The Archangels





The Four Archangels.  I found reference to a magical ceremony in which the archangels were summoned as protectors or guardians of the four quarters.  The Archangels were to be summoned before your magical ritual and then they are to be released in the opposite order after you are finished.  I guess they are to keep you safe while you are involved or vulnerable while performing your ceremony.  Raphael is the guardian of the East.  Michael is guardian of the South.  Gabriel is the protector of the West and Uriel is the guardian of the North.  I included the directions (in Latin) above the windows in each painting.  They each have a corresponding color (example:  Raphael is yellow).  They each had their own shape that I included as a brooch (example:  Raphael is an oval).  I tried to reflect the stories they are each known for except  for Michael.  Michael (San Miguel) was painted with the Paroquia here is San Miguel and he is dressed in the colors of the Mexican flag.  Uriel is thought to be the angel of death and that is why he is shown with the skeleton in the field of poppies.  Fun project.