Archangel Ariel appears in our second card today with the message "Be courageous, and stand up for your beliefs".
In this card, Archangel Ariel looks tougher, as if she's ready for battle. And in the background we can see lions/lionesses. This is significant for a couple of reasons. Firstly Archangel Ariel's name means "Lionness of God" and secondly lions (and lionesses) are symbolic throughout the world for courage, bravery, fearlessness.
I find the whole feeling of this card a lot stronger and tougher compared to the previous gentle and more "giving" feeling of the first card. There's sheer determination in Archangel Ariel's eyes, determination that she wants us to mirror in our own eyes because now is the time to stand up for your personal beliefs. You're a lion leading the way, not a sheep following the flock.
The colours that stand out for me are that of browns, white and the piercing dark blue of Ariel's eyes.
Brown represents Mother Earth. In this card this says to me that Archangel Ariel invites you to really go back in to discover your true self, to uncover your personal beliefs, to follow the convictions that feel natural and right to you. It may not be easy as you may be going against the grain of what society believes or, indeed, against the beliefs of your parents and upbringing. But now's the time to show true courage, to be truly honest and be who you know you truly are.
White always represents Source energy. And I feel the presence of white on Ariel's wings is significant here. The colour shows us that when we show courage, when we stand up to our own beliefs and live our life honestly and truthfully, Source (Divinity, God, The Universe... whichever name you prefer) will have your back, will stand behind you and support you every step of the way. Wings and feathers are also symbols that the angels are with us. So when you stand up for your beliefs, the whole angelic realm will be cheering you on and supporting you.
The beautiful dark blue in Ariel's eyes is simply piercing and hard to miss. Dark blue is the colour of strength and this card is all about courage and strength. Whilst it may not be easy breaking away from the flock to follow your beliefs, when you do you'll find great strength and courage and, quite frankly, nothing will stand in your way.
Archangel Ariel's warrior presence on this card shows us that when we exercise courage and stand up for our beliefs, even when other may disagree with us, that she will keep us safe and bathe us in the light of a loving warrior. By standing up for your beliefs, you're a role model for others, giving them the strength and courage to stand up for their own beliefs and principles.
As in the previous card, when you feel a wobble, simply call upon Archangel Ariel for support and guidance.
Reference: This beautiful card is from Archangel Oracle Deck by Doreen Virtue