It's a very warm and heartfelt welcome back to the archangel who is forever present in my life. It therefore makes sense that it is Archangel Raphael who often chooses to be present in our readings as I have such a strong relationship with him and we work well together.
With Archangel Raphael always comes green light. Being Heaven's Physician he is closely associated with the colour of healing, green.
This card is not so much about the colours and symbolism as it is about interpreting the title in conjunction with the subtitle. So, for once, I will not be breaking down the image or the symbols and colours on the card.
Archangel Raphael is inviting us to "take several deep breaths, and exhale slowly to awaken your energy and to release old patterns."
In many traditions, the breath is referred to as our life force energy, prana, or Qi. Without it we simply would cease to exist. It is extremely powerful and, yet, we take it for granted.
AA Raphael is inviting us to focus on this powerful life force and use it for the benefit of our bodies, to remove blocks, and release old patterns of behaviour and thought.
When we are feeling nervous or stressed we may unconsciously hold our breath. When we are feeling frightened or scared we may unconsciously breathe quickly with short, sharp breaths.
Often how we feel is expressed by how we breathe.
Yogic breathing and deep breathing, which expands your tummy outwards, is believed to calm you and enable you to better focus. And so, it is through breathing that we can clearly focus on the things that are holding us back, the repeating thought patterns that are stopping us stepping forward, the old patterns and behaviours that are no longer serving us.
Many of these thoughts, beliefs and behaviours have been with us all our life. They are often something we have learned as children or through experiences we have created as we have grown up. However, many of them are simply outdated and no longer serving us or for our highest good.
AA Raphael is inviting us to breathe these patterns out and release them. You can do this in a number of ways:
- You can meditate and as you breathe out, one by one, you can visualise the old patterns leave your body, out through the soles of your feet and deep into Mother Earth
- You can meditate and as you breathe out ask AA Raphael to remove the blocks and old patterns that are holding you back
- You can sweep your hands over your aura (holding your hands about 5-10cms from your physical body) from the top of your head to your feet and visualise you sweeping away old patterns that no longer serve you. When you reach your feet, flick those old patterns away from your body
- You can call on the help of AA Michael as you meditate and ask him to cut through any energetic cords that link you with people or situations that have created the old patterns you carry around with you and which are no longer serving you.
Whichever way you find is easier to remove old patterns that are no longer serving you, AA Raphael is encouraging you to do so.
And as you breathe out those old patterns, you begin to awaken your energy and allow it to flow freely throughout your body.
So what old patterns are no longer serving you that you wish to release? Are you lacking in confidence, self-esteem or self-worth? Do you feel you're not enough? Have you a fear of visibility? Do you struggle to speak your truth? Are you lacking in self-love? Do you live your life from a place of fear and lack?
We each have our own patterns of thought and behaviour that no longer benefit or serve us. Only by letting them go and releasing them can we grow and expand and... savour a life of passion and pleasure.
Reference: This beautiful card is from Archangel Oracle Deck by Doreen Virtue