Ariel means "altar" or "lion of God." Other spellings include Ari'el, Arael, and Ariael.
Ariel is known as the angel of nature. She oversees the protection and healing of animals and plants, as well as the care of the Earth's elements (such as water, wind, and fire). She punishes those who harm God's creation. People sometimes ask for Ariel's help to: take good care of the environment and God's creatures (including both wild animals and pets) and to provide healing that they need, according to God's will (Ariel works with the archangel Raphael when healing).
In art, Ariel is often depicted with a globe representing the Earth, or with elements of nature (such as water, fire, or rocks), to symbolize Ariel's role caring for God's creation on Earth. Ariel appears sometimes in male form, and other times in female form.
Role in Religious Texts:
Ariel's name (which can mean "altar") is used to refer to the holy city of Jerusalem in Isaiah chapter 29 of the Bible, but the passage itself doesn't refer to archangel Ariel. The Jewish aprocryphal text The Wisdom of Solomon describes Ariel as an angel who punishes demons. The Christian Gnostic text Pistis Sophia also says that Ariel works punishing the wicked. Later texts describe Ariel's role caring for nature, including the Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels (published in the 1600s), which calls Ariel "Earth's great lord."