Who is Archangel Michael?
Archangel Michael leads the angels of protection and is known as the highest of the Archangels. He is usually pictured in male form, though angels are essentially androgynous, carrying a spiritual (sometimes flaming) sword with the most magnificent white or silver wings and an electric blue aura. He is one of a few angels mentioned by name in the Bible and other religious texts, and is also known as St Michael in the Catholic tradition. He is known as a defender of Christ as well as of humanity, and is one of the most accessible Archangels to work with as he is an extremely powerful angel and able to match his vibration better to ours at will. His presence is huge and he can help great numbers of people simultaneously. He can be called upon for protection, courage, strength, justice and spiritual advancement, or in any scenario when seeking angelic help and unsure quite which Archangel to call upon. He is essentially a spiritual warrior, who sometimes “adopts” those earthside who have the potential to be spiritual warriors incarnate to do some of his work.
How to work with Archangel Michael
Archangel Michael is one of the easiest Archangels to approach, not only because he comes swiftly to our aid and because he is able to match his vibration to ours more readily, but also because he seems to very much work “on demand” where other Archangels come in by their will when they see they can help us through a particular phase of life. He is also an Archangel that has been petitioned repeatedly through the years because he is well-known and known as a saint as well, and prayers to Archangel Michael have been repeated time and again and accummulated a great deal of spiritual power through this history.
A good place to start if you wish to invoke Michael for his principal purpose of holding the vibration of protection for you, your loved ones, home or environment, is the simple prayer:
Lord Michael to the left of me, Lord Michael to the right
Lord Michael in front and Lord Michael behind;
Lord Michael above and Lord Michael below
Lord Michael, Lord Michael, wherever I go!
Giving any prayer in repetitions of three is more effective. You may wish to complete the prayer by saying “Amen”, “So mote it be”, or “So be it” as appropriate to your beliefs. I find that giving this prayer instils a sense of calm and a complete belief that I am experiencing Michael’s protection.
If you feel you need protection for a longer period of time, using Archangel Michael aura spray, carrying a cleansed and dedicated azurite crystal, or asking each morning for Archangel Michael’s protection, may be called for. I often visualise the largest angel I can imagine standing guard over that which I’m seeking to protect with sword in hand, enshrouded in an electric blue glow which is impenetrable, for good measure. You can also specifically ask Michael for help with a particular situation, especially those in which you need courage, strength, perseverance, justice, or a warrior spirit.
For a quick invocation, in a time of crisis or need or if you are drawing or reading angel cards or attempting to channel information from above, simply repeat Archangel Michael’s name three times, or give the following fiat in repetitions of three:
Archangel Michael, help me, help me, help me!
How does Archangel Michael respond?
(or what signs to look out for)
The commonest response from Archangel Michael is a feeling of assurance, reassurance, calm, unconditional love, and a wave of safety and security which can actually be physically perceived. It is usually followed up by further signs and indications that Michael is with you carrying out your request. When you ask for help from Archangel Michael even fleetingly, you will often find that his energy is around you for at least three days.
The follow-up signs and indications vary from person to person and may relate in part to their own stage of spiritual evolution. You may notice the name Michael on a street sign, billboard, magazine cover, etc – especially if it comes up three times, it should be taken as a sign. Rainbows are another sign that Archangel Michael is working on your request, or continuing to offer you protection. This may come in the form of seeing three rainbows in a short space of time, seeing a double rainbow, or a sundog, after requesting Archangel Michael’s help. It is meant as a sign of hope, luck and a positive omen as well as an assurance of his presence. Archangel Michael is in charge of the rainbow children – a generation of spiritually gifted children incarnating on earth at this time to lead human and planetary evolution in the Age of Aquarius – hence his association with rainbows. You may also see cloud formations in the shape of an angel or angelic wings. The actual help you have requested follows the signs, and is usually very practical, robust help rather than ethereal guidance, which may be delivered to you by one or more of his “earth angels” – people incarnate who do the work of Archangel Michael – or by divine intervention through the hands of ordinary people. Archangel Michael should not be petitioned for trivialities or for financial gain – he is there for genuine life-or-death or life-changing situations and will typically only “deliver” when approached with pure intentions and genuine need.
