Here is an informative post on Michaelmas and its connection with its perhaps pagan past. In our coven we still use the Christianized names for some of our rituals, like Candlemas instead of Imbolc. Also in our coven we use the Archangel names at the Watchtowers. And I have worked with Michael in ceremonial magicke also. I like the symbolism of the cauldron being upturned to represent the womb of summer becoming the tomb of winter. Enjoy and Blessed Michaelmas!
Michaelmas time, Michaelmas time,
Time is turning under the plough,
Under the stars, under the signs,
The ploughman toils with deep furrowed brow.
He turns his thoughts against the cold,
Buries his fears ‘neath earth’s deep mould,
Frost like fire burns white on the blade,
Of his iron share that red fire made.
Positioned at the threshold between summer and winter, Michaelmas (the 29th of September – modern calendar) heralds the turning point of the year, a pivot upon which the see-saw of the seasons teeters and topples, this time towards the dark, colder months. It is one half of the axis, which along with Easter cuts the year exactly in half.
When I think of Michaelmas I can’t help but think of Blackberries, after Michaelmas the devil is said to piss over them, others will tell you he fell on the bramble, cursing them in the process…
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