Baby New Tear takes over from Father Time at the end of the year, to begin a new life, an act of God bearing fruitfulness, a miracle. This can also be summed up with reference to the flower Baby's Breath - pure heart, innocence and the breath of the Holy Spirit.
GRIFFON - GRYPHON
India is the origin of the Griffon and in the mythology of the Griffon, it is said that they sought gold and treasures to protect and keep any would be thieves away. Miton sums it up best with a description from Griffons, Paradise Lost, Book II :
"As when a Gryphon through the wilderness,
With winged course, o'er hill and moorydale,
Pursues the Arimaspian who by stealth
Hath from his wakeful custody purloined
His guarded gold"
Knights Templar recieved their white tunic (mantel) as a symbolism of purity of their life and the red Templar cross was not added until 1146. The Knights were known as and represented as the Knights of Christ and their values and ideals were very Christian. Today the Knights Templar are still very strong in today's modern world and still attempt to live up to a just and moral ideal, ethnics and Christian values. The maintenance of this order is chivalric, hospitable, tolerance, traditional and maintained in a universal manner.
The order past and present is global and its members have and do include nobility, business leaders, royalty and military officers. Motto of the Knights Templar :
Non nobis, Domine, non nobis sed Nomini
Tuo da gloriam.
(Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to your name give the glory.)
The howling of a wolf is a spine chilling sound, but there is a purpose in their howling and that is communication. A lone wolf will howl to draw attention to his pack and many howls communicate territorial messages from one pack to another. A wolf pack has an established heirarchy within the pack, a strong, virile male at the top and his mate not far behind, these two are the only ones to breed in this pack. The symbol of the wolf represents strength and power.
The Wolf Shall Rise Again
As the full moon falls over the sky the wolf
shall howl as a symbol it is there.
When mankind enters at him he shall stare.
As loyal as the dog yet still so wild.
As the sun falls over the horizon, the wolf shall
Carley L (aged 11)
ANGEL OF DEATH
In different cultures and relgions, the Angel of Death has many representations. Babylon has Mot, while Judea - Christian has the names we know commomly - Michael, Gabriel, Sammael and Sariel but in Islam theology the Angel of Death Azrael is forever erasing what he writes, the birth of a man is writen and when death has come his name is erased.
It is in the bible, that references to the Angel of Death have been completely absolved in the ending of life on earth. This is shown, when the angel of the Lord stands between heaven and earth yielding a drawn sword in his hand in Chronicles, Book 1 21:16
"David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth with a drawn sword in his hand extending of Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell face down."
Samuel, Book 2 24:16
"When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, 'Enough! Withdraw your hand....' "
UNION JACK - UNION FLAG
A union of nations is what is achieved by the amalgamation of England, Scotland and Ireland (now as Northern Ireland) and the purpose was not to isolate but to create a powerful union that was not insular in habit or mentality. The aim was to recognise, respect national values that would create an effective union. Thus the flag was to symbolise regard for individuality closely tied to communities.
Each flag within the Union Jack is a representation of the patron saint and symbol of that country :
St George's cross - England
St Andrew - Scotland
St Patrick - Ireland