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,
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.
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