We celebrated Michaelmas at our school this week.
Michaelmas has long been a time of new beginnings. By the equinox the shortening of the days and lengthening of the nights is well underway. As the life forces of nature recede, turning toward a winter sleep, we also turn inward to a time of mindful focus and inner awakening. It is a time of reflection, as we contemplate our relationship to the light and darkness in the world around us. This ancient festival was named for the Archangel Michael, conqueror of the powers of darkness, the harvester of the deeds of humanity. It is at this time that the image of Michael with the dragon appears before us as a mighty imagination, challenging us to develop strong, brave, free wills, to overcome anxiety and fear.
At our school Michaelmas is celebrated through a play performed by grades students, depicting the valour of St. George, Michael’s earthly counterpart, as he overcomes the dragon.