Maidens in the Middle Ages
Love and Honour in the Middle Ages


Kundalini Awakening, Chakra SystemWe each of us live in five bodies: spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and mystical. The energy of love passes through our bodies, is transformed and gains a variety of expression. Friendly love between a man and a woman, for example, is a very fluid love, the love and confidences exchanged between friends. It can pass through the spiritual body and became a sacred order of love, or it can pass through the physical body and gain a sexual expression of a high order.

Friendly love can easily gain emotional expression, and the friends can connect mystically via the etheric body. Friendly love can strive for courtly love, a deeply felt, burning love, when friends enter together all five bodies.

When Spirit participates in this union, the friends can experience the bliss of interconnected chakra systems. Co-creative biology will occur as a cellular merge -- an alchemy, a fusion -- resulting in the creation of an angel. I am speaking from experience, here. In alchemy, this immortal being is called the Divine Child.

The angel connects its loving parents with a sacred cord between them, and the Father-Mother are Divinely Wed and eternally linked in love. The co-creative pair is an archetypal creative force in our universe, and when we fail to make angels we leave unaccomplished a big part of our purpose for being physical.

Today, as we enter the new millennium, conditions for courtly love are very promising. Courtly love in the Middle Ages was achievable because of the societal structure. During the early Middle Ages (12th-13th c. CE) love gained an unprecedented ascendancy when mass consciousness collectively agreed that Only Love Counts. This belief system was due, in part, to everyone's observation of the wide-spread forces around them that existed to act in denial of love.

Flourishing in the feudal system at all levels, consisting of the militaries, the governments, the churches, and the social forces or class structures, was the not-love value of greed. What it meant was, many people married for reasons other than love. But love will not be denied, and four of the five bodies listed above exist entirely outside the jurisdictional powers of societal forces. Only the physical body can be controlled by external means.

The people on the path of love in the Middle Ages found ways where there were no ways to experience each other and the love each had to offer. What was born of it was a whole beautiful system of paths of love connecting hunky knights to fair ladies and men to women in ways they never dreamed possible. Being physically separated by so many forces, they joined together their minds, their spirits, their emotions, their etheric selves, and often their bodies in the ultimate, consummating act of physical love. (A crime designated F.or U.nlawful C.arnal K.nowledge, sometimes punishable by death.)

Nevertheless, it was triumphant and unstoppable. It gave us King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in search of the Holy Grail in the magical land of Camelot. And that is what they did there and then, they came a lot, causing the kundalini serpent energy to soar like a hawk because their love found free expression in all five bodies, and one after another the ladies and their knights created angels and found the Grail.


The Town, the Garden, the Castle

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra SystemThe path of love is the path of shakti, the feminine energy of love waiting at the base of the spine. Shakti is kundalin, meaning "coiled up." This love energy in a spiral is a symbolic female sex organ coiled 3-1/2 times around lingam, a symbolic male sex organ. In a woman, kundalini shakti awaits the awakening of the masculine energy of love. In a man, the masculine energy awaits the awakening of shakti. In both cases, what results from the awakening is a renewed awareness of the spiritual self and accompanying transformational love. An alchemy has occurred.

The energies, once awakened, would like to rise up and move to the next energy center but they can't because three portals must first be opened. The portals are entrances into the body's subtle nervous system, comprised of a tri-fold energy relationship: ida, channel for energies associated with mortality; pingala, channel for energies associated with immortality; and shushumna, a mix of both. Until the portals are opened, the energies remain in chakra 1, where they express as a co-creative pair existing in all potential. An expression of this chakra energy with its tri-fold energy relationship can be seen in the Grail legend and the story of Sir Geraint, Son of Erbin. In this story, with its serpent-bird kundalini imagery, Sir Geraint strives to become Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk all in the name of Love.

