The Magick of St. Michael the Archangel
By C.L. Hall
Many magical people will be scratching their heads right now trying to figure out how a “Christian” saint can be used in magical rights practiced by Pagans, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and more.
First let’s dispel some myths. Most modern practitioners of magick realize that no deity or heavenly being belongs to just one religion. In fact many individuals work with a hodgepodge of pantheons depending on their particular magickal need at the time. All religions perform some form of magick.
St. Michael the Archangel is one of the most widely recognized and invoked interdisciplinary heavenly beings known. He is often referred to as either St. Michael the Archangel, Archangel Michael, Mikael, Mikhale, and Mikhael. He is notably revered in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Paganism. With this versatile type of devotion comes a great deal universal energy that can be tapped into for magickal use.
The name Michael means “Who is like God.” Michael is a being known as an archangel. Archangels are one of the highest forms of celestial beings charged with great duty to service of the heavens and the earth. Most modern theologians agree that angels have no sexual identity. While Michael is often referred to as a male (and will be called he in this article) is neither male nor female but can relate to both sexes. Angels are beings that were created directly for divine work and worship. They have been in existence well before the creation of humans.
Michael is probably the most known and referenced angel in the Torah, Hebrew Scriptures, Dead Sea Scrolls, all Christian Bibles (yes there are different ones), and the Koran just to name a few. With this type of notoriety it would be foolish for any magickal person not to employ such a being to aid in their magical rights.
This brings me to the question “What is Michael known for?” In all of his appearances in spiritual texts Michael has been associated with battle, protection, comfort and peace. Joan of Arc, burned at the stake for witchcraft in 1431 France, said that she was given strength and courage by St. Michael to help her preserver in her fight for the reformation of France. St. Michael was also sighted in the 1940’s by many allied forces during WWII in direct battle against Nazi Germany.
Within the last 500 years Michael has mostly been associated with visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mother of God in most Christian traditions). Many magickal and non-christian individuals see Mary as a representation of the Goddess. Thus, Michael can be viewed as her personal body guard.
During the twentieth century personal devotion to Michael dramatically increased after the 1917 Marion apparition in Fatima, Portugal. Here Mary asked the faithful to continually pray to St. Michael the Archangel for all forms of protection. The famous “St. Michael Prayer” (which will be included at the end of this article) was composed here. People across the world were asked to pray this prayer after ever mass in every church though out the world. The main purpose for this devotion to St. Michael was to an aide in spiritual protection against the attack of evil (sound familiar? Psychic protection and defense).
Since 1917 in every Catholic Church on the planet someone has said the prayer. Now if you ask me millions of people across the globe concentrating on one goal at the same time creates powerful magick that can be tapped into.
How to work with St. Michael the Archangel in magick:
St. Michael’s primary goal is both spiritual and physical protection and the direct battle of evil (or for some the term negative energy would work better). As a direct result according to Ray Malbrough, famous magickal practitioner and author, Michael is also concerned with issues of peace, harmony, high favors, physical health, career, success, personal finances, friendship, and even sports. I would add to this list: courage, psychic protection, healing on all levels, spiritual graces, and advancement. An interesting and little known fact is that Michael is also associated with beauty both physical and spiritual.
Many people see the Archangels in each of the quarters during a magickal or wiccan circle. Michael is traditionally seen in the South as he is a fiery being and often depicted battling in the flames. Michael can also control the flame. Michael is always shown carrying a sword. Swords are yield from metal and flame.
Michael’s most powerful tool is his sword. With it he can slay evil and transfer healing. An athame (a magickal tool used by magick practitioners and witches alike to direct energy) can be used in the same way. St. Michael would be a great patron to bless or charge your personal athame. When erecting a mini alter to St. Michael for whatever your need place your athame on it. When casting a spell of protection call upon the energy of St. Michael to flow through you and your athame to direct power.
The color associated with Michael is red. Most pre-labled candles for St. Michael are red. While the candle is pre-labled you should charge it yourself in whatever fashion you desire (anointing with oils, special prayer or chant, herbs – always use caution when working with a live flame). It is important to note that the color red is also the corresponding color for the Holy Spirit which is often described as a tong of fire. In scholarly theological circles (again interdisciplinary) it is a generally accepted fact that the Holy Spirit is female. One could call her the Goddess. Again reinforcing Michael’s inseparable relationship with female deity.
Michael is also one of four key archangels invoked in a very special magical protection ritual called The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as described by Ted Andrews in his book Psychic Protection or The Lesser Banishing Ritual as found in Silver RavenWolf’s Angels: Companions in Magick. Both of these rituals create a profound peace, protection, and negativity clearance.
Other interesting facts about working with St. Michael are:
1. His feast day is celebrated on September 29 officially titled Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Archangels.
2. The week day that corresponds to him best is Sunday (although I have found Friday and Saturday to work too).
3. Any spicy or hot herb works well with Michael.
In addition Rosemary, cinnamon, and patchouli are often used in his magick.
Most St. Michael candles that are presented (or conditioned) are scented with a strong cinnamon smell. You can add a hint of rose since roses are often associated with apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Where Mary appears Michael is not far away.
4. One can make an anointing oil for St. Michael out of cinnamon and a hint of rose (remember to dilute the cinnamon as it will burn skin – it is best to use this oil for your candle).
5. Stones that can be associated with St. .Michael are Ruby, garnets, nearly all red stones, Hematite, most metal stones, and malachite.
6. In the Tarot the Major Arcana card of Strength is often associated with Michael (sometimes Justices as well).
7. Any type of spicy food or cinnamon flavored confection is perfect as an offering to St. Michael.
Combine any of these items or compose a simple chant or invocation to bring St. Michael the Archangel into your life when needed.
The Most important aspect of any magickal undertaking is visualization. Close your eyes (or keep them open) and see Michael there with you. Use all your senses. Let his presences fill you. Before long a new and powerful relationship will evolve.
Finally here is a copy of the most popular current prayer to St. Michael. Because it is so widely used it holds great power (many people across the globe with the same intent at the same time). Feel free to change particular words to make them conform more to your belief system and goals.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
An Alternative example may be:
St. Michael the Archangel,
Defend us/me in battle.
Be our/my defense against this psychic attack.
May the God/Goddess rebuke it, we/I humbly pray,
And do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
By the power of the God/Goddess,
Banish and dispel,
All the evil/negative energy,
That infects this world,
Seeking the destruction of Spirit. Amen.
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