Invocation of Archangel Michael   28 comments

Greetings, Angel-workers!

This year has been fairly active concerning our house gods.  First, we worked with Samael for the protection of our home.  Then we called upon Iophiel to bring prosperity into the house.  Now, we turn our attention to another old and trusted friend of the family (in fact, the first archangel with whom I built a relationship):  St. Michael.

Archangel Michael

St. Michael Slays the Dragon

Michael is the Archangel of the Sun – the representative of God’s Light here on Earth.  He is the highest archangel (besides Metatron himself) and sits at the right-hand of the Divine Throne.   Some traditions also consider him an Angel of Fire and/or an Angel of Mercury.  As the Angel of the Sun, he is the General of the Heavenly Armies, the High Priest of the Celestial Temple, Patron of Israel and the quintessential Guardian Angel.  He is patron to soldiers (especially para-troopers and pilots), police officers and warriors of all types.  It was Michael who defeated Lucifer in single combat, and cast the Dragon down from Heaven.

In his Mercurial aspect, he judges the dead with his scales and guides the souls to Paradise or Gehenna according to their deeds in life.  (Legend has it he also brings the souls out of Gehenna to rest on the Sabbath, and perhaps liberates souls from there once they have paid their karmic debt.)  He is a benevolent Angel of Death, and carries the souls of the righteous to heaven.  As an archangel with chthonic associations, he is an angel of war and plague as well as of protection and healing.  In some traditions, Michael is considered a divine physician and healer on par with Raphael.  He is patron of EMTs, emergency workers and all first responders.

We knew that offerings to Michael were long overdue.  It would have been great to perform the rite on/near midsummer, but we were unable to do that.  The next Sunday was also a no-go, as it stormed non-stop all day, and I just didn’t like the idea of making offerings to the Sun while the sky was dark and stormy.   So we put it off for an extra week, and that actually allowed us more time to properly prepare.

The new Michael Talisman

Talisman of Michael

Part of the preparation was the re-construction of Michael’s Talisman.  Many of you have seen that Talisman, because a photo of it is included on my Facebook and Myspace accounts.  However, the Talisman itself has become lost after two moves.  (Other Talismans that were stored with it are still here, but Michael’s has vanished.)  Therefore, on the Wednesday before the ritual, on an hour of Sol, my wife painted a new version on consecrated paper.  On dawn of the following Sunday, I performed the Solomonic talisman consecration – found on p. 320-322 of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires or the Key of Solomon, Book I, Chapter 8.

Note that the Psalm verse written in the circumference is Psalm 113 verse 5:  “Who is like unto the Lord our God, who is on high.”  I feel that Michael led me to this Psalm, because his name translates into English as “Who is like unto God?”  The entire Psalm seems very much in sympathy with Michael as well (it even mentions the Sun), so I consider this Michael’s Psalm:

Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,

Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

With the consecration completed, we set about preparing the offerings that would be used for the invocation at noon of the same day.  Here is the ritual that I followed:

Offering Ritual for Archangel Michael

It is best to choose a Sunday when Sol is well aspected in the heavens, and he should be above the horizon at the time of working.  Dawn or Noon are best.  The most powerful time of year to do this ritual is when Sol resides in the sign of Leo.  It can also be done to good effect upon Michael’s feast days:  September 29th (Western) or November 8th (Eastern).

On Saturday evening, cover a table or altar with a gold, yellow or white cloth. Place a talisman and/or image of Archangel Michael upon the altar. (If it is a talisman, place it in the center. If an image, set it toward the east facing westward.) You will need a censor and an incense of Sol.

(Note: I use three ingredients for incense of Sol:  1 part frankincense, 1 part copal, 1/2 part benzoin.  You may also use standard “Church” incense.)

Also prepare all elements of the offering to Sol: A yellow seven-day candle. A glass of milk, A glass of red wine. A plate with six pieces of bread and honey.  Also add citrus fruits, pomegranate, hot peppers, fruits that are dried in the sun (raisins, dates, etc) and/or solar flowers (red or yellow roses, sunflowers, daisies, etc) – all in groups of six.  (Note that the herb Angelica is especially sacred to Michael.)  You may also offer Michael red meat or rooster (not chicken) meat – thoroughly cooked.

On Sunday just before sunrise or noon, wash yourself and don the white robe. At sunrise or noon, set the offering to Sol upon the table. The yellow candle should occupy the center – directly upon the talisman if there is one. Around this arrange the food offerings. You may also add any gift offerings for Michael, or items you wish for him to touch – such as golden jewelery or trinkets, talismans, stones, oils, written prayers or petitions, etc.