The story begins when King Arthur in the land of Camelot gives a hunt for all his knights. His Queen Guinevere and the knight Sir Geraint both separately oversleep. Arriving late to the hunt, they meet each other along the way and ride together, chatting and just getting to know each other better. The Queen is wearing a sea-green gown with a gold belt, her hair enmeshed in gold net. As they ride along on horseback, accompanied by the Queen's maiden in attendance, a small company of riders comes the other way along the wooded road. The riders are a dwarf, a lady, and a knight. The lady is dressed all in scarlet, the knight is wearing armor, and the dwarf is clad in green and perched atop a very tall horse. As the dwarf trots by, he gives Sir Geraint a dirty look.

The Queen sends her maiden to find out the name of the knight and the lady, but the dwarf turns the maiden's horse around and nearly knocks her from the saddle. The Queen sends Geraint to learn the name of the lady and the knight, but the dwarf superimposes himself between them and attacks Geraint with a whip, striking him across the face and leaving a bloody wound. The Queen tells Geraint to just forget about it, but Geraint says his curiosity is peaked, and while he feels no ill will toward the dwarf, he really wants to know who the knight and the lady are. Asking permission of Queen Guinevere to leave, he rides off after them.

Following after the dwarf, the lady and the knight, Sir Geraint comes to a high ridge looking down upon a picturesque valley, so tiny and beautiful as to be held in the palm of his hand. Then, after awhile, he leaves the ridge and enters a woodland filled with trees and leaves and birds singing. Next, he rides along a silvery river of reflective water, along farm houses and farmers tilling the fields, beside cows and sheep and all manner of country livelihood. The entire day passes and finally they enter a town.

When the dwarf, the lady and the knight ride into the town, all the people begin cheering and waving, so happy they are. Geraint inquires of a young man standing near him, "What is all this cheering about?" The man responds, "The Sparrow-Hawk!" Geraint rides on and meets with another man, asking him the same question and getting the same answer, "The Sparrow-Hawk!" Geraint rides on and meets another man who tells him the same thing. Geraint pulls that man up by his collar and says, "Explain Sparrow-Hawk." The man points to the mysterious knight and tells Geraint, "That man is Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk, a great champion knight. Tomorrow he will fight any man who comes against him." The man tells Geraint, "If you wish to joust with him, follow him to that ruined castle where they will give you lodgings." Geraint rides toward the castle.

Sir GeraintAn old man with white hair walks along the parapet of the wall of the castle. Seeing Geraint and recognizing him as a Knight of the Round Table, he meets him at the gate and lets him into the castle grounds. The old man is noble and lordly in demeanor, but poor in appearance and dressed all in gray garments, worn and threadbare. Welcoming the knight, he takes Geraint's horse by the bridle and leads him into the courtyard of the castle. He whistles loud, and from out of a side door of the castle steps the lady who accompanied the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk. She is a vision in a blue gown and blue belt, her hair unadorned, and Geraint gazes upon her searchingly. She appears to him as a most beautiful woman. She has come to groom and stable his horse. Geraint protests.

The old man introduces her as his daughter, the Lady Enid. He explains to Geraint their dire circumstances, how his bad, younger brother has taken from him his castle, his wealth and his title of Earl, driving them into the brother's ruined castle, while the brother lives in the old man's castle in all splendor as Earl. The old Earl and his daughter have no servants, they are too poor. The bad brother was of the mind to assemble a court of worthy knights, so he fashioned a sparrow-hawk of pure silver mounted atop a silver staff. The knights come jousting for the sparrow-hawk, and whoever wins the joust keeps the sparrow-hawk for 3 years and becomes Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk. Geraint tells the old man, "Get me some armor and send it to my room. Tomorrow I will ride against the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk."

The old man offers Geraint his own suit of armor. Geraint accepts and tells him he has only one other request, that the Lady Enid accept him as her knight. The old man replies, "Ask her yourself," and then departs. Geraint and the Lady Enid enter the castle garden where Geraint tells her he is a knight of King Arthur's Round Table and of his Court. He tells her he is 40 years old, much older than she, and that he has no lady whom he considers as the lady of his heart, but if she will accept him as her knight he will endeavor to bring her honor.

