Posts Tagged ‘Raphael’

Synchronicity, Sunshine and Solar Flares

I’ve been having one of those weeks! The kind of week that folds in upon itself, layering synchronicity upon synchronicity, spinning years of research and experience into a vortex that nonetheless feels fresh and fantastic. Yep, that kind of week. For the past three days, I’ve been alternately doing sessions, prepping for an Archangel Raphael class I’m teaching on Saturday, extracting goodies from my 1995 honors thesis on AA Raphael, reading Lon Milo DuQuette’s book about the Thoth Tarot, and eating 100% raw again — all while I have the house to myself and most local friends out of town. That combo makes for a potent (living) brew!

I discovered that my college honors thesis, “Milton’s Phoenix: Raphael, Poetry and Transmutation in Paradise Lost” is far more interesting now that I’ve spent over a decade as a professional intuitive, having had my own mystical experiences and more esoteric (as opposed to intellectual) forays into alchemy and astrology. Nearly eight years as a raw foodist studying the energy of food injected new life into those thesis sections about digestion as an alchemical process. Channeling “Raph” made the sections about Milton “writing through Raphael’s voice” seem more … real? Let’s just say it’s taken the academic distance and turned it experiential.

Then there’s the whole “Ascension through the Celestial Hierarchy” theme: much more interesting through the eyes of a 2012 Lightworker than a 1994-95 English Major. Imagine my amused and then increasingly “wow-ed” feelings as I noticed that my thesis paralleled so many Qabalistic concepts from DuQuette’s easy explanations about the mystical importance of one’s Holy Guardian Angel and how that relates to the Tarot. I’ve also been looking around the house at the nine portal doors in my possession, painted/channeled in 2010, and going “Holy, moly! So that’s what those details meant!” I find it interesting that just as my back has improved enough to think about painting another set, the woman hosting post-March Raph events in Madison just happened to mention she’d love me to paint three small doors she’s acquired — and the designs immediately began to make themselves known.

Yesterday morning, I awoke staring at the Hebrew “Elohim” on The Lovers Door. I fixated on it as I moved from sleep to wakefulness. I spent yesterday doing readings, reading DuQuette’s Thoth Tarot book, dancing on our rebounder to this Dolores Cannon video about the Earth splitting into two different dimensions, and getting a massage. Towards the end of the evening, I reached a chapter on the Sun card, and I felt a keen longing “to see the Thoth Tarot Sun card in full color.” (I don’t have that deck.)

I fell asleep, then awoke fitfully at 4:24 a.m. Unable to fall back asleep, I checked out Shiftfrequency.com, where I discovered this lovely post from Spacemuffin! She now has her own blog and gave me permission to republish this report. Note the full color Sun card from the Thoth Tarot. As you read through the report, you may notice why I say my week keeps folding in on itself — from Elohim, to the Sun, to Solar Flares, Earth splitting in two … all the way to major celebrations and “we did it” feelings! Happy Solar Flares and Happy Full Moon. … Wish well: those energies are empowering everything right now if we focus on what we most desire.

As I finished that last sentence, this draft says it saved at 5:33:33 p.m. GMT. Doreen Virtue Angel Numbers for 533: “Your prayers for guidance on how to change your life have been heard and answered by many ascended masters who love and protect you.” (From Angel Numbers 101, by Doreen Virtue.) I love it!!

And now, here’s The Muffin:

“Let the Sunshine In”

The Sun

Darling Starseeds and Lightworkers. None other compares with you. Through it all, we have made our way, back to the light. Through the darkness we have sojourned, to this place where we stand. And on the threshold we see, the new light shining upon us. We are the gatekeepers, the ones who have ushered in the Age of Aquarius. We have suffered the lonely road, and in the end, we triumph. No longer will we walk alone. No longer will our knowledge be locked away inside. Now we are free, no longer the outcasts of the world. No longer will we be be mis-understood, and mocked by others. Now we are the way-showers and must continue to lead our beloved brothers and sisters who cry for our help, out of the confusion.

What a day this is, what a light it is that shines on us and mother earth. How triumphant we are, now and in the days to come. Our purpose has been fulfilled. We have not walked circles around our mission, but have walked headlong into the darkness without help, it seems. How difficult it was for us, but now we know who we are! Now our lonileness is over! Now we know the angels have never left us, and our star has never misled us. What kind of hearts are these, that we carry so deep inside? And from so far away, the spirit guides. What warrior hearts are these, who have bravely continued, through suffering and tears? We have made it now, and the lonely road is a thing of the past.

