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Today we are going to finish off this three-part series on the 13th century and courtly love. The 13th century and courtly love was very significant in the women’s movement and in a span of 50 years, women went from being totally disregarded to the status of honored lady and this happened on such a profound level and in so many different areas of life that it’s worth talking about. Especially because in today’s world we are dealing with a similar reemergence and rising of the feminine,

It’s interesting to speculate on what is going to happen to modern society in the next 50 years. But what happened back in the 13th century can give us some clues.

A new type of literature was invented called the romance. The romance was adventurous fiction combined with love and romance and the ladies loved it!

Some of the most popular romances were about King Arthur and the Knights of the round table. This was also the beginning of the age of chivalry where the knight errant went on a quest in search of or doing something for his lady.

We’ve talked about the importance of education and literacy and how literacy belonged only to the aristocracy. The common people were not literate, however these new types of fiction stories had people talking. Plays did the same thing and they gave the general population opportunity and exposure to these new concepts and ideas that they wouldn’t normally have access to. This was profound and the common people were getting introduced to new ideas for the very first time.

These concepts crept into the Church itself. The divine feminine came into being with the Virgin Mary becoming Holy Mary Mother of God and Our Lady. She was seen as a warm, compassionate mother to the poor and wretched.

Now this was not in the original plan of the Church. It was an embarrassment to the Church which they didn’t really know the best way of dealing with. So they just let it be. At the same time sexuality became widely accepted. This was a very sexual and sensual period in world history. It was accompanied by the spread of incubus and succubus experiences in association with courtly love.

Let’s face it, the incubus and succubus are actually personality fragments that we give off when generating too much sexual energy and they go out and are attracted to appropriate people. But it’s unconscious. It’s not happening on a conscious level and these experiences are distorted so they were causing a rampant increase in so called demonic attacks.

The monasteries and convents were filled with monks and nuns that were horny as hell. They were having these weird dreams and these incubus and succubus experiences were happening at unprecedented rate. It was even worse than it had been back in the dark ages.
This happens anytime many people are working strongly with sexual energies. These are magical energies and they are happening on the lower astral levels.

So you are going to get a corresponding revival or interest in magic, witchcraft and demonic activity. I said demonic because the incubus and succubus are always considered demonic in origin and not understood for what they really are.

These were the things that led up to the holy inquisition and the persecution of witches.

I’m just going to bring up a few numbers so you get an idea of what was happening.

In the Swiss canton of Vaud 3,371 witches died between the years 1591 and 1680. In the year 1562 in the little town of Weisensteig in Germany 63 women were burned. In Obermarchtal, 54 persons, or 7% of the population were burned at the stake in two years. In Oppenau 50 out of a population of 650 were burned at the stake in nine months.

Just think about these numbers for a minute and realize that this was happening all over!

The Church was trying to deal with rampant sexuality and the chastity belt was invented in the late 14th century or early 15th century.

French and German historians refer to the 15th century as the age of bastards! There were so many illegitimate children being born. Prostitution flourished and for the first time temple prostitution came to Europe.

This might be hard to believe, but there was a Church brothel in Avignon where the girls spent part of their time in prayer and meditation and the rest of the time servicing customers, but only Christian customers, of course, Pope Julius II was so impressed that he founded a brothel like it in Rome itself.

This was also the age of Philip Philip the fair, the king of France. He’s the one that had the head of the Knights Templar arrested.

The church was really having a hard time trying to get a grip on things.

Let’s say just a little bit about King Philip’s daughters-in-law. Margarette was charged with sorcery and thrown into a hole in the ground. His second daughter-in-law Jean was strangled and a third was raped and became pregnant by the hangman’s assistant while in a dungeon.

Philip the fair himself, and his wife were poisoned. All of these things were symptoms of rampant sexuality because they were dealing with lower-level astral energies and the accusations of sorcery and witchcraft. It was a very magical time in human history.

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The Prince of Wands is related to the Tarot Trump cards HIGH PRIESTESS, HIEROPHANT, EMPEROR, THE LOVERS, STRENGTH and WHEEL OF FORTUNE.

The Prince is also related to the ACE of Wands, ACE of CUPS, TWO of Wands, TWO of CUPS, THREE of Wands, and THREE of CUPS. His Element is Fire.