Lady Enid gazes with new eyes upon Geraint and feels a stirring in her heart. She tells him, lowering her eyes, that because of her lack of money and old clothes and poor estate, she does not deserve such a knight. Geraint feels the energy of love and vows his loyalty to her, saying none of it makes any difference, the only thing that really matters is what is in the heart. Only love counts, he tells her. He asks her again to accept him, and she replies, yes, he can be her true and faithful knight. He asks her for her belt from her waist, saying he wants to wear it into the joust. She gives him her belt of blue leather and Geraint, gazing upon her beauty, wraps her belt around his arm, like shakti wrapped 3-1/2 times around lingam. On the path of love they walk hand in hand out of the garden, into the castle and into the love energy of chakra 3.


The female and male energies once awakened in chakra 1 pass through the portals to ida and pingala, the subtle nervous system of the body. The energy differentiates according to mortal and immortal, setting up a dually powered system of existence that strives for grounding and transcendence at the same time. When it is realized that the energies are two aspects of the same consciousness, symbolized by the action of Geraint when he wraps Enid's belt around his arm, like shakti wrapped around lingam, then the portal to shushumna will open and kundalini will pass through; and the door to the castle will open and Geraint and Enid will pass through. A transcendence has occurred.

When kundalini passes through shushumna to chakra 2, the chakra of sexuality, and then to chakra 3, an alchemy of love is the result. Chakra 3 is the chakra with guts, an outwardly power-dominated chakra with the energy of aggression, responsibility and duty towards society and its systems. It is love turned inside out, it is Shiva going into battle on behalf of Shakti.

King ArthurOn a green and level field below town, the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk defeats his opponents one after another before a large crowd. A high seat is arranged for the Earl and his court, the seat hung with crimson cloth embroidered with silver gryphons. On the edge of the field is the silver sparrow-hawk guarded by six esquires dressed in crimson embroidered with silver gryphons. The sparrow-hawk, shimmering silver in the sunlight, is set upon a cross-bar of pure silver and supported by a silver rod thrust into the dirt. With no new opponents arriving, the knight returns to his pavilion until noon, at which time he will be awarded the silver sparrow-hawk. The crowd grows restless.

Just then, in the distance come 4 riders: the old Earl wearing worn-out black clothing, Sir Geraint in the Earl's old battered armor, and behind them beautiful Lady Enid and her mother, the Countess. Seeing Geraint's armor, the crowd hoots and roars with laughter as he approaches the young Earl for permission to do battle. The Earl gives his consent and Geraint rides across the meadow to the knight's pavilion and throws his spear into the knight's shield so hard it rings like a bell. The knight comes out of his pavilion and calls Geraint a fool. Geraint responds the knight will this day make amends for the rudeness of his dwarf towards the Queen's maiden.

The knight puts on his helmet as Geraint rides back to the Earl's stand. The knight follows, glorious in his splendid armor, his shield emblazoned with a silver sparrow-hawk, also his crest upon his helmet, wreathed with a thin silver scarf. The crowd applauds the splendor of his appearance and laughs at Geraint in his ancient armor, looking like he has just stepped out of an old painting.

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra SystemThe knights face each other as the trumpets sound, and they rush towards each other, the horses hooves trampling like thunder, and they crash together in the middle of the field with a loud roar and the sound of a splintering lance. It is the knight's lance, splintered into 20 pieces. The lance of Sir Geraint has held and pierced the shield of the knight, lifting him out of his saddle and throwing him onto the ground with great force, causing him to roll over and over.

The excited crowd calls out, "Who is this knight in old armor? Is he Sir Lancelot of the Lake? Who is he?" As the crowd roars, the knight leaps to his feet and draws his sword, calling out to Geraint, "Come down here and face me on foot! I've still got my sword!" The crowd cries out, "Get off your horse and fight him on foot!"

Sir Geraint leaps down from his horse and draws his sword. With his shield before him, he approaches the knight, then suddenly they spring together like two wild bulls bashing into each other, now hacking away at each other with swords, until a dust cloud surrounds them and no one can tell who is winning. Geraint grows very angry as the knight withstands all his smashing blows, and he smashes away at the knight ever harder. The knight begins to weaken and drops his shield a little.

