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Archangel Sandalphon is the angel of music and prayer. He has a very down-to-earth energy which makes him an excellent archangel to call upon to bring your dreams, wishes and prayers into earthly manifestation. You can think of him if you will as a bridge to Heaven, transporting our heartfelt pleas and praises to the Divine. He is also associated with nature and animals, and works on helping people become more self-loving in the sense of being gentle, patient and kind to themselves. The meaning of his name is manifold: it may derive from the Hebrew word for wheel, and other interpretations have been "co-brother" and "he who wears sandals before God". Essentially, I believe he is a messenger who can bring himself closer in vibration to those of us entrenched in early existence than many angels can.
How to work with Archangel Sandalphon:
While most archangels are attracted easily by invocation (repeating their name 3 times), I have always found Sandalphon appears when engaged in earthly creative pursuits. He will draw close when you are tending to nature because he himself is a guardian of the earth and all its life - for example, gardening, conservation work, caring for animals or appreciating a nature walk. He will also draw close if you are engaged in a creative act, especially writing, composing poetry, or making music. It is said that he loves to be present when a congregation is singing praises. If you call upon him when writing poetry, he may even stream some of his own angelic poetry through you and every time I have channelled Archangel Sandalphon, he has spoken in rhyme and somewhat cryptically, though I believe he can also channel wisdom through art and other forms of writing. The mineral fulgurite - otherwise known as prayer pipe - is a good stone to work with if you wish to invoke the assistance of Archangel Sandalphon. He is also attracted to the earthy, cleansing, purifying and grounding scents of patchouli, sage and, perhaps unsurprisingly, sandalwood.
This is fulgurite - hollow in the centre, hence it being dubbed "prayer pipe".
How does Archangel Sandalphon respond?
(or what signs to look out for)
As already mentioned, he will often send a message through a creative medium: poetry, writing, art or inspirations for your own little green patch. Sandalphon's presence is felt as a gentle energy at one's side, standing shoulder to shoulder as equals - not some lofty or awe-striking spirit. I would think that most people's experience of Sandalphon's intervention is the feeling of being uplifted, in harmony and unity and oneness, in the sharing of the human experience, when singing in a group such as a congregation, choir, or sing-along. When you truly experience interconnectedness, the chances are he is in the vicinity, inspiring that experience. Additionally, Sandalphon is extremely good at putting people in your path at exactly the right time to move you forward with your current questions - the very wheel-turner of synchronicity, indeed.
What else should you know about Archangel Sandalphon?
The meaning of "co-brother" which is one possible explanation of his name derives from the fact that he is thought to be the brother of Archangel Metatron - the only two archangels who are thought to have had a human incarnation, in Sandalphon's case as the prophet Elijah. He also has a reputation for being the tallest archangel, which is interesting given that he has such a humble, loving and down-to-earth presence. Perhaps we should call him the Gentle Giant. He is somewhat of an underdog, not being the most commonly called upon archangel by a long chalk, and yet he can offer more practical help and on a faster timescale than many of the archangels, and perhaps indeed this is because he is more attuned energetically to the human vibration. When you have a dream and all else has failed in your striving to manifest it, I would say, turn to Archangel Sandalphon, for he is often able to balance a situation with a touch of his heart and set it on the path to success.