The Knights Templar are the most glamorous and enigmatic figures of western culture. Mystical soldiers, a militia of the Christ, whose patron saint was Mary Magdalene.  
 
The Sisterhood of the Rose was re formed from ancient times by Queen Eleanor in the days of the Crusades.  Deeply troubled by the death of the Knights, among them their husbands, lovers, brothers, they formed a healing order.
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The women were versed in the wisdom teachings and healing crafts of herbs, flowers, crystals, the influence of planets, and their skills were honed over several Crusades.  They would remain in solitude until the battle was over and then come to the Knights to heal their wounds.
 
In 1128 the Templars were officially recognized as an Order of Warrior Monks.  Their creed was one of poverty, chastity and obedience.  Their robes were white with a red cross, and their Quest was the protection of Pilgrims en route to Jerusalem, the ‘jewel in the crown’ in the world of Christendom.
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Templars had a strict disciplinary code.   Everyday life  including diet, dress and conduct, were tightly controlled by monastic rules.  Templars were compelled to fight to the death and were not permitted to surrender or retreat and they were not allowed to beg for mercy.
 
The courage of the women to travel alongside them was courageous and inspiring.  Their own safety whilst travelling by road and sea in these treacherous and dire times, was secondary to their dedication to the Quest.
 
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The Sisterhood of the Rose goes back to antiquity.  The rose is a icon found within many of the world cultures and religions.  The Holy Grail is symbolized by the perfect rose.
 
One of the wisdom teachings of the Sisterhood is the symbolic colour of each rose, which represents an individual  life path.  For instance the red rose for those who walk the path of wounded love.  The yellow rose for the teachers and counselors and the white for the highest of spiritual goals.
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The ‘signature’ of the rose tells of joy and happiness, a blooming of love and light.  It is said to work amongst roses, brings longevity.
 
In love and harmony the Sisterhood dedicated their lives to the Knights, like the flowers and thorns of the Briar Rose they entwined in love, courage and dedication to the Quest of bringing peace to the land.
 
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 This insightful article was written by Gerry Taylor-Wood
These photos were taken on their most recent visits to the sacred sites
 
Yes, THERE'S STILL TIME to book your place on the JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME, starting April 23, 2017! And now there's a huge bonus - a special LATE BIRD discounted price ($1,500 off!). On the 21 day Sacred Sites Tour of France & The Holy Lands, you follow in the footsteps of the KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, the crusaders who crossed Europe to the Holy Lands. Gaze on the awe-inspiring BLACK MADONNA at Rocamadour. Breathlessly enter MARY MAGDALENE's Cave of Solitude. Connect with artifacts of the SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE. Get a deeper sense of what the "da Vinci Code" is about. Have a deep soulful experience on the shore of the tranquil Sea of Galilee. Feel the vibrant energy of JERUSALEM, the "City of Light", and stand under the 2,000 year-old olive trees in the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
 
Download the tour's FULL ITINERARY by clicking through to the Facebook page this posting emanates from ("Grail Haven Sacred Tours"), click the BLUE button ("Learn More") at the top. Or we can email it to you, with further details. To get answers to any questions about the tour, you can contact us by text or phone on 0403-184610. The stunning LATE BIRD discount brings the price of the tour down from $8,800 to just $7,300. Your odyssey begins with a day in Paris and culminates in the Garden of Gethsemane. Along the way you will experience extraordinary connections with ancient HEALING energy (including sacred water on a similar level to Lourdes). Your quest will shake off the cobwebs of everyday life and allow you to connect with ancient WISDOM. Such concentrated exposure to sacred energy is likely to bring about some profound healings within you, as well as imbue you with a good dose of the wisdom of antiquity.
 
Transport is by mini-van, with flights between France and Israel. Your TOUR GUIDES are steeped in the relevant knowledge, having led many similar tours previously (this is their 27th - and final - tour!). Married couple Geraldine Taylor-Wood and Richard de Welles are Guardians of "Grail Haven" (two locations - Mount Tamborine in Australia and Languedoc in the south of France). Download the FULL ITINERARY from our Facebook page, (click BLUE button). Have a good look, even if it appears unlikely you can go - it's good to dream a little! If there IS a chance you can make it, absorb yourself in the itinerary and see if you can imagine yourself there. If so, move quickly, as time is starting to tick down! Any time you have questions to ask, text or phone (8 am - 8 pm) 0403-184610. Give it some serious thought, because it's very special to follow in the footsteps of ancient, mystical figures (following the "ley lines"), allowing you to discover a balance of male and female energies. This is a mystical and spiritual three week experience that would be a LIFE-CHANGING trip to remember for the rest of your days!
 
 
Biography:  Gerry and Richard have led twenty-three sacred journeys over the past twenty years.  Richard is a crystal healer, teacher and artist.  Gerry is a yoga teacher, astrologer and writer – together they have developed three spiritual education centres in Australia, England and France. Gerry and Richard are leading a sacred journey to these amazing sacred sites later this year... if you would like to be part of this incredible journey and visit the places of history and antiquity, please contact Gerry and Richard via the link below!
 
 
 
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Astrology is fascinating, at least I find it so, because it predicts with absolute accuracy the underlying currents of energy that shape our world and the times we live in. Astrology was never meant to be a fortune telling device. Rather, it is a construct that enables and assists us gain spiritual wisdom and insight into our lives and our society. 
 
