Michael Terminology

Fragment: An individual person

Essence; Role in Essence: The unchanging part of any and all persons -- the nature of your soul -- that which is with you from first life until last. These are:
(1) Slave
(2) Artisan
(3) Warrior
(4) Scholar
(5) Sage
(6) Priest
(7) King

Polarities, and Neutralities: the relation of essences to one another in terms of function:
(1) Slave and (6) Priests are the Inspiration Polarity
(2) Artisans and (5) Sages are the Expression Polarity;
(3) Warriors and (7) Kings are the Action Polarity
(4) Scholars are Neutral.

Casting and Cadences: the order in which your essence was released into the Physical Plane. Like Role in Essence, this never changes from first life to last. Cadences are groups of seven fragments, all of the same Role in Essence -- all Slaves, all Warriors, all Sages, etc. -- cast at the same time. Each fragment (person) in a Cadence contributes to a whole. A Cadence is the smallest integrated unit that Michael recognizes. Casting order tends to color the Role in Essence for all persons. For example, a (4) Scholar fragment who is fourth cast in his or her Cadence will be more (4) Scholarly than a sixth-cast Scholar in the same Cadence, who will have a kind of (6) Priestlyness about him or her. By the same token, a (1) Slave cast seventh in his or her Cadence, will have a (7) Kingliness about him or her, that will shape the kind of Slave that particular fragment is. Cadences also have their casting number to consider -- a fifth-cast Cadence within an Entity will impart a certain (5) Sagey-ness to all its seven members, no matter what the essences of the Cadence may be. Greater Cadences -- that is, seven full Cadences -- also have a certain amount of casting impact, as well, although it is fairly diffuse. And keep in mind, all members of a Cadence are of the same Essence: all Slaves, all Priests, all Artisans, etc, and casting, like Essence, never changes during all the lives a fragment may experience.

Entity: a group of usually three or four Essences in Cadences, numbering from roughly one thousand to fifteen hundred fragments, or between 143 and 212 Cadences. If Cadences are like siblings, the members of the Entity are like cousins. The casting of the Entities also has a bearing on its members, although it tends to be very diffuse.

Cadre: a group of seven Entities, all part of the same casting event, and linked from beginning to end.

The Overleaves: While a person's Role in Essence (Slave, Artisan, Warrior, Scholar, Sage, Priest or King) remains unchanged for all of their incarnations, the rest of the Overleaves change from lifetime to lifetime. Mode, Goal, and Attitude are chosen by the fragment before incarnation. Centering is chosen by age three, and Chief Features fixate between ages 15 and 25. The Overleaves are a set of metaphorically labeled manifestations described by Michael. Overleaves are chosen by a person to help them accomplish their Life Plan and Life Task.

A person chooses most of their Overleaves prior to their incarnation. There are no bad Overleaves and regardless of their label, no Overleaf is capable of predetermining, limiting nor guaranteeing the realization of one's potential. Matters of personal choice and hazards of the physical plane will shape the course of the life.

Michael uses metaphoric labels to identify the Overleaves. It is useful to bear in mind that these labels are not intended to be taken literally. At a first glance some of the Overleaves may sound unflattering, but in Michaelean terms, ALL of the Overleaves may be used to accomplish evolution during the life.

In Michael terms, the metaphoric label, Slave, does not imply that those with this Role in Essence function as indentured servants. Slaves are not "beneath" Kings. Kings are not "above" the other Roles. Most of our world's greatest leaders have been Slaves. Slaves are the most grounded of the Roles in Essence, on the physical plane. This provides them with a greater means of flexibility to adapt to their surroundings than the other Roles, when the Slave chooses to do so. Generally Slaves move through their evolution more quickly than than the other Roles. Over half of all Nobel Prize winners are Slaves.

Old Souls are not "better than" Baby Souls; and Young Souls are not "less than" Mature Souls. Each of the different Soul Age Cycles (Infant, Baby, Young, Mature, and Old) has a different but equally valid perspective of their surroundings.

Cycles: The unique identification that fragmentation creates is operative for seven Cycles, or stages of evolution before the awareness of individuality is subsumed by the process of reunion. Five of the Cycles are manifest on the Physical Plane, two on the Planes immediately beyond the Physical Plane, the Astral and the Causal. Each Cycle has seven levels, and each level has a specific function in the evolutionary process.

Life Task: The issues the fragment choses to pursue.Life Tasks may take several lifetimes to complete, three being the average. Life Task is not necessarily associated with professions, but with the thrust of the life. It is associated with the Action Polarity.

The "Trues"" support the Life Task. When True Rest, True Play, and True Study are "balanced" with Life Task, there is more opportunity for evolution, recognition, and validation

Lives of Note: When Michael refers to "lives of note," this means "noted" past lives have some bearing or resonance to the current life. This does not mean that the experience in the current life is a carbon copy of a previous "life of note." It means there are aspects of the life "then", which are experientially similar to the life "now." These resonances may be pleasant, neutral or unpleasant depending on the nature of the experiences in question.

A "life of note" does not imply that the past life was historically prominent.