The Divine Feminine and Mary Magdalene’s story – Part One

Feast Day of Mary Magdalene July 22nd

July 22nd is traditionally the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene.

Why is this important you may ask.

Well, let me tell you a story…

 Let us begin with a fact:

The Age of Aquarius will see an end to male-dominated history.

Map of the constellation of Aquarius

 The Colour Scarlet and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene

 Have you ever wondered why both Cardinals in the Roman Church and Prostitutes wear the same colour, namely scarlet, as the uniform of their profession ……. read on to discover why….

Mary Magdalene wrote a Gospel that was ommitted from the bible because it explains the Divine Feminine principle (Divine Feminine Principle definition = renouncing anything connected with the principle of power [masculine] and thereby attaining union with the principle of love [feminine]).

Mary had to be dishonoured and vilified by the patriarchal church of Rome because she was a significant threat to their authority and power.  They chose to paint Mary as a whore to achieve this.    One reason cited as evidence for this label was that Mary Magdalene was a ‘harlot’.  Its a very interesting story how and why this erroneous label originated.

The risen Christ appears to Mary Magdalene

During Jesus’s time and for some time afterwards, Egyptian, Grecian and Roman women were emancipated and treated as equals.  Both men and women venerated Isis as the embodiment of the Divine Feminine principle in creation.

In fact, in AD180 Bishop Clement of Alexandria, then a prominent Father in the Roman Church, wrote:-

Men and women share equally in perfection and are to receive the same instruction and the same discipline.  For the word ‘humanity’ applies equally to both men and women,  for us in Christ, there is neither male nor female. 

In justification Clement listed a number of women who had been significant in history, especially in terms of academic learning.  His view was widely supported by contemporary society at the time.  However notwithstanding this,  the Pope later ruled that Clement had been in error:  it was declared, with thunderous authority, that, ‘a woman cannot be a priest because our Lord was a man’!

Early church fathers such as Quintus Tertullian, long before Constantine who placed himself as the head of Christianity and was instrumental in arranging the editing and translating of the books which eventually comprised the Holy Bible, said:

It is not permitted for a woman to speak in church, not is it permitted for her to baptise, nor offer the Eucharist, nor claim for herself a share in any masculine function – least of all in preistly office.

The Jewish Sanhedrin Council, with whom Jesus was most at odds, traditionally excluded women from many aspects of worship and education or political activity.  So Tertullian was only following opinions expressed by Peter and Paul who had both been conditioned by this exclusive thinking (more about this later)

Women as Teachers

Consequently, many of the learned women who led early true Christian groups, whose sole purpose was to spread the teachings of Jesus, were described as heretical by the Church of Rome.   These women disciples promoted a teaching based on the instruction from the ascetic Therapeutae (Greek name), or Essenes (hebrew name),  at Qumran.  Anna the Grandmother of Jesus, her daughter Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene (whose given name was Miriam) and Mary the wife of Cleopas, who were all present at the crucifixion, were members of the Essene sect.  Essene Christianity teaching was spiritually based as opposed to Roman Christianity which was very materialist.

The three Mary’s, Magdalene, Clopas and Mother at the cross. Effigies located at the entrance to the Grotto at la Sainte-Baume. 

 The Three Mary’s as Divine Women

 Just as an aside……..Have you ever thought it odd that the three of the women present at the crucifixion were all called Mary?  Mary was not a given name, Mary, or more correctly Maa haa ree, the Mahari,  (Maha means great and Ree means female) was a title given to women who embodied, respected and reflected the Divine Feminine, the Mother energy, the creative energy from Source.  It is the love energy of God.  The nurturing, forgiving, compassionate, love energy.  It is the true understanding of God as Love.  The Mother energy is present in all things;  humans, both male and female, plants, animals, birds, insects, fish, mammals, and the earth.

So the Essenes called ‘Divine Women’ Maha  Ree and in translation the name Mary (sometimes spelt Marie) was coined.

