I got a request on information about Michael and I decided to share it, maybe someone else is interested in it too. There are a lot of threads about him, but I didn’t find a good summary of information. If I missed it, I’m sorry. The information I gathered is a mix of books I’ve read, things I’ve heard and my own experience.
First of all, I’d like to rule out a common misconception. You don’t need to follow a religion to call on Michael, or any angel. Yes, they have been linked to the Abrahamic religions. But just like you don’t have to be Asatru and kneel before Odin in order to work with Thor, you don’t have to follow christianity to be able to work with an Archangel. They simply don’t care. In my experience they are much older than Islam, Christianity and Judaism combined.
Also, every Archangel is known to have his “job” , Michael being the warrior, Raphael the doctor, Gabriel the…well he told Mary that she’s pregnant. But just because Michael has proved himself in battle, and Raphael is a skilled healer, it doesn’t mean that they cannot do anything else. Every angel can be called for every purpose, for anything.
Now to Michael.
He is most known as an archangel, but other sources classify him in the order of powers, and then again he is the highest seraph, which would make him the most powerful of all angels. Let’s just agree that he has a lot of titles. Also, his name, which means “Who is like God?” can be interpreted as a hint to the fact that he is like God himself.
I heard alot of theories that Michael was known under a different name before. While that is most likely true, no source knows for certain which name it was, and I don’t know either. Some examples of gods that have been linked to Michael are Marduk, Nusku, Nergal, Ningirsu, Utu, Apollon, Horus, Re, Ra, Helios, Mithra, Jupiter, Anubis, Hel, Thanatos, Apis and many more.
You can see it in two different ways in my opinion. Either the new religion and the angels came and pushed the old gods aside, getting forgotten by the people. Or the spirits changed their name, but you are still dealing with the same energy form (some aspects may have changed, yes). I decide to follow the latter.
Most common jobs that Michael is associated with or has been associated with in history include:
- protector and companion in war, battle and conflicts
- defender or human souls
- advocate of humans during the last judgement
- at the same time he controls whether you’re a sinner or not
- he’s guiding the souls to the next realm after death
- patron saint of: sick people, merchants, sailors,soldiers, farming (especially horse breeding)
- in the end he’s most known for stomping on Lucifer’s head
Seal and sigils:
The crosses do not stand for christianity. They stand for 4 elements: omnipotence, omniscience, universal love and universal awareness (it is a bit hard to translate that) These are the four elements that should/will be created.
Michael is associated with the sun, examples for materials that can be used are: gold, diamond, ruby, chrysolite, agate, quartz, zircon, jasper and citrine.
I personally think imperial topaz suits him very well.
To me, his presence feels like fire, the burning sun in july, warming body and soul. His light is blue, so are his wings. He has a golden ring around him.
He does not knock on the door gently, he’s more like the person to break the whole wall. Intimidating, yet soothing.
Feel free to add your knowledge and experience!