A Course In Miracles describes the separation of the one soul from the God-force and then suggests we are all on a journey back to unity. This can be likened to the “big bang” which created our universe. The explosion moves ever outwards, as it creates every star, planet and nebula. Then after millions of year, it implodes inwards, drawing everything back again. We are all part of everything. We are made of stardust, and therefore when we observe a planet or a star, we are looking at ourselves. It is hardly a wonder that these conscious beings we call stars, speak to us, and remind us that we too are on our way back to unity; back to where we came from.
 
Astrology, or the wisdom of the heavens, can show us the magic carpet we are all collectively riding on and how it is gently, lovingly, unfolding its wisdom in our lives as individuals, but even more importantly, as communities, cities and nations. When analysed for spiritual purposes, your natal and transit charts it can show you the best pathway to created spiritual ascension and it can show you what spiritual wounds you have come to heal.
 
 
Collectively, astrology also reveals how our society is changing and what that means for us. Some of you may remember that old song: “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius!” It focused on the shifting astrological precessions that takes us, over about two thousand years, into different ages. Aquarius was seen, in the 1960s, as a beautiful and ideal world where everyone would be living harmony. This is how the “new age” movement got its name. It was named after the idea that the Aquarian Age would be better than the “Piscean Age” we currently lived in.
 
Because the dream of love and harmony has not manifested in the world, there is much speculation that the actual movement to the Age of Aquarius has been inaccurate or over exaggerated. Yet, if you look around the world right now you will see, very clearly, that the Age of Aquarius is well and truly here, although not fully activated.
 
This will not occur, at least astrologically, until 2020. Between now and then we have to ride along with Pluto in Capricorn until 2023 when it enters Aquarius and fully triggers the Aquarian energies.
 
 

Pluto in Capricorn:

Many economists and business people believe that during this transit, which began in 2009, we will see the end of capitalism as we know it. Yes, that is a bold statement, but one that is expressed by economists and financial experts, not necessary astrologists. 
 
Because of the internet and our new technology (Aquarius rules technology and innovation) those areas of human existence are likely to be in the forefront of human consciousness. 
 
Political adviser to Angela Merkel and author Jeremy Rifkin has said that our current times present us with “the first new economic system since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century.” He says this in response to the fact that large organizations have become disrupted because of the internet’s ability to let individuals and small groups compete with the major players. Suddenly, it seems 3D printing and tech advances in logistics have become easily attainable to anyone. Expensive technology can be copied in seconds, and because of mail order internet sites, sold very cheaply. People can now download movies, music and television programs from illegal torrent sites and there is nothing that anyone can do about it. 
 
“We are seeing the final triumph of capitalism followed by its exit off the world stage and the entrance of the collaborative commons,” Rifkin predicts.
 
This dilemma is typical of the expression of the astrological cycle of Pluto (destruction and rebirth) in Capricorn (social structures and monetary systems) in a challenging square to Uranus (disruption and revolution) in Aries (individual rights and liberty) over the past eight or nine years.
 
Pluto will leave Capricorn for Aquarius in 2023, after the Aquarian conjunction in 2020. At the same time, computer and technology scientists have long predicted (via science!) that that this same period of time (2023-2043) will correspond with the “Singularity” -the point at which technological (artificial) intelligence exceeds human intelligence. 
 
We must remember that since the financial systems of today’s global powers are not based on actual currency but on “confidence” which is another word for trust, these systems can be easily transformed with technological and ideological changes.  
 
 
A new kind of currency, Bitcoin, which is not controlled by any governmental body was introduced to the world in 2009 just after Pluto entered Capricorn. Surely this is perhaps a sign of what is to come as we enter Aquarius. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius could be a future where technology liberates humans (Pluto in Aquarius) from the shackles of corporations and governmental restrictions (Pluto in Capricorn) and we should be hopeful. Yet as rosy as that sounds, Aquarius does have a dark side, and it behoves us to focus on the total picture of Aquarius, and not just the words to that old song. 
 
Aquarius governs technology and is ruled by Uranus, which incidentally was discovered the same year we invented television! However, Aquarius can be lost and distracted by the pursuit of perfection. Under this kind of pressure, extreme political correctness and over sensitivity to individual liberties can easily erode the cohesion of our communities and bring about a sort of Mad Max-type, lone wolf chaos.
 
The idea of a “collaborative commons” a term bandied about right now, represents Aquarius at its highest form of expression, where everyone works together for a common good. This is our collective challenge and sadly it is not a certainty!
 
If we work together, and allow the highest vibration of Uranus/Aquarius grow within our hearts, and if we all do our individual inner work, Pluto’s entry into Aquarius can and will enable us to embrace a Utopian future. This would mean the end of the innumerable miseries that capitalism has brought to the world. If we do not do our inner work, we could end up in a dystopia of epic proportions.
 
I believe this dilemma is being expressed in the arts with movies such as the Hunger Games, and the many various vampire movies. They express the unconscious knowing we all share that we are heading towards an energetic crossroads that will take us into the light or the darkness. This is our collective horizon, and it is not too far away.
 
 
This Article was written by Astrologer, author and artist Lesley Crossingham. Lesley offers personalized astrological charts that focus in on your spiritual lessons and areas of karmic growth. For more information on Lesley, or to order one of her amazing, indepth charts, please contact her via her listing, or via her personal website!
 
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