The confusion of who we are, is like a veil slowly lifting, and we look around to see we are the ones who must help our brothers and sisters back to the light. Although the path is now unshadowed, the task is not yet finished. In the Light of the Eternity of the End, we shine as the stars in the night sky. Now we know who we are and everything is different! All the lifelong isolation is but a dream of the past, a sorrow so easily forgotten, as we were but asleep, and now we are awake. Our awakening was never guaranteed. Our awareness was never a foregone conclusion. We so easily could have failed, but we did not. We are the trailblazers, and even though it cost us everything, we woke up from the dream and as the stars, we were steadfast. The Elohim come now and they say to us:

Humanity has reached a cross roads now and they must choose their path. The earth is separating and splitting in two and the time will come when a direct separation will take place. We are the Elohim and we come to guide you at this time. Our love for all of you is great and we urge you forward in your mission towards ascension. No longer can false ways serve you on this course.

The journey is wrought with responsibility and choices. Staying in one place is no longer an option and the stagnation of the past is no longer that which can sustain you. Feel us with you, we come closer. Now the veils are permitting direct contact and soon you will see us.

We come to the new earth you create in your dreams and we support this new reality. Come visit with us there. We are welcoming you home. No longer shall you suffer. No longer shall you want. No longer shall you walk the lonely path of life. This is your calling. But there are choices to make and each and every one of you knows which road to take.

Do not dally, for time is speeding up and it will dissolve in the near future.
Some will be left on the old earth, but even then they will still have a choice to move forward, but it will be more difficult for them as this separation of worlds is becoming more pronounced. We love you so much, dear ones. Come back home to us.

We leave you with these words of love and say to you that all is well and proceeding to plan and we are with you and walk with you and guide you back to the light. Until the next time that we meet. We are One.

Face Piles of Trials with Smiles

The Muffin

Door Number 7: The Lovers

I finished The Lovers Door last night but needed to wait for daylight to get reasonable photo quality. Inspired by the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, this Lovers door also features a strong sense of Alchemical Union with the Divine. Thus, Archangel Raphael has healing coming out of his palms, and the Runes I used to code this painting evoke not just earthly soul-mate or twin soul union, but also the union of divine masculine and divine feminine energies into a trinity of one. I show two trees in this painting, but without implication of a “Fall from Grace.” This is meant to be a redemptive door, a return to the Garden after many years of exile.

** Please see the note and images below this original post. As of January 2015, the symbolic redemption has occurred even in/on/through the portal door itself, which got a major facelift. On a personal note, I had felt led for years to replace the center writing between the panels with “Gaia,” the name of the Mother Earth Goddess, originator of all fecundity and physical abundance. Humans are natural bridges between heaven and earth, and the star-shaped HAGAL Rune that runs through the lovers as light is itself a union of a deeply rooted feminine YR Rune and the masculine spiritual MAN Rune. (It also combines other Runes, as well, but I painted the portal with the intention of integration to create something new.)

You can see the original version immediately below, followed by close-ups and then the most current iteration as of January 2015.

The Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

Having written my honors thesis on Paradise Lost and having Plato’s Symposium as one of my very favorite books, I’ve long had a fascination with sacred union as a rejoining with the Divine.

Detail of The Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

For the bottom panel, I chose to include a red lotus, which symbolizes hridaya, the heart chakra. Those of you who read Schizandra and the Gates of Mu may recall that the word hridaya is also the same as the Sanskrit word for the “gateway to the highest reality.” The bottom quote emphasizes that the gateway happens without barriers: “Between God and the soul, there is no between.” –Julian of Norwich

Lotus Panel of the Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

The back of the Lovers Door features two quotes. The top panel is a chant called, “Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha,” which, again, honors the union of divine masculine and divine feminine. Deva Premal features this chant 108 times on her new CD, “Mantras for Precarious Times.” I awoke to it playing nonstop in my head last week during my final day of painting the Freya and Frigga door, which I had originally planned as the Lovers.

The bottom back panel has written in Runes a sentence from the Song of Solomon: “I am my Beloved’s [and] my Beloved is mine.” The middle of the door says “Reunion” and the other Runic inscriptions also emphasize this sacred union of divine feminine and divine masculine.

