1. The name Uriel means “Light of God” or “Flame of God”. This is because Uriel brings the light, or flame, of God’s knowledge to humanity. Its symbol is an open hand holding a flame.
2. Uriel is one of the four main archangels of the Christian and Judaic traditions. The others are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
3. Uriel is considered the Archangel of the Earth. This means that you are responsible for protecting people from floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. It is believed that he warned Noah of the impending flood. Some people believe that Uriel appears in storms and rainbows. Due to this close association with Earth, Uriel acts as a channel between Earth and the divine, bringing God’s plan to the material world. Uriel’s season is winter and his direction north.
4. The Christian Church demoted Uriel in 745 CE. Pope Zachary became concerned about the proliferation of angels that was occurring. He called a church council that denounced all the angels whose names are not mentioned in the Scriptures. Until this degradation, Uriel was considered one of the most important angels. Uriel was the highest ranking angel to be treated this way.
5. During the Renaissance, Pope Clement III ordered that Uriel’s images be removed from the churches because he mistakenly thought that Uriel was related to a heresy that claimed that John the Baptist was the Messiah.
6. Dr. John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s astrologer, contacted Uriel and may have even seen him. In 1582, he had a vision of a young angel floating outside his window, holding a crystal egg. Dr. Dee believed it was Uriel.
7. Uriel is the Archangel of Prophecy and helps people develop their psychic and intuitive abilities. It provides insights in the form of visions, dreams, and perceptions. In his book The Magus (1801), Francis Barrett credits Uriel with bringing alchemy and Kabbalah to the world.
8. Uriel is the Archangel of Poetry and Music. Help and encourage people who are engaged in any form of creativity. Uriel’s glyph is a lightning bolt, and it willingly provides flashes of inspiration for people in need.
9. Uriel helps people gain a greater understanding and clarity of the motivations of others. This clarity also extends to helping people with vision problems.
10. Although Uriel is gentle, loving and kind, he is severe when people blaspheme or offend God. One of his tasks is to punish sinners. Consequently, he is also known as the Angel of Retribution. An ancient tradition says that Uriel was the angel who wrestled with Jacob throughout the night (Genesis 32: 24-30).