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
, 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
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
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."
Other Religious Roles:
Ariel is part of the class of angels called the virtues
, who inspire people on Earth to create great art and make great scientific discoveries. Ariel serves as the patron angel of wild animals. Some Christians consider Ariel to be the patron saint
of new beginnings.