Why is Gabriel the Archangel of Water?

The Angel Gabriel Works with Nature's Water Element

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Archangel Gabriel is the angel who oversees water on Earth. Tracy Kahn/Workbook Stock/Getty Images

God has given several archangels supervisory duties over the four natural elements on Earth, believers say, and the angel who oversees water is Archangel Gabriel. Here's a look at why Gabriel is the angel of water, and how Gabriel's primary focus on communicating messages ties into working with water:

Inspiration to be Receptive to God’s Messages

Water is receptive to energy, with water molecules forming crystals in response to the energy vibrations that people direct toward it (which is why holy water is a conduit for people's prayers).

Just as water is receptive, people who ask Gabriel for inspiration can learn how to be more receptive themselves. That's because Gabriel specializes in communicating God's messages.

Gabriel helps people pay attention to God's messages (either while they're awake or while they're dreaming). This famous angel of revelation also delivers divine messages (usually in response to people's prayers), helps people figure out what God's messages mean, and teaches people how they should respond to divine messages.

Perhaps the most famous example of Gabriel encouraging someone to be receptive to a message from God is the Annunciation, when Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary -- at a water well -- to deliver the message that God had chosen Mary to serve as the mother of Jesus Christ on Earth, and to wait for Mary's response. The Bible's report of the encounter shows that Mary was receptive to the message.

She replied, "I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled."

The ancient practice of scrying (gazing into water while praying for spiritual guidance) may bring people into contact with Gabriel. In his book Gabriel: Communicating with the Archangel for Inspiration and Reconciliation, Richard Webster writes that, "The purpose of scrying is to temporarily close off the critical, reasoning part of your mind, so that you become more receptive to the messages from your subconscious mind.

... In this state, especially with water scrying, you become extremely receptive to any communications from Gabriel."

Clarity When Reflecting on Thoughts and Emotions

Since water is clear, it reflects whoever or whatever is looking into it, like a mirror does. Gabriel also encourages people to reflect, by helping them listen to, and understand, their thoughts and emotions. Through that process, people can become more aware of the state of their souls.

Renowned water researcher Masaru Emoto, who investigates how water molecules change scientifically in response to people's interactions with it, says that water changes people as well. Since the human body contains a large amount of water (an average of 60 to 70 percent water for adults), the water in people's cells resonates with the energy of the water people look at when they're reflecting on their lives, he says. Emoto suggests in his book The Secret Life of Water: "If you find yourself feeling down, overwhelmed by the daily grind, or offended by an unkind word or act, then I suggest you try something: simply look at water. ... you will discover that water takes you to another world where you will feel the water within you being washed clean ...

it will heal you at your core."

Another way that people ask Gabriel to give them clarity about something is by praying over water before going to sleep -- inviting Gabriel to send messages of guidance in their dreams -- and then drinking half of the water before going to sleep and the other half just after waking up.

Webster suggests in Gabriel: Communicating with the Archangel for Inspiration and Reconciliation that people "drink water that has been blessed by Gabriel" by exposing a glass of water to the moon's direct rays for at least one hour, then praying over it while facing the moon and holding the glass. By doing so, Webster writes, people can "send Gabriel's energies to every cell" of their bodies.

Encouragement to Pursue Purity

People often use water to purify themselves. Physically, water washes dirt off the body.

Spiritually, water represents the process of God cleansing people's souls from sin. Gabriel urges people to pursue purity in a holistic way -- spirit, mind, and body -- so they can grow in holiness.

Gabriel's angelic energy manifests to human beings through the white angel light ray, which focuses on holiness. Like water, Gabriel's energy flows into people's lives when they pray for help with issues such as replacing negative attitudes with positive ones and overcoming unhealthy behaviors while developing healthy habits.

The famous Muslim story of Gabriel guiding the prophet Muhammad on a night journey to heaven and back starts with an angel preparing Muhammad for the trip by using water for a dramatic purification ritual. The the Hadith narrated by Malik ibn Sa’sa’a quotes Muhammad as saying, "... my body was cut open from the throat to the lower part of the abdomen, and then my abdomen was washed with water and my heart was filled with wisdom and belief."

In the Jewish mystical system of Kabbalah, Gabriel helps the creation (people) connect with the Creator (God), by strengthening the foundation of their faith, which involves teaching them to pursue purity.