By Laura Penn

Angels are all around us and ready to help with anything from a parking space to a love affair. All it takes is a little willingness on your part--a willingness to give them the nod that they have been waiting for to get involved....After all, what have you got to lose?

Meet the four archangels and discover how they can help transition you from being single to going on your first date. Michael will help you love yourself; Raphael will help you visualize a partner; Gabriel will help guide you to a perfect date; and Uriel will give you confidence to meet that special someone.

Click through this gallery to read tips and advice from the archangels and to spread your wings toward love.

Excerpted and reprinted from "The Angels' Guide to Love and Dating" by Laura Penn, with permission of Quadrille Publishing Limited. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Meet Archangel Michael

Discover how 'The Warrior' can help you feel OK about being single.

Archangel Michael's name means "He who is like God." His limitless power emanates strength, faith, and courage. His energy aura is a royal blue, so you may find yourself drawn to these colors more when he is around you. You might find deep blue clothes appealing or even see flashes of blue light in front of your eyes. If ever you find yourself in a dangerous situation, you can ask Michael to surround you with his protection and you will become invisible to anything that threatens you.

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Why Should You Contact Michael?

If you no longer want to be single, let Michael be your matchmaker.

So you are single...so what? Okay, it may feel like everyone else is part of a cozy cuddling couple, but they're not. The world is really made up of just people. Yes, some have coupled, but others are divorced, widowed, between relationships, actively looking, or determinedly unattached. Today's relationships are much more fluid than they used to be, so we can all find ourselves single at some point. Indeed, you may be single, but (I'm sorry to break this to you) you are not unique.

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How Michael Can Help You

When you feel lonely, contact Michael to help you to love yourself.

Michael is the essence of love, power, strength, and faith, and if you ask him he will enhance these same qualities in you. You can call on him when:

  • You need strength to face something alone.
  • You need to feel safe.
  • You want protection from people or situations.
  • You need a "pick-me-up" to be able to cope.
As they say, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," and they don't come tougher than Michael. So next time you start to feel that being single is the pits, call on Michael for emotional support. You will be amazed at how much better you start to feel.

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Michael's Angel Advice

7 things you can do when single

  1. Sleep in the "angel position," taking up the whole bed.
  2. See any friend anytime (even those of the opposite sex).
  3. Wear pajamas/ripped leggings/gray underpants/Kylie T-shirt (insert own fashion faux pas) whenever you want.
  4. Be spontaneous.
  5. Drive however you want.
  6. Control the remote.
  7. Not have to shave...anywhere.

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Meet Archangel Raphael

Before you start dating, allow 'The Friend' to help you visualize an ideal date.

Raphael gives you guidance through intuition, ideas, or dreams. The way he works is by slipping thoughts into your mind when you are least expecting them. If you have ever had a brilliant idea and wondered why you hadn't thought of it before, or if you have woken up one morning and suddenly everything made sense, then you have been visited by Raphael. His aura shows as an emerald green energy, so you may be attracted to this color when he is helping you.

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Why Should You Contact Raphael?

If you're ready to jump into the dating pool, rely on Raphael to stay afloat.

So, are you ready to take the plunge and start dating? Maybe you would rather dip your toe into the dating pool first? Maybe you have already been for a swim and found the water too choppy, so you are worried about being swept away? Perhaps you have just come out of a long-term relationship or a marriage and you are wary of getting wet at all. Whatever your situation, Raphael is the angel to see you safely to dry land.

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How Raphael Can Help

Saying your intentions clearly to Raphael can secure you good dates.

Raphael will replace your expectations with intentions. What's the difference between the two? Well, if you expect something, you will, more often than not, be disappointed. However, if you intend something, then you can make sure that you are never disappointed. Other people control whether your expectations will be fulfilled or not, but only you control your own intentions.

Even the actual words that you use are important. Angels will literally take you at your word. For example, if you say, "I want a partner," they will simply give you the "wanting." If you say, "I need to find a partner," you will be left with the "needing." I know it sounds odd, but there seems to be something lost in translation and unless you ask in the right way, you may not get the result that you intend. The way to ask the angels to bring your partner to you is to say:

  • "I am ready for a partner to come into my life" or...
  • "I am willing to allow a partner into my life" or...
  • "I am ready to receive a partner in my life."
Any of those three will do the trick, and if you don't believe me just go ahead and try them out.

