Reset ~ Destin

There are times when the best remedy for the bustle of life is a ‘reset.’  And then, there are times when bucket list items meet that same need. Well recently, I spent my first weekend in Destin, which had been on my bucket list for some time. I felt tentative about booking a beach stay…

Read More

Chöp the Warrior

This summer, I just could not resist sharing joy of spirit. I have mentioned in the past that the Hopi have some things in common with the Templars. But I acknowledge that this is an ‘aside.’… for the pure joy of it. Our newest addition to the family is Chöp, the Antelope Katsina (Kachina) recently…

Read More

Choose Love

Choosing Love is not always easy. Choosing kindness is not a quick fix. But if every thought, word and deed reverberates into environment and beyond, then… I want to bath in love and kindness. I prefer to swim in the vibrant colors of joy and bask in a bright future. Drama is SO passé. It…

Read More

My Templar Way

‘My Templar Way’  By Linda Berthelsen, RTO, KTFA, GPTFA First published in Templar History Magazine, 2008 ~ Adapted 2018“ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Long before Dan Brown opened Pandora’s box of Rosslyn Chapel mania, I was a devotee of its mysteries and symbols. My heart knew…

Read More

Making Sense of the Middle Ages

Making Sense of the Middle Ages 500 – 1500 A.D. What comes to mind when you think of Middle Ages? Castles? Crusades? Knights & tournaments? Well, here is attempt at making sense of the complexities and constellations of  dynamics at play from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Age of…

Read More

Timeline of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages  lasted roughly from 476-1453 A.D. This timeline offers a glimpse of  some of the rough dates in this continuum. I created this timeline to accompany a presentation I recently gave on the Middle Ages.  LATE ROMAN EMPIRE 165 – AD Antonine plague brought back to Rome from Near east, spread to Gaul – small…

Read More

Soutra Aisle

Excerpt from The Häling and the Scottish Templars where young Templar Squire Adam de Dalrymple finds relief from the long ride from Dunbar.   On this Beltane Eve, bonfires lit hilltops to purify and cleanse all lingering weakness from winter’s hardships. Blazes twinkled across the Forth of Firth and beyond, dotting the landscapes along the northern…

Read More

One-of-a Kind Morning

There is a reason why official family portraits are becoming more of a rarity, and it ranks up there with hosting formal dinner parties for forty! But when it happens, we know that heaven and earth have been moved to make it so…especially in this day and age where activities supersede tradition. While candid photography…

Read More

My Favorite Sedona Eateries

One of the amazing things about Sedona is the vibrant food scene, for tourist and residents alike! While I do a fair amount of cooking, I also frequent several yummy places. Congestion is becoming the norm in the shopping district, as folks explore the vistas for themselves. So I when I visit Sedona, I oftentimes…

Read More

When Family Legends Intersect History

When I recently dropped several copies of Häling and the Scottish Templars by the Sedona Library, I was thrilled to see a bronze statue of Sedona Schnebly. The story goes that she and her husband established the first Post Office in the area. T.C. Schnebly named the area Sedona after his wife…. a true pioneer…

Read More

Dancing the Light Ecliptic

Eclipses are intriguing; whether lunar, solar, or just plain overshadowing, we’ve got some intense vibes showering down on us this summer. Shake-ups and disruptions sometimes make for rocky changes. And yet,  the dynamics in the sky reminds us that nothing stays the same. The essence of the universe is in constant change; simultaneously living and…

Read More

Everyday Mystic

Being a mystic is a fairly solitary road and it’s sometimes difficult to find grounded support. Rob Bell is one of my favorite podcasters because he is authentic and gifted in reaching that solitary part of me that must navigate the rapids of goodness with discernment. This week, I have been feeling more restless than usual;…

Read More