Geraint lets loose a blow so heavy upon the knight's shield, it knocks it down to the ground. Then Geraint hits the knight so hard on top of his helmet, a direct hit on the crown chakra (the entrance/exit point of power), that the blade cuts straight through and into the bone.

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra SystemWith that blow the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk falls to his knees, catching hold of Geraint's legs. Geraint snatches the knight's helmet from his head, grabs his hair and pulls his neck forward as if to chop off his head.

The knight begs for his life and Geraint agrees to spare him, if he will tell him his name. The knight responds, "My name is Sir Gaudeamus of the Moors." Geraint says Sir Gaudeamus must do one other thing, and he will let him live. He must promise to take his dwarf and go to Camelot, where the dwarf will apologize to the Queen's maiden for his roughness toward her. The knight promises to do it, and Geraint says, "Arise, Sir Gaudeamus, for I spare thee."

A herald from the Earl arrives onto the field, saying the Earl requests his presence. "Take me to him," Geraint says, and follows the herald until he stands face to face with the Earl, and the Earl asks Geraint his name. "I am called Geraint. I am the son of the King of Erbin. I am a Knight of King Arthur's Court and of his Round Table." The Earl, quite impressed, invites Geraint to supper, but Geraint replies he will not dine with the Earl until he knows by what right the Earl claims his title. The Earl responds he will explain everything and invites the old Earl, his wife and daughter to come to supper. Geraint agrees to this.

Geraint sits at the right hand of the young Earl, and to the Earl's left sits the old Earl. Beside the old Earl sits his wife, the Countess, and beside her and far from Geraint sits Lady Enid. Geraint asks the young Earl to explain by what right he claims the Earldom. The young Earl tells Geraint what happened when his father died, how he left the big castle and the town to his older brother, and to him the father left the ruined castle. The older brother did nothing on behalf of the town, did not set up justice, did not regulate laws, but just stayed home in the castle, content with domestic life. The people of the town began to appeal to the younger brother for all these things, and he responded to their needs.

This went on for several years and then finally, the townspeople rose up and drove the old Earl, his wife and daughter from the good castle into the ruined castle, and installed the young Earl in the good castle. Geraint is surprised to hear this and asks the old Earl, "Is this true?" The old man says, yes.

Then Geraint, as Knight of the Round Table, lays down the law and all must obey. He tells the young Earl he must, from this day on, give the old Earl one-half the money receipts from the town so the old Earl can live according to his status. Geraint also proclaims the Earl of the town has the right to name his successor. Everyone agrees to these laws and the supper is successful. Geraint stays on for several days, during which time he sees much of Enid and falls deeper in love with her.

Sir Geraint and Lady EnidOne day, as they are walking in the garden, Geraint tells Enid he has seen many fair ladies in his life, but she is by far the most dear to his heart. Then he asks her if she looks upon him with favor. She tells him, "With great favor." He asks her, "Will you be my wife?" She tells Geraint, "If you so desire it I will gladly marry you and go with you wherever you want to go, because I think only of you, now." Then Sir Geraint kisses her and they are engaged to marry.

Before the marriage, the young Earl offers to give Lady Enid a gold robe to wear, but Geraint declines graciously, saying he wants Enid to wear that blue dress she was wearing the first time he saw her. He tells the Earl he plans to take her to Camelot and present her to Queen Guinevere, whom he hopes will give Enid the proper clothing to wear. Geraint and Enid are married, and the following morning Geraint seats Enid in front of him on his saddle and they gallop toward Camelot.

Only three days have passed since the Queen and Geraint rode together that fateful day. And this day, as the Queen is out riding with her maiden, she sees coming toward her a group of people carrying a litter bearing a wounded knight. The knight's horse follows behind carrying the bright and shiny armor and led by an esquire. Behind the horse is a lady dressed in scarlet and riding a white horse, and behind her is a dwarf. The Queen thinks, "I've seen this group before." She turns to her maiden and asks, "Is that the dwarf that nearly pushed you off your horse?" The maiden says, the very one. The Queen says, "I think this knight has met with Sir Geraint and has something to tell me."

