As I was reading the world bestseller ‘The Mists of Avalon’ 20 years ago, I did not have the slightest idea how important Mary Magdalene would be in my later life. And then, I did not know about the connection between her, Glastonbury and the Queens of Avalon.
Mary Magdalene’s sons in the south of England
Historians discovered that Joseph of Arimathea arrived with his nephew Josephus (the youngest son of Mary Magdalene and Jesus) in the west of England in 63 A.D. The arrivals were treated with suspicion by the locals, but King Arviragus of Siluria gave them, and the twelve missionaries who arrived with them, 580 hectares of land. There they built a small church made of clay. In the course of the centuries it was extended, until eventually the Abbey of Glastonbury developed, whose ruins today still attract thousands of people.
Already in the year 49 Joseph of Arimathea travelled with the twelve-year-old Jesus II (Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ oldest son) to England. The same names for father and son, often cause confusion. This is also the reason why so many people think that Jesus himself was in England.
Glastonbury – the most magical place in England
According to folklore Jesus II had a memorial stone placed into the clay chapel of Glastonbury, in memory of his parents. Supposedly it can be still seen on the southern wall of the Lady Chapel at Glastonbury. It carries the inscription ‘Jesus – Mary’, whereby Mary does not apply to Jesus’ mother, but Mary Magdalene.1
Glastonbury is supposed to be the most magical of all places in England. The hill of Glastonbury Tor is said to have been the island of Avalon which was surrounded by marshes, and thick fog, which only the initiated were able to cross. It was also the centre of the wise Druids, one of King Arthur’s retreats, and the supposed hiding place of the Holy Grail (which I want to look at more closely in another blog).
Avalon – the former kingdom of mists
Numerous ruins and legends are the witnesses of a magical past whose centre is Glastonbury Tor, the highest hill far and wide. On its top a famous ruin reaches up into the sky, a relic of the former church spire of St. Michael.
Glastonbury is a mystical and holy place that attracts numerous people from all over the world. The most important English ley-line runs directly through Glastonbury. It connects Avalon with Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, and also the great stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury. It continues up to the northwest of England. Sensitive people can feel the energies of this power place, knowing that around Avalon and Glastonbury Tor there are special, magical powers.
King Arthur, Morgaine, Viviane and Mary Magdalene
Avalon also plays a big part in the legend concerning King Arthur which developed in the 5thcentury. It says that the healer Morgaine le Fay cured Arthur in Avalon, after he had been gravely injured in battle. But Avalon and Morgaine are more than legendary figures. After years of research, the internationally renowned British historian and genealogist Laurence Gardener worked out the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene from the past, forward to the present.
In doing this he came across names, such as King Arthur, Lancelot or Viviane, who can all be dated back to Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ line of descendants, as well as Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’ brother. To us, living in the 21stcentury, this might sound weird and unbelievable, but the truth is often just beneath the surface of legends, or Christian traditions, which are meant to distract, or sometimes deliberately mislead us.
1 Also Joseph of Arimathea is often simply called ‘Joseph’ which makes people confuse him with Joseph, Mother Mary’s husband. Names like Mary, Joseph, David, etc. were terms for positions within the spiritual societies they belonged to.