My Templar Way Pt 3

Continued from PART 2 All was not lost because one day, I met Brother Jim, a Rosslyn Chapel docent with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Chapel. Jim and his wife became my dear friends. They supported my quest and offered their hospitality so that I could test the waters with a meeting of the Sauniere…

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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…

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Paying Respect to Nature

Of all the ways we can express gratitude, paying respect is among my favorite. To say, “The Light in me honors the Light in you,” is to acknowledge Divinity in all its manifestations… including the birds or the air and plants in the garden. Sometimes I begin my day with a short stroll around my…

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Lowest tide of the Year

Along the west coast of the United States, folks call the lowest tides of the year ‘Spring Tides.’  In a stroke of good fortune, I was recently in the right place at the right time to experience the lowest tide of the year at Haystack rocks’ Marine Gardens at Cannon Beach, OR.   As I set…

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Changing Tides

The tides change in cycles of  four times with each revolution of the earth. It’s the moon’s fault. With each turn of direction the waters around the earth wash away footprints – impressions (or PROOF ) of our having walked on beaches. Sea creatures flop on the sand, leaving faint traces of their existence, best…

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Timeless Mythology ~ What to Read After Watching Avengers: Infinity War

Recently I was reading Daniel McCoy’s  GREAT new book “The Viking Spirit” and his website which is filled with interesting explorations of Norse mythology. I was also in the process of writing a book review, when my husband invited me to go to the movies to see “Avengers: Infinity War.” So I set aside my work…

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Soul Renewing Friendships

There are times in life where past – present – future seem to fuse into a dream, where memories bubble up like champagne – where wonder and vulnerability occupy the same oxygen, where tests of recall open both windows and wounds. Renewing friendships, as life unfolds in its zigs and zags offer retrospective glimpses at…

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1996 ~ Scotland

ON THE FLYING SCOTSMAN TRAIN from London to Edinburgh in late June, there was never a dull moment with the church choir I was traveling with… especially on the train. I on the other hand was more introverted and easily drawn to the passing scenery. The further north the train chugged, the lighter my heart…

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My Templar Way ~ Pt 2

Continued from PART 1 Soon after I returned from Eastern Europe in 1994, I traveled to Philadelphia, PA and toured the Masonic Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which just “happened” to be located three blocks from my hotel. I did not know what a Grand Lodge was, nor did I have a clue as to its…

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Beltane Greetings

  Beltane Greetings! Better known as May Day to the broader world, & one of my favorite spokes of the Celtic Wheel of Life.  In America, the night of April 30th passes unnoticed. And yet the festivals of the old Celtic world have marked the passage of seasons for millennia, rich in symbolism that also…

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