The Prince of Wands has fully developed his body of light and can astral travel in full awareness at all levels of the astral planes. His awareness can travel through the cosmic circuit as light and photon pulses. This gives him deep insight into nature and life itself.

The interesting thing is that even though he is born with the second sight he will often fear it and repress it. He sees too deeply into things and prefers to not look at times. This makes it hard to share personal things with him because it feels uncomfortably intimate.

He is the farmer that loves working in the field growing crops, being close to nature and animals. He is their protector and guardian spirit. He is tough and weathered like an oak tree.

A natural outdoorsman, he is a deeply spiritual person that can make friends out of enemies. He is not an emotional person and any emotional thoughts are painfully destroyed as soon as they appear. He would rather trust his intellect instead. He has a strong body and nervous system that can withstand the rough treatment of being constantly outdoors.

You might recognize him by this phrase,”that just doesn’t make any sense”. It is easy to be intimidated by him because he is competent at so many things.

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Today we are going to continue our discussion of the 13th century and courtly love, but we are going to go back in time a little bit to a person by the name of Guilhem in the 11th century, who was the seventh count of Poitiers and the ninth Duke of Aquitaine. He was the most powerful nobleman in Western Christendom and very influential in the development of this entire idea of courtly love which we are exploring.

He fought against the church doctrine that the fires of hell were stoked especially hot for adulterers. He apparently liked his ladies and he wrote love poems. He argued that love was an exultation, not an abasement of the soul. It was not a sordid sin but a divine mystery and the lady who offered that special gift was a goddess to be adored and worshiped.

He basically proclaimed that sexuality elevated the soul and what he was doing was bringing Tantric philosophy into the Western world. This is one of the first appearances of the sacredness of sexuality and it became a favorite theme of scholars, singers and poets.

Now remember this was during the time of the Crusades and the man of the house was gone. The ladies were lonely and they needed some way to spend their time so they wanted to hear love songs that were meaningful to them. And gradually a convention, or a script came into being, which was of a great lady who fell in love. She was loved by a romantic hero of the lower class and this romantic hero struggled to become worthy of her and win her love. In the end he did win her love. That story was repeated over and over and over in many variations through the centuries and it still is today.

It was a couple generations later, in the 12th century that the prerequisites of virtue and chastity were added to this mix. These songs and poems were acted out in the fashionable world of the nobility and they brought courtly love into existence.

It’s just like what happens today when Hollywood creates something and then the general population gets caught up in it and play make-believe acting it all out. That’s what was happening then. But it really caught on! Poets declared that elevating love to the immaculate plane of chastity cleansed their own souls of all carnality and left it free to soar, to lift them up high into the spirit realm.

This was different than the Arab world where a special place was created for women in the harem. But virtue and chastity became the European harem.

The basic story went like this. The heroine was a lady of high and noble birth who was married to a very powerful husband and somehow she was not satisfied. She was missing something in her life, and her lover, who was of a lower stature strove to become worthy of her and finally, at last succeeded in attracting her love. But it had to remain secret. It was a mystery that they both shared and set them apart from other people.

The interesting thing is the power that this theme had among the population because it is still popular today. But back then, the minstrels and the troubadours never sang of consummated love. They only sang of unconsummated love. The chaste love, the kiss, the embrace and modest contact with the nude lover was permitted, but not the final act of consummation.

These are such fascinating things that have metaphysical and Tantric implications. One thing is the love triangle. This is even such a powerful concept that the tarot card of the lovers has three people in it, not just one.

The man has to choose between the angel or the physical woman. There is something in this fantasy of courtly love that satisfied the needs of both the body and the spirit for generations. Even today the love triangle interferes with so many people’s experience of love.

Tantrism teaches about the power in the exchanges of sexual energies and not just about physical sex. An important part of it is talking about chastity, the embrace and the holding back. That’s how the energies develop and strengthen between two people, especially when it’s never allowed to be consummated.

Dion Fortune, the famed occultist, in England talked about the deliberate use of magic by building up those sexual tensions to an electrical point where they were almost unbearable and intolerable. Then they would use those magical energies in a conscious, deliberate way to work magic. This was not sex magic the way it’s commonly thought of. It was actually the tension that was created and not allowed to be consummated.

