Archangel Michael

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Archangel Michael by Raphael

Archangel Michael is recognized as an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions and, as Saint Michael, he is one of only a few Jewish archangels who has been made a saint in the Catholic church.

Michael is mentioned by name is the Books of Daniel, Jude, and Revelation in the Bible and is usually seen as the Field Commander of the Army of God. His iconography generally shows him defeating Satan, crushing him underfoot while his hand wields a sword or spear. He is one of the archangels called on by ceremonial magicians, and in these magical traditions he is generally associated with the element of Fire. He is viewed as a powerful ally for protection work against evil as well as for personal mastery. Names or images of enemies may be placed under his statue while petitioning his help in spiritual battle, and he is said to help the faithful defeat their enemies.

In the Catholic Church, nine-day prayers called novenas are prayed to ask Michael's protection. As Saint Michael the Archangel, he is the patron of policemen, soldiers, and security guards and he is honoured on the Feast Day for all Archangels on September 29th Hoodoo root doctors and Spiritualist practitioners who work with angels may keep a statue of Michael on an altar where work is being performed for the protection of clients.

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