They ride forward to meet the knight, and the Queen inquires after his condition. The knight says, "Lady, I am a knight who has suffered in battle. Please tell me where I can find Queen Guinevere?"I am Guinevere," she replies. "Is this the truth?" the knight asks. "It is," says the Queen. The knight tells her, "I have been sent by Sir Geraint, who overthrew me in battle, to tell you my name is Sir Gaudeamus of the Moors, and to find the maiden to whom my dwarf was rude." The Queen points to the maiden, "This is she." Sir Gaudeamus says to the maiden, "Fair damsel, I ask pardon for the rudeness of my dwarf and that you will forgive him." The heart of the Queen is moved by the knight's apology and she tells him he and his dwarf are forgiven, and she invites him to the castle where the doctors can cure him.

Sir Gaudeamus is attended by the king's physicians, and three or four days pass. One morning Queen Guinevere looks out her bower window and sees a knight riding toward the castle. And sitting before him on his horse, she sees a fair lady with blonde hair and dressed in blue. She calls to her maiden, "Who is that knight?" The maiden says, "I think it is Sir Geraint." The Queen says, "Yes, it is Geraint!" So they run down to meet them at the gateway of the castle. The Queen says to Geraint, "Sir, who is that lady who rides with you?" Geraint says, "She is my wife. I have brought her here dressed in blue as I first saw her. I hope you will clothe her as befits her estate as the daughter of an earl, the lady of a knight-royal, and as my wife."

The Queen says, "Welcome, welcome, Lady! Welcome to Camelot!" She assists Enid from her horse and takes her to the Queen's bower where she gives her the richest robes she can find. Enid's face shines with happiness from out of her dress of silver and gold, and thus did Sir Geraint, Son of Erbin bring his lady the Fair Enid to the Court of King Arthur in Camelot.


Somewhat surprising it was when Geraint informed the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk he would this day fight for his servant's discourtesy to the Queen's maiden, considering all that had happened after that. This points to the philosophy of a priori, or primary boundaries, that everything that happens is bounded by a law of physics antecedent to all our experience, and the dwarf's action toward the maiden symbolizes this. First, there is this action and then everything proceeds from it, as in, first, there is this dimension of space-time and then all our experience proceeds from it. This concept is expressed by the Muslim word Kaaba and also by Black Cube of Mecca, both references to the Holy Grail. Kaaba means Cubic House and refers to our dual condition, that we are bounded by the laws of third dimensional physics, creating a physical body enclosure like a cubic house and a mind limited in thinking by the same laws that limit the body.

But we know there is much, much more to existence beyond our world of illusion. We can begin to access this otherworld sensory experience and break the boundaries of our a priori condition by grounding and then opening, symbolized by Geraint's action when he first grounded the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk, driving the knight's shield into the ground, and then opened him at the crown chakra by driving his sword into this head. First ground then open, a circuitry-creating process that obeys our local laws of physics and invites the transcendency of these laws. Certainly, Geraint's methods worked because next we see the defeated knight being taken into the magical land of Camelot by the Queen herself and being cared for by the King's own physicians.

Sir Geraint gallantly survives the joust and now embarks on love's journey as he marries Enid within three days of having first seen her. But where will the love energy reside next? Chakra 4 at the heart, where a spiritual love can emerge, chakra 2 sexuality, where a sexual love can develop, chakra 5 at the throat, expressed as the language of love? Sometimes, when kundalini moves too fast, when marriages are hastily made and the bride and groom rush along the path of love, sequential chakras are opened rapidly and total confusion can be the result. When the kundalini serpent strikes this way, the wide-range of emotions experienced can be bewildering, and we begin to experience, then reject, all of our less-than-eternal emotions built up over a lifetime. In all the confusion, we can experience this as a rejection of self, with various destructive actions proceeding from it. This is the traumatic love journey Sir Geraint has now embarked upon.

