The Rudolf Steiner Archive

a project of Steiner Online Library, a public charity

Michaelmas
Conquering the Ahrimanic Forces of Darkness

Michael & His Army Battling the Legions of Ahriman

September 17, 2023

This time of year, we recognize the power of the spirit known as Michael and his victory over the forces that would drag us down. The Michaelmas Festival coincides with the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, September 23, 2023. We invite you to explore Rudolf Steiner’s teachings on the battle of Michael and the Dragon, Michaelmas, and the importance of the seasons in our soul development.

In this article, we highlight Steiner's teachings on how:
  • There arose a revolt of divine spirits seeking free will prematurely before men came into human form. Ahriman, the Dragon, was their leader.
  • Michael banished the super-sensible Dragon to the earthly realm where he did not belong.
  • The battle with the Dragon moved from the outer cosmos into human nature.
  • The Dragon and leagues of Ahrimanic beings repeatedly attack Michael and his army but are always defeated.
  • Both human freedom and our increased materialism resulted from these uprisings.
  • With the Dragon now entrenched in human nature, mankind must fight those inner forces that would hinder our spiritual development. We do this through our will and heartfelt thinking. In this way, we align ourselves with the forces of Michael.
  • While Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ, Michaelmas represents the reverse: the resurrection of the human soul and physical death, like waking up from summer's dreamy slumber and the withering of autumn foliage.

Through our efforts to resurrect our souls, we no longer remain chained to the material realm like Ahriman but can be confident in our death that we will continue to evolve spiritually as intended.

Read more...

Recent Additions

Date Added Volume Document Title Document Date
20 Jul GA 40. Credo — The Individual and the All
11 Aug GA 40. The Calendar of the Soul (Riedel)
12 Aug GA 40. The Calendar of the Soul (Mellett)
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light I 02 Aug 1903
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light II 03 Aug 1903
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light III 04 Aug 1903
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light IV 06 Aug 1903
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light V 08 Aug 1903
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light VI 09 Aug 1903
25 Sep GA 91. The Theory of Color and Light VII 10 Aug 1903
29 Jul GA 98. Whitsuntide: Collective Spiritual Striving and Working toward Spiritualisation of the World II 09 Jun 1907
29 Jul GA 98. The So-called Dangers of Occult Development 05 Nov 1907
29 Jul GA 98. Esoteric Development and Super-sensible Knowledge 07 Nov 1907
29 Jul GA 98. Man and the Surrounding World 01 Dec 1907
29 Jul GA 98. The Elemental Kingdoms of Nature 04 Dec 1907
29 Jul GA 98. The Relation of the Human Being to Nature 07 Dec 1907
04 Aug GA 101. Christmas: A contemplation out of the Wisdom of Life 13 Dec 1907
29 Jul GA 98. The Rosicrucian Initiation 15 Dec 1907
29 Jul GA 98. The Mysteries, a Christmas and Easter Poem by Goethe 25 Dec 1907
29 Jul GA 98. Supersensible Beings and their Influence on Humans 15 Jan 1908
29 Jul GA 98. Group Souls of Animals, Plants, and Minerals I 02 Feb 1908
29 Jul GA 98. Group Souls of Animals, Plants, and Minerals II 02 Feb 1908
29 Jul GA 98. The Influence of Other Worlds on the Earth I 08 Feb 1908
29 Jul GA 98. The Influence of Other Worlds on the Earth II 11 Feb 1908
29 Jul GA 98. About the beings that influence human beings 24 Feb 1908

SEE MORE . . .