Harlot, Whore and Sorceress

These Divine Women were perceived as a significant threat and, as a result, Rome’s strategy against all women as teachers became very straightforward:  on the authority of St Paul, they were to be considered sinners and subordinates.  

In fact the word ‘harlot; was coined at this time.   Harlot was then revised to have a negative connotation;  ‘scarlet woman’.

The Roman Church then went even further.  In time they came to denounce any woman who aspired to even participate in religious worship, calling her ‘a whore and a sorceress’.

 The Black Madonna

The church statues (sacred Icons) of Mary Magdalene differed from those of Mary, Mother of Jesus, in that the Magdalene was depicted with a child in her arms, black hands and face and sometimes with scarlet robes, or with some scarlet colouring on the clothing.  Whereas Mother Mary was shown dressed in white and blue, sometimes with baby Jesus sometimes without.

The red clothing and the black features had an interesting history as we will discover.

The Black Madonna of Paris at Neuilly-sur-Seine (black hands and face signifying both Sophia the Divine Feminine Principle and her Essene status),

Mary Magdalene was, in fact, Jesus’s cousin and eventually became both his wife and his most devoted and beloved disciple. Jesus’s dynastic royal legacy was embodied in Mary Magdelene.  Early Christian texts describe Mary as ‘the woman who knew the All’;  she was the one whom ‘Christ loved more than all the disciples’.  She was the apostle ‘endowed with knowledge, vision and insight far exceeding Peter’s’;  and she was the beloved bride who annointed Jesus at the Sacred Marriage (the Hieros Gamos) at Bethany.

Discarding all of this, the Roman Church chose in due course to discredit, defile and vilify Mary.  They  only acknowledged, then eventually exalted, her mother-in-law, Mother Mary.  This was because Mary Magdalene and her children posed a significant threat to the Church’s authority.  Mother Mary was not seen as a threat even though she had borne other children.

 Discreditation, dishonouring and vilification

To accomplish this discreditation the Church athorities made use of ambiguous comments in the New Testament books – comments that originally described the spinster Magdalene as a ‘sinner‘ (which in correct translation meant that she was a celibate almah undergoing assessment in betrothal).  Mary (aka Miriam) was in fact a Priestess (equivalent in rank to a Senior Bishop) of the Nazarine Order of Dan and as such was entitled to wear black (hence the black Madonna symbolism – in fact only the hands and face were coloured black not the rest of her body or clothing. It should be mentioned here that the features of the Black Madonna were never portrayed as negroid so the colour was symbolic of her Essene Priestess status).

Helena-Salome, (aka Mary Salome, [another Maha Ree]) and the consort of Simon Zelotes (aka Zebedee – a close contemporary of Jesus), was the conventional mother of the Apostles James and John Boanerges.   She belonged to the Nazarine Order of Asher, an order wherein women were allowed to own personal property and in which the Priestesses were known as Hierodulai (Greek translation, Sacred women).  Helena was a High Priestess and as such was entitled to wear a scarlet red robe.  

 Peter (the Rock)

Such highly ranked Divine and Sacred Women who embodied the Divine Feminine principle were feared by Peter (who became the so called founding father of the patriarchal and materialistic Roman Church).  Naturally he saw them as a constant threat to his own position.  The Roman Church inherited the same fear and dislike of the Sacred Women (Hierodulai) and hence they became known as ‘harlots’ (the word Hierodulai was transformed from the Greek via medieval French into phonetical English).  The  traditional red lights and red clothing having persisted to this day for the ladies of the night!

Yet another reason for Mary Magdelene being dishonoured was was cited in the New Testament:

Jesus cleansed her of “seven demons.  Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9

The word ‘demons’ is sometimes interpreted as referring to complex illnesses.  This is an incorrect interpretation.  What Jesus was doing, was what he commonly did during his ministry and healing work; he was healing the seven major chakras.  Why is this necessary? Because each chakra holds a particular negative emotion that prevents the chakra from functioning properly.  In  fact the chakra closes down if the emotions are not processed adequately. In eastern traditions negative emotions are called demons.  The demons affect the “rights” associated with each chakra.  (see book Eastern Body Western mind by Anodea Judith).  So to be specific ….

