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How Does Angel Raphael Represent Tiphareth (Beauty) on Kabbalah's Tree of Life?

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In Kabbalah, the Tree of Life illustrates how God and his angels are at work in the universe with creative power, including Tiphareth (beauty and harmony).

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Question: How Does Angel Raphael Represent Tiphareth (Beauty) on Kabbalah's Tree of Life?

On the Tree of Life in Kabbalah (also called "Qabala"),archangels Raphael and Michael work together to lead the sephirot called "Tiphareth" (also known as "Tiferet"), which means beauty and harmony. Here's how Raphael represents the quality of Tiphareth in the universe:

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Helping People Learn About God's Beauty

Raphael, who serves as the head angel of healing, directs people to the source of all healing -- God -- by showing them how beautiful God is, believers say.

"The ultimate healing is in the knowledge of God and union with God, the experience of enlightenment or Divine illumination, Divine gnosis. Thus, Archangel Raphael presides over the way of knowledge -- specifically, the generation of the presence of awareness the gives penetrating insight, dispelling falsehood and negativity," write Tau Malachi and Siobhan Houston in their book Gnostic Healing: Revealing the Hidden Power of God.

Tiphareth "is the Sephirah of Beauty, which means the Divine Plan carried through into manifestation as it should be," writes Gareth Knight in his book A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism.

Raphael "is the Archangel specially appointed to heal the wounds (both physical and spiritual) of humankind," write Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero in their book Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group. "... He is the Archangel attributed to the powers of the Divine Intellect, as well as to the powers of love and self-esteem. Raphael is a teacher of the Hermetic Arts, thus pointing to his association with Tiphareth, the sphere whose deity name is 'Lord God of Knowledge."

As Raphael points people toward the beauty of God's holiness, he inspires them to seek healing to dawn in their lives like the sun dispelling darkness, writes Knight: "Harmony, or Beauty, implies health and healing, and so Raphael, the Archangel ‘which standeth in the Sun’ is obviously an integral part of Tiphareth. In ritual working he is the Archangel who guards the Eastern quarter which is the quarter of the element of air. The east has always been regarded as the source of holiness; it is the point where the light of the sun first appears after the long hours of night, just as the Spiritual Light dawns in the darkness of un-illumined consciousness. The element of air is also a symbol of the Spirit, free-moving and unconfined, penetrating everywhere."

Blessing People with Beautiful, Balanced Health

Since God's power works through Raphael to bring healing in holistic ways (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical), people can experience true balanced health when Raphael helps restore them to the beautiful states of being that God intends for their lives.

When Raphael expresses Tiphareth in your life, he "will help you to develop balance and compassion in your life so you can acquire knowledge of the self," writes Hazel Raven in her book The Angel Bible: The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom.

Ted Andrews writes in his book Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls: Tools for Ancient Scrying & Modern Seership that when Raphael expresses Tiphareth as a creative force in the universe, he can help people with issues such as: "all health issues, spiritual insight, childhood issues, path to success, revelations of beauty in all things and situations, [and] insight into adversity."

Malachi and Houston write in Gnostic Healing: "Archangel Raphael is the power of God to heal the heart and soul, mind and body. The healing of the heart is the restoration of faith in God, the one life-power, and the opening of the heart in love and compassion, the active concern for the well-being and welfare of others. Thus, in faith, in love and compassion and forgiveness, we find something of the healing power of God. When we live by faith, generate love and compassion, and are forgiving, we access healing power."

They continue: "The healing of the soul is the restoration of our sense of connection with the Spirit of God and with God’s creation, for the illusion of separation and the delusion of lack it generates is a spiritual illness, which in turns becomes the cause of psychic and physical illness. ... To the extent that self-negativity attracts and facilitates links with impure spirits, and is, in essence, the manifestation of 'inner demons,' the healing of the mind represents ... the banishing of shades and shadows. Healing in the body is the restoration to health and well-being; a state of balance and harmony representing a capacity to truly live our life."

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