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Copy of Castles

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by St. Teresa of Avila
What is the Journey?
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Teresa describes the "journey of the soul"
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The journey involves passing through six "dwelling places" or mansions, before arriving at the center....
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Teresa's writing indicates that religious conversion affects psychological transfrmations
SYMBOLS
Castles date back to the stone age (300-1800 BC)... Teresa's reference is something common to the person reading
Castle:
- Teresa describes the castle as a Mandela figure.
- The story of the journey of the soul through the castle
Water:
THE JOURNEY
FIRST THREE MANSIONS:
Fourth Mansion
- beginning of true prayer
- "THE CALL"
- Two types of conversion


-Disquiet sets in...
-self-centered
-Transition from outer to inner
- S
evere illness, ridicule and persecution

-Serpents reappear

-Spiritual betrothal (2nd conversion)
Sixth Mansion:

Roles
Castles were used for:
- Defense and offense
- Housing
- Food storage
- Prisoner detention
- Social gathering for knights and lords
- Impressing others
- Display of power and nobility
- Specific purposes
- Protection
- Control of land
Design Features include:
Features
- Outer defenses
- Moat
- Walls (inner/outer)
- Towers (inner/outer)
- Gatehouses, drawbridges and barbicans
- Inner defenses
- Baileys or wards
- Living quarters and support buildings
- Great halls
- Chapels
- Stables
- Wells
- Workshops
A large ditch or trench surrounding the outer castle wall.

It served as the castle's first line of defense.

It was filled with water or left dry.

Usually had a drawbridge
across it that was drawn
up when the castle was
under attack.
Moats
Some castles were built up high on bedrock and didn't need a moat.
Outer walls which are thick, high, and made of stone or brick.

Could range from 6 to 10 meters high and 1.5 to 8 meters thick.
Outer Walls
Shield wall
Tall, round or square structures which were built projecting out from the wall or at a corner which gave a better view to the defenders.

Inside the towers were spiral staircases which turned clockwise going up.
Towers
Eilean Donan Castle
Located in Loch Duich, Western Highlands of Scotland
Was presently Nortic-Celtic Lordship

Legends states a son of a Chief of Clan Matheson acquired the power to communicate to birds.

Earned Great Wealth and Power and earned the respect of Alexander II.

Mackenzie Clan history dictates that Kenneth Mackenzie refused to return the Castle to King Magnus VI of Norway, so that Earl Williams could take control of it by the Treaty of Perth.

Treaty ended military conflict between Norway and Scotland over the Hebrides and Isle of Man.

Mackenzie repelled the attack of Earl Williams .

To this day Clan Mackenzie and Clan Mcrae hold Wilean Donan to this day.

Destroyed during the Jacobite Risings of 1719.

Spanish soldiers allied with the Jacobites captured the castle and held it.

Spanish soldiers fired on a treaty party .

British Royal Navy opened fire on the castle, decimating it.

Blarney Castle
Located in Blarbey, Ireland near Cork and the River Martin
Built in 1446 during the MacCarthy of Muskerry Dynasty.

Exchanged multiple hands and is currently owned by the Colthurst family.
Dover Castle
"The Key to England"
Located in Kent, England
Built By King Henry II during the 12th Century

Never been successfully seized, or leveled because of its fortress like design and Superior Commanding during raids.

During WWII was used as a Military Command Center and Air-raid Shelter

Was planned to be a Nuclear Shelter for parliament however was abandoned do to poor protection from the chalk of the cliffs.
Interior Castles
The Normans are responsible for creating the greatest castles in the history of England.
- Symbol of moving into the unconscious
-Movement of God within
-Deep interior presence

Distinction between two types of prayer
- Active Meditation and Contemplation
- PREOCCUPATION WITH THE OUTSIDE
- EMPHASIS ON MOVEMENT
-ONE MUST BE ACTIVE AND CONTROL THE JOURNEY
FIRST MANSION: "WAKING UP"
- THE SOUL KNOCKS...
-"REPTILES" SCURRY IN THE DOOR
- FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUAL
Second Mansion
Third Mansion
- Exemplary Life
- Person is recognized as devout
- soul is more secure than virtue
-Prayer: Active recollection
-Natural and supernatural mix
-Difference between consolation and spiritual delights
Human Issues:
Spiritual Issues
Fifth Mansion: "Union"
Fifth Mansion: "Union"
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The Shadows of the Castle....
- Devils are "reptiles" first appear
SILKWORM AND BUTTERFLY METAPHOR

- Image 0f Christ
-God's Cocoon
-Silkworm= Ego
-Butterfly= Healing powers
Dark Night of the Soul
Seventh Mansion: Mystical Marriage
- Spiritual Transformation
- basic opposites combined
- Self transcendence
-"In communion with Christ"
Teresa of Avila.
....
- Born in 1515- Daughter of a wealthy gentleman and raised in a pious Catholic home

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When her mother died young, she was thrown into despair and sought comfort in Mother Mary

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Her father sent her to a convent school, she decided to become a Carmelite nun

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She then fell extremely sick- almost to the point of death. It is here where her experiences with visions first started
- Her visions gave her joy in the midst of her tribulations and peace despite all the pain she suffered
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