Michaelmas is Coming!Posted on September 6, 2009 by Carriehttp://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/09/06/michaelmas-is-coming/
Michaelmas has long turned into one of my very favorite holidays!! If this festival is new or unfamiliar to you, please read on about this day. September 29th is the special day!
Michaelmas is an autumn festival that to me really opens up the season for the awakening of our souls as the weather gets colder, the light recedes, and we look toward strengthening our own inner reserves, our own inner strength. I LOVE this time of year! After the expansiveness of summer (which I personally often find exhausting, LOL), I am so happy to have the cooler weather return and to be more meditative and inward.
Michaelmas, as you can probably guess, is named for Saint Michael. Michael was one of the four archangels, and is the angel who threw Lucifer out of Heaven. He is the Angel of Courage, the Angel of the Fight Against Evil. Take courage for the long, cold winter from Saint Michael! Saint Michael usually is painted as riding a white steer, carrying a heavenly sword, and slaying a dragon. Sometimes he is portrayed as carrying scales, because he also has the task of weighing the souls of men.
The Wikipedia definition cites where Michael fits into Christianity, Islam and the Jewish religions (and more,) here:
“Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל, Micha’el or Mîkhā’ēl; Greek: Μιχαήλ, Mikhaḗl; Latin: Michael or Míchaël; Arabic: میکائیل, Mikā’īl) is an archangel in Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition. He is viewed as the field commander of the Army of God. He is mentioned by name in theBook of Daniel, the Book of Jude and the Book of Revelation. In the book of Daniel, Michael appears as “one of the chief princes” who in Daniel‘s vision comes to the angelGabriel‘s aid in his contest with the angel of Persia (Dobiel), and is also described there as the advocate of Israel and “great prince who stands up for the children of your [Daniel's] people”.
The Talmudic tradition rendered Michael’s name as meaning “who is like El?”, – so Michael could consequently mean “One who is like God.” But its being a question is alternatively understood as a rhetorical question, implying that no one is like God.”
If you would like to read more, here is the link to the full entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_%28archangel%29
There are all sorts of things one can look at for this time to celebrate. We would never explain to small children all I just wrote about Saint Michael, the joy of the festivals with a small child is the DOING, not the explaining!
Some ways to celebrate and lead up to the festival:
Use this time for your own inner work, what do you need to strengthen? What resolve will you need as you head into fall?
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