This tension of sexual energy that’s built up is actually what Tantric teachings are really all about. It is the sharing of these energies on the nonphysical planes, that actually develop the soul. They help to complete a person inside and they allow males and females to become more sexually balanced.

So this idea of courtly love went crazy within the nobility. This was the educated class. This was the higher class and they were tapping into this high form of tantrism even if it was not recognized as such.

But what was happening to the sexuality of the common folk? They were playing the same games, but they were a lot more undisciplined about it and sexuality ran rampant among the common folk. I mean they were just out there having random sex without knowing how powerful it was.

Sexuality was rampant among the entire population and the Church was having a very difficult time with it. It was happening in the monasteries and in the convents. It was happening to the nuns and to the priests and monks.

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The Queen of Wands is related to other cards in the Tarot. She contains the essential elements of THE MAGICIAN, THE HIEROPHANT, STRENGTH, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE, and JUSTICE.

The Queen is related to the ACE of Wands, ACE of SWORDS, TWO of Wands, TWO of SWORDS, THREE of Wands, and THREE of SWORDS. Her Element is Fire. She controls the magnetic forces of attraction and repulsion. She has the ability to withstand great conflict and stand firm in her convictions. She has a very spiritual tolerance of others and of life’s difficulties. You will like her or you will hate her. There is no middle ground for the Queen of Wands. You probably know someone like her.

This lady has a strong connection to plant and animal life. She gets illuminations while working in the garden or with her many pets. A natural healer, she is able to listen and give wise counsel. Talking with her helps others to sort things that are emotionally painful and gain objectivity. She does this through the ability to distance herself from emotional pain. She can rise above the raw passions and emotions and not be pulled under by them.

She has strong bones and teeth and will rarely need to see the dentist. An eternal student, she is constantly getting rid of old outmoded ideas and replacing them with newer more successful ideas and beliefs. She can easily change her mind and learn from her mistakes letting old behaviors and experiences fall away. Her mind is filled with happy colorful ideas and thoughts and she brings energy into the room when she enters.

In love she is all or nothing and has the tendency of becoming obsessed with her partner and forgetting about other things. In love and romance the sparks really fly.

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Today we are going to start talking about the 13th-century and courtly love. This will take probably two or three posts because the subject is quite intensive, so bear with me.

Courtly love or the age of chivalry ran historically from the 12th century to the late 16th century and is a notable time in the history of women and the beginning of feminism.

At the beginning, women were basically despised not only by men but by themselves. They were hardly treated like people.

I have to backtrack here, back before Christ and back before the invention of reading and writing. Over 4000 years ago, women ran the place with goddess based religions and these goddess based religions had females playing the prominent role. This was because it was the females that brought life into this world and they were also held responsible for death and rebirth.

So the whole focus way back then was around women and the important role they played in bringing life into this world. Gradually the male became more powerful and more empowered and it was around the time of the invention of reading and writing that the tide turned for the male.

Well, it was during this time, during the age of chivalry, that the tide began to turn back in favor of the female. Now the beginnings were small but they led to a lot of the things that are happening in the women’s movement today. At the end of the 16th century, women were respected and admired and this set the stage for the modern women’s movement.

Now back during the goddess religions of ancient times civilization was matriarchal and dominated by women. They failed to consider the males growing importance until it was too late.

In this time men were so obsessed about living in their heads that they indulged the women and let them do what they wanted. So women began taking over the running of things. This especially happened during the Crusades when a lot of the men were gone and the women were left home to take care of routine business. The women began to realize that they had a head for running things.

Now, one of the important consequences of the Crusades was a meeting of cultures. Europe was living in the dark ages compared to Persia, or compared to the Muslim countries who were highly civilized and had knowledge of Greek and Roman literature.

Suddenly these crude and uneducated Crusaders met up with this advanced civilization, and it was quite a shock. So they came back with a lot of eye-opening experiences which they wanted to share. But they came back to a world that women had kind of settled into while they were gone.

Courtly love is the great theme of late medieval literature. Europe was rediscovering the sciences and the wisdom of the classical world through the influence of Muslim scholars in the translations of Greek and Roman texts. So philosophy and the sciences were being reintroduced.