Light the yellow candle and the censor with the proper exorcisms. Then exorcise and consecrate the offerings with the sprinkler and censor. Finally, standing west of the altar facing eastward, recite the following invocations over them:

Prayer to YHVH Eloah v’Daath

YHVH Eloah v’Daath, God of all Knowledge, who wearest the Sun as a jewel upon Thy finger.  Thou who art the Light of the World, the LVX that shineth in the darkness.  Thou radiant God who delights in warmth and brightness, granting life and heat to all created things.    From whose face the creatures of darkness and ignorance must flee in terror.  In your Name are all evil spirits expelled, all sickness abated, all unhappiness transformed into joy.  I ask that you bless and sanctify this offering, that it may be pleasing unto You and Your Angels.

I ask, also, that you send to me the holy Archangel Michael: who sitteth upon thy right hand, judge of souls, protector of Israel, driver of the Chariot of the Sun.  May he also enjoy these offerings, and be pleased with them, and bear our prayers of thanksgiving unto Thy Celestial Throne.  Amen + Amen + Amen + Amen + Amen + Amen +

The Penitential Psalms

(Note:  For any other Solar Angel, I would recite six Psalms related to Sol.  However, Michael prefers to be summoned via the seven Penitential Psalms.)

Psalm 6 (“O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.”)

Psalm 32 (“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”)

Psalm 38 (“O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.”)

Psalm 51 (“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness…”)

Psalm 102 (“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.”)

Psalm 130 (“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord”)

Psalm 143 (“Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications…”)

Invitation to Michael

I invoke thee, St. Michael!  Holy Archangel of the Solar sphere!  I call upon thee within thy realm of Beauty and Majesty!

Michael, Mighty, Pure, Wise, Prudent, Intelligent, Prince of the World, Light of the Stars, Golden and Splendorous, Phoebus – shining over the whole World!

Michael, who art High Priest of the Celestial Temple.  Mighty General of the Heavenly Hosts!  Celestial Guardian Angel!  You who cast down the fearsome Dragon and broke the Serpent beneath thy foot!  Who sitteth at the right hand of God and weigheth the Souls in the Scales of Truth.

O Michael, when I have called upon you in times of need, you have answered.  You have banished darkness from my home, dispelled storms and saved the lives of loved ones.  You have been a faithful friend and protector of my family, and have brought honor and glory into our lives.  For all of this we thank you!

Come thou forth and partake of these offerings, which we have prepared in thy honour and to the glory of YHVH Eloah v’Daath. May you find them pleasing and empowering. I ask that you offer your blessings to my home and family, and bear our offerings and prayers of thanksgiving to the Divine Court. We petition thee for strength and protection in all of our undertakings, and that the light of thy wisdom should guide and keep us at all times. In the name of YHVH Eloah v’Daath.  Amen.

Repeat the Invitation six times.  Then, share in the feast you have offered to the Angel – taking bites of each food item and sips of the wine and milk.  Leave the offerings in place until the yellow candle burns completely away (and no less than six days). Place the remains in a natural place, into running water or at a crossroads.

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Ritual of Michael Journal Entry

Michael Offering Altar

Altar to St. Michael

I began by fasting from before midnight on Saturday night until after the invocation was performed at noon the next day.  At the dawn of Sunday morning, I took a simplified ritual bath and consecrated the Talisman.  Then I erected the altar to Michael:  beginning with a covering of golden yellow cloth.  The large full-color icon was painted by my wife Carrie Mikell.  Plus I found a few of my own favorite Michael engravings and paintings to print out and place with it. In front of these we set various talismans of Sol as well as our written petitions to Michael.  (Each petition was written with consecrated pen on consecrated paper, then folded three times – a multiple of six – toward ourselves.)  In the center of the altar rested the Talisman with a yellow seven day candle set over it.

Then we went outside and fired up the grill.  We used natural wood charcoal, and I added Angelica and solar incense to the coals.  I cooked a steak until it was well done (it smelled wonderful!).  That was placed on a plate and garnished with six havenero peppers and six banana peppers (all appropriately yellow color).  This was then surrounded by the other solar offerings:  a pomegranate cut into six pieces, six sunflowers, a dozen yellow/red hybrid roses (in two sets of six), and six stalks of wheat.  We then added a bowl of citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange and lemon) and a plate of fresh bread covered with organic honey and garnished with sun-dried tomatoes and apricots – again, every one in groups of six.  (The honey was very thick and had to be spread on the bread like butter.  It’s the best honey I’ve ever tasted.)  Finally, we added a glass of red wine and a glass of milk.  There was hardly room on the altar top for all of it!

