The Strong One. Messenger of God. Rules Waters and the West. Archangel Gabriel is part of our radiantly powerful quartet of Archangels. The Archangels are central to many esoteric traditions, serving as spiritual guardians and harbingers of the four directions. Each of these angels' names and colors has special meaning. Gabriel's name means "Strong One" or "Messenger of God." His color is blue, his element is water, and his direction is west.