means "friend of God." Other spellings include Raguil, Rasuil, Raguhel, Ragumu, Rufael, Suryan, Askrasiel, and Thelesis.
Raguel is known as the angel of justice and harmony. He works for God's will to be done in human relationships, so they can experience fairness and peace. Raguel also works for God's will to be done among his fellow angels, supervising their work on the assignments God gives them and holding them accountable. People sometimes ask for Raguel's help to: overcome mistreatment and get the respect they deserve, resolve conflicts in their relationships, solve stressful problems in mutually beneficial ways, bring order out of chaos, remain true to their spiritual convictions under pressure, and fight injustice through helping people they know who are neglected or oppressed.
In art, Raguel is often depicted holding a judge's gavel, which represents his work fighting injustice in the world so that good will triumph over evil.
Role in Religious Texts:
The ancient Jewish
text Book of Enoch names Raguel as one of seven archangels
who judge all who rebel against God's laws. Although current translations of the Bible
don't mention Raguel, some scholars say that Raguel was named in early manuscripts of the biblical book Revelation. An early part of the Revelation
that isn't included in current versions describes Raguel as one of God's assistants separating those who have been faithful to Jesus Christ
from those who haven't: " ...the angels shall come forth, having a golden censer and shining lamps; and they shall gather together on the Lord's right hand those who have lived well, and done his will, and he shall make them to dwell for ever and ever in light and joy, and they shall obtain life everlasting. And when he shall separate the sheep from the goats, that is, the righteous from the sinners, the righteous on the right, and the sinners on the left; then shall he send the angel Raguel, saying: Go and sound the trumpet for the angels of cold and snow and ice, and bring together every kind of wrath upon those that stand on the left. Because I will not pardon them when they see the glory of God, the impious and unrepentant, and the priests who did not what was commanded. You who have tears, weep for the sinners." In current biblical manuscripts, Raguel is considered to be the angel "of the church in Philadelphia" who urges angels and people to work together in harmonious ways according to God's will and encourages everyone to remain faithful through trials (Revelation 3:7-13). Raguel is also linked to the "sixth angel" who releases other angels to punish unrepentant sinners causing destruction on the Earth, in Revelation 9:13-21. Also, Christian tradition says that Raguel was the angel who escorted the prophet Enoch to and from heaven when Enoch visited the heavenly dimension
Other Religious Roles:
Raguel is part of the rank of angels known as principalities
, who focus on assuring order according to God's will. In astrology, Raguel is linked to the zodiacal sign Gemini.