Protocols of the Honorable Knights of the Ordo de Lignum Singuli
The protocols and honored traditions; to which the inductees of the order hold in high esteem, have their origin in the antique arts of combat and codes of behavior, and have been faithfully transmitted by an unbroken chain to us from the inspired teachings and writings of the masters.
The Foundation of the Order
Through these elucidated lords, the ancient mercenary warrior code of the Galatians Princes of Asia Minor passed to, and was transmitted by mages who imparted divine revelation to the breadth of their nation.
In the care of the Belgic Alliance; who ruled with strength and wisdom over their apportioned lands, these traditions, teachings, and the works of the great heroes were handed down through the verses of the bards.
The Armoricans of Gaul, the Dumonii of Cornwall and the Fir Bolg of Erainn… loyal servants of the multiplicity of manifestations in the divine and inseparable essence of the Gods and Goddesses of fertility and martial prowess, rightfully propitiated the incarnations of the tri-partite feminine principal of Brighid, Scathath, and Ceridwen, and the sacred masculine principals of Kerunnos, Taranis and Gobinui, as well as the unnamable universal causal force that pervades all matter in perfection.
The “pure” code was thereafter corrupted and delineated over time, and resided in the care of the Culdshees; the guardians of the “olden ways”, who obscured it from the powers that be and delivered it in partial form to the Dukes and principal men of Normandy; who were compelled by their tradition of primogenitor nature to carry it to the lands of their holding…in the islands, the east, and the former Empire.
From Hadrada; King of his land and General of Queen of Byzantium, the modalities of knightly values incorporated elements of the “pure” code and found root in the Greco-Romano territories of Italy and Spain.
This heavy mantle passed to the care of the Grande Maestro and knight Aurelio of Euganei; the instructor of the Duke of Padua and his vassal Sir Benedetto dei Liberi; who transmitted elements of the “pure” code to his son the Grande Maestro Fiore dei Liberi. From the school of Maestro Liberi the tradition was instilled in the heart and spirit of the Grande Maestro de L’arte Gladitoria Fillipo Vadi, and his pupil; the Sainted Bolognese purist Maestro Giovanni Dall’Agocchie.
Disciples and followers of the school spread to Iberia under the guidance of the Maestro Pietro Monte and to the Holy Roman Empire by Hans Von Speyer.
The chain remained unbroken through the work of their many pupils and associates: the Maestros Manciolino, Roman, Erhart, Schining, Altoni, Ghisliero, Lelio de Tedeschi, and Mendez de Carmona.
In the late seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries, the remnants of the Genoese-Portuguese, the Spanish-Neapolitan, Austro-Hungarian and the Franco-Celtic schools of England, Ireland and Scotland resolved to remove themselves from all formal political affiliations, and instead focused on the presentation of the “L’arte Gladitoria” as an evolution of competitive sport rather than the unadulterated “pure” code that they held in their care, and promoted the utilization of epee and foil over sabre and broadsword for the training of their pupils at the lower level.
A brief revival of the “pure” code moved from the allegory of romantic literature to an overt practice in the neo-classicist school in the liberal timbre of the age of enlightenment, and was, in particular, encouraged in part by Bonaparte and the Spanish Bourbons.
But the mysteries of the code persisted and coalesced in the modern era, in part due the obscurantism inherent to the oblique and the perceived antiquarian nature of the tradition, as well as the relative anonymity of the order’s core members and the clandestine structure of the group’s meetings and training sessions.
Attained Levels of the Proficiency in the Order
Twelfth Degree (Magistri); which is known as “The Sparrow”
Eleventh Degree (Praefecti); which is known as “The Wren”
Tenth Degree (Principis); which is known as “The Crow”
Ninth Degree (Domini); which is known as “The Eagle”
Eighth Degree (Surenae); which is known as “The Peacock”
Seventh Degree (Mystae); which is known as “The Raven”
Sixth Degree (Contubernii); which is known as “The Heron” Fifth Degree (Discipuli); which is known as “The Crane”
Fourth Degree (Auditoris); which is known as “The Owl”
Third Degree (Novicii); which is known as “The Swan”
Second Degree (Tironis); which is known as “The Cardinal”
First Degree (Tirunculi); which is known as “The Finch”
These degrees of attainable levels of proficiency in the O.L.S. reflect the physical and spiritual growth processes of the members, apprentices and “knights” of the order.
