This is an interview with the Spirit of Joan of Arc. Her answers are given through Speaker Gerald A. Polley, and the interviewer is Speaker Linda Polley.
1. Was it the angel Michael you heard in your father's garden?
A. Let us just say that it was an Angel. What particular Angel doesn't matter.
2. Were the Voices you heard really from Heaven or were they from Spirits?
A. The Voices I heard were the Spirits that loved France. What part of The Spirit World they chose to dwell in did not matter. It was the glory they sought for France that was important, the good they wanted for her people.
3. How did you feel when The King thought you were a sorceress, and sent you to be examined?
A. This was expected. The Spirits warned me of such things. The Priests and learned men angered me, however. I answered their questions with common words, but they wanted fancy words to prove I was wise, or sent from God. I told them what fools they were, that The Word of God in Heaven was written in the simplest words so that every man might know it. They hid God's Wisdom in meaningless babbling that only they could understand. They did not like my answers, but realized I spoke with God's wisdom. This angered many of them.
4. Did the sight of the dead and wounded at Orl'eans make you weep, as they say?
A. Would this sight not make anyone with love in their heart weep? I could only think of the dear mothers that would be wailing in their homes when the word of their son's death reached them, or the tears of the widows, and the suffering of my dear soldiers tore my heart. Of course I wept! I knew the price of victory would be high. The Spirits had told me this. It makes paying the price no easier, though, even when you know the glory that it will bring.
5. JHow did you feel about the King refusing to be crowned?
A. Deeply troubled, and, confused. We had given him great victory, but he would not acknowledge them by claiming his birthright and becoming the sovereign of his people. He wanted the gay life of court, but none of a King's responsibility.
6. Did you feel pity for the English wounded?
A. Of course! When a soldier looses compassion for their enemy they have lost their eternal Spirit. I cautioned my people against the cruelty and brutality that was so common in my day. I reminded them of The Great Teacher's Words, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' Hatred, I told them, only brings hatred, cruelty is answered with cruelty. It is the greater man that gives mercy when none is due, than the man who takes a just vengeance.
Many of my soldiers heard my words and acted accordingly. Others, of course, were beyond any good council, and continued in The Old Ways.
7. Were you wounded as many times as they say you were?
A. Let us just say I bore the marks of battle. Many of my wounds were exaggerated, made to seem worse than they were.
8. Is it true you did not use your sword, only your standard?
A. No, it is not. I often used my sword in the midst of battle, especially if I was afoot. On horseback I used my standard, which was nothing more than a light lance with a banner on it, which I had been taught to use very well.
9. How did you feel about the way the common people loved you?
A. I was sometimes embarrassed, but whenever I could I returned their love, giving them the gifts the nobles gave me. This angered the nobles but I knew I would have no use for such things, so I gave them to those that could use them.
10. How did you take the King's indecision after his coronation that led to your retreat at Paris?
A. It broke my heart, for I knew it was a sign that my mission was almost done and my time of sorrow would soon be at hand.
11. Do you think you were betrayed at Compiegne by the French leaders?
A. Without question this is so! My forces were deliberately denied reentry into the city when the enemy was at our heels. I had become too influential for the nobles, too difficult for them to control. I did the Lord's Will, not theirs, therefore they chose to be rid of me; I don't think it was their intent that I be captured, rather than I be killed.
12. How did you withstand the brutality of the English soldiers that guarded you?
A. Only with the counsel of those Spirits that had taught me. Otherwise I would have gone mad.
13. Do you think your trial was fair?
A. When one is being tried by the English, and opposes them, they can never expect justice. It is not the English way. The verdict of the judges was already made before the trial began. Their only concern was twisting the evidence to fit the verdict. Finally finding me guilty of nothing else, they convicted me of heresy because I wore a man's clothes, and fought in battle, which was not a woman's place.
14. Were you afraid when they took you to be burned?
A. No. I knew I would soon have peace and there was nothing to fear in death. I think this frightened my captors more than anything else. I asked that a mass be said for me, and that God forgive them all, for I did. And I forgave those especially, who were to light the fire.
I mounted the pyre of my own free will. And as the flames rose, I cried for a cross, which a compassionate priest rushed forward and held out so I might touch it. Then, the Spirits called me in a loud voice which everyone heard,
"Be not afraid, for we are with you!"
When the English heard this, they screamed in terror and fled.
15. Did you prefer women for sexual partners?
A. I know the customs are different now, and that women are asked such questions as these. But I find it embarrassing. I am a woman of France and the women of France, the MAJORITY of them, do not suffer from this sickness of which you speak. They burn for their men as SHOULD be, not for each other. I will admit that even in my day there were some like this, and because I led the soldiers they thought I, too, had this desire. I told them quite quickly that I was a woman, and desired only those things that were holy between a man and a woman!
16. Did you have a lover?
A. Again, this is embarrassing, but I will answer truthfully. Yes, I know I would not be a mother in this world, that all the sons and daughters of France would be my children, but I needed a strong man's arms to hold me when I was weary, and to fulfill my needs as a woman. There was one who believed in me from the very beginning, and gave his life trying to save me in the end. He has been my companion in The Spirit World ever since.
17. What do you do now?
A. I am the patron of all French soldiers. None have been lost to The Darkness that I have not been with them, trying to hold them, to bring them back to The Light. I cannot say that I have been successful every time. But no light of France has ever gone out alone. It has always had at least my love in its final moments. Many times I have fallen on my knees before all manner of people, begging them to forgive the children of France, and giving them my promise that whatever wrong done to them will be made right.
When a mother of France sings with joy, I sing, also. When she weeps, I also weep. Some ask if I ever get weary, if my burden is not great, and I answer "I love France, and always will. It is no burden at all."
18. What do you look like"
A. By the sculptors and the painters I have been flattered! I was no beauty, but a plain girl of good stature; a little tall for my era, dark of eyes and hair. Very fair of complexion; so much so, that the sun easily burned me.
19. What do you think of the women of today?
A. In most ways I am proud of them. It is all right for a woman to stand up for her rights. They should be equal to men, in every respect, getting the same wages and privileges. But they should also not be ashamed that they are women. In the matter of work, they should wear what clothes are necessary, but when they are not at work, they should dress as women. These fashions today disturb me. One cannot tell the boys from the girls, and it should not be so. It should please women to dress as women and men to dress as men.
20. How did you know that the individual introduced to you at first was not the Dolphane when you were presented to him, and how did you pick him out of the group of men that were there?
A. The Spirits had warned me that The King would try to deceive me, and had described him to me, so I knew at once the one presented was an impostor and picked the real King out of the crowd.
21. Are you pleased with the way modern day France is like, considering that they have become Socialist?
A. As long as The French People are happy and are able to freely speak their mind, I don't care what form of government they have. That is their choice. As long as it IS their choice I am pleased.
22. Do you still pray to God, or do you now believe in something else?
A. I still believe in a higher power, in a divine will that controls the universe. But I do not worship that being that some here claim is God. I am friends with every faith, every people, but I pray now to Divine Love, Divine Truth.
23. Why did you turn from God?
A. Because he would have had me forsake those soldiers of France trapped in that awful place you call The Darkness. he would have had me leave them to die the second death in that lonely place, saying it was their just punishment. but I knew many could be saved, many could be brought back to The Light. So I left that Heavenly Place and went to help those poor souls that cried for The Mother Of France. After that, I was not welcome again at The Gates of The Holy City. (Since this article was written Joan Of Arc has been reconciled with The Kingdom Of God, and is now cordially welcomed when she visits there.)
24. Joan, will you be available for further questions if people want to ask them?
A. Yes, whenever you wish.
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