Welcome Archangel Gabriel, the governor of the winter season. Gabriel means God is my Strength. December 21st marks the Winter Solstice; a good time to spend in nature to connect with the light. Today the celestial hierarchy begin to infuse the earth with radiant angelic power. It reaches its peak on midnight of Christmas Eve, and remains, outpouring upon the Earth, for 13 days through January 6, the time of Epiphany.
Gabriel is the heavenly Annunciation angel who brings glad tidings of new life. He announced to Mary her miraculous role in birthing the Christ child. According to scripture, Gabriel also appeared to Zechariah, announcing God's plan for his barren wife Elizabeth to conceive a baby in her late years. Their child would be John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ Jesus, The Light of the World.
He is the Patron Saint of Small Children. Gabriel oversees and nourishes the child within each of us. With love and tenderness, Gabriel guides us to release our wounded inner child. He protects what is natural and pure within us. He helps us nurture our strengths, and understand the truth in situations where there is conflict between what we know to be right, and what is being represented as truth. Gabriel helps us to see what is real for us in our circumstances. His wisdom offers hope, and lights the path to truth.
The winter season is a time pregnant with possibilities, like a seed planted deep in the soil. A sacred time to withdraw from outer activities and to birth the light within our own darkness. By paying close attention to our dreams, we can gain insight to bring more light to our circumstances.
Happy Winter Solstice!
Love and joyful blessings,
(Fra Filippo Lippi, A Divided Annunciation)