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When Angels Whisper...
by Chantel Lysette - Azrael Loves Chocoloate - November 2008

Nearly a decade ago when Archangel Raphael in the guise of a persistent muse suggested I write a book on spirituality, I sardonically teased, “You wanna narrow down the subject a bit?” A few years later, he commissioned that I write a book on angels. I scoffed at the idea and mumbled, “The world already thinks it knows all there is to know about angels. Why repeat information that’s been handed down through the ages?”

I didn’t give the muse a chance to respond. I simply rolled over in bed and went to sleep.

A year later, I found myself standing at a spiritual crossroads. My spiritual mentor had just passed away. She was the first person, other than my mother, to recognize my gift of connecting with the spirit realm and much like Mr. Miyagi and Daniel of the Karate Kid, she and I spent afternoons together at her teashop discussing spirituality and honing my skills. After she passed away of cancer—just a couple years after my mother passed away of cancer—I literally found myself standing alone in the night with no sense of direction in my life.

It was raining that evening and I was standing before a fifty-six-foot tall crucifix that loomed over the border between Detroit and the northern suburbs.

“If I’ve asked you once, Lord, I’ve asked you a hundred times. What do you want from me?” Naturally, the stone crucifix stood silent like a sentinel at the gates of Heaven. Thunder rolled overhead, but instead of it having its usual calming effects on me, I grew angrier. I was in this world completely alone now. Mom and Dad had both passed on and I was the only child between them.

I had no one.

“Answer me! I’ve done nothing but put you at the fore of my heart and this is where it’s brought me.” The downpour came—tears and rain.

“Excuse me,” a feminine voice came out of the darkness. “Do you go to this church?”

I dried my tears and clutched my car keys, ready to defend myself from a mugging. I was, after all, alone in an empty churchyard at ten o’clock at night—on the outskirts of Detroit. I turned to see the source of the voice, and emerging from the shadows was a young girl, about sixteen or so. For safety, I moved to stand in one of the spotlights illuminating the crucifix, but I felt nothing but love radiating from this beautiful soul. She was dressed in a white tank top, jeans, and flip-flops. Her skin was a dusky olive and she had the most radiant brown eyes I’d ever seen. Dark brown, nearly black from the rain, curls framed her face and she smiled at me.

“Um, no. I just come here to visit Him from time to time.” I thumbed over my shoulder at the crucifix.

“Did He say anything good?” she beamed as she gazed skyward. I couldn’t help but notice a foreign lilt in her voice that I couldn’t quite place.

“Not to me, at least. I think I’m getting the cold shoulder,” I replied, half joking, half wounded.

“Do not say that. He always answers. The trick is in the listening.” She tucked her hands in her back pockets and rocked heel to toe. “I go here to this church. I was just about to go inside to pray when I saw you standing up here. Well, I’ll leave you to your thoughts.” She handed me a pamphlet on the church and inclined her head respectfully. I looked down at the pamphlet, not seeing anything all that special about it—just visitor information.

“Thanks,” I lifted my head. She was gone. Baffled, I turned around several times and then ran down the stairs to the parking lot. There was no sign of the young lady. I then went to try the chapel doors—I needed a moment of peace and candlelight anyhow--but they were locked. I stood on the dark sidewalk as traffic whizzed by in a blur, and I took one last look over my shoulder at the monument. Thunder rumbled again. A bit unnerved, I then thought it best to make a disappearing act of my own.

It wasn’t until I got home that it dawned on me that God’s answer was in the pamphlet all along. It reminded me of a promise I made to my spiritual mentor while she was on her death bed. She had asked me to help her business partner keep her teashop open. And like the loyal student I was, I promised to do just that. So, what about the pamphlet reminded me of that promise? It was about the patron saint of the church, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who was quoted as saying on her deathbed that she would spend her time in Heaven “doing good on Earth,” and that she would let fall from Heaven, “a shower of roses.” The name of the teashop was The Velvet Rose. And it was there while keeping my promise and interacting with its customers that I would eventually learn more about the angels than I could ever imagine.

But long before I could find the courage to take up my station at the teahouse, my mundane life was choking my spiritual life like weeds infiltrating a rosebush. I sat at my home altar every night, sobbing because I felt I had made the biggest mistake of my life. I had quit my job of nearly a decade, and I had done it all on the words of my spiritual mentor from the teashop, my spirit guide—Jake—and a few “signs” given to me by Archangel Gabriel.

Desperate and at wit’s end, I went into a long, involved meditation seeking guidance. It was there that the Archangel Gabriel and I made a deal—he’d help me get bills paid if I stopped fretting over unemployment. Needless to say, he kept his end of the deal.

I, however, didn’t.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - November 2008

An Interview with Chantel Lysette, author of Azrael Loves Chocolate, Michael's A Jock
by Llewellyn

1. Most people perceive angels as being a bit esoteric, directing our lives from above. You feel differently. Why is that?Azrael Loves Chocolate

As a child, I, too, believed that angels were enigmatic creatures that lurked among the clouds, but when I first began working with the Archangel Gabriel several years ago, I learned that the angels walk among us humans and are more than willing to directly interact with those who are receptive to their presence and instruction. When the angels first came to me, I was very much a doubting Thomas, thinking at first my sanity was somehow being compromised. But then I became a first-hand witness to their divine work and guidance, and not only saw how they were impacting my life, but the lives of my friends and then later my clients.

After all the years of working with the angels, I am still awed by them. In the beginning when I first began formally connecting with them through the help and guidance of my spiritual mentor, there was no bigger skeptic than I. But time and time again, the angels have proven themselves to me through their wisdom and accuracy of their proclamations. In the beginning, I didn't believe they existed, and I certainly didn't believe in my gift. But I know now that they are very real and I couldn't imagine my life without them. My hope and purpose is to bring others into the awareness of the spiritual world around us and into the realization that Creation is not separate from the Creator. There is no point where one ends and the other begins. We humans are a part of that Creation and very much immersed in the Creator's plans and engineering. As the Conductors of the Cosmos, the angels are right beside us, guiding our every step.