This was a golden opportunity for women of the upper class. At the same time, the cult of the Virgin Mary was brought back to Europe by the Crusaders.

Courtly love was class conscious, escapist and idealized. It was basically considered a harmless daydream by a lot of people. But it was very powerful in its own way as we shall see. Courtly love was the game of love. We’ve all heard about the game of love. This is where it started!

It was first thought to have been characteristic of the romantic German and Celtic peoples and included remnants of the Organic Gnostics through the influence of the Bogomils who came from the Caucasus area in eastern Europe. So courtly love still had traces of those early feminine goddess religions.

Now it was also considered a conspiracy of the Cathars to overturn the Church. But mostly courtly love was influenced by the Arabs because the Arabs treated their women differently than the Europeans did. The Arabs kept their women apart from everybody else. They segregated them and locked them up into harems. They made the women wear veils over their faces.

In Europe the female was always out in public and because she was out in public she was not considered special. The Arabs considered their women special and that trait also influenced this idea of courtly love.

Courtly love was sufficiently possible to be attractive to lovers, but improbable enough to be a challenge. It was like a hopeless case of soulmates never destined to join together in love and that’s probably the way to think of it in a in a metaphysical sense.

This was a meeting of souls, not a meeting of sexual pleasures. In fact, one of the phrases back then was that the union of souls was a thousand times more beautiful than that of bodies, so the whole concept of courtly love was Tantric.

It was talking about the mixing and the touching union of male and female souls. This is important because that’s part part of Organic Gnosticism. These tantric based teachings were spreading into every aristocratic family.

There was at least one person who could read and write, and they would snap up books because there were not very many to read. They in turn wanted to talk about what they read. They want to talk about new concepts and ideas just like we do today.

So the nobility began to permanently employ scholars. These scholars in turn would help with the business deals. They would write legal papers, keep the accounts and add some scholarly debate into the household and actually provide tutorship to the younger generation of children.

Things were different in the countryside for the superstitious common people. Sexuality was rampant with succubus and incubus attacks everywhere. These were vampires sucking up the energies of those with weaker blood. But the prevailing opinion of the common folk came from the Cathars. There was no sin from the belly button and below.

The aristocrats were talking about the soul. They were talking about the love of the soul and about soulmates. They were not talking about the physical consummation of sexuality.

The priests made generous use of this idea and the upper part of the body became so spiritual that it no longer knew what the lower half of the body was doing! If you can believe that!

Every act was holy and the priest was able to sanctify all women who sinned with him because sin was of the body and not of the soul. In Spain and France nuns were called the “consecrated ones” or mistresses of the priests. This was how pervasive sexuality was among the Church and among the common people.

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As this new eon progresses both secondary personalities, the HGA and the Shadow will become increasingly active. A great increase in auditory and visual hallucinations can be expected. For the Holy Guardian Angel this means visions from God or Jesus or other religious figures.

If you can’t integrate the HGA expect to hear and see it more and more along with religious and spiritual experiences. This will act to polarize the world population even more along religious vs materialist lines. There is no way to forecast how one might experience contact with the HGA in their lives.

My own experience integrating my HGA started at age fourteen and continued gradually to the age of forty. Things will happen much more quickly in today’s world. At age fourteen I my conscience awoke. This was a religious experience for me since I reached a point where I could no longer stand myself and who I was becoming. What did it matter if God forgave me when I couldn’t forgive myself?

Aligning my life to be in harmony with my conscience was the first major step in submission to the HGA. “Not my will but Thy will be done”. We might say this is the first step in submission to the HGA.

This alignment was not complete because I still attempted to stay within the confines of my religious upbringing. I began Rosicrucian studies at age eighteen and was introduced to advanced philosophical concepts like reincarnation and the symbolic, not literal meaning of the bible. Truth came from the Christ Spirit within my heart. I needed to follow an inner path and not a “Christian” one.

The external church held no answers. We might say the second step in submission to the HGA is to forsake tradition and external guidance to listen only to the still small voice of the Master Within that speaks through our hearts.

Then followed twenty years of intense study and the formulation of a paradigm or complete belief system. My belief system was created out of “illuminations” or flashes of insight. These communications from the HGA gradually formed a comprehensible and complete paradigm or personal belief system. We might say the third step in submission to the HGA is “Illumination” and personal insight into the reality of nature and life. This is termed the knowledge and conversation with the HGA.