Ceremonies of award are certificated upon the completion of each level, and modalities of investiture are imparted, or granted, as are the mysteries of each level at benchmarks within the degrees.
The first through third degrees are known as the “elementary” levels, in which, commitment is limited, yet, the reinvention of self is ideal. Most novices will not succeed in excelling past these levels unless their inner character and dedication is either naturally in accord with the goals and teachings of the order or is of a malleable nature which is recognized and encouraged by their instructors.
The fourth through sixth degrees are known as the “apprentice” levels, in which, the pupil chooses, or is chosen by a mentor, and delineates his or her place in the order by bonding in allegiances to sub-groupings of his or her comrades. These “units” will compete with one another and are designed to foster solidarity between the members of the smaller groups and give a forum for competitions that will allow for the improvement and elevation of trainees and ultimately strengthen the individual’s loyalty to the order.
The seventh through ninth degrees are known as the “initiation” levels, in which, the student is transformed into a teacher by the attainment of the knowledge of the mysteries of the order. These embedded spiritual principals and guarded rituals are held to augment the physical skills learnt by the devotee in the first six degrees.
The tenth through twelfth degrees are known as the “ascension” levels, in which, the devotee is attains the status of “teacher”, and narrows his or her path by holistically equalizing the disparate elements of the lower nine degrees. The physical skills, code of ethics and the sacred mysteries are, at those levels merged into a seamless whole, or union, whereby the “knight” fully realizes his or her ultimate potential as a member of the order.
THESE ARE THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ORDO DE LIGNUM SINGULI
We ascribe to this belief willingly and in order to balance the spiritual and mystic in-equality in regard to the creative forces upheld by those who have contrived to obscure the orders connection to the true source of the initiate’s skill and power by the consent of those who have been raised in ignorance of their traditional patrons in deference to only the causal force.
Therefore, we stand in principle in passive opposition to the patriarchal and neuter faiths that undermine the orders source of knightly power and skill.
While these teachings are subscribed to and the aforementioned powers held as inspirational influences, the order, in perpetuity, and bound by protocol, bars no persons from deserved entrée based on their individual belief system, race or gender.
I. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of the order and of his or her fellow knights.
II. The knights of the order are required to never grievously injure, maim or cause intentional mortality to any fellow knights.
III. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of their kith and kin.
IV. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of their individual countries of origin, nation/s of residence or folkway/s.
V. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of all humanity and its overall elevation, education and evolution to higher minded and principled beings.
VI. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of the orders philosophies and chivalric codes inherent to the order.
VII. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of humanity in protection of persons not beholding to the order in the event of lawlessness or calamity.
VIII. The knights of the order are required to work only in the best interest of reorganizing specific locales under their jurisdiction in the event of any undisclosed aforementioned events of lawlessness or calamity.
I. The knights of the order are required to dedicate themselves toward the perfection of their craft and evolution of their standing through training, study and practice in accordance of the means of the order and their individual limitations and abilities.
II. The knights of the order are required to dedicate themselves to the philosophy of the Lignum Singuli and symbolically propitiate its essence at prescribed times no matter their individual location and orientation.
III. The knights of the order are required to respect differing tenets of belief and/or philosophies of fellow knights and/or the kith and kin of the said knights, as well as those individuals who are not beholding to the order outside the purview of the order.
IV. The knights of the order are required to take on an identifying name know and shared only by fellow knights.
I. The knights of the order are encouraged to seek out truth and embrace the mysteries that are offered through initiation into and through the increasing degrees. While we believe that ascribing to these tenets and practices will inexorably lead to the betterment of the individual’s path, proficiency and, in general, his or her overall situation in life, we only offer this option to those who wish to voluntarily take upon themselves this yoke and duty within their heart, body, mind and spirit.
II. The knights of the order are encouraged to dutifully, and impartially, wait for the “call” in honed preparation for their part in the greater transformation of mankind. Whether this role entails great involvement or relative insignificance is an irrelevant factor; for no matter on which vested side or outcome these individuals do align with, or what positive or negative eventuality progresses within the spirit of humanity or does not, the essence of the role, and the drive to heed the call is acknowledged and accepted by the individual knight’s of the order to be all that is relevant betterment, and evolution of both themselves and humanity.