In The Beginning
According to Judeo-Christian mythology, Lucifer fell to Earth after being defeated by Archangel Michael. The naughty angel, said to be consumed by pride and desire for the divine throne, landed on a blackberry bush. He cursed it, spat on it, stomped it with his hooves, and then urinated on it to show his utter disdain for the prickly bramble. In all, that fateful October 11th was a no good, very bad day for who would become God's archnemesis and humanity's fall guy for all eternity.
Early Christians loved this story so much, they decided to deem Lucifer's eviction from Heaven a holy day. To add salt to the fallen angel's wounds, the Christians named this holy day of October 11 “Michael’s Mass.” But when the first European countries made the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1582, Michael’s Mass--now "Michaelmas"--was moved up from October 11 to September 29, and European Christians still celebrate it to this day.
Dancing On The Head Of A Pin
But if you give just one angel his holy day, all the other angels are gonna start huffing and complaining. Thunder starts rumbling, lightning starts streaking, a village goes up in flames, and then nobody’s happy. Gabriel and Raphael were lucky enough, as they had stellar public relations with the humans. The two angels would be awarded their own feast days in the spring and autumn, respectively. Alongside Michael, that's only three angels, though, and we all know there’s a hell of a lot more angels than that, pardon my language.
Angels have always been gender fluid. They are divine creatures of spirit who take on a gender identity only to better connect with us, their human siblings. Reflecting back to us our own projections and expectations, an angel may present male to one person, female to the next, nonbinary, or whichever gender in which that person finds comfort.
"But...but, the Bible calls them 'sons of God, Chantel!'" Indeed, it does. That is how angels were perceived by the writers of the Bible. But the Bible is merely one book. That, and the angels are not and never have been sole property of any one religion or belief.
The angels are here for all of us. They are here to help guide us through this life experience, and because there are over eight billion experiences happening right now on our planet, the angels will present themselves to us eight billion different ways. There's no need to argue over, for instance, whether Michael is male or female, black or white, blond or brunette, stoic or passionate. He is all of those things.
And none of those things.
Michael is a facet of the Creator, a bite-sized portion of divinity created and designed for human consumption. Such is the nature of all angels. Through the ages and civilizations of our world, Michael has been the warrior angel, vanquisher of demonic forces. (Even that is a loaded statement accompanied by varying interpretations.) But as we change, as humanity changes, so does Michael.
So do all the angels.
When I arrived on the scene with my first book fifteen years ago, I presented Michael as this swaggering, West Coast, surfer dude. I presented him that way because that's how he presented himself to me. Apparently, that’s what I found comfort in, despite having never lived on the West Coast, nor being a fan of the ocean, much less surfing. I don’t know what subconscious element within me chose to dress Michael up as such, but I didn’t question it. I accepted it, despite all the portrayals of angels throughout history. Michael didn’t speak Early Modern English, as the angels in the KJV Bible. His patois was contemporary and snappy with a whole lot of snark. This is how he approached me, and now I can’t really picture him any other way, even though my calling as an angel medium demands otherwise. Recognizing an angel without relying on their appearance is absolutely paramount in my line of work because the angels can easily change their appearance based on the clients they accompany. More on that later.
When Michael first came to me, he was the patron of the USA and appeared to embrace all things American–the automobile, rock and roll, hip-hop, fast food, football, Hollywood and celebrity worship, just for starters. But in 2016, Michael took his leave of the USA and headed east. As the patron of empires, he is now the patron of China. Love it or hate it, he is now in Asia to create a world power as he had with the USA from 1865 to 2016. So will he present himself as the boastful, playful, beer-chugging, cheeseburger-shoveling jock while there?
Of course not! Remember, to accomplish their mission–whatever it may be–angels will appear in ways we’re comfortable with. I observed in real time as the sunny, guitar-strumming Michael morphed into a quiet, soft-spoken, conservative presence–a complete one-eighty from what I’d been used to for decades. I wrote about this drastic shift at the time, and boy, did it get me into a lot of hot water.
Unfortunate, since I had so much more I wanted to share about Michael, about all the angels. I became so afraid of rocking the boat further that I was hesitant to publicly write that Michael is the patron of lesbianism. And that Iophiel is the patron of male homosexuality. Or that Gabriel is the patron of the transgender community, while supporting the entirety of LGTBQ+. Cassiel embraces all things queer. And lending her strength and voice is Ariel, who patrons the activism behind it all.
I've dropped a lot of clues along the way, and quite a few of you took notice, but I never plainly, definitively disclosed this information until now.
This isn't some new development, mind you. The angels have always worn these mantles, presenting them when humanity needs them most. Like, right now.
And no, this doesn't make Michael (or Michelle/Mikaela) gay any more that it makes him straight. He has no personal gender preference, nor a sexual preference. He's an angel. Angels are of spirit and cannot reproduce. In that, they have no sexual organs. But to be fair, they don't have eyes, or ears, or limbs, or mouths, or wings, despite the prophet Enoch’s most terrifying descriptions of them.
Yet, they present themselves to us in human form because that is what we find comfort in. They could present themselves as the formless blobs of light they are, but we humans are skittish and we tend to either run away from or confront and fight that which seems foreign to us. So, for the sake of ease, for the sake of keeping the peace, they appear as human when they're anything but. The details of said human appearance, at this point, is merely window dressing.
Your experience with the angels is custom tailored for you. Yes, they will challenge you, that's their job as divine messengers and stewards of our world. But the packaging in which these challenges and life lessons are wrapped in is totally up to you. That is all to say, you have your own unique Michael, and this is why I, as an angel medium, must set aside all expectations of how Michael should appear. The surfer dude is my Michael. But your Michael may be completely different.
Angels have the ability to clone themselves, a type of parthenogenesis. The Michael-Source, the original form of Michael as it was first created, can create countless little Michaels to accompany every human soul in existence.
In existence. Not just this world. But all worlds. All time lines. And with over eight billion souls on our planet alone, that means we have at the very least eight billion Michaels roaming right alongside us. But it doesn’t stop there. All the archangels do this, and so we’ve eight billion Gabriels, Uriels, Iophiels, Metatrons, Raphaels, Zadkiels, Haniels, Sachiels, Chamuels, Cassiels, and so on. There is an entire entourage of angels for every single person on this planet, regardless of religion, regardless of whether the person even believes in angels. Angels aren’t caught up in their ego, so they don’t care if you acknowledge them. They don’t care if you don’t know their names or even know they exist.
They only care about one thing, purpose. Your purpose. The reason you’re here.
We each have our own personal team of angels, all projecting back to us whatever they must to ensure that we are receptive to the spiritual lessons we came here to learn. We’re all here for an experience, and the angels walk beside us to guide us through the experience with the sole purpose of facilitating our spiritual growth and evolution. While they are neither straight nor gay, male nor female, they are noble, benevolent vessels of love, compassion, healing, strength and courage. A wellspring, if you will, of everything we humans need to parse and understand the challenges the world presents to us. Everything we need to help us navigate the winding, meandering paths of our life’s journey.
Have a happy and safe Pride Month.
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Chantel Lysette, International Author and Psychic Medium