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The Order of St. Michael

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:15 pm

The Order of St. Michael

The Sophian lineage of Gnostic Christianity is composed of various “orders,” which are something like Tantra Yogas one might find in Vajrayana (Esoteric Buddhism) – hence, the orders are composed of a view, along with teachings and practices that form a vehicle through which something of the enlightenment experience or gnostic experience might transpire. The Order of St. Michael and Order of St. Mary Magdalene are among the principle orders in the Sophian lineage. The Order of St. Mary Magdalene, as its name implies represents a path of devotion to the Divine and Sacred Feminine, the Magdalene Path, and the Order of St. Michael represents the guardianship of this Sophian Gnostic tradition; and specifically represents an order of the “Knights and Dames of the Holy Grail.”

Originally, these two orders represented teachings and practices through which men and women might honor the Holy Bride, the Order of St. Michael being primarily for men and the Order of St. Mary Magdalene being primarily for women; however, in modern times these orders are open fully to both men and women – though, no doubt, men will have a special understanding of St. Michael in their experience as men, just as women will have a special understanding of St. Mary Magdalene in their experience as women.

In some legends of the Holy Bride she is said to have a daughter (Sarah) and in others she is said to have a son (Michael), and in some she is said to have “twins,” a daughter and a son. Thus, the Order of St. Michael acquires its name from legends of Mary Magdalene giving birth to a son called “Michael,” but also acquires its name from the archangel Michael, inspired by the twelfth chapter of Book of Apocalypse.

To understand the generation of the Order of St. Michael the Order of St. Mary Magdalene must be mentioned, for quite literally it was an order created to guard the Sophian/Magdalene line of Gnostic Apostolic Succession and is said to be an “old Gnostic Templar lineage.” It is a Chivalric Gnostic order that stands independently from other chivalric orders, and by nature is an esoteric chivalric order, for as much as teaching the principles of chivalry and the righteous warrior outwardly, inwardly it teaches the “art of a spiritual warrior,” an art of divine theurgy (“the way of the exorcist”), which is used as a means of invisible and spiritual protection of the Sophian Gnostic lineage and its initiates, and is extended to people in need of assistance.

Initiation into the Order of St. Michael is based upon the ceremony of a dubbing of a chevalier (a knight or dame) and the speaking of the Holy Vow of the Order; the key symbols of the Order are the Sword (or Lance) and the Grail, which are used in a Gnostic Mass that reflects a key mystery celebrated in the Order: Hieros Gamos.

The ceremonial robe of the Order is a white robe with a red Templar cross on it and a red cord is worn, and typically black clothing is worn beneath the robe.

Although the Order of St. Michael is an esoteric and initiatory order, the spiritual wisdom of many of the teachings and practices can be beneficial to the initiate and non-initiate alike; also, due to the influence of the Order of St. Michael, Sophians frequently discuss and explore principles of chivalry and their application in the Gnostic Path – thus it seemed good to create a forum for the discussion of the teachings and practices of the Order of St. Michael and the wisdom of chivalry, so that something of this aspect of the Sophian Gnostic lineage might be shared in our online community.

Blessings & shalom!
Tau Malachi
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