Feature Article “Michael and the Pagans”

SUBJECT:  ReligionPUBLISH DATE: 19/11/08

Michael otherwise known as St Michael legendary Angel of protection of the Christian Faith, a grand figure in the realms of Heaven and earth. Ask a person to name an angel, 9 times out of 10 it will be the name of Michael that utters from their lips. So lets a little more about him then show a revelation that is quite true and likely to cause a lot of controversy with many people.

Michael is an archangel, one of the principal 50 angels in Christian and Islamic tradition. He is viewed as the field commander of the Army of God. He is mentioned by name in the Book of Danieland the Book of Revelation. In the book of Daniel, Michael appears as “one of the chief princes” who in Daniel’s vision comes to the angel Gabriel’s aid in his contest with the angel of Persia (Dobiel), and is also described there as the advocate of Israel and “great prince who stands up for the children of your [Daniel’s] people”

Michael was transmitted to Christianity through the Book of Enoch, whence it was taken up and further elaborated. In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with Saint George, became the patron saint of chivalry, and of the first chivalric order of France, the Order of Saint Michael of 1469. In the British honours system, a chivalric order founded in 1818 is also named for these two saints, the Order of St Michael and St George. St Michael is also considered in many Christian circles as the patron saint of the warrior. Police officers and soldiers, particularly paratroopers, regard him as their patron. He is also a patron of Germany and of the city of Brussels.

Michael is referenced frequently in Christianity, Islam, Jewish, Jehovah witness and Mormon faiths. However in Jehovah witness origins, they claim Jesus and Michael are the one and the same. In Mormons Latter day saints faith they preach that Adam and Michael are the same being.
In occult literature – The French occultist, Eliphas Levi, the German philosopher Franz von Baader, and the Theosophist Louis Claude de St. Martin spoke of 1879 as the year in which Michael overcame the dragon. This is confirmed by the esoteric writer Rudolf Stein(er) in a lecture in Zurich on November 13, 1917, where he states: “in 1879, in November, a momentous event took place, a battle of the Powers of Darkness against the Powers of Light, ending in the image of Michael overcoming the Dragon”.

So Michael literally you could say gets around – In recent times Michael is called upon often for Spiritual Protection in the world of Paranormal experiments, whether this be for investigations, mediumship demonstrations, protection of psychic attacks from entities or individuals. mMny spiritualists claim to have be working with Michael on a regular basis – Most (not all i must be clear) spiritualists, mediums and spirit workers, claim to be Pagan and that Paganism “is” their religion. Paganism itself is not a religion. Paganism the term comes from Latin meaning of “country dweller”, and is a word used to refer to various religions and religious beliefs from across the world – that the Romans came across. The modern Western perspective, is that of spiritualist, animist or shamanic practices and beliefs or of any local religion or belief. such as example being a “Wicca” (worshipping the land, spirits and working with nature.)

I was doing research into King Arthur legends and looking into Glanstonbury his alledged burial site, and location for many other myths, such Jesus coming to England, the mystical Avalon – which are tales for other time. I came across a line – which inspired me to create this article. It is from the Folklore, Myths and Legends of Great Britain published by Readers Digest. I’ll recreate the paragraph so to have an understanding of what I was reading about and I will bold the text for the sentence mentioned above.

the Church chronicles record that Joseph built a chapel of wattle and daub on a site now covered by the Lady Chapel of the ruined abbey, and there he baptised the english converts to Christianity. Hermits worshipped in this chapel until the 5th Century, when St Patrick, it is said formed them into a monastic community. A later chapel was built upon the top of the Tor of Glastonbury. This chapel is dedicated to St Michael solider of God and the victory over paganism. The chapel survived Saxon and Danish conquests and was a rich Benedictine abbey until the dissolution of 1539 by Henry VIII, who hanged the last abbot.That is right, Michael is the leader of the armies of God, as we know. The Christian church armies who came to this country and literally slaughtered thousands of native English – pagans, they did this under the banner of Michael. See the irony, the armies of god came and killed the pagans. Now spiritualists, mediums and the like i.e. Pagans call upon Michael for protection.

Author Kristian LanderResources – Folklore, Myths and Legends of Great Britain, The Holy Bible, Wikipedia, Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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