Nuriel – The Angel of Hailstorms
Nuriel is a popular angel in Jewish lore. Therefore, he is one of the 70 childbirth angels listed in The Sefer Raziel. The name Nuriel means “The Fire of God”. It derives from the Aramaic word for “fire” – “Nura”. He resides in the 2nd Heaven. Being attended by 50 myriads of angels. Each one of the angels are made of fire and water.
Nuriel – The Angel of Hailstorms and Spellbinding
There are different descriptions of this angel. Therefore, he is as tall as 300 “parasangs”. And he usually manifests in the form of an eagle. He is often compared and mistaken for Uriel. Not only because their names are similar. But also, because they both manifest as eagles. Although Nuriel issues from the side of Hesed (which is kindness) and Uriel from the side of Geburah (force).
Moses actually encountered the angel, when he was traveling through the 2nd Heaven. But Nuriel also appears in The Book of Protection. Where, he is grouped with Michael, Shamshiel, Seraphiel and other powerful angels. The same book describes the angel as “a spellbinding power:.
The Zohar also mentions this powerful angel. It says that Nuriel governs the zodiacal sign of Virgo. Also the Zohar relates the height of the angel, and the number of myriads mentioned above. Also, the height of the angel can be exceeded only by The Erelim., The Watchers, by Af and Hemah and by Archangel Metatron. The later being the tallest angel in Heaven.
The angel also appears in Gnostic Lore. There, he is considered one of Jehoel‘s (The Prince of Fire) seven subordinates. But his name also pop up on different oriental amulets for protection. Therefore, he has the ability to ward off evil forces.
There are no sources about this angel being an evil or fallen one. Although, if you are not into Jewish and Gnostic lore, you should not pray to him or invoke him.