Solar Offerings

Offerings to St. Michael

I followed the ritual as I have it written.  I put on a gold Michael medallion that has become standard for me whenever I work with him, and the blinds were already opened to let the sunlight into the room.  I lit the candle and the censor with the proper Solomonic exorcisms, and consecrated the offering with holy water and incense.  I performed the invocations (burning even more incense), then called everyone in the house to come and share Michael’s feast.  We each took a bite of most everything on the altar (a couple of us even bit into the haveneros to impress Michael) and sipped the wine and milk.

We will leave the offerings on the altar for at least six days – or until we see visible signs that Michael is well done with his meal.  Then, as before, we will take the remains to a local river and cast them into the running water.

UPDATE:  Michael seems to be pleased and (his Icon) is now back home by the
front door.  It was interesting: Usually, when you remove something like a poster or large painting from your wall, it leaves a big blank spot that nags at your consciousness for a few days. However, this did not happen when I removed Michael’s Icon from its place. The entire week his Icon rested on the altar in the Temple, he also seemed to STILL be by the front door. (This was mentioned by every adult in the house – none of whom even noticed that Michael’s Icon was gone at first.)  There was never a nagging blank-spot feeling there. Now he is back home again, like he never moved. (Except now he has a brand new charged Talisman behind him, and a copy of the ritual I used to call him down.)

We did indeed take the offerings to the river after six days.  I actually had to remove the fruit items from the altar after 5 days, as they began to mold.  (A sure sign the spirit is done with them.)  Everything else rested there until the sixth day, and then all was taken to the river.  I have a picture that I will add here later.

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28 responses to “Invocation of Archangel Michael

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  1. Thanks for the appreciation, Aaron. Coming from you, it s a real honor. I got your book in the mail recently, at last, after quite a few years waiting to read it, I must say, I am impressed! Michael s seal looks splendid, by the way! And very interesting approach, too.

    • No problem – your work is certainly appreciated. It was LONG overdue for me to get all of those great links up here anyway. :) I’m glad you *finally* got a copy of “Secrets…” LOL I hope you’ll find some useful tidbits in there. ;)

  2. Thanks for this. I’ve been looking for a good method to work with Michael and I really like your approach.

    • Wonderful! Nothing makes me happier than to see these posts result in even further offerings made to the Archangels. It makes them *very* pleased with me. lol

      These rituals I’m posting right now are mainly offering rituals intended for “house god maintenance” – though we do include petitions on the altar. (You may note a similarity between my methods and the Picatrix, though my methods were not adopted directly from the Picatrix.)

      Evocations – where we intend to get something specific in the physical world – would take a slightly different form, with the larger offering coming after the work is done.

  3. I done a Michael Evocation recently, Everyone is as time of year with the Sun I suppose, even though Cancer is not really linked to it Summer is a good season :) The Sun was Trine my Natal Jupiter and Trine the Moon so I thought I would get a good result with money. :) I only offered Musk bathing my Sun Pentacles since thursday. I like the idea of offering food though. I may borrow your offerings for next time and see if he is more pleased. I find Michael a demanding fellow. I don’t do invocations in the manner that you would see them as I practice traditional where Evocations and Invocations are the same thing, but Im sure the offerings would work the same. Is there any reason you chose those particular things?

    • We have found Michael to be… perhaps not “demanding” of us, but also unwilling to simply give us anything we ask. There was at least one evocation we performed that resulted in him telling us that we knew enough to solve the problem ourselves. lol

      You stated: “…I practice traditional where Evocations and Invocations are the same thing…” That is how I practice as well, so I’m not entirely sure what distinction you are drawing between my methods and your own. Maybe you can elaborate. :)

      I would definitely recommend trying the food and plant offerings – they are extremely powerful. There are different types of “holy water” you can make to offer them as well (search this blog for “solomonic omiero”). All of the objects you saw me offer in this ritual are associated with the Sun. If you look at the Iophiel invocation (also here on this blog) you’ll find all of his offerings were associated with Juptier.

  4. I thought from your reply to Frater Adservio you saw them as diffferent “Evocations – where we intend to get something specific in the physical world – would take a slightly different form, with the larger offering coming after the work is done.” I think I was coming in on a conversation about something else half way then. lol. The associations that I use are from the Sepher Raziel where it does not offer food correspondences, but I will research them and see how it goes. I have never been told by Michael that I could do it myself :D but it certainly does sound like him.

