In many cultures, the autumn time marks the beginning of a new year. The forces of nature are transiting with the autumnal equinox, as the relationship of light and darkness changes the world around us. The equinox is for us a turning point, a change in relation of light and darkness in the world around us. On September 29th the autumn festival traditionally known as Michaelmas is celebrated. It is a day of celebration, where the children hear stories about St Michael as he cast the evil dragon out and inspires us to find the light of goodness insides ourselves. May we gain insight, courage and truth at this Michaelmas time, to bring light into our inner life, our community and the world in these times of darkness.
We live in a time of hard tests for humanity, of hard tests which must become harder still. We live in a time in which a whole host of old forms of civilization to which men still ceremoniously cling, are sinking into the abyss, a time in which the claim of insistently arises that man must find his way to something new. - Rudolph Steiner