Other Religions Angels and Miracles How to Recognize Archangel Barachiel Share Flipboard Email Print Vincent Besnault/Digital Vision/Getty Images Angels and Miracles Famous Archangels An Introduction To Angels All About Miracles Prayer and Meditation Religious Texts By Whitney Hopler Religion Expert B.A., English, George Mason University Whitney Hopler is a writer and editor who has covered faith since 1994. She is the author of the upcoming book "Waking Up to Wonder." our editorial process Whitney Hopler Updated April 29, 2019 Archangel Barachiel (who is also called Barakiel) is known as the angel of blessings. He works to announce and deliver God's blessings to people. Barachiel also leads the guardian angels, who work more closely with human beings than any other angels. Here are some signs of Barachiel's presence when he is nearby: Rose Petals Since rose petals symbolize God's blessings showering down from heaven into people's lives, Barachiel will sometimes use rose petals to signal his presence in your life, say believers. In her book Images of Angels, Mirjana Tatić-Đurić notes that Barachiel came to be associated with rose petals in people's minds because his depiction in the ancient Jewish texts called the Sibylline Oracles: "He holds blossoming rose branches, a token of God's blessing," she writes. Roses, which contain the highest level of energy vibrations of any flower, serve as symbols of God's love in all of the world's major religions. Blessings are expressions of God's great love for people, so it's natural for Barachiel to use roses as signs of his loving presence as one of God's messengers and the angel of blessings. While Barachiel usually sends roses with beautiful petals into the lives of people with whom he's interacting, sometimes he sends just the fragrance of roses as a sign that he's nearby. The scent of roses is a sign of the presence of holiness in general. It's sometimes called the "odor of sanctity" because of that. Throughout history, people have reported smelling roses after they have prayed for encouragement, even when no roses are around them. Smelling something from a spiritual source instead of a physical source is called the miracle of clairalience, which is a form of extrasensory perception (ESP). Laughter Barachiel's presence is so joyful that he often inspires people to laugh, so laughter is one of the signs that Barachiel may be nearby, believers say. In her book Encyclopedia of Angels, Spirit Guides, and Ascended Masters: A Guide to 200 Celestial Beings to Help, Heal, and Assist You in Everyday Life, Susan Gregg writes: "Barakiel has a great sense of humor and inspires laughter and joy." Claire Nahmad describes Barachiel as "an expansive, humorous angel" in her book Make Your Own Angel Blessing Scrolls: Inspiration for Gifts of Healing, Hope, and Joy. Humor is a gift from God that reduces stress in people's lives by putting the challenges they go through in an accurate perspective. Through humor, people can see how even the most difficult circumstances don't have to overwhelm them, because God and his angels are much more powerful than any circumstances, so trusting God is all they really need to do. Barachiel, who is constantly involved in helping people who trust God, knows that God will empower believers to have the last laugh in any situation by being victorious in it. Expecting Good Things to Happen When people are able to shift their attitudes from expecting the worst to expecting the best, Barachiel may be at work in their lives, say believers. Karen Paolino writes in her book The Everything Guide to Angels that Barachiel is "the angel of good fortune and he will assist you in opening your heart so you can receive the gifts of abundance. He will also help you keep a positive outlook and encourage you to expect abundance in your life." In her book Make Your Own Angel Blessing Scrolls: Inspiration for Gifts of Healing, Hope, and Joy, Claire Nahmad writes that Barachiel "helps us swiftly to retrieve our sense of perspective. Our horizons widen and our perceptual limitations recede when Barakiel draws near. He grants success and good fortune, and allows us to be generous to ourselves." God's goodness and generosity compel him to give good gifts to people, and Barachiel often arranges the delivery of those gifts. Barachiel will often send positive thoughts of expecting the best into people's minds to prepare them to receive the blessings God has for them.