Haniel means "the joy of God" or "the grace of God." Other spellings include Hanael, Haneal, Hamael, Aniel, Anafiel, Anaphiel, Omoel, Onoel, Simiel.
Haniel is known as the angel of joy, who appears in female form more often than in male form. She directs people who are searching for fulfillment to God -- the source of all joy -- and encourages them to stop looking for joy in their circumstances (which can't reliably deliver joy) and start pursuing relationships with God (in which they can truly find lasting joy). People sometimes ask for Haniel's help to: develop and maintain harmonious relationships with God and other people, heal emotionally from stress and sorrow, discover creative inspiration for artistic projects, increase their productivity, and find hope.
In art, Haniel is often depicted smiling or laughing, which illustrates her role as the angel of joy. She sometimes holds a rose, which symbolizes the joy and beauty of growing closer to God in a loving relationship with him. Haniel also is sometimes shown carrying a lit lantern, which represents how joy has the power to bring light into any circumstances, no matter how dark they may be.
Role in Religious Texts:
The Zohar, the holy book of the mystical branch of Judaism called Kabbalah, names Haniel as the archangel who is in charge of "Netzach" (victory) on the Tree of Life. It also identifies Haniel as the angel who transported the prophet Enoch to heaven in the Book of Enoch, where various archangels (including Michael and Raphael) gave him a heavenly tour before he became the archangel Metatron.
Other Religious Roles:
Haniel is one of the chief angels who rules over the classes of angels called the principalities and virtues, according to Jewish tradition. The principalities work to influence the people leading the various nations on Earth to make decisions that reflect God's will. The virtues inspire people to create great art and make great scientific discoveries. In astrology, Haniel rules the planet Venus and is linked with the zodiacal sign Capricorn.