Archangel Michael is also one of the Archangels who is known for channelling longer messages via a number of channels around the world including Ronna Herman, Doreen Virtue and others. These are usually specific to human evolution in his capacity as an Archangel of spiritual growth. You can easily find and read such messages by googling “Archangel Michael channellings”. He also appears in dreams. In my experience, he does not look human-like in dreams. I have seen him manifest as a magnificent classical angel, the tallest you can possibly imagine, with cobalt blue sparkling eyes, and a face which has a look of kind, fair and full of tough love. I have also seen him manifest as an otherworldly column of electric blue light, with a lot going on in terms of emitting that light, almost like a matrix. I have found he communicates telepathically in such dreams. Words may not be heard, but he makes impressions directly into your mind. It is known that in dreams or meditation he can present you with a spiritual sword. You can neither request nor force this, but you can offer your service to Archangel Michael as a spiritual warrior and you will find he will approach and “train” you in this, before giving the sword in a dream. With a sword of St Michael comes a knowing that it can be used for protection and courage for yourself but that you should also use it for the highest good of others, as intuitively guided.
What else should you know about Archangel Michael?
Archangel Michael can help if ever you are being drained of your energy. There are two main reasons this occurs. One is that another person may be draining your energy, intentionally or unintentionally, via a cord of attachment which has become weighed down in negative energy. The other is that a negative thought form or entity in spirit form may have attached itself to you, someone close to you, your home or environment. You will probably have an intuition as to who it could be if the former. If you do not have such an intuition, and particularly if you live in a reputedly haunted house or have visited one, or have done any sort of energy work, mediumistic work or readings for people, the latter is more likely.
This link can help if you feel you need to cut cords of attachment to a living person who is draining your energy:
If you visualise as you complete the exercise, it can be very interesting. I have *seen* cords which looked like chains, black cords, grey cords and even blood-red cords of many thicknesses and sizes. Sometimes they leave a gaping chasm or space in your energy field. If you perceive this happening, do also visualise and ask for white and gold light energy to refill that space to prevent it being refilled with negative thoughts, emotions or energy.
It is most effective to cut a link with a negative thought form or entity using a clear quartz or amethyst pendulum. While holding the pendulum lightly in your hand, ask Archangel Michael to cleanse your aura, energy field, and environment (or a specific person’s) of any negative energies, thought forms, thought form shapes, and entities, and to hold them in the angelic realm until they can be transmuted back to positive light energy, and not returned to yourself or anyone else involved. Be assured Archangel Michael will do so. Sometimes the pendulum will become heated, sticky, or rotate quite wildly as this is taking place. There is no need to be alarmed – you are under the protection of Archangel Michael. When it becomes still again, you know the work is done and do remember to cleanse the crystal. Even without a pendulum, you can still ask for this work to be done, though in this scenario I would repeat the exercise for three days successively, as you don’t get the same indication of the work being complete as you would with a pendulum.
Archangel Michael’s name means “Who is like God” and he is often seen as the closest to God / Source / Universe of all the angels, and the bearer of a great deal of knowledge and wisdom. When you work with this Archangel, you embark on a partnership for a lifetime, as once he has taken you under his wing, he will never leave you unprotected – though he will stand back to allow you to learn your lessons so as not to interfere with your karma. Do not be in doubt of his power. He has saved my life on at least one occasion, as well as placed a spiritual sword in my hand and in the hand of my daughter before she was even born. I named myself, as you can see, and my daughter, Michaela, in his honour.
Archangel Michael is such an important Archangel he has his own feast day, known as Michaelmas or the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, on September 29th. This is primarily a Catholic feast day, though devotees of Archangel Michael may also say special prayers and give thanks to Archangel Michael on this day.
Michaelmas is close to Mabon or the Autumnal Equinox, marking a real power date each year, more powerful for releasing anything negative from one’s life rather than making wishes or fresh starts.
~ Copyright Silverla StMichael November 2012 ~