Angels, Archangels, Michael himself and the Winchester Brothers â€™ Heavenly Connection to Cain and Abel
The Archangel Michael by Guido Reni, Santa Maria della Concezione, Rome
Dean Winchester is Michaelâ€™s intended vessel, that much we know, in fact, he is Michael fabled sword, the ultimate weapon against evil, not to be taken literally, of course. Were he a blade, Michael would not need his body to ride, would he? Alas, Dean is not yet willing to accept this fate as Michaelâ€™s boef du jour, and how could he?
He has not exactly had enough reason to trust the angels in general (with Castiel being â€“ so far â€“ a glorious exception), and archangels in particular. The higher ranking angels the Winchesters encountered so far, as Zachariah, Anna, Uriel, Rafael, Gabriel â€“ or Michael, albeit in YoungJohnâ€™s body â€“ have not proved to be the epitome of trustworthiness.
Furthermore, after an archangel disposes of his â€˜angel condomâ€™ he leaves an empty shell, as we have already noticed â€“ hardly anyone has forgot the expression on Deanâ€™s face as he saw what Rafael left? And, frankly, the archangels weâ€™ve met have not been the kind of guys youâ€™d like to sit down and have dinner with. Do we actually believe, Michael would treat Deanâ€™s body differently, as he offered? It might well be, since he is, after all, the prince of the heavenly army â€“ and perhaps capable of treating his host well.
Whatâ€™s rotten in the state of Supernatural? Why are angels dicks in this particular universe?
â€˜I thought theyâ€™d be different. I mean, I thought theyâ€™d be righteousâ€™, Sam comments in Itâ€™sTheGreatPumpkinSamWinchester, â€˜this is God and Heaven? This is what Iâ€™ve been praying to?â€™
No, this canâ€™t be everything there is to them. After all, there have been so many references to the angels, and Michael in particular, in this show, that I felt compelled to take a closer look at the not-so-fluffy-winged chaps and Archangel Number One.
The first time I stumbled across Michael in Supernatural, was in the second seasonâ€™s HousesOfTheHoly â€“ the brothers come to Father Reynolds for advice and speak about the warriors of God, the angels, and Michael is specifically pointed out by Sam who is a believer, after all.
Then, later, in the finale of season four, LuciferRising, there were so many hints at Deanâ€™s connection with the Archangel Michael they could not be ignored, and I actually started to believe that Dean would turn out to be in fact the Archangel.
Well, the writers proved my assumption wrong, creating another significance instead. One that keeps us on our toes from the moment Zachariah breaks the news to a shattered, broken, yet defiant Dean: â€˜Youâ€™re Michaelâ€™s weapon, or rather his receptacleâ€¦ Youâ€™re THE vessel, Michaelâ€™s vessel. (â€¦) There must be a battle. Michael must defeat the serpent. It is written.â€™
â€˜From the get-go, youâ€™ve been willing to buy this angel crap.â€™
The moment I began to tackle the subject on angels, I suddenly realized how omnipresent angels actually are â€“ you find them in churches and museums, on greeting cards, in new age shops, on old buildings (I live in a city more than seven hundred years old, they are practically everywhere), on chocolate boxes and in Christmas time you canâ€™t save yourself from a rush of angel paraphernalia.
How is it that in our culture angels have entered even levels of advertising? Where does the concept of angels come from? As I began my research for the article about God some of you are waiting for (donâ€™t worry, Iâ€™m working on that while discovering how much research you need to do to find out whether He is on a tortilla or not â€“ no wonder Cas wasnâ€™t able to find Him as of yet), I realised that the idea of angels, as we see them, progressed with the development of monotheism. If we believe in a superior God, some feeling of closeness to Him ensues, enhanced by prayer. If we talk about the one, all-mighty God, the capability to communicate with Him comes with a problem: how does the communication work? Are there intermediaries to forward our prayers upstairs?
Before monotheism became the prominent form of religion, people already felt the need to personify nature in terms of spirits, minor deities, saints, etc. It was during the Middle Ages that angels became the messenger of choice with the development of more religionsâ€¦ So by now, there is a tremendous amount of angel lore to be found. I will focus primarily on Christian, Muslim and Hebrew ideas and only brush ancient ones, as Supernaturalâ€™s concepts of angels have connections with all three.
â€˜I donâ€™t know, Dean, I just, uh, I wanted to believe so badly. Itâ€™s so damned hart to do this, what we do. All alone, you know. Andâ€¦ thereâ€™s so much evil out in the world, Dean, I feel like I could drown in it. And when I think about my destiny, when I think about how I could end upâ€¦(â€¦) I needed to think that there was something else watching, too, you know? Som higher power, some greater good. And that maybe I could be saved.â€™ (Sam, HousesOfTheHoly)
When Sam spoke those words, his view of the world was still somehow intact. The lines between good and evil were still clearer defined than they have become later on. He struggled for some innocence he has lost long ago, and the thought of being watched over by angels must have seemed consoling to him. Little did he know at the time.