Other Religions Angels and Miracles Learn How the Archangel Gabriel Came to Rule Over Water Water as a Symbol of Purity, Clarity, and Receptiveness Share Flipboard Email Print Archangel Gabriel is the angel who oversees water on Earth. Tracy Kahn/Workbook Stock/Getty Images Angels and Miracles An Introduction To Angels All About Miracles Prayer and Meditation Religious Texts Famous Archangels By Whitney Hopler Religion Expert B.A., Comparative Religion, George Mason University Whitney Hopler has written on faith topics since 1994. She is communications director for the Center for Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. our editorial process Whitney Hopler Updated May 03, 2018 It is believed that God gave several archangels supervisory duties over the four natural elements on earth, and the angel who oversees water is the archangel, Gabriel. Here's a look at why Gabriel is the angel of water, and how Gabriel's primary focus on communicating messages links with water. Receive God’s Messages Gabriel specializes in communicating God's messages. Perhaps the most famous example of Gabriel encouraging someone to be receptive to a message from God is the Annunciation, which is 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. 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." Water is receptive to energy. Water molecules form crystals in response to the energy vibrations that people direct toward it. It is suggested that this is why holy water is considered a conduit for people's prayers. 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. The ancient practice of scrying (gazing into the water while praying for spiritual guidance) may bring people into contact with Gabriel. "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."— Richard Webster in his book "Gabriel: Communicating with the Archangel for Inspiration and Reconciliation" Water Provides Clarity 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. "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."—Masaru Emoto in his book "The Secret Life of Water" Another way that people ask Gabriel to give them clarity about something is by praying over a full glass of water before going to sleep. People invite Gabriel to send messages of guidance in their dreams and then drink half of the water before going to sleep. Then, they drink the other half just after waking up. Water Provides Purity People often use water to purify themselves. Physically, water washes the 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. Other Religious Beliefs 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 hadith, a collection of Muhammad's sayings 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 belief system of Kabbalah, Gabriel helps people connect with the creator (God), by strengthening the foundation of their faith, which involves teaching them to pursue purity.