Saint Gabriel, also known as Archangel Gabriel, is God's messenger in scripture. He (or she -- some regard this figure as the only female archangel) is one of three archangels, and the one who appeared to Daniel, Zacharias, and the Virgin Mary. This makes him strongly associated with divine revelation, and a valuable entity to connect with for your spiritual well-being.
Saint Gabriel and Messages
Saint Gabriel often appears to people in dreams, or as flashes of sudden insight. He aids visions, and can even grant the gift of prophecy if the situation calls for it. Though Gabriel is not directly associated with road-opening, he is often said to come to those who pray or meditate on a problem, in order to offer a solution that allows them to progress forward. If you are stuck, frustrated, or blocked by a problem in your life, you can pray to Saint Gabriel to receive insight that will allow you to work through it.
As a divine messenger, Saint Gabriel is also the patron of those who depend on sending messages for a living -- artists, writers, postal workers, and teachers, to name a few. He can aid in overcoming procrastination and fear born of self-doubt, and make communication flow more smoothly. Since he is the angel who appeared to Mary, Gabriel is also associated with conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and raising children.
Recognizing Gabriel's Signs
If you receive information in a prophetic dream, it may have come from Saint Gabriel. He may appear as either male or female, and often delivers messages that challenge the receiver to take on bigger responsibilities. White or copper light is also associated with Saint Gabriel's presence, as is actual copper -- the archangel is often portrayed with a copper trumpet, and many people connected with him find themselves drawn to objects made of copper. Sometimes, Gabriel's messages come in the form of written communication. When asking for his help, it is a good idea to pay extra attention to any quotes, passages, or even words that seem to jump out at you.
Praying to Saint Gabriel
If you need divine guidance, set up an area to communicate with the archangel. Since he speaks mostly through dreams and visions, choose a quiet area where you can meditate before bed, or when you will be undisturbed long enough for insight to come. If you like, you can set up a Saint Gabriel statue, and set up a white or copper candle. For difficult problems and protection from harm, set up a Saint Gabriel 7 Day Saint Candle, so you can repeat the meditation and prayer as long as you need to. If you choose to work with Saint Gabriel before sleeping, keep an amethyst or angelite near your bed to help you receive and remember your dreams.
When you are ready, recite the following prayer:
"O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee,
do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities,
that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation,
so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same,
and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen."
If you are in need of some quick guidance and don't have the time or ability to meditate and recite a full prayer, you can quickly petition the saint by repeating his name three times. This is helpful when going into a situation that requires careful communication, or when performing divinatory readings, as with oracle cards.
Saint Gabriel is a powerful entity when it comes to providing guidance. Even if you are not a teacher, writer, artist, he can help you overcome difficulties in communication, and open yourself to receiving important divine messages. Praying to Saint Gabriel can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, and you can count on receiving his help as long as you are open to doing so.