D writes: “My sister went through a very hurtful divorce and turned to an angel reader for help. I went with her to a day of healing and can see where you can get drawn in. She named my angel, knew things about me that had caused pain, performed a healing treatment and gave us all an angel card and stone. . . .
“After hearing your show I started to think this was not good! I went and talked to a priest who removed any damage this ‘new energy’ caused. Are you familiar with this? The person who put this on was very nice, caring and seemed true to her strong faith…she talked about God and his angels, fairies and what we were in a past life. I have tried to warn my sister but she feels it is not harmful & brings her peace.
I have no doubt that the person who conducts this ministry is sincere and caring – but she’s also the victim of deception.
Angel Readers are just another New Age fad that has caused many people to be led into a relationship with a demonic entity that they were told was an angel. This can come about in a variety of ways when a practitioner relies either upon their psychic abilities or the use of “angel cards” which are used to divine messages.
Typically, the angels these readers consort with have fanciful names such as Asaliah and Yehuiah. There are “romance angels” who supposedly help us find our soul mate and others who can help answer all of our questions about life.
Here’s a typical New Age description of the angels and their purpose which is given by a woman who calls herself Sister Othelia, the Feng Shui Gypsy:
“Angels are of positive frequency and unconditional love. For those of us who wish a reading that points out angel guidance we may be blocking or missing, an Angel Message Reading is perfect. It is my belief our human bodies are like vehicles for our angels, who steer us to positive choices throughout our life within our inner voice. How we tune into this inner guidance may be easier then you think, does not take thousands of dollars, and is the ability to separate the shadow voice of childhood trauma, from the loving voice of our angels.”
Of course, none of this is even remotely scriptural.
First and foremost, angels (the good ones) do not respond to the command of mediums; they are pure spirits who are at the command of God alone. We know this to be true because God specifically condemns all practices of mediumship in Deuteronomy 18: 10-11: “Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead.”
If God will not communicate with us through these sources, He certainly isn’t going to allow His angels to do so either. In other words, any so-called angels who are named by “angel readers” are not of God which means they are demons.
This description contains the truth about angels: “Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are his angels: ‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him. They belong to him because they were created through and for him: ‘for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.’ They belong to him still more because he has made them messengers of his saving plan: ‘Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?’” (Catechism No. 331)
The devil is more than capable of creating the illusion of healing and peace, of naming things that happened in your life, etc. which is what you and your sister experienced at the hand of this reader. Unfortunately, none of this came from God. You were right in seeing a priest and being cleansed of any spirit that might have attached to you and your sister would be wise to seek the same help.
The New Age and its many occult practices make it imperative that Christians become spiritually savvy in order to prevent themselves from falling for these “feel good” ministers of darkness. Invest in a good book on spiritual warfare such as John LaBriola’s Onward Catholic Soldier which will teach you how to discern good from evil in today’s confusing environment.