1. Root Chakra   /Fear   /    The right to be here

 2. Sacral Chakra  /  Guilt   /   The right to feel

The seven major chakras (vortex like energy centres)

3. Navel Chakra   /   Shame    /    The right to act

4. Heart Chakra /   Sorrow   / The right to love and be loved

 5. Throat Chakra  /   Lies     /The right to speak and hear truth

 6. Third Eye Chakra    /   Illusion    /The right to see

7. Crown Chakra   /   Attachment   /  The right to know

 The True Teachings : two fold and simple

It was Mary who, as a Spiritual Teacher and the embodiment of the Divine Feminine, spread the true teachings of Jesus until her death in AD63.   The real message he came here to share was in essence twofold:

1. Every human has their Christed self within waiting to be revealed and

2. The Divine Feminine, the Mother energy, the creative energy from Source, is the love energy of God.  The nurturing, forgiving, compassionate, love energy is the true understanding of God as Love.

Jesus certainly walked his talk in this respect.  He was schooled in the Essene teachings of metaphysics from his early childhood.

The Mystery of Golgotha

According to Rudolph Steiner’s reading of the Akashic Records the purpose of the crucifixion was to enable the blood from the physical body to run into the earth. In so doing the Christ Light became anchored into Earth because Lord Maitreya from the Office of the Christ, had been embodied in Jesus’s body for 3 years at that stage.  The DNA had been changed accordingly.  After Jesus’s physical death, he was taken down and taken to a tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea.  Here disciples and Essene family members,  were already gathered to support Mother Mary as she performed the cleansing of the body and wrapping in the shroud in preparation for internment in the tomb.  During the period in the tomb, according to Steiner, an earthquake occurred which opened up a large crevasse in the tomb.  The body fell into the crevasse and then the earth came together and covered the body.  Hence when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on the third day she found the tomb empty.

The reason the body needed to enter the earth was to complete the anchoring of the Christ into the earthly realm.  This would then enable humanity to embody the Christ Consciousness when they were ready to do so. The Disciples were the first humans to do so.

The consciousness that was embodied in the physical vehicle of Jesus was in fact Lord Maitreya and this consciousness was the aspect that was seen again by the Disciples in the form of the resurrected Jesus.  Eventually Maitreya ascended.

 The Bloodline

Mary and Jesus had three children.  Damaris (Tamar) born AD 33.  Jesus II The Justus born AD 37.  Joseph The Rama-Theo born AD 44 (Josephes).  Joseph of Arimathea’s dynasty together with the dynasty of Josephes, continued and in time spread through a great number of European royal families through marriage.  The better known are the Stewarts (Scotland), Arthurians (England) and Merovingians (France).  The lineages were public knowledge for over 1000 years. The lineages have been published in Laurence [Historiographer Royal]) Gardener’s book, Bloodline of the Holy Grail.

UK Connection

GLASTONBURY ABBEY (pictured here) is the site of the first Christian Church (above ground) in the world. Originally built by Joseph of Arimathea. The original size was probably the same as the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.

After the crucifixion and the persecution of Jesus’s followers by the Romans at the behest of the Sanhedrin Council (Jewish Priesthood Leaders with whom Jesus was in conflict because their teachings differed from his),  Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Anna Grandmother of Jesus together with Joseph of Arimathea, Martha, Helena-Salome (Mary) and Mary of Clopas,  plus other extended family members, adults and children, fled the holy land in one of Joseph of Arimathea’s merchant ships.  The Romans caught them when they landed temporarily in Alexandria and removed the oars, sails and provisions and cast the ship adrift in the hope that all aboard would perish.  It took three months of hardship and some might say a miracle, given the prevailing winds blew in the opposite direction, to reach Marseilles.

