart to your divine love and healing,
Please guide my way
In God’s love.

Archangel Raphael meditation

If you’re going through a break-up or are struggling to forgive someone and let go, this Archangel Raphael meditation by Lisa Beachy may help you release resentments by connecting with the angel of healing and divine love.

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