Michaelmas was celebrated this past week on Tuesday the 29th and in my world (before COVID-19) it was usually a day set aside for me to attend a play at my kid’s school.
The set and setting went like this: Students dressed as townspeople of a time long ago; some are farmers, some are seamstresses, some are bakers, some are cobblers and others are bricklayers. The town is a peaceful place, everyone doing their part to create a working, harmonious bee-hive like environment. Suddenly a dragon from a near-by mountain-top descends on the village and demands a sacrifice in order to save the village from complete destruction.
The noble and virtuous St. George won’t stand for it and decides to take on the dragon with his sword and shield. Although he is courageous and brave, he fears for his life. And rightly so… he’s battling a fierce, ruthless, fire-breathing dragon!
Before actually entering into battle, he realizes that he doesn’t have to go at it alone! – George calls out to Archangel Michael to help.
St. Michael is kind-of a big deal! He’s considered a spiritual warrior in the battle of good versus evil, and after a lengthy battle, where I imagine St. George came face to face with his fears, he slayed the dragon and was victorious.
In the context of the Waldorf school where the children are acting out this age-old story, what’s being asked is to look inward at our own personal dragons; those thoughts, ideas and behaviors that keep us from knowing our Truth.
At the school, we tend to see Michaelmas as a celebration. We all gather to watch the exciting play, we joyfully make bread in the shape of a ferocious dragon and enthusiastically act out wooden sword-fighting duels. But for me, after all this exuberance, I like to spend the day in reflection – asking myself what am I ready to let go of, what ideas and behaviors I’m holding on to that aren’t serving me and helping me become the best version of myself.
As summer ends (Fall equinox was on September 22), and the shift toward shorter days and longer nights happens, take time to reflect and write down some habits, thoughts and behaviors that keep you running in the same stream of (un)consciousness. And if you feel drawn to St. Michael (or really any higher benevolent being that you’re connected to), call on him/her/it to help you integrate and ultimately overcome your inner dragon.
As we enter this season of fall and winter, see if you can begin to slow down, allow changes to take place, be gentle with yourself, and take time for more self care and self love.
Wishing you the best this Michaelmas season!