Joseph of Arimathea was an influential, successful, wealthy businessman who traded tin from his English mines with the Romans and because of that was granted citizenship of Rome (extremely rare for a Jew.  It afforded him special privileges).  He was well known as a High Priest of the Druids in England where he spent a great deal of time.  A venerated and respected man he was of the house of David and as such considered of royal blood in the same way Jesus could trace his origins back to the David line.  In that lineage you were either a Priest or a King.  Never both.  This was one aspect that the Sanhedrin Council took issue with.  Jesus was considered both King and Priest.

 Mary’s life and death

An early church Archbishop, Raban Maar created a richly illuminated manuscript of the Life of Mary Magdalene which comprises 50 chapters bound into six volumes. It tells the story of Mary leaving the shores of Asia and travelling across the Mediterranean Sea to Marseilles.  Libraries in Paris contain other older manuscripts which also speak of the arrival in France and Mary’s life there.  Paintings abound which depict the same arrival after a sea voyage.  In the 9thC church of Les Saintes Maries (notice names as plural, both Mary’s are venerated) there is exhibited a painting by Henri de Guadermaris depicting Mary’s arrival by boat.  The Sea Voyage by Lukas Moser is exhibited in southern Germany at the Katholisches Pfarramt St Maria Magdalena, Tiefenbrohn.

The Sea Voyage by Lukas Moser

Mary died in AD63, in the old town of Acquae Sextiae in Aix-en-provence (Aix means hot springs, also written acqs).  Mary is remembered as ‘la Dompna del Aquae’ (Mistress of the waters).  There is a cave at Sainte Baume near Aix called ‘Mary’s cave of solitude’ which has always been a place of pilgrimage.  It was here in the hermitage where Mary long resided.

Looking towards the Monastery and Grotto at la Sainte-Baume
Doorway to the Grotto at la Sainte-Baume
Grotto Internal view – Stained glass windows on the entrance wall.
An ‘orb’ (non incarnate ball of energy) is visible on the left of the doorway

Mary’s remains were preserved at the Abbey of St Maximus (30 miles from Marseilles).  In 1279 Charles the II of Sicily, Count of Provence, disinterred Mary’s skull and humerus (upper arm bone) and had them set in gold and silver display casings in which they remain today.

Shrine with Skull of Mary Magdalene in the Abbey of St Maximus

The Cathars

The Languedoc,  in particular the area of Carcassone, became the stonghold of the followers of The Magdalene.  Variously named the Good Men and Women in English, the Cathars in German and French and the Albigensians by the Roman Church.  In 1208 the Church of Rome finally launched a 20 year crusade against them (the Albigensian Crusade) and murdered over 2 million men, women and children, labelling them heretics.

Cathars being expelled from Carcassonne in 1209

The Château de Montségur is probably the best known of all Cathar Castles. It is famous as the last Cathar stronghold, which fell after a 10 month siege in 1244. A field below the hill-top castle is the site where over 200 Cathars were burned alive, having refused to renounce their faith.

Montsegur where 200 Cathars were besieged then finally burned alive

It is a matter of record that a building on this site sheltered a community of Cathar women at the end of the twelfth century. Early in the thirteenth, Ramon de Pereille the co-seigneur and Chatelaine, was asked to make it defensible, anticipating the problems to come.

This stele to the Cathars is located at ‘the field of burning’.
The terrible fate 200 of them suffered when when they refused to denounce their beliefs

The Gnostics and Sophia

Eventually the term Gnostic was coined by the Roman church and given to those people who lived in a later era but who believed in the Magdalene teachings.   Gnosis these days is translated to mean Knowledge (Gnostics =Knowledgeable ones).  However it was originally a derogatory term implying ‘know it all’s’, because they always maintained they knew the truth and rejected Church dogma.  They were never fully eradicated by the Church however and the teachings have been preserved up until this day in English and European documents and books.