Then followed a period of forsaking the physical world and neglecting the realities of life. As the discrepancy between normal life and the inner vision became more pronounced there was a fear that I might be going insane. This mental turmoil has been termed the death of the ego. My mind was torn between a longing to surrender myself to the HGA and desperately trying to keep rational and deal with daily living. We might say the fourth step in submission to the HGA is going insane and believing in it and ignoring physical reality.

Total submission is a form of suicide. Things get so bad you don’t care anymore and simply want to dissolve yourself into the light until there is nothing left. There is a tremendous pull toward the light and it becomes everything as you try to extinguish self into nothingness.

There is a feeling of intense relief and love as the light embraces you and you merge for the first time. This has been called “Crossing the Great Abyss”. We might say the fifth step in submission to the HGA is dissolving yourself momentarily into the light and becoming one with the universe.

With practice it gets easier and easier to dissolve our awareness into nothingness and the light. We cross the Great Abyss with greater frequency and ease until one day there is a permanent change and our normal awareness merges with the light in a permanent manner. This is the point where we have integrated our HGA. We exist inside of our HGA and sense it surrounding us as an extension of who we are. We might say the sixth step in submission to the HGA is being absorbed fully by the HGA and a radical shift of awareness termed Cosmic Consciousness.

This is not enough for us and we continue striving for more light. We miss the feeling of being dissolved. It’s not happening anymore. As hard as we try it is not possible to stay dissolved. As soon as Will lets up we find ourselves outside of the Light once more. Our soul can not go any further in that direction.

We can experience momentary union when we strive for it but it is gone as soon as we let up. There is a polarity switch taking place and we can feel our thought processes dropping back down into the mental levels. We are experiencing the “Luciferian Fall” and plunging back toward the earth. One might say the seventh final step in submission to the HGA is this reversal of polarity and plunge back toward the earth.

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PROCEDURE FOR DEVELOPING SEXUAL ENERGY

MALE:

The male should drain the bio-electric and magnetic field energy from the testes by slowly approaching orgasm and by avoiding ejaculation and loss of sperm cells. This pleasurable energy should be forced out of the sperm cells and into the physical and astral body by channeling it up the spine. It will find its way naturally upward to transform into mental and spiritual energy. The waves of pleasurable energy should fill the entire body if possible.

This should be done once or twice a day. In the beginning this energy must pierce through a pain barrier. There will be a few instances of severe pain at the base of the spine lasting from ten to fifteen minutes. Nothing can be done to prevent this. It is caused by the sexual energy being forced from the lowest astral levels into the higher levels.

As the energy channels open this will not happen anymore except in very rare activations of this astral “pain” body.

After draining the energy from the testes your body will have an imbalance of male/female energy. You will attract female energy to you to neutralize the excess male energy. Visualize the energy ball and plunge it deep within the center of the earth where it will attract energy from your soul mate. Then raise the energy ball as high as possible into the “spiritual” light. Do this a few times until you feel that your male/female energy is balanced. This will distribute the energy evenly throughout your entire system.

FEMALE:

Try to reach orgasm as quickly as possible and raise the sexual energy as high as possible. Hold the orgasm at its peak for as long as possible trying to fill the entire physical and astral body with sexual energy. The energy will tend to fall back downward toward the earth.

This should be done once or twice a day. In the beginning this energy must pierce through a pain barrier. There will be a few instances of severe pain at the base of the spine lasting from ten to fifteen minutes. Nothing can be done to prevent this. It is caused by the sexual energy being forced from the lowest astral levels into the higher levels.

As the energy channels open this will not happen anymore except in very rare activations of this astral “pain” body.

After the sexual energy has been drained from the ovaries the physical and astral body will have a surplus of female sexual energy and will attract male energy to it to neutralize the surplus. Visualize an energy ball and raise it as high into the “spiritual” light source as possible. It will attract male soul mate energy to neutralize the excess female energy. Then plunge the energy ball into the center of the earth. Do this several times until the normal balance of male/female energy is restored. This will distribute the energy evenly within your system.

PS: I have started a Facebook discussion group called Organic Gnosticism. Feel free to join if you are interested.

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