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Raphael's Angel Advice

7 reasons to picture your partner

  1. You will recognize your partner when you meet him or her.
  2. It beats watching television.
  3. It keeps the energy of your intention high.
  4. It brings them to you quicker.
  5. "Seeing is believing," so if you see them, you can believe in them.
  6. They are a delight to look at.
  7. You can astound your friends later with your powers of prediction.

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Meet Archangel Gabriel

Communicate with your date better while being guided by 'The Messenger.'

Gabriel is a feminine energy, which makes sense as some people would say that women communicate better than men. Her name means "Messenger of God," so she is often depicted with a trumpet, signifying her role as an important messenger. If all the angels are messengers, then she is the postmistress. Her energy works through a pure white color, so you may have an affinity with this color when she is helping you.

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Why Should You Contact Gabriel?

Now that you've visualized your ideal date, step aside while Gabriel gathers love for you.

You now know beyond doubt that you want a George Clooney (or Angelina Jolie) look-alike who plays the bassoon, supports the New York Yankees, is kind to animals, and has a healthy bank account. That's the easy part. Now for the hard part--finding this person. This requires the matchmaking services of a very powerful angel, the Archangel Gabriel. She oversees every form of communication in the universe, so if you need to find anyone, ask Gabriel to do the hard work. She will guide you to the love of your life through thoughts, feelings, and intuition.

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How Gabriel Can Help

When venturing to meet someone online, Gabriel can be your guide on the internet.

Gabriel is the angel who oversees the internet. Angels love anything that is made up of energy, and they will play with radios, light bulbs--anything electrical. They particularly love computers. Take a minute before you log on to the internet to ask Archangel Gabriel to guide you through the worldwide web and you will be amazed. You will find surfing becomes a breeze. You will find the right site, the right words, and the right person, as the angels will be manipulating energy in the ether to make it happen.

You only have to ask for Gabriel to get involved and you will be amazed at how much easier it becomes to meet potential mates.

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Gabriel's Angel Advice

7 things never to say to a date:

  1. "I didn't believe in angels till I met you."
  2. "Let's go and do all the things that I'll tell everyone we did anyway."
  3. "You're ugly but I'm intrigued."
  4. "Hi, my friends call me weird."
  5. "You look great from behind."
  6. "Cheer up, personality is important too."
  7. "You'll do."

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Meet Archangel Uriel

Before your first date, prepare with 'The Thinker' to make a good impression.

Uriel means "Light of God," and his role is to spread light around the world. If you ask him, he can shower his luminosity on you so that you radiate with an inner glow. His energy is a pale yellow color like a candle glow, so you may even feel more light and warmth around you.

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Why Should You Contact Uriel?

Uriel understands if you're nervous about your first date, so let him do all the worrying for you.

Setting off on a first date can be terrifying, especially if you consider all the things that could happen. Your date might turn out to be awful, boring, and ugly. Then again he or she may be gorgeous, sexy, funny, and brilliant--then you really are in trouble. If you stopped to think about all the potential pitfalls (from spilled wine to sloppy kissing) you would never go. So don't bother. Instead, let the angels do the worrying for you. The best angel to help you out on a first date is Archangel Uriel.

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How Uriel Can Help

Ask Uriel for ease and confidence to be your best self.

One of the best things that Uriel can do for you is boost your confidence. It is so much easier to be confident when even the wine list is on your side. However, there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness. To show off is to put off, so Uriel will make you self-assured but not self-obsessed. After all, a conversation is not a competition. You will not be awarded points by a secret panel judging how clever, witty, or erudite you are. Then again, there is no need to be humble and play down your attributes either. If you ask for Uriel's help, he will give you the confidence to be honest. You will be that most elusive of things on a date--yourself.

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Uriel's Angel Advice

7 things to do on a first date

  1. Be punctual.
  2. Smile.
  3. Compliment your date.
  4. Take enough money with you.
  5. Be polite, say thank you, and have fun.
  6. Flirt with your date.
  7. Talk about things you know about and are interested in.
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The Archangels Can Lead You to True Love

As long as you stay open to new dating experiences, you will find someone to share special moments with.

There are many ways that you can live your life to the fullest, and one of these is to share it with someone else. For all its difficulties love inspires, enhances, gives purpose, and makes you better than you ever thought you could be. Love is a gift that you deserve, and dating is when you get to unwrap it. If you stay on that cliff edge, you will never know what the gift is like. The saddest words in the universe are "what if." So go on, take a running jump off the cliff, fall in love, and let the angels help you to fly.

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