Michaelmas is one of my very favorite festivas in the Waldorf tradition!
I love the whole idea that the changing seasons relates to our spiritual work. The Autumn brings the season for the awakening of our souls. As the weather gets colder, the light recedes, and we look toward strengthening our own inner reserves, our own inner strength
With shining hearts we prepare for the taming of our inner "dragons"
I have always been so connected to the changing seasons... How am I going to do now that I am in the land of endless summer? We shall see.
But the first step was Michaelmas. WSRF has many lovely traditions.... The sharing of bread and soup with the reinactment of St George taming the dragon. Good stuff... At HWS the 2nd grade spent the week making wood swords and they performed their class play at the Michaelmas Celebration! The play was followed with a day of games. water balloon toss, relay races, tug of war... Also good stuff:)
Remember this Michaelmas Post from last year? The story of Li Chi is one that I tell my children every Fall.It is a bit of a twist on the traditional Saint George and the dragon. In it, a little girl stands brave and true as she tames the dragon in order to save her village. much to my delight, our new lovely 2nd grade teacher had chosen this story for the class to perform! Milo was the Magistrate in the play. He was amazing! Much like in the story, he was really afraid to do it but he was brave and performed his part beautifully! Taming his own inner dragons ♥
While the 2nd grade children spent all week making wood swords,
I spent the week making costumes for the play!
It has been a flurry of kimonos, tunics, and sashes!
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.