Back of the Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

I hope you enjoy this door. It’s huge! After moving it into my bedroom, I discovered that I may only have room left for one additional door in this apartment. I’ve been “told” that I’m painting 78 doors, so that tells me something’s in process of shifting. I don’t know exactly what, but I’m sure curious to see. ūüôā

Close-up of the Lovers by Laura Bruno

JANUARY 2015 UPDATE:

As part of the redemption and reclaiming of humanity’s deep connection to both God and Goddess , to heaven and Earth, I finally received the intuitive instructions that now was the time to replace the original “Elohim” with “Gaia” (written in Greek), thereby grounding the lovers back to Mother Earth instead of leaving them as separate creations. On the left, you’ll see a Wheel of Being and on the right a Destiny Knot. Both Celtic designs come from necklaces David bought me on his 2012 trip to Ireland. The message of the Destiny Knot felt especially appropriate to this portal reclamation:

“Carried as a symbol of Hope and Faith, it is believed that once a person comes to a certain time in their lives, it is said that the knot will then unwind, showing you the true path your life must take.”

Close-up of "Gaia" revision of Laura Bruno's The Lovers Door

Close-up of “Gaia” revision of Laura Bruno’s The Lovers Door

Please click images if you’d like to enlarge them. Below, you can see the full door as it now stands, although I feel I will at some point add a lightning bolt into the center of the red lotus — symbolizing a shamanic union of male and female. As of January 28, 2015, the time is not yet ripe for that one. ūüôā

The Lovers Door with "Gaia reclamation" by Laura Bruno

The Lovers Door with “Gaia reclamation” by Laura Bruno

Many Blessings!

Angels and Animal Communication

When people consider the possibility of animal communication, they often wonder about other connections as well, especially with angels.  If animal spirit guides can visit us in our thoughts and sleep, then why not angels?  If pets or wild animals can help humans heal, then maybe angels seem less far-fetched.  Indeed, the angels want to help!  Moreover, they can actually support your efforts at animal communication.  

I wrote my 1995 honors thesis on the role of Archangel Raphael in Milton’s Paradise Lost.¬† Research for that paper involved weeks in UNC-Chapel Hill’s rare books library, where I poured over a 17th century text called Thomas Heywood’s¬†Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels.¬† Written in 1635, this controversial book collects centuries of traditions about angels, including associated days of the week, colors, mythological figures, legends, domain, and expertise.¬†

Milton knew this source and used it as background for his 1667 epic¬†poem about the Fall of Mankind.¬† Learning the traditions and seeing where¬†Milton departs from tradition¬†reveal¬†clues about Milton’s underlying message.¬† Some people may consider Paradise Lost one of those requirements best left to the drudgery of high school¬†English class, but¬†Milton¬†was truly a man ahead of his time!¬†¬†He wanted to explore¬†the Garden of Eden, free will, the role of food in¬†Paradise, and the relationship of humans¬†to their environment.¬†

All of their environment, including animals, angels, Spirit, and Mother Earth. 

With the¬†growing interest in raw foods, animal communication, guardian angels, mood/food connections, spirituality, and saving the environment, many of Milton’s 17th century concerns are now in¬†the process of¬†becoming mainstream.¬† Paradise Lost¬†focuses mostly on Archangel Raphael, whose name literally means¬†“health of God,” “God heals” or “God, please heal.”¬† Over the years, I’ve found Raphael a very helpful guide for¬†any practitioner of the¬†healing arts.¬† Raphael helps with all creative endeavors, transmuting complex or esoteric ideas into forms the masses can understand.¬† He also aids in matters of vision, visions, and escaping negative spiritual influence.¬† In the Apocryphal Book of Tobit, Raphael helps Tobias heal his father’s blindness with “the gall of a fish,” bringing one of the first tales of an animal helping¬†a human “see” and heal.

Lesser known than Raphael,¬†three Archangels in particular lend support to animal communication:¬† Ariel, Uriel and Jophiel.¬†¬†The following¬†information comes from a variety of sources, including Thomas Heywood, OKcupid.com, Doreen Virtue, and my own experiences in working with the angels during intuitive sessions and healings.¬† I’ll spend a little time introducing them here, and if you resonate with their descriptions, feel free to ask for their assistance.¬†

Ariel:  Known as the Archangel of the Earth, Ariel works closely with all the energies associated with Mother Earth.  Traditionally, Ariel directs fairies, elves, gnomes, sylphs, and water nymphs.  He also inspires and instructs wild animals, especially lions, jaguars, tigers and wolves. 

Ariel wants to help environmentalists and nature lovers protect the planet, and he provides courage to act in bolder ways when defending Mother Earth.  He plays a role behind organizations like Sierra Club and Keep Tahoe Blue.  People who work with Bach Flower remedies frequently have a known or unknown connection to Ariel, as do those with an attraction to amphibians, especially salamanders!

