Archangel Raziel is known as the Angel of Mysteries for he is the possessor of a staggering amount of information on all matters secret, arcane and mysterious. His name means “Secrets of God,” and his knowledge stems from the fact that he stands at the curtain separating God from the rest of creation and hears and notes everything that is said around his throne. He is believed to know all of the secrets of the universe and how it operates. Raziel opens man up to higher levels of psychic abilities and increases his ability to see, hear, know and feel divine guidance. Archangel Raziel assists man to cut negative ties to past life experiences by helping him to understand habits, patterns, and unrealistic expectations that are holding him in a level of disappointment and stagnation in the present. He enables man to understand and release the fear aspect of these experiences, while enabling him to maintain the wealth of knowledge he has obtained over his lifetime.
Raziel (Hebrew: רזיאל “Secret[s] of God”) is an archangel within the teachings of Jewish mysticism (of the Kabbalah of Judaism) who is the “Keeper of Secrets” and the “Angel of Mysteries”. He is associated with the Sephira Chokmah (the second of ten) in Olam Briah, one of the Four Worlds of Kabbalistic theory.
Mysticism and tradition
Various teachings assign Raziel to diverse roles, including that of a Cherub,a member of the Ophanim, and chief of the Erelim.
Raziel, under the alternate name Galizur, (“Revealer of The Rock”) is described as the “ruling prince of the 2nd Heaven.” He is said to expound the “Torah’s divine wisdom,” and protects the ministering angels from the Hayyoth, the “holy Creatures” that uphold the universe.
Authorship of Sefer Raziel HaMalach
The famous Sefer Raziel HaMalach (“Book of Raziel the Angel”) attributed to this figure is said to contain all secret knowledge, and is considered to be a book of magic. He stands close by God’s throne, and therefore hears and writes down everything that is said and discussed. He purportedly gave the book to Adam and Eve after they ate from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (for which resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden) so the two could find their way back “home” and better understand their God. Raziel’s fellow angels were deeply disturbed by this, and thus stole the book from Adam and threw it into the ocean. God Himself decided not to punish Raziel, but instead retrieved the book by means of the angel Rahab and returned it to Adam and Eve. Bertie considers this story – not attested in the Bible – to be a variant of the story of Prometheus in Greek mythology.
According to some sources, the book was passed on through the generations to Enoch (In 3 Enoch believed to have later become the angel Metatron), who may have incorporated his own writings into the tome. From Enoch, the archangel Raphael gave it to Noah, who used the wisdom within to build Noah’s Ark. The Book of Raziel was said to have come into the possession of King Solomon, and a number of texts claiming to be this volume have recently appeared.
I thank God for making you a powerful channel through which
He reveals holy secrets at the right times and in the right
ways. Please show me divine wisdom whenever I need it. Help
me to hear God’s guidance more clearly, especially when I’m
facing important decisions. Give me a deeper spiritual insight
and help me to understand esoteric information clearly. Show me
the spiritual secrets of the universe that God wants me to know,
and teach me how to apply what I’ve learned in my life so that I
can live with wisdom. Amen!”
Sefer Raziel HaMalakh, (Hebrew ספר רזיאל המלאך "Book of Raziel the Angel”), is a medieval Practical Kabbalah grimoire, primarily written in Hebrew and Aramaic, but surviving also in Latin translation, as Liber Razielis Archangeli, in a 13th-century manuscript produced under Alfonso X.
The book cannot be shown to predate the 13th century, but may in parts date back to Late Antiquity. Like other obscure ancient texts such as the Bahir and Sefer Yetzirah, the work has been extant in a number of versions. The tradition around the book attributes it to have been revealed to Adam by the angel Raziel. The title itself is mentioned in another magical work of late antiquity, The Sword of Moses. Critical historians regard it as a medieval work, most probably originating among the Chassidei Ashkenaz, as citations from it begin to appear only in the 13th century. Sections of it are no doubt older. The likely compiler of the medieval version is Eleazer of Worms, as “Sefer Galei Razia”, which developed to what we have now as “Sefer Raziel HaMalakh”, including more writings written by people of various theological opinions.
It draws heavily on Sepher Yetzirah and Sepher Ha-Razim. There are multiple manuscript versions, containing up to seven tractates. The printed version of Sefer Raziel is divided into five books, some of it in the form of a mystical Midrash on Creation. It features an elaborate angelology, magical uses of the zodiac, gematria, names of God, protective spells, and a method of writing magical healing amulets.
Book six of the Liber Razielis is based on the Sefer ha-Razim “Book of Secrets”, with various additions including the “Prayer of Adam” of Sefer Adam.
The book becomes notorious in German Renaissance magic, named together with Picatrix as among the most abominable works of Nigromantia by Johannes Hartlieb. The prayer of Adam is paraphrased by Nicholas of Cues in two sermons (Sermo I, 4, 16.25; Sermo XX, 8, 10-13) and further made use of by Reuchlin in his De Arte Cabbalistica. Konrad Bollstatter in the 15th century also shows awareness of the Latin version of the “Prayer of Adam” an interpolation in Cgm 252, although he replaces Raziel with Raphael and Seth with Sem.
Tree of Knowledge
Adam in his prayer to God, apologized for listening to his wife Eve חוה, who was deceived by the snake into eating from the “Tree of Knowledge” – the עץ הדעת, according to the Book of Raziel, God sent the highest of the Angels, Raziel, to teach Adam the spiritual laws of nature and life on earth, including the knowledge of the planets, stars and the spiritual laws of creation.
The Angel Raziel also taught Adam the knowledge of the power of speech, the power of thoughts and the power of a person’s soul within the confines of the physical body and this physical world, basically teaching the knowledge with which one can harmonize physical and spiritual existence in this physical world.
The Angel Raziel teaches the power of speech, the energy contained within the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, their combinations and meanings of names.
Adam and Abraham
According to Jewish traditions, the angel Raziel was sent to earth to teach Adam, and due to the elevated soul of Abraham, Raziel returned to teach Abraham all the spiritual knowledge and spiritual laws. Raziel was sent to earth with specific purpose to teach Adam and Abraham the ways of Nature. The Book of Raziel explains everything from Astrology of the planets in our solar system, and explains how the creative life energy starts with a thought from the spiritual realms, transcending into speech and action in this physical world. The eternal divine creative life energy of this earth is love, the book explains the spiritual laws of birth, death, reincarnation of the soul, and many spiritual laws of “Change”.