When a man marries a woman half his age he often does not think and love as she thinks and loves, and she often does not think and love as he thinks and loves. Sir Geraint is of a serious mind, as becomes his station in life and his years, while Lady Enid is gay and lively as become her years. Many of her sports and pastimes that she enjoys Sir Geraint looks upon remotely and from afar, and not always with pleasure.

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra SystemAmong the young knights at Arthur's court is Sir Peregrans, the son of King Ludd of Cornwall. This noble young man is full of joy and fun. He is handsome with broad shoulders, black eyebrows and curly black hair, and he is always ready for a good time. He and Enid are often together in company and sports, and though Geraint is too proud to appear to observe this, he does observe it and is greatly affected by it. Sometimes, he thinks to himself, "What a pity Enid is stuck with an older man like me when Peregrans is more suited to her age and temperament." But he never says anything to Enid about it, he just withdraws within with his aching thoughts.

Lady Enid notices this about him and wonders what is wrong with him. It never occurs to her he could be feeling the strong jealousy of love. In complete innocence she wonders what she has done to cause him to pull away from her. One day she sees him sitting and thinking deep thoughts, gazing out of the window of the King's Castle. Geraint looks out upon the beautiful view, the winding river like a silver ribbon threading the meadows and fields, the blue sky above with great white clouds floating by, and the earth so happy and peaceful. He sees none of it, for his eyes are turned within upon his own gloom and darkness.

Enid sits on his lap, puts her arms around his neck and interlaces her fingers. "What's the matter, dear?" she asks. "Are you mad at me?"No," he responds, "I am not mad at you. There's nothing wrong with me." Then, he gives it a second thought and decides to tell her, "I haven't been home in several years and I am thinking of visiting my old parents. I really miss them." Enid says, "Great! Let's go!" Geraint says, "Would you like to? I'll ask the King if we may leave and when he gives his consent, we will go for a visit."

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra SystemThe following day Geraint and Enid leave the Court of King Arthur and travel with a small party of noble attendants to Amadora, the castle home of Geraint's parents. After three days of easy riding they arrive and stay for several months. During that time they participate in hunting, hawking and jousting, so they are having a fun time and their relationship is developing trust, love and respect. But the entire time, the townspeople are gossiping about Geraint, how he does nothing but play at hawking and jousting and sit with his head upon his wife's knees. Lady Enid hears this gossip and becomes concerned.

One summer morning she awakens early and Sir Geraint lays upon his bed beside her. It is warm and he throws aside the covers so his great chest and arms and shoulders are bare to the soft air. She beholds his body, how huge and mighty he is, how strong and powerful. Then she looks at her own body, how slender and white, how weak and helpless, and she thinks," Is it true what they say? Can these weak arms of mine hold this strong man back from his purpose and ambition in life? It can't be true! There are many knights who are married to other ladies and they are still noble knights. It must be my fault if there is something wrong." She sighs deeply and this awakens Geraint and he lies with his eyes closed. Then Enid whispers to herself, "It's all my fault and I am not a true, right wife for this noble hero."

Geraint hears these words, how she is no true, right wife to him, and it seems to him she has just confessed her adultery with Peregrans. This is a dagger plunged straight into his heart and he thinks, "I was too late in taking her away from King Arthur's Court." He opens his eyes and looks at her in anger, startling her and saying to her, "Get up and get dressed." She obeys and he dresses himself in his full armor, saying to her, "Follow me." She asks, "Where are we going?" But he speaks no word. She follows him down the stairs and across the courtyard to the stables. It is early morning and the sun has only just arisen. The birds are chirping sweetly as the river below the castle rushes and roars through the deep and mossy gorges of green and slimy rocks and stones.

Lady Enid waits as Sir Geraint comes forth from the stable leading two horses. "Mount your horse, Lady," he says to her, and giving her his hand he lifts her lightly to her saddle. Then he mounts his horse. He turns to Enid and says, "Lady, I will this day prove to you the strength and life have not yet left me, and I am still a strong and able knight as deserves the love of any woman as I did in my youth. Ride ahead of me and lead the way and I will follow after you. But under no circumstances are you to speak a word to me unless I say you can. Just ride straight ahead anywhere you want to go."