Ariel, whose name literally means, “Lion of God,”¬†lends confidence to people who fear their own gifts and visions.¬† I¬†once knew a woman with a cat named Ariel.¬† Myteriously, this cat had appeared at a time when the woman¬†lived in a haunted house.¬† A devout Catholic, she¬†lived in terror¬†of ghosts she’d seen on several¬†occasions in her home.¬† After Ariel’s appearance, the ghosts stopped showing themselves, and the woman soon found another place to live.¬†

Some of you may recognize the name Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest or from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson).¬†¬†These characters and their names¬†allude to qualities of Archangel Ariel.¬† In The Tempest,¬†the nature sprite Ariel acts as the magician¬†Prospero’s “eyes and ears.”¬†¬†In The Little Mermaid, Ariel (a merperson) demonstrates possibilities of interspecies communication.

Uriel: Often¬†confused with Ariel, Archangel Uriel also acts as an Archangel of the Earth.¬† He makes an appearance in the Apocrypha as a rescuer of John the Baptist and the reuniter of Jesus’ family with that of¬†John the Baptist¬†when King Herod tried to kill all the baby boys.¬† (See Leonardo da Vinci’s¬†Virgin of the Rocks for an artistic interpretation.)¬†¬†In addition to rocks, trees, and other Earth Elements, Uriel influences storms and supports those affected by natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.

Uriel stands guard at the Gates of Eden.¬† In Paradise Lost, he mistakenly lets the fallen angel Satan into the Garden; however, Milton’s treatment of Uriel departs from tradition.¬†¬†Thomas Heywood considers Uriel the angel of Sunday, as well as Angel of the Earth, and modern literature frequently alludes to Uriel as a planet or spiritual figure.¬† Authors like George Eliot, Madeliene L’Engle, Dean Koontz and many others attribute various powers of¬†insight and judgment to Uriel. ¬†As¬†one of the four highest Archangels, Uriel¬†sometimes appears as “the angel of repentance,” and therefore helps those who suffer from shame, depression, guilt, anger, or victimization.¬† Uriel’s association with storms and natural disasters emphasizes his ability to wash away stormy emotions, offering solace in the wake of destruction.

Uriel works closely with counsellors, especially those born under the Earth signs of Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.¬† In my experience, Uriel offers strong support to people who till the land (revealing secrets of the Earth), as well as those who love cows, bulls, or goats.¬† Chinese Astrology’s “ox” signs also receive protection and respect from Uriel.¬† As an angel of the Earth, Uriel enjoys summers of growth and oversees all aspects leading up to “harvest,” including the harvest of spiritual fruit we¬†manifest through personal growth.

Jophiel:  A lesser-known, but influential angel named Jophiel provides wonderful support for those who wish to expand their animal communication skills.  Jophiel specializes in highly detailed work, illuminating complex information and opening the doors of mind and spirit.  As patron saint of all artists, Jophiel enjoys supporting inventors and revolutionary thinkers, including people exploring telepathy.  Because animals communicate in untraditional ways, Jophiel can help humans cull through the meanings of word-pictures.

“Ekphrasis” (pronounced ek-FRAY-sis), which is the verbal representation of visual representation, or the visual representation of verbal representation,¬†formed the basis of my Master’s Thesis.¬† A Greek term, ekphrasis is becoming more pronounced in the spiritual and visionary artwork of our time.¬† Much of these new creations seek to invoke music or narratives¬†via visual means. ¬†Jophiel’s unusual ability to collect and reorder multi-dimensional¬†information makes him a primary agent of ekphrasis.¬† Since animals usually do not speak English, they¬†often share images and feelings that Jophiel can then help¬†translate into words.¬† Many of the animals with whom I communicate¬†offer deeply beautiful and artistic tales, and Jophiel’s presence can amplify the healing effects of these animal stories.

Many traditions consider Jophiel the angel who exiled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.  Some also hold Jophiel as guardian of the Tree of Life and protector and beautifier of planet Earth.  Perhaps you notice common themes in such roles and feel encouraged by recent efforts to return to simpler, more compassionate ways of eating and living. 

 

I have worked with animals and angels for years; however, they do seem to be speaking louder these days.¬† In fact, several animals practically¬†“ordered” me to start this blog!¬† Archangel Raphael has become such a force that in February 2008, I commissioned a painting of him to hang above my desk.¬† I can’t wait for it to arrive from Virginia!¬† Interest in animal communication sessions and angel healing continue to nudge at mainstream consciousness.¬† Together, the angels and animal spirits¬†long¬†to heal and nuture Mother Earth and her many children.¬†¬†With their great love, they offer abundant resources to beautify our world.

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