S (100) Knights Templar Illuminated Letters

'Jeanne de Arc' (19th century) by Paul La Boulaye

aint Joan of Arc (1412-1431 AD) was in fact a hereditary Templar, as the genealogical Countess of Anjou, the dynastic house of the founding Templar King Fulk d’Anjou of Jerusalem (1089-1143 AD), as the founding royal patronage of the Templar Order. Joan of Arc descended through two Counts of Anjou, Karl I of Frankreich (1270-1325 AD) and Karl II of Lahme (1248-1309 AD) who was also King of Jerusalem. [22] The cherished sword of Joan of Arc was named after Saint Catherine de Fierbois (of Alexandria), a patron Saint of the Knights Templar, and its blade was engraved with the heraldic Cross of Jerusalem. [23]

The historical precedent of Saint Joan of Arc demonstrates that feminine expressions of chivalric nobility, such as the proper title of “Dame”, are not “less than” those of their male counterparts. Saint Joan’s example highlights that women are equally important in their own right, and are honoured for their own unique qualities, embodying the principle of the “feminine face of God”, or the “divine feminine” aspect of God. Perhaps most importantly, Joan of Arc illustrates that women should not suppress their sacred feminine nature, and should not seek respect by transforming themselves into “men”.

The divine feminine principle cannot be respected by suppressing it, only to be replaced with the counterbalancing male aspect. To honour the divine feminine necessarily requires recognition and celebration that it is in fact “feminine”, and prohibits that it be disguised and forced to be accepted only through conformity with the masculine principle. The most ancient sacred wisdom of spiritual alchemy was never to transform all feminine energies into masculine, but rather to combine distinctly unique male and female polarities of esoteric energy in equal balance, as the only way to achieve divine power and enlightenment.

Joan of Arc obtained command over an army not by denying her femininity, but by concentrating on the unique differences and contributions of her true feminine power. There were already many male Generals capable of relentless aggression and cunning strategy, but none who had the advantage of feminine intuition rooted in divine communion, an alternate female perspective necessary to shed new light on old military strategies, and a characteristically female emotional quality that could so profoundly inspire the hearts of all the soldiers to the most extraordinary bravery.

Saint Joan of Arc did not transform herself into a “man”, but nobly led an army as a true woman. The historical record proves that she dressed in men’s clothes and wore short hair only as practical battle wear, as a defensive measure to deter and prevent molestation, and to hide her identity in enemy territory – but never to suppress nor deny her femininity.

Conversely, she did not vanquish enemies by asserting supposed “independence” to dismiss and replace men as “not needed”, but rather applied her uniquely feminine qualities to most effectively lead an army of men, fighting together in equal balance. She thereby consciously combined the male-female difference into a powerful blend of perfection, directly embodying the ancient secrets of Templar spiritual alchemy, as the core esoteric principle of the Holy Grail itself.

Joan of Arc was a true Templar, and was revered and honoured as a Templar Dame, becoming a famous legend in her own right, of equal to or even greater renown than any Arthurian or Templar Knights. Indeed, she was even canonized as a Saint, an honour that was never given to the historical figure who was later popularized as the literary “King Arthur” (the 6th century Prince Arthur Aidan), nor to any of the Templar Grand Masters, not even the Martyr Jacques de Molay. Thus, Saint Joan represents the pure manifestation of the unlimited power of authentically being a Templar Dame.

In reverent dedication to this more enlightened understanding of the feminine principle in Chivalry, the Order of the Temple of Solomon recognizes all Dames as fully equal to, but venerably different from, their male counterpart Knights, all serving in balance and harmony as Templars. Men and women serve together as equal Brothers and Sisters in the Templar family, distinguished only by the proper respective grammatical forms of their official chivalric and nobility titles in the Order.

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