Sphere of Influence: Protection and Power
Preferred colors: Orange or Yellow
Associated symbol: Rod, Sunburst Diadem or Breast Best day to work with: Sunday Best time to work with: Noon Strongest around Michaelmas and Summer Solstice Suitable offerings: Spices, Peppers Associated Planet: Sun
Amongst the Archangels, Michael ranks as the highest of the host. He is considered to be of the class of seraphim, and yet is also head of other ranks within the hierarchy: the ruler of the archangels, leader of the virtues, and head of the principalities in his role as protector of Israel. Michael is considered to be the angel of the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses. It is Michael who weighs the souls on judgment day, after his battle with the forces of evil. He is mentioned as both an angel of destruction and vengeance in the name of God, but also as a protector.
The given name Michael or Michael (מיכאל "who is like God?" or "likened unto God", Standard Hebrew Miḫaʾel, Tiberian Hebrew Mîḵāʾēl; Septuagint Greek language|Greek Μιχαηλ, Mikhaēl) derives from the name of the archangel Michael (archangel)| Michael mentioned in the Bible, who is also considered a saint by Catholics. The name has been particularly popular in Eastern Orthodoxy|Orthodox nations, and was bourne by several rulers of the Byzantium|Byzantine and Russian empire|Russian empires.