Meet Archangel Jophiel, Angel of Beauty

Archangel Jophiel's Roles and Symbols

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Archangel Jophiel is the angel of beauty. Kniel Synnatzschke/Getty Images

Jophiel is known as the angel of beauty. She helps people learn how to think beautiful thoughts that can help them develop beautiful souls. Jophiel means "beauty of God." Other spellings include Jofiel, Zophiel, Iophiel, Iofiel, Yofiel, and Yofiel.

People sometimes ask for Jophiel’s help to: discover more about the beauty of God’s holiness, see themselves as God sees them and recognize how valuable they are, seek creative inspiration, overcome the ugliness of addictions and unhealthy thought patterns, absorb information and study for tests, solve problems, and discover more of God’s joy in their lives.

Symbols of Archangel Jophiel

In art, Jophiel is often depicted holding a light, which represents her work illuminating people’s souls with beautiful thoughts. Angels are neither feminine nor masculine, so Jophiel may be depicted as either male or female, but the female depictions are more common.

Energy Color

The angel energy color associated with Jophiel is yellow. Burning a yellow candle or having the gemstone citrine may be used as part of prayer to focus on requests to Archangel Jophiel.

Archangel Jophiel's Role in Religious Texts

The Zohar, the sacred text of the mystical branch of Judaism called Kabbalah, says that Jophiel is a great leader in heaven who directs 53 legions of angels, and also that she is one of two archangels (the other is Zadkiel) who helps archangel Michael battle evil in the spiritual realm.

Jewish tradition says that Jophiel was the angel who guarded the Tree of Knowledge and cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden when they sinned in the Torah and the Bible, and now guards the Tree of Life with a flaming sword.

Jewish tradition says that Jophiel supervises the Torah’s readings on Sabbath days.

Jophiel is not listed as one of the seven archangels in the Book of Enoch, but is listed as one in the Pseudo-Dionysius's De Coelesti Hierarchia from the 5th century. This early work was an influence on Thomas Aquinas as he wrote about angels.

Jophiel appears in several other arcane texts, including the "Veritable Clavicles of Solomon,"  "Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum," early 17th-century grimoires, or textbooks of magic. Another mention is in the "Sixt and Seventh Books of Moses," another magical text from the 18th century purported to be lost books of the Bible that has spells and incantations.

John Milton includes Zophiel in the poem, "Paradise Lost," in 1667 as "of cherubim the swiftest wing." The work examines the fall of man and expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Other Religious Roles of Jophiel

Jophiel serves as the patron angel of artists and intellectuals because of her work bringing beautiful thoughts to people. She is also considered the patron angel of people hoping to discover more joy and laughter to lighten up their lives.

Jophiel has been associated with feng shui, and could be petitioned to help balance the energy of your home and create a beautiful home environment. Jophiel can help you reduce clutter.

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