posted on Apr, 13 2003 @ 07:30 AM
I do find the life and exploits of Joan of Arc fascinating and incredible. She obviously believed that she was chosen by God to fulfil her destiny
and repel the English invaders. It is absolutely extraordinary that a 14 year old peasant girl would convince the Dolphin of France to give her
command of his forces. She obviously projected some type of conviction that was compelling enough to instil trust in her mission and ability to win
against the English.
Iím sure that Joan truly believed that she was in contact with Angel messengers from God, consider the following: She said the first of these visions
was Saint Michael the Archangel: "It was Saint Michael, who I saw before my eyes; he was not alone, but was accompanied by many angels from
Heaven... I saw them with my bodily eyes, as well as I am seeing you; and when they left, I wept and greatly wished that they should have taken me
with them." "Saint Michael, when he came to me, told me that Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret; would come to me and that I should act on their
advice; that they were instructed to lead and advise me in what I had to do; and that I should believe in what they would say to me, for it was by
Iíve read a few articles that infer that Joan was more likely in touch with some type of Occult power and as mentioned by Gazrok, she may have acted
as a channel for spirit entities.
Nans, about your comment that she may have been a paranoid schizophrenic; I see no outward evidence of that. She was very devout and preferred to
carry her banner rather than a sword. I suppose that people who claim to have mystical experiences are often labeled as schizophrenic by those who
don't understand because one symptom of schizophrenia is hearing voices & seeing things that are not part of objective reality.
Iíve provided some interesting links below for those interested.
Joan of Arc Life Summary
Joan of Arc Links
Joan of Arc Archives
Mystery of Joan E-Book
Joanís Astrological Details