Meeting Your Guardian Angel
Ritual is for people who need practice. I first heard this beautiful aphorism in relationship to a Full Moon esbat happening in the woods near Asheville. It wasn't until much later that I understood how accurate it was when I began listening to the different perspectives related by ceremonial magicians and New Age Christians talking about the process of connecting to their guardian angels.
With angels dating back to Zoroastrianism and beyond, Western esotericism has a rich history of complex ceremonies for contacting one's guardian angel. These ritual prescriptions accompany social isolation, intense meditation, prayer, and other behavioral changes.
New Age wisdom challenges us with a much simpler formula: just ask.
An Angel is Assigned to Us
Whether we meet the concept of guardian angels through New Age spirituality, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or any of the Western mysteries, threads of their presence can be found in all of these sources. Universally there is the idea that each of us is assigned a guardian angel capable of intervening in or guiding our lives towards alignment in our life's purpose.
To some, the guardian angel is a manifestation of ourselves on a higher plane, a self that can mediate between G-d and our material selves. The guardian angel gives us protection, sends us divine love, connects us to symbols that will guide us on our way, and attempts to keep our focus on our soul's purpose in this lifetime.
Your guardian angel may give you a name to know them by. Names can be in any language, although I have heard that many people receive names in Hebrew or Arabic. It's up to you to decide whether or not you feel comfortable sharing that name with anyone else, and I would caution that you may find that in sharing it with others, the name is mispronounced. In my own experience, I have wondered if this mispronunciation is the name by which the angel wishes to relate to people I've shared it with.
Mythical mages like Abramelin left instructions in the form of esoteric texts, or grimoires, detailing elaborate rituals for obtaining knowledge and conversation with our individual guardian angel. These instructions are still followed with success by many of today's occultists, but there are also not necessary.
For every seasoned magician whose angel was reached through months of ceremonial magic, there's a great-grandmother running a church knitting circle who did the same just by praying.
How We Ask is Up to Us
In my own personal journey, I took my cues from ceremonial magic, but never needed the months-long preparation laid out by Abramelin. I was doing theurgistic work with a goddess of pleasure and beauty, and found myself intuitively designing the ritual work I would need to contact this presence I was already feeling glimpses of but not entirely hip to.
Through my ritual, I could see the fiery form of my angel in my mind's eye. I could feel the warmth on my skin, and each droplet of sweat that escaped my pores in response to the moment. I could hear the name of this angel echoing in my head.
If you think about it, the individual nature of the guardian angel lends itself to an appropriately individual means of establishing contact. Ritual may indeed be for those who need practice.
I want to encourage anyone who reads this to simply ask for their guardian angel to connect with them. I really do believe it can be that easy. I need to qualify that advice though with recognition that not everyone is necessarily ready to be a receiver of divine love and guidance. And the broader truth probably is that the way we would choose to ask is likely individual, personal, and the way we should choose to ask when it comes down to it.
As one opens to working with the angels available to us in this world, the guardian angel is one of the strongest, most brilliant allies we can come to count on. Whether we choose to approach connecting with them through ritual or simple prayers, the sublime holiness of this work cannot be overstated. Once you've established this connection, your guardian angel will be there whenever you need them. What a blessing!
Pat Mosley (NC LMBT #16882) is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in the Winston-Salem area. His work is rooted in compassionate touch, permaculture, and deep ecology with the resilience of all Earth's children in mind. Connect with him via email to email@example.com