Sensational Haiku Wednesday–Theme: Directions


 

Archangels

Angel of the East,
blow forth your gift of insight,
clarity of mind.

Angel of the South,
ignite us with your courage,
innocence and joy.

Angel of the West,
immerse us in reflection,
introspective sea.

Angel of the North,
seasoned wisdom budding forth,
grant us fulfillment.

In American Indian, Kabbalistic and other spiritual traditions, the Archangels are seen as guardians of the six directions: East, South, West, North, the Above and the Below. The seventh direction, the Within, represents the seed of the Divine within each person.

These are some of the symbols, including the elements and color, associated with the four directions I write about in these haikus:

East: Raphael—wind or air, yellow. Gifts: clarity, illumination, new beginnings.
South: Michael—fire, red. Gifts: courage, joy, faith, childlike innocence and humor.
West: Gabriel—water, blue. Gifts: introspection, dreams.
North: Uriel—earth, green. Gifts: completion, gratitude, maturity.

There are, of course, other variations or points of view concerning the four directions.

PLEASE NOTE: I WILL BE AWAY TILL NEXT TUESDAY WITH LIMITED OR NO INTERNET ACCESS. WILL DO MY BEST TO RETURN YOUR VISITS WHEN I GET HOME.

12 thoughts on “Sensational Haiku Wednesday–Theme: Directions

  1. zongrik says:

    if you read Bodhirose’s comment on my page, you will see she says my poem looks like an invocation. I believe yours looks even more like an invocation than mine.

    see summit lighthouse see #3

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  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    Kudos on this one. Love it … know your angels are with you today and saying “thank you!”

    The Haiku are wonderful.

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  3. Very powerful Haiku. I love anything Angel.

    Melanie

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  4. Very, very beautiful haiku poem. I loved all the interesting details in this post. Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Cathy S. says:

    This is a splendid creation. Thank you so much!

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  6. Very powerful – and I like that you included the associations! Very nice!

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  7. Amanda says:

    I enjoyed this also I learned something new and you Haiku’s were very clever!

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  8. suzicate says:

    Nice. I like the explanation with which angel for element, direction, and gift…I was not familiar with the associations. Thanks.

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  9. souldipper says:

    Angel of the North really speaks to me. Thanks for these insights.

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  10. Belinda says:

    This reads a bit like a prayer. I really enjoyed it and learned something about Archangels.

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  11. Madeleine says:

    I like your theme within a theme, excellent! :O)

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  12. quilly says:

    Thank you for sharing this haiku and this bit of cultural knowledge. I quite enjoyed it!

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