Mother or Wife?

Have you ever thought about the fact that, no matter which artistic realization of a pieta one looks at, Mother Mary and Jesus are portrayed close in age? Do artists not value mothers or older women and instead want to portray younger women? Do those sculptures possibly portray Jesus’ wife Mary Magdalene instead of his mother? Did the artists back in the day know the truth about Mary Magdalene’s role in his life and pass on the information to their students? Or did the younger artists never question who they were portraying in actuality?

On my travels through Provence, I often ask myself these questions, knowing that Mary Magdalene was worshipped as the wife of Jesus throughout southern France for 1200 years. The roman church was clearly not thrilled by this and tried to fight this belief. The knowledge of Jesus’ marriage and his bloodline seemed too dangerous and the church made sure that the believers would worship his mother instead of his wife. Because of that reason, all the memorials dedicated to Mary Magdalene were transformed into places of worship for Mary, e.g. the Notre-Dame churches in France and Central Europe.

Mary Magdalene

The Adoration of the Feminine in Southern France

Today I continue my serie about my travel through Provence… in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene… (find more in my posts No. 62 – 71)

When you are traveling through Provence, you will see Mary Magdalene chapels quite frequently. There seems to exist a network of Mary Magdalene sanctuaries. However, this wasn’t always the case. If you think back to the Middle Ages, we associate a very dark time with it. Back then women didn’t have any rights (unfortunately, this fact still exists in various countries today), but instead were viewed as the property of their husbands or fathers. They weren’t allowed to participate in the public sphere and weren’t able to own any form of property. The only exceptions were the women in Southern France. They, just like their husbands, were able to inherit and own property. Already in the early beginnings of Christianity it was a custom to worship women in that region.

The region of Southern France was the center of a Mary Magdalene worship over the span of many centuries. Many chapels, wells and springs still carry her name to this day, but during the 12th century when the worshipping of Mary Magdalene was outlawed, some of these cult sites received new names. They were named “Notre Dame” and were dedicated to Mother Mary. Due to these events, the importance of Mary Magdalene was pushed to the background and was lost until recently, when it was unearthed again. It is time again! It is her time again!

Mary Magdalene

The Symbol of Thomas

Color of the symbol: turquoise

Symbol association: heart chakra

Historical figure: apostle and disciple of Jesus

Basic topic: mastership

Affirmation: “I meet God within me.”

Realise by means of this Master Symbol, with which themes you resonate and which feel unpleasant to you, respectively:

Looking for God in the outside – ‘the dear God’ – dependency – feeling small and meaningless – helplessness – responsibility – feeling at somebody’s mercy – heteronomy – transformation process – developing from human to ascended master – insignificance – ‘surpassing’ oneself – being a medium – developing awareness – spiritual development – patience

Message of the Ascended Master THOMAS:

“As long as you look for God in the outside, you will never find him! There is no ‘dear God’, even if you desperately wish for him. God is pure love, perfection, the divine essence of life – no being with male or female characteristics. You are a part of God, you are drops of this divine essence, you are divine! So start to discover the divine inside you, free it from human attributes, and let it shine again. As soon as you have reached this awareness, you will stop looking for God in the outside. Start to walk the path to yourself!”

Mary Magdalene