Michaelmas is one of my favorite times of the year!
Art by WaldorfMama
Michaelmas is the Autumn equinox, when days and nights are of equal length. It marks this turning of the seasons.
In Waldorf tradition, Michaelmas is brought as a celebration of strength of resolve, goodness, courage, and inner light. The image of St. Michael with his golden sword piercing the darkness is meant to give us the courage to face the darkening earth. With autumn, the earth draws into herself, and we also begin to draw into ourselves. Winter is the season of inner contemplation. When we look within ourselves, who knows what dragons we will find?
The struggle of St. George and the dragon is also a powerful image. There is not only courage needed to deal with the outer cold and darkness but also within ourselves courage is called for to shine light on those personal challenges we face as spiritually, socially and morally maturing human beings. When the deeper, inner meaning of festivals is contemplated, a nourishing and sustaining quality enables us to participate and enrich our own lives and the lives of our families and our community as well.
At our school we celebrate with a reenactment of St George taming the dragon.
My son has been all around the house reciting the
Brave and true will I be,
Each good deed sets me free,
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right!
I will conquer the wrong!
Sword of Michael brightly gleaming,
Down to earth its light is streaming,
May we see its shining rays
In the Winter's darkest days.
We have been crafting for Michaelmas all week.
We made these Michaelmas Dragons for our nature table. I found the pattern HERE
We made Dragon Harvest Bread from the book All Year Round.
I told the kids the story of The Most Beautiful Dragon in The Whole World
by Reg Down.
I told my oldest daughter a twist to the Michaelmas story. The story of Li Chi.
In this version the girl has the sword and is the hero.
St. Michael's Harvest Song
In autumn comes Saint Michael with sword and with shield
Passes over meadow and orchard and field.
He's on the path to battle 'gainst darkness and strife -
He is the heavenly warrior protector of life.