    • Ah now I understand better. :) My statement was directed at the fact that these offering rituals do not include any effort to skry the entity or bring it to appearance, nor to communicate with it or ask it questions. The invocations were merely a call to come and enjoy the offerings. Invocations, of course, are necessary for both. :)

      I’m currently working on some resources for these kinds of offerings. A lot of people would like to do this kind of magick, but lack a guide to what to offer to whom, what protocols to follow, etc. I’ll post updates on this as the project moves along – its scope will surprise you. ;)

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  6. Hi Aaron,

    Can you mention where did you get that Michael’s seal from? I mean from what book or source?

    Thanks.

    Marcus

  7. Greetings! You will find the Seal of Michael in the Heptameron, as well as the Magus. You will also find a Seal for Michael in the Grimoire of Armadel. I have used it with success, but I still feel that Seal may be more specific to that text. The Heptameron Seals are used fairly universally in the Solomonic system.

  8. Greetings Aaron,
    What are your thoughts that the seals of Michael & Raphael seem to be reversed from each other, such as the Heptameron vs. the Magical Calendar? Do you feel the Heptameron simply got the seals backwards?

    Dr. Rudd's Apprentice
  9. So you successfully was able to call Michael on location

  10. Sorry for my bad english, but do you ever assumed the god form of an archangel? Best regards :)

  11. hi Aaron, this is Ruby from India. I recently started studying about angels. can you please share your knowledge of sigil of Michael. and your experience after performing these rituals.

    • Greetings Ruby!

      I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking about the sigil of Michael. I can tell you that it comes from traditional Solomonic sources, such as the Magical Calendar and the Heptameron. It relates most specifically to Michael as the Archangel of the Sun and the day of Sunday, as well as the Archangel of the third heaven.

      For my experiences, just read my blog posts here. (Search for Michael, as there is more than one post concerning him.) Beyond that, I can say that Michael has always been one of my primary angelic contacts and one of our “house gods” and protectors. :)

  12. Hi my name is Damion I love the archangel st Michael I think about him a lot I Dow spell to invoke him, is there any spells you guys no have that can let the archangel michael living side my mine and body, I really need is help and power, I all so protice from the book have 5000 spell is it Better than king Solomon grimorie..can you guys please right me back and let me no, some times my spells works and other time it takes longer

    • We have that book (5000 Spells) as well, and use it quite often. It is basically a book of Hoodoo and general Witchcraft. It fits well with Solomonic practice, but is not Solomonic in and of itself.

      There is another post on this blog showing how to set up an altar, an offering and an invocation of Michael. (Search: Michael invocation) It’s not the same as an evocation, but very powerful and it seems to be the kind of thing you’re looking for. Good luck!

  13. So many occasions that i dreamed about This Arcangel Michael since i became his followers 11 years ago.I bought a statue of Michael Arcangel on my vacation back to my homeland.I bought a copy of his novena and i read a lot about the story of St. Michael and his apparition in Mt. Gargano,Italy.
    Wherein until this day i never forget to recite the 9 Sundays in Dedication to him.Psalm 91 was mentioned in this novena and I made a copy of his sigil in an 8×12 Parchment paper.I burned an incense like Gold Damar or church incense,and lit candle,color red or white.So many times during my loneliness and depression this Arcangel actually showed in my dream as a little child laughing and i clearly heard his voice and how he console me,during the times of depression and during the death of my Father,he was there and accompanied my Father while my Dad waving goodbye to me.To some this might be a foolish story,but for me i really took it seriously,because this Arcangel was actually listening and responding to our wishes by invoking his name with sincerity and wholeheartedly.

  14. One more thing,I heard a story regarding the Body guards of the Deceased Pope John Paul ll,that his bodyguards from Poland was an avid followers of Arcangel Michael,because of the facts that the previous Pope that was poisoned inside the Vatican cannot be trusted by the polish,so they gave him a bodyguard,who protected John Paul II until the time of his death.I heard this story while the Pope visited in Asia.

  15. Great post, I tried it out today. Signs are pending. Aaron, I was hoping you would recommend a good book on angel evocation, specificly the one named above (just found out I was born in his hour). Could you please? I have been greatly influenced by JSK’s soon to be classic the TG, so I relate a great deal to the point of view of respect and well results.

    Thank you,
    D

  16. Infact nice job.

    stainless odugbesan

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