Prayer and Creed of the Spirit Companion Militant, Protector and Guide of Wisdom, Godly Messenger to the Soul: Prayer of the Brothers and Sisters Militant in the face of Struggle, Vincenti dabo ei edere de ligno Vitae.
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"Stand aside in the coming battle, and though thou fightest, be thou not the warrior.
Look for the warrior, and let him fight in thee.
Take his orders for the battle and obey them.
Obey him not as though he were a general, but as though he were thyself,
And his spoken words were the utterance of thy secret desires;
For he is thyself, yet infinitely wiser and stronger than thyself.
Look for him, else in the fever and hurry of the fight thou mayest pass him;
And he will not know thee unless thou knowest him.
if thy cry reach his listening ear, then he will fight in thee,
And fill the dull void within.
And if this is so, then canst thou go through the fight cool and unwearied,
Standing aside and letting him battle for thee.
Then it will be impossible for thee to strike one blow amiss.
But if thou look not for him, if thou pass him by, then there is no safeguard for thee.
Thy brain will reel, thy heart grow uncertain, and in the dust of the battlefield,
Thy sight and senses will fail, and thou will not know thy friends from thy enemies.
He is thyself, yet thou are finite and liable to error.
He is Eternal and is sure. He is eternal truth.
When once he has entered thee and become thy warrior,
He will never utterly desert thee,
And at the day of the great Peace, he will become one with thee."
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I beg this community's pardon, but how exactly does one join the Order?
The Code of Chivalry is what I have studied for years without ever being able to put a name to it.
I would like to join the Order.
Please tell me how.
May Isis Bless and Keep you.
I turned my Faith conversation into a "Marcus Aurelius" type meditation, in honor of the Cathar Saint Esclarmonde De Foix, and added a "Cathar Sacrament Meal" that some friends of mine and I had worked on years back. Many thanks to those who gave it a home.http://www.thecrookedheath.com/marbec/esclarmonde.htm
A person who came here left a link to a very powerful mythical story, which resonates with the ideals of a true respect for women.( The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame RagnellCollapse )
People do a lot of arguing about what they believe and why. But I wonder how many people REALLY think about what they believe, and why.
To me, this is the most important question, when it comes to religion. What is the essence of your faith, and why do you believe it?
I'd like each person here who cares to answer, to do so- and answer in this manner:
1. What is the Essence of your Faith? By "Essence", I mean, What is the central point, the central theme of your faith? What does "faith" mean, and what do you have faith in? What is the basic point or teaching that your faith or religion makes to the world, about the world?
2. Why do you believe what you do?
Let me start by answering these questions for myself, then we can go from here:( My FaithCollapse )
|» The Emblems of Knighthood.|
The word has it's origin in 'kannicht', the Saxon word for 'serving youth', or 'young servant'. interestingly, the Japanese word 'Samurai' means ' ne who serves'.|
The emphasis was on service, not combat, in both cases, but combat was part of the service rendered - in theory at least.
I would like us to consider this concept with an example drawn from the medieval practice of investiture, the making of a knight.( Read more...Collapse )
|» A short story.|
There was once a young prince in a faraway land. He had often sat in counsel when the ministers of the kingdom met with his father, and now, the king was old, and had appointed him as regent.|
There were three men who were frequently at odds in the council chamber. Each would loudly decry the others and insist that they alone understood the situation.
One morning, the prince summoned these three men and told them why. "I have heard each of you speak in counsel for many years. yet each time, my father would dismiss your suggestions. You are all noted for your learning, yet you constantly dissmiss each other as fools. Today, I am going to test your wisdom for myself." ( Read more...Collapse )
|» interesting article|
This article was published in the Green Egg quite a few years ago. You can read it here It is very NeoPagan oriented, but I think fits well with some of the ideas discussed about the Order.|
|» Vegetarianism and Animal's Rights|
Someone asked, regarding the Order's stance on Vegetarianism and Animal Rights:
( What about animals we eat?Collapse )
|» Greetings , everyone.|
I see that much debate has been sparked already by the appearance of this community.|
Rest assured, I came not to sow discord, but to truly enquire.
I note that the order itself appears to have roots in Gnosicism, and that is something that I know little about. As one sage, by the name of Bob Dylan said, " Don't criticise what you don't undestand" - so I won't.
Taoism is the system I feel most comfortable with, in terms of the way I think, believe and react and relate to everything around me.
Suffice it to say for now that I like what I have seen, where I understand it, and I hope that we may come to understand each other a little better before I finally make up my mind.
Even so, let it be known that, however things turn out as a result of our discussions, I respect the ideals which this community is trying to become established upon, and wish it's members well.
Peace and goodwill.