Voyage of the Templar Guardians Is Here!

It’s FINALLY HERE!!! Voyage of the Templar Guardians: Book Two of the Templar Chronicles is now available on Amazon. Voyage of the Templar Guardians takes The Temple Chronicles  beyond Scottish shores into unfamiliar places lost to time in a continuation of the Haling and the Scottish Templars. Young Templar squire Adam and his sister, Hannah, must escape war-torn …

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Mary Magdalene Blessings

The Feast Day of Mary Magdalene comes each year on July 22nd/23rd in the liturgical calendar, alongside the Feast of St. John the Baptist (June 22/23rd).  Medieval Templars  and the cistercians venerated this remarkable disciple of Christ, whose legacy is cloaked in subtle symbols due to the church’s distortion of her role in the passion…

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Growing Up Human

Coming of age means different things to different folks. The word ‘maturation’ carries myriads of meanings also. All living creatures progress through various stages of growth; and some even literally metamorphose physically from one creature into another, with remarkable transformation in appearance. Baby mammals grow at astounding rates to reach reproductive maturity, while life cycles…

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Replacing One’s Window to the Soul

If you have ever had windows replaced in your abode, you know how may ways it can go wrong –awry — sideways, (everything from mis-calculations and broken seals to gaps and warps). Not only must the measurements for the window precisely match the dimensions of the exterior wall, but there’s very little room for error…

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Sedona’s In-Between Place

On this summer solstice, I am bathing in the stillness of in-between. After months of edits and polishing, my soon-to-be-released book, Voyage of the Templar Guardians, has been passed to the design team at Lulu Publishing, for an interval of rest on my part. I am also coming off of a series of several family…

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The Häling Templar Web

The region where the southern reaches of medieval Scotland bordered England’s Northumbria was generally defined by the River Tweed. Not only was it a primary water source, but its flow carried commerce of all sorts and fed the population with some of the world’s finest salmon. Life depended upon its eastward flow, emptying into the North…

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The Häling and the Scottish Templars: Dunbar

In the spring of 1296, King Edward of England invaded Scotland. One by one, castles and abbeys fell into English hands, threatening Scottish sovereignty. On a brooding sea-cliff battlefield above Dunbar, Scots of all kith and kin fought valiantly but could not withstand the English onslaught. Acrid smoke and coastal fog shrouded the bluff from…

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Prologue Signs & Symbols

Signs and symbols abound in The Häling and the Scottish Templars and most of them are introduced early in the story. The prologue begins the saga with unconventional spiritual language. These recurrent mystic motifs impart their greetings in the first scene and hopefully will become companions as the challenges and adventures unfold. Once could even say that…

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Häling Characters Book 1

Of all the challenges of beginning a series, getting to know the cast of characters can be the most daunting. The Häling and the Scottish Templars story is complicated by the diversity of new characters and their unfamiliar historical occupations. Add  to the mix, visionary elements and a menagerie of creatures, a glossary such as the one below can come in handy. Use…

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History Behind the Häling

L.S.Berthelsen’s Scotland; THEN & NOW For many, Scotland is not just a place to visit, filled with magical tourist spots. It is a feeling, a mindset, and indeed, a state of mind. And while I am no expert on Scotland or a anything Scottish, I am certain of my own experiences and how they influenced…

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