& Brothers, this is your May Newsletter.
Congratulations to Hon. Lady Kiarna Steart LKHT and Hon. Lady Kathleen A
Flyke LKHT who have now become Hon. Lady Knight Hospitaller Templar.
Also congratulations to Hon. Sir André Heyrman CSsM&J, KHT who has now
become a Hon. Knight Hospitaller Templar. Thank you for your continued
team work and support.
Ritual of Earth
On 1st May we celebrated our Ritual of Earth. Sometimes called Beltane in
Celtic cultures, this ceremony marks the beginning of summer. It is
across-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun's progress between the
spring equinox and summer solstice. The astronomical date for this
midpoint is nearer to 5th May or 7th May, but this can vary from year to
Beltane honours Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning
of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of
life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of
the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of
life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is
the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the
manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May
Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak King, as Jack-In-The-Green, as the
Green Man, falls in love with her and wins her hand. The union is
consummated and the May Queen becomes pregnant. Together the May Queen and
the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage (or Heiros Gamos), the
union of Earth and Sky, and this union has merrily been re-enacted by
humans throughout the centuries. For this is the night of the Greenwood
Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy.
And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring
ideas, hopes and dreams into action.
The Maypole is a popular and familiar image of May Day and Beltane. A
phallic pole, often made from birch, was inserted into the Earth
representing the potency of the God. The ring of flowers at the top of the
Maypole represents the fertile Goddess. Its many coloured ribbons and the
ensuing weaving dance symbolise the spiral of Life and the union of the
Goddess and God, the union between Earth and Sky.
Ne'er cast a cloot til Mey's oot" conveys a warning not to shed any cloots
(clothes) before the summer has fully arrived and the may flowers
(hawthorn blossoms) are in full bloom.
May is the time for Hawthorn to blossom also, this a sacred and special
flower. The custom of employing the flowering branches for decorative
purposes on 1 May is of very early origin; but since the adoption of the
Gregorian calendar in 1752, the tree has rarely been in full bloom in
England before the second week of that month. In the Scottish Highlands
the flowers may be seen as late as the middle of June. The hawthorn has
been regarded as the emblem of hope, and its branches are stated to have
been carried by the ancient Greeks in wedding processions, and to have
been used by them to deck the altar of Hymenaios. The supposition that the
tree was the source of Jesus's crown of thorns doubtless gave rise around
1911 to the tradition among the French peasantry that it utters groans and
cries on Good Friday, and probably also to the old popular superstition in
Great Britain and Ireland that ill-luck attended the uprooting of
hawthorns. Branches of Glastonbury Thorn, which flowers both in December
and in spring, were formerly highly valued in England, on account of the
legend that the tree was originally the staff of Joseph of Arimathea.
Now we hear from our Brother Hon. Sir André Heyrman CSsM&J, KHT who is our
Guardian of Taurus.
Those born under
the Taurus sign make good companions as they are very dependable. If you
have made plans with a Taurus, rest assured he/she will be there and on
time too! They are also patient creatures but can be intolerant and
narrow-minded as well. Other negative traits include obstinacy,
greediness, being unimaginative and easily offended. Taurus's have a great
need for security which drives them to be meticulous yet creative in what
they do. This makes them resourceful and successful business people.
Though a Taurus may seem shy, hidden inside is a faithful person longing
to show love and commitment to a worthy mate.
Seeing as how Bulls are generally strong and well-built, it's no surprise
that these folks enjoy testing their strength on the field of play. Expect
to find a Bull engaged in a spirited game of hoops or mountain climbing.
Hiking is also a favourite pastime, since it keeps Taurus close to their
beloved earth. Indoor adventures are also favoured by Bulls, which is why
the opera or ballet is right up a Taurus's alley. When it comes to love,
the Taurus-born are devoted, romantic and somewhat possessive. Their
sensual nature has a way of erasing any mistakes! Since Taurus rules the
neck and throat, Bulls would be wise to keep a silky scarf at hand,
ideally in a warm (and soothing) earth tone.
Birth date: 20th
April – 20th May
Strengths: Reliable, forbearing, pragmatic, musically talented.
Weaknesses: Pig-headed and inflexible, over-protective.
Charismatic marks: Sturdy, big-boned, a bit on the heavy side.
Likes: Music, good clothing, hobbies that allow them to work with their
hands, romance, stability, natural things, time to ponder, comfort and
Dislikes: Conflict, abrupt changes, uncertainty, synthetic fabrics,
disruption, being pushed too hard, being rushed, being indoors.
Best environment: Isolated and private abode near the countryside that
provides both beauty and comfort.
Lucky Colour: Pink.
Body Part: Throat, Neck.
Concerns For Taurus
Taurus governs the throat and neck and its subjects need to beware throat
infections, goiter and respiratory ailments such as asthma. They are said
to be at risk of diseases of the genitals, womb, liver and kidneys, and of
abscesses and rheumatism. Because their body type has an inclination to
physical laziness, Taureans can be overweight.
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