My painting of Gabriel in their aspect as Archangel of Yesod, the sphere of the Moon.
Dion Fortune describes Yesod as “the plane of Maya, Illusion” and “the treasure-house of images.” Thus, Gabriel is mediator and conductor of images as vessels for inspiration, though these may also be delusions that cloud our perception.
In the Order of the Golden Dawn, Yesod is attributed to the element of Air. It is the firmament.
Gabriel’s name means “Strong One of God.” Strength is self-actualization and resilience. It manifests in a parent who cares for their child through difficulty, a depressed person who finds the will to get out of bed, a community that seeks justice not yet fulfilled.
Gabriel holds a scrying orb in their left hand, which is in the dhyana mudra; the left hand specifically represents the wisdom of Maya. Their right hand is in the varada mudra, the mudra of giving and forgiveness.
They wear a Vietnamese áo dài in the violet associated with Yesod, lined with Angelic (Enochian) text. The dress bears images of animals traditionally associated with the Moon: the snake, the wolf, the hare, the ibis, and the owl. The ibis has “actualized” and flown off the dress; the bird is famously sacred to the Egyptian god Djehuti (Thoth), who is Lunar but also corresponds to Mercury and so technically resides in the next sphere, Hod. Thus, the ibis serves as a bridge to Hod and is a reminder of the ongoing dialectic between the imaginal (Yesod) & intellectual (Hod).
I'm a (mostly) digital artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, focusing on religious motifs and revealing the sacred in the apparently mundane. Much of my art flows from my history in Western mystery traditions, including those related to the Qabalah, my training in Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, and my lifelong love of video games and fantasy art.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.