Mary Magdalene continued be revered in the Magdalene Cult (particularly in regions outside the influence of the Roman Church) and as many as 200 effigies of her as the ‘Our Lady’ the ‘Black Madonna’ have survived to this day.  The Gnostic explanation of the significance of the black hands and feet is slightly different to the black garments of the Essene Priestess.  The Gnostics say she is black because Wisdom (‘Sophia’ in Greek translation, the Divine Feminine) is black, having existed in the darkness of Chaos before the Creation Story began.  To the Gnostics Wisdom was the Holy Spirit – the great and immortal Sophia, The Divine Feminine, The Mother, The Creator, who brought forth the First Father Yaldaboath from the depths.  Sophia was held to be incarnate as the Holy Spirit in Queen Mary Magdelene (as she was known), and it was she who bore the ultimate observance of the Faith.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame (Our Lady)& the St Francis of Assisi connection

Rennes-le-Chateau church was consecrated to Mary Magdalene in 1059, and in 1096 the great basilica of St Mary Magdelene was begun at Vezelay. St Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan Friars Minor there in 1217.

The great Notre Dame cathedrals of Europe which were Cistercian-Templar instigated, were dedicated not to Mother Mary but to ‘Our Lady’ Mary Magdalene.

Pope John Paul II (from 1978 until his death in 2005) apologised for the sins of the Churchin the centuries past and said, “Never again” but how much has really changed in how Our Lady Mary Magdalene and her teachings are regarded?

Part Two of this saga follows in next blog and brings us right up to date …..

Recommended books for further detail:-

The Gnostic Gospels (includes the Gospel of Mary Magdalene).

In 1945 several secret gospels, hidden since the first century, were discovered in the Egyptian Desert at Nag Hammadi. They caused a sensation in the religious world as they revealed the mysteries of Gnostic Christianity. The gospels selected for this volume reveal intimate conversations between Jesus and his disciples and shed new light on his relationship with Mary Magdalene. The Gospel of Thomas, also included, consists of symbolic mini-parables, many of which are not in the New Testament

Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed

by Laurence Gardner

From royal and suppressed archives comes documented proof of the heritage of Jesus in the West and the long awaited discovery of the Holy Grail. In fulfilling this time-honored quest, penetrating new light is cast upon the Grail Code of Service and the venerated feminine element, upheld in chivalry but forsaken by the Church in order to forge a male dominated society.This unique work offers revelatory insight concerning the descendant heirs of Jesus and his brother James while, in documenting a hidden legacy of the Messiah, it unveils hitherto guarded facts about characters such as Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea. Tracing the sacred lineage through centuries of persecution and Inquisition, Bloodline of the Holy Grail reveals a systematic suppression of authentic records and a strategic manipulation of the New Testament Gospels.
Featuring all the charm and adventure of Arthurial romance, coupled with enthralling Rosicrucian and Templar disclosures, this extraordinary work has a cutting edge of intrigue that removes the established blanket of enigma to expose one of the greatest conspiracies ever tol

The Magdalene Legacy book by Laurence Gardner

International bestselling author Laurence Gardner takes on the legacy of Mary Magdalene in this gripping new collection of historical detective work and hidden mysteries. Gardner reveals the sensational new information from the Vatican and monastic archives that shed light on the intimate relationship and secret marriage between Mary Magdalene and Jesus, describing Magdalene as a close companion and financial sponsor to Jesus, and not merely a repentant prostitute, as the Church portrayed her. Addressing the vast discrepancy between scripture and dogma, Gardner draws on the forbidden texts that were edited from the Bible, and exposes the true status of Mary among the apostles.

Gardner takes on the controversial significance of why the Renaissance Church censored portrayals of the Magdalene, and reveals the truth about the enigmatic Order of the Templars and the underground stream that protected the messianic heritage. Ripe with intrigue, The Magdalene Legacy exposes sacred history, hidden mysteries, and the truth behind centuries of veiled facts.

Read the next blog for the continuation of this saga

Namaste

which translated from the Sanskrit means –

The Oneness (God self) in me honours the Oneness (God self) in you.

Rita

If you wish to read more about your Spiritual Nature, Higher Self, Soul, Monad (Soul’s Soul), Core Star (Individuated God self)  visit my blog www.haradimension.blogspot.com

 

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