Okay, she’s not a Daughter of Tsion, but rather
a folk/natural magik practitioner
— and she’s naked.
BUT, isn’t her cloak and bodice cool looking?
AND I bet she has some magikal sigils sewn
in her hemline just like the Daughters of Tsion did… Magikal Garments and Tools sewn by the Daughters (and Clerics) of Tsion worn by them and their combatant companions, the Knights Templar.

Physical Badges (patches) of Office
Magikal Threadwork
DoT hem sigils sewn into hems of cloaks, into scarf/prayer shawl / stole, armband

This lesson will (eventually) show the embroidered sigils stitched into the hems of the cloaks of all Templars, both combatants and Clerics/Daughters.  It will explain how to make and use the list of items above.

There are also gear items such as chainmail shirts; and weapons such as swords, lances, shields, etc.  Their construction and magikal infusion will be covered in another lesson.

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Lady Deborah, R+C, DoT writes:

Magikal gear is not really necessary to make contact with the divine. However, man has been a tool-maker and user for a very long time (depending on your point of view on creation), so it stands to reason that humans would make and use tools in magikal work as well.

Magikal tools have no power of their own. After use, they do take on the resonance of the individual using them, but they cannot work independently of the magician. I believe the goal of all tools is to first learn to use them, and then learn to be a conduit of power without them (almost as if you were tapping into the power of the tool itself, being the tool instead of using it).

I find it interesting that of the four main tools used in druidry, two are masculine (sword and wand) and two are feminine (chalice and cauldron). I think it would be nice, in the process of developing magikal gear and weapons, if this sense of male/female balance could be retained. For the NKT/DoT, perhaps it could be: sword and lance–male; chalice (representing the priestly side of the knight) and shield female.

Magikal gear includes wardrobing. I am a frugal person, and would prefer to avoid such outward appearances, instead working on inward things. But it’s difficult to deny that when you wear the garb, you feel the part and can access the energies more easily. The wardrobe also begins to take on the resonance of the wearer (and of the energies that have flowed through it via its usage), and can therefore “get your motor going”, even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. A Templar robe, chain mail/hauberk, padded garments under it, a sword and shield for combattants (although I doubt that anyone wants to take this all the way, with sheepskin undergarments and lack of bathing!); a green robe, gloves for non-combatants and clerics, will help “set the mood” and help the brothers and sisters to get through the down times.

Lady Deborah, R+C

Until this lesson is complete, please send your thoughts on the above (or any other thoughts you have about magikal gear and garments) to the School with “Magikal Gear/Garments thoughts – unfinished lesson” in the subject line.

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