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra Systemnid says, "I will do as you say." They ride away from the castle without anyone knowing they have gone. Lady Enid rides for several miles with Geraint brooding and following a considerable distance behind her. About ten o'clock in the morning they approach a thick dark forest, and as they come close to it Enid sees shining of armor among the leaves. She sees three men hidden in the thickets and hears them say to each other, "Look, here's good fortune for us. The knight appears sturdy enough but he's lost in thought. We can take him three against one and get his horse, his armor and his lady."

Enid thinks to herself, "Geraint is in great danger. I must warn him even though he will be angry and chastise me for speaking to him." She turns her horse around and rides to Geraint. He appears very angry and says to her, "Lady, what is the matter?" She responds, "Dear husband, do I have your permission to speak?" Geraint says, "It seems you have given yourself permission to speak. What do you want to say?" She says, "At the edge of the thicket are three men intending to do us harm. I overhead them speak. I thought I had better warn you." Geraint's green eyes take on a glint as he says, "Lady, perhaps you would not be displeased to see me fall at the hands of those three men. Nevertheless, I hope I will not fail in this encounter. Meantime, stay here and consider your disobedience in speaking to me when I asked you not to." Having admonished her, he closes and latches his helmet, and with spear in hand he rides forward to the edge of the woods.

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra Systems he rides close to the edge of the woods, all three men come bursting forth and bear down upon him in full charge, as Geraint drives spurs into his war-horse and charges against them. They meet head-on, with great violence and a loud clap of thunder!

All three of their spears strike Geraint's shield, but he turns it so that all three were broken into pieces. His own spear holds and penetrates the shield of one of the men, penetrating the man's body and lifting him out of his saddle and casting him dead a spear's length behind his horse. Geraint draws his shining sword.

He whirls his horse around and with sword in hand he bears down upon the remaining two villains, rising in his saddle and crying out, "Hah, villain!" and cutting one down. Then whirling around, he cries out again, "Hah, villain!" and strikes the other one down with a single blow of his sword. In that short space of time he changes everything, ridding the area of these three villains who have for a long time inhabited these parts.

Sir Geraint wipes the blood from his sword and returns it to its scabbard. He removes the armor from each of the fallen men, lashes it to the saddles of the horses, ties all three bridle reins together and returns to Enid, who watched the battle in both sheer terror and total admiration, and he hands her the reins of the horses, telling her, "Take these reins and go ahead of me again. And this time, no matter what, don't speak to me unless I say you can. I'll forgive you this one time, but not twice." Enid obeys, taking the reins in her little hands and riding forward, Geraint following far behind.

About noontime they come to the center of the wood where there is a sudden turn in the road, leading between two high cliffs. Enid sees, not far away, four armed and mounted men looking very evil, and she overhears them say, "Look! Here comes a good prize for us! A beautiful woman, three sets of fine armor and three horses. All guarded by only one man. Let's kill him and take whatever we want." Enid thinks to herself, "I have to tell Geraint, even if he never forgives me. I would rather have him alive and very mad at me than dead." She turns her horse around and rides back to Geraint, who is frowning very darkly at her. Enid says to him, "Do I have your permission to speak?" Bitterly, Geraint says, "It appears you do not need my permission, Lady. What do you have to say?" Enid says, "Sir, I have to tell you there are four fully armed men ahead and I heard them say they intended to kill you and take me and the armor and the horses." "Is that all you have to tell me?" Geraint asked. "It seems you want to talk so much, that you will come and tell me anything. Wait here and I will go forward and clear your path for you."

