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Templar armor (a Polish legend)

Templar ArmsThis story can be found, along with many other fascinating tales, in the book called Legends of the Knights Templar.

A forest beekeeper by the name of Maciej (a Polish variation of Matthew) once discovered a wounded Knight Templar lying on a hill slope. Badly wounded, the man was dying. The beekeeper noticed that the knight’s suit of armor was very well made, and greed overcame him. Instead of trying to help the Templar, Maciej just sat nearby, waiting for him to die. As soon as the knight drew his final breath, the beekeeper removed the warrior’s armor and proceeded to put it on himself. As soon as he fastened the last clasp a blazing fever overtook him. Maciej felt as if the armor was also shrinking. He desperately tried to take it off, but could not do it. Finally the greedy beekeeper fell down on the ground next to the Knight Templar. Unable to move, Maciej cried out for help, but no one came. He died a terrible death.

The hill was later named after Maciej. It is known as a place of horrifying sights. In particular, the ghosts of the Knight Templar and the beekeeper can be seen there fiercely fighting over the suit of armor.

Masonic ring inscriptions

I can imagine there will be added interest in all things Masonic after Dan Brown’s new book. How about a little excursion into masonic ring inscriptions?

As the novel would have us believe there is some level of freedom in the inscriptions one chooses to have engraved, there are, however, some traditional inscriptions:

P.D.E.P – (on Masonic Templar rings) stands for Pro Deo et Patria – For God and the Country

In Hoc Signo Vinces (Templar Motto, going back to Emperor Constantine) – With this sign thou shall conquer.

Deus Meumque Jus – (on Inspector General rings, i.e. 33rd degree) – God and my Right.

Virtus junxit, mors non separabit – (14th grade) Virtue has united (us), death shall not part (us). Curiously, I have seen this inscription quoted with the comma after mors and it just does not make much grammatical sense that way.

Ordo ex chao – Order out of chaos.