This is an excerpt from my book The Complete Encyclopedia of Angels:

AzraelAzrael’s name means “he who helps God,” or “messenger.” His duty is to help the God (or gods) of various religions. Azrael will help you release anything blocking your spiritual growth.

He is also the angel of death. His main job is to guide people through the death process. Azrael helps them feel safe and secure as they leave this life behind, taking care they don’t suffer as they are dying. He helps their spirits adjust to life on the other side. Azrael keeps track of every person who is born and then erases their names when they die. It is said that a leaf falls from the throne of God when it is time for a person to die. Azrael has forty days to collect their soul. He also comforts the grieving family, enfolding them with his huge wings and filling them with his love and healing energy. If you call upon him in a time of grief, he will actually absorb the emotional pain of loss so you can be happy again.

Azrael also teaches mankind the difference between truth and illusion. He brings insights and wisdom to all who ask. In the Muslim tradition, he was one of four angels Allah sent to the earth to collect soil so he could create Adam. Though the others failed, he brought back enough earth for Allah to bring Adam to life.


Azrael is often associated with the color purple. You can use a small piece of amethyst when you want to work with him. In times of grief allow him to enfold you with his wings and comfort you. Ask for his assistance when you feel blocked in your personal life. An effective way to call upon him is to light a small white candle, call out his name and ask for his assistance.

Azrael can assist you with:

Death and dying
Removing blocks from your spiritual path
Hearing the guidance of your spirit

Calling the angels into your home

With love and aloha,

Angels are everywhere just open your mind and your heart to the signs.

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