years ago, the Chivalry-Now web site introduced a code of male
ethics for men. It gained attention from readers all around the
world, and formed a Companionship of like-minded people and advocates,
each working to better the world from a personal and cultural perspective.
Women understood the value of Chivalry-Now,
and were attracted to its idealism. They even participated as members.
But many longed for their own version of chivalry, something that
would speak just as forthrightly but from a woman's point-of-view
and with a woman's voice.
Just as the root of chivalry is chevalier,
which is French for horseman, or knight, Equesta is derived
from the word equestrian, also related to the appreciation
and mastery of horses, representative of natural instincts. Not
only does this retain a semantic connection to its male counterpart,
it conveniently encompasses the word quest.
And so it begins.
As Chivalry-Now provides the 12
Trusts as a code for men, Equesta presents a particular
code for women. See the 12 Pledges.
one hand, Equesta does not have the history for women that
chivalry does for men. On the other hand, it does not need to. The
innate echo of its values comes down to us through the ages with
strength of certainty. In our hearts and minds, we can discern what
is right and wrong, and when we cross the moral line out of carelessness
or intent. We know first hand the rich comprehensiveness and tenacity
of female qualities that has sustained all humanity through countless
wars and oppressions. There was never any need for a code of what
we felt in our hearts and minds. What drives us as a gender has
tied us to the core of human nature from the very start. While men
search to imbibe from the sacred spring of life, Maidens of the
Spring were there already. Men draw identity and strength from history,
tradition and reason. Women draw strength directly from our nature.
Equesta seeks to culturally express
our values in words for the present and future generations. We proclaim
them proudly. What comes to us in flashes of insight and whispers,
will shine like a beacon for all our sisters and brothers to see.
Equesta just another trendy approach to women's issues?
opposite. Equesta has nothing to do with marketing trends
that attempt to attract a new but fleeting audience. It makes no
New Age claims, or points to pagan goddesses or Amazonian sisterhood.
It is not about anti-age creams or the latest fashion, or how to
win that someone special. It is not even about feminism,
although it acknowledges a profound debt to the liberation it p[rovided.
Equesta is about truth, responsibility,
and personal decision-making. It's about accepting the liberation
of feminism and moving forward as authentic persons, not crusaders.
It's about stimulating free thought in a world of pressured advertising.
It's about conscience, exploring the deeper meaning of things as
people of growth, relationships, spiritual questing, and facing
the world as the capable person that we are.
The world of partisan politics, fashion
and entertainment forever attempts to dominate our livesfrom
the way we look, to the way we think. Free people, in order to really
be free, must resist that as just another form of authoritarianism.
The history of women has too long been restrained by subjugation.
is time for women to speak out for truth, wisdom and virtue. Feminism
is not enough. It was a great first step, but for liberation to
be real we must move forward on our own now, engaging the adventure
of life as the fascinating quest that it is. The challenges and
oppression we face are more subtle than before, but just as ubiquitous.
We need to claim the autonomy that comes from a direct relationship
conjunction with our male counterparts, we join as sisters of Equesta
to speak our minds and our hearts in defense of justice, equality,
good behavior, defending what is right, and preserving what is good.
This is the bedrock of our culture, desperately needed for the future,
and it is time that we speak loud and clear with the authority of