He closes the visor of his helmet and latches it, sets spurs to his horse and rides forth to meet his enemies. Suddenly they bear down upon him, riding two abreast because the road is too narrow for four abreast. Their spears strike Geraint's shield and break into several pieces, but his spear does not break. It holds and bursts through the shield, through the armor, and through the body of one of the men, casting him dead on the ground. Geraint throws his spear aside and draws his sword, rises in his saddle and strikes one man so hard a blow that he splits his shield, his helmet and his head, and the man cries out, "I am dead! I am dead!" and falls dead.

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra Systemeraint whirls around on his horse and sets spurs into its flanks. He thunders down upon the other two men, who sit stunned at how easily and quickly this knight has killed their comrades. Geraint rides hard between them, swinging his sword to the right and to the left, and slicing them where they sit clean through from the shoulder to the waist. Dismounting and wiping his sword, Geraint strips them of their armor, lashes it to their horses and gives the four reins to Enid, telling her, "Observe, please, that I am still in possession of my knightly manhood despite my advanced age and lack of pretty youth. Take these four horses together with the three you already have, and ride on as before. And make sure this time you do not speak to me unless I say you can. I am very angry from the battle and in my rage I might cut you down with my sword before I can control myself." Enid says, "I will do as you say."

Enid rides on far ahead of Geraint and she thinks, "Did ever a woman have such a noble man as I have?" Riding along and exulting in her husband, she hears the sound of voices in the thickets ahead. "Look! Here comes a beautiful lady, seven good horses with seven suits of armor, and only one man to guard all of it. Let us five ambush him and take all these things for ourselves." Enid thinks, "Even if my husband does what he says he will do and cuts me down with his sword, what does it matter? I would rather die by his hands than suffer his anger without his love." So she turns her horse around and rides back to Geraint and asks him, "Can I speak?" Geraint says, "Didn't I tell you not to speak to me again?"I have to," Enid says. "So it would seem," says Geraint. "Speak since you must." She tells him, "Sir, ahead are five men lying in ambush for you."Is that all you have to tell me?" asks Geraint. "Stay here with the horses and I will go forth and clear your path for you." Enid obeys and Geraint rides forth.

As he reaches the point of ambush, all of a sudden out jump five men on horseback. A huge battle ensues, and Enid can't tell what's happening. Sometimes she sees Geraint and sometimes she doesn't. She sees his sword flashing like lightning and she hears him utter great and terrible cries of war. At first there are five men against him, then there are four, then there are three, then there are two, then there is only one, and he is begging for his life, "Spare me, spare me!" But Geraint says, "I will not spare you," and strikes a blow so hard the man is killed instantly. Geraint wipes his sword, breathing hard this time, and puts it away. He strips the armor from the men, lashes it to the saddles, ties all five of the reins together, attaches them to the reins of the other horses, and gives all twelve to Enid, telling her, "Ride on and do not speak to me again."

Kundalini Awakening, Chakra Systemnward they ride through the woods and soon the day begins to draw to a close and twilight descends. Enid leads the twelve horses with difficulty, and Geraint observes this and feels sorry for her, but still they ride on. Then darkness falls and the moon rises, clear and bright and round, turning everything silver, the treetops, the leaves and the ground. Geraint tells Enid, "Let's rest here until tomorrow." Enid asks, "Can I speak?" Geraint say, "Speak." Enid asks, "What will we eat?" Geraint says, "Lady, it often happens when a knight travels that he goes without food to eat for the entire day and sometimes even longer than that." Enid falls silent and sighs, because she is very hungry.

Seeing her weariness and feeling sorry for her, Geraint gathers the leaves together in a sort of bed and spreads his cloak upon them, saying, "Lie here, Lady, and I will keep watch for the night." Enid lies down upon the bed of leaves and is sick with weariness. She watches Geraint for a while, as he stands a little distance from her, and she sees how the silvery moonlight flashes and sparkles on his armor, she hears the rustling and stamping of the horses, she hears a distant nightingale singing. All these things blend together and she sleeps. This is the first day of their journey.


Part 1 - Our Five Bodies | Knight of the Sparrow Hawk
     Sir Geraint and the Knight | Geraint and Enid
Page 2 - An Evil Earl | The Little King | The Three Giants



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