2. How long have you been working with angels? When did you first realize you had the gift of angel communication?

If you had asked me that question about a year ago, I would have said eight years. But before connecting with what I knew to be the Archangels, I was working with my beloved spirit guide, Jake, who first appeared in my life in 1994—though I really didn’t accept his presence until around 1997, and even then I was still skeptical. Before that, in 1993, I had my first contact with Jesus. I say “contact” because I’m not really sure what else to call it. I have always been a spiritual person, and as a child I was fervently religious with prayer being a big part of my life. It just so happens that one summer night in 1993—after about six years of being a rebellious teenager—I was in deep prayer when it suddenly became a two-way conversation with Jesus. (I prefer to call him J.C.) Before my connection with Him, I was beleaguered by ghosts, premonitions, and underdeveloped gifts of ESP. So, I’ve been connecting with the spiritual world since birth, most likely. I would imagine that the angels have been there the whole time. But I would have to say that I really didn’t become aware of them until Jake, who was at the time learning to be a spirit guide under the instruction of Archangel Cassiel.

3. Is communication with angels something anyone can do?

I believe that everyone can connect with the angels. The crux of it is figuring out how that person can connect. Everyone is different. While a person might not connect with the angels through clairaudience and clairvoyance as I do, she may be proficient in dreams and premonitions. I tend to shy away from using the word “communicate,” instead preferring to use the word “connect.” When we say “communicate,” it usually evokes a mental picture of one talking directly to the angels. In that respect, I would have to say that not everyone may be able to communicate with the angels, but everyone can definitely connect with them. The fact that I talk with them does not in any way give me bragging rights. It basically illustrates how my nagging skepticism fuels my constant need to see, hear, and feel the angels to be receptive. Another person, more accepting of her connections, may not need all that and will be content with connecting in simpler ways—such as old-fashioned intuition.

4. Your new book, Azrael Loves Chocoloate, Michael’s A Jock, takes a humorous (some might even say irreverent) approach to angels. What is your response to those who might feel that this approach is a bit too casual?

Blame Archangel Michael. No, I’m just kidding. As my relationship with the angels has grown over the years, I’ve discovered that one of the reasons I’m so receptive to them is because they connect with me in a way that I’m comfortable with. I may not like what they tell me or feel comfortable with their guidance—it’s a human thing—but they are my family.

“The boys,” as my clients often refer to Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel, feel like my big brothers. The first Archangel that I began working directly with was Gabriel, and he tends to fit the archetype that the Bible sets for angels—very formal, regal, and commanding. Needless to say, Gabriel’s instruction and guidance felt constricting, with more discipline than I was ever used to growing up with my parents. In that, I fought with Gabriel every step of the way. If he said “go left,” I’d go right. His rigorous testing of my faith left me heaving in sobs of frustration. Working with him was very difficult because I hadn’t worked with an Archangel before—well, to my knowledge at the time. Gabriel did announce messages of news and blessings, but I was so distraught over his militant ways that a lot of the messages fell upon deaf ears.

Raphael came into my life a little bit later and I found his approach vastly different from Gabriel’s. Raphael was very tender and nurturing, while Gabriel’s attitude was basically, “Suck it up, soldier.” After Raphael came Michael, whose jovial, fun-loving spirit made me realize that the angels all have very different personalities just like we humans do. And I say now, after enduring Gabriel, that nothing makes me laugh harder than hearing Michael tease him about being so serious all the time.

I won’t apologize for being “too casual,” and my clients and colleagues have been calling me “irreverent” since Day One—it’s practically my middle name now. But the angels have yet to yell at me about it…much. There has been a time or two when I’ve overstepped my boundaries. I was gently put back in my place. That was years ago, though, when I was still learning about these beautiful beings of Light.

Despite my casual approach, despite my sassiness, I still love the angels with all I am and they’re too awesome of a bunch to keep to myself. I want to share them with everyone and spread the wonderful feeling of what it’s like to be embraced by these divine creatures. There’s no pomp, no pretense, or Old English to tread through, just God’s simple way of being present in our lives every day.

5. Why is it important for us to establish a connection with angels?

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - November 2008

The Power of Shinto
Magnolia Clark (D. Davidson) 

Even as it steps boldly into the twenty-first century with its technological and scientific advances, Japan holds onto its ancient roots. The shamanistic religion of Shinto, while being authentically Japanese, also contains lessons for those of us wishing to connect with and revere our earth.

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Tarot Card Tracker: A Versatile Technique for Tarot Discovery
by Janina Renée
Many long-time users of the Tarot get set in their ways when it comes to the variety of layouts they favor for readings. Janina Renée, author of Tarot: Your Everyday Guide and Tarot Spells, details the "card tracking technique" that can be used for clarification on a card or cards that come up in a reading, amplifying meanings, and fishing for advice.

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Celebrating Silver
by Donald Michael Kraig
While the Internet now provides information and communication at the click of a button, Pagans of yesterday needed to find information elsewhere. Donald Michael Kraig recalls when Silver RavenWolf saw this necessity and created the Wiccan/Pagan Press Alliance, as well as how this HedgeWitch got her literary start.

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Angelic Lord of Neptune. He looks after people who are involved in clairvoyancy and mediumship. He can also be invoked to help heal sick horses.

One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Vav. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Lovers corresponds to the Hebrew letter Zayin and the astrological sign of Gemini.

The archetypal feminine aspects found in all males.

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