The Cabal Fang monthly focuses are Self-defense vs. empty hands and the Rose.
the Ropes: Mettle Maker #242
- Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. Do 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work, or 8 minutes of MBF.
- Do the monthly constitutional. Complete a 15-minute half pyramid of Sprawls, Mountain Climbers, Push-Ups, Slow Side Kicks, Drop Duck-unders, Steam Engines, Jump Squats (for split leg exercises and kicks L + R = 1). A half-pyramid is 1 of each, 2 of each, 3, 4, 5 etc. until the timer beeps.
Why the lantern? Because it was 27 F and dark at 6 AM when I did this little beauty the other day.
16 minutes of Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble mix ‘n’ match fitness. Set timer for 1 minute intervals and cycle through the following four times: Rope Climbs, Bowie knife air strikes, Sledge Blows, and Wrestling Shots. Created using two dice from the MBF set and two dice from the FRT set, both available from Mitch’s General Store.
- Can you tie a taught-line hitch? It’s one of the most practical knots known to man, useful for setting up a clothes lines, staking out tents, and so on. Knot slides easily but holds well under moderate loads. Steps below.
Loop around stationary object
Pass through twice
Bring back line
Cinch up tight
Slide to adjust
- Say a prayer. If you already have an active prayer life, don’t let me interfere. But if you don’t, let me show you the ropes. Why? Because recognizing a higher power was central to the survival of our hominid ancestors when they were on the verge of extinction 70,000 years ago. Recognizing a higher power is step two in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program — the most successful mutual-aid, self-help program in history. And there are hundreds of reliable studies showing that prayer improves cognitive function and happiness quotient, reduces alcohol intake, fights depression, aids in psychological resiliency, and much more. Get started. If you’ve never prayed before, or you’re rusty, start small. Say grace before meals, say your prayers before bed, or start your day with a simple prayer like, “Heavenly Father, I pray thee stand with me today, guiding my thoughts, desires, actions and beliefs so that I may walk in your ways in all I do and say this day.” If you don’t feel better I’ll eat my hat.
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Archangel Barachiel (art by yours truly). His primary symbols are the rose and the lightning bolt.
The following is an excerpt from Cabal Fang: Complete Study Course from Querent to Elder. If you like this, you’ll love the book.
Barachiel, Guardian Angel of Cabal Fang
Depending on the Hebrew spelling, Barachiel translates as either ”Blessing of God” (Barachiel) or “Lightning of God” (Baraquiel). He doesn’t appear in the traditional biblical scriptures, only in the apocryphal books of Enoch. In 1 Enoch, he is Baraquiel, the “Lightning of God”, a fallen angel who is one of the 200 rebellious angels known as Watchers.
But in 3 Enoch, where his name appears with both spellings used interchangeably, Barachiel is an angelic prince who rules over the second of the seven heavens.
With this conflicting and confusing information in mind, views and interpretations of Barachiel vary widely. To a person of Orthodox or Catholic persuasion, Barachiel is an Archangel and a saint, the supreme leader of all the guardian angels. He is depicted in religious art as a radiant figure holding a white rose, a basket of bread, or a lightning bolt. Believers in folk magic may see Barachiel as a spirit or saint who can be petitioned for help in matters of luck and games of chance, or to prevail in a contest.
Barachiel’s symbols are the rose and the lighting bolt.
The Rose: Training Involution #119
- Inverted Pyramid of Combos and Calisthenics. Advanced start at 12 (78 of each exercise total), Intermediate 10 (55), Beginners at 8 (36). Exercises are Striking Combos (3 count min), Push-ups (HS or hardest type you can manage), Wrestling Combos (2 count min), and Get-ups. So beginners are going to throw 8 striking combos, do 8 Push-ups, execute 8 Wrestling combos, and then 8 Get-ups. Then 7 of each, 6 of each, etc. down to 1. Video below.
- Meditation on a Rose. Select a color of rose that reflects a mental state you want to cultivate (see list below if needed). Set a timer for at least five to ten minutes. Assume your meditative posture of choice, regulate your breathing, and then imagine a rosebud of the chosen color. As you meditate on the bud, imagine in your mind’s eye that the bud is slowly opening. As the bud opens into a blossom, so does your mental state open up and flower into the desired state.
Rose Color Symbolism
- White: Heavenly love, purity, innocence, peace and harmony
- Red: Passionate love, desire, sacrifice and courage
- Pink: Friendly love, family love, grace, joy and empathy
- Yellow: Self-love, joy, calm, focus, health and clarity
- Coral: Sincere love, thanksgiving, enthusiasm, happiness
- Lilac: Magical love, wonder, enchantment, change, and success
- Black: Carnal love, rebellion, rebirth, protection, silence
- Variegated Rose: Combinations and mixtures of other colors