Michaelmas: Taming the dragons

…The dragon lives in human nature…
(Steiner, Michaelmas and the Soul Forces of the Human Being)

The feast of St. Michael is coming up, and I thought it would be a good time to embark on a journey of some inner work. You see, it’s easy to make time for the trappings– tell the story of St. Michael or St. George vanquishing the dragon, bake some dragon bread, maybe dye a cape or find a wooden sword. It’s harder to find the time to think about our own dragons that lurk in our life, waiting to be slayed.

Do not let yourself become overpowered! In this season when the trees begin to shed their leaves, so too can we shed habits which no longer serve us well. At this time when flowers come to fruition and bear fruit, so too can we pinpoint those dreams that are just on the edge of becoming and make beautiful things happen. And just as St. Michael cast the dragon from Paradise, so too can we cast out of our lives that which drags us down or would corrupt Goodness.

I don’t know your dragons– but I do know mine, and I suspect that some of the dragons that like to hang around my house know where you live as well. So over the next week or so leading up to Michaelmas, please join me in sharing some dragon-slaying techniques.


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

1 Comment

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    This is so timely for me! For me, my biggest dragons right now revolve around expectations; expectations in myself to do better and be better. Your post really made me think … but I would have to say that my best slaying technique for this dragon would be to have fun! Enjoy the moments, and let go of the “coulda, woulda, shoulda”!

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