The Holy Grail

I brought two very interesting books with me for my travels through Provence. Both depict the historical background surrounding Mary Magdalene and I highly recommend taking a look at them: Margaret Starbird’s “The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail” and Laurence Gardner’s ““Bloodline of The Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed” (1996) / “The Grail Enigma: The Hidden Heirs of Jesus and Mary Magdalene” (2008).

Various legends surround the Holy Grail. One of them states that Joseph of Arimathaea caught the dying Jesus’ blood in a cup and brought it on a ship to France. Since then, this treasure is missing and people have been looking for it for the past centuries. Especially in southern France many treasure hunters who are hoping to find the Holy Grail are searching the region around Rennes-le-Chaetau.

Have you ever thought about the possibility that the term “Holy Grail”, the cup with Jesus’ blood, should not be translated literally, but receives its true meaning figuratively? If that is the case, then it is the womb of Mary Magdalene, the renounced wife of Jesus. It would describe the holy vessel that carried his “blood”, namely his descendants, e.g. their daughter Sarah Tamar. The internationally renowned British historian and genealogist Laurence Gardner, who I mentioned earlier, argues that two more children were born to Mary Magdalene and Jesus, their sons Jesus Justus and Joseph. All three children are regarded as the founders of the greatest European royal lineages. (The pictures I have taken in Paris, Mallorca, and Barcelona)

Mary Magdalene

Black Madonna

We have been in Marseille in order to check everything on site for our Spiritual Journey this fall. Among other sights, we will visit with our group the church of St. Victor in Marseille, whose first bishop Lazarus was Mary Magdalene’s brother. In its crypt one can view a portrait of him that is etched into the stone, as well as a relief of his sister Mary Magdalene.

A distinctive feature of the crypt is certainly the black Madonna, who, in my opinion, depicts Mary Magdalene. In his book “Bloodline of The Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed” (1996) / “The Grail Enigma: The Hidden Heirs of Jesus and Mary Magdalene” (2008), Laurence Gardner states that the black Madonna had her roots in the goddess Isis and the pre-patriarchal Lilith. She presents the strength and equality of womanhood – a proud and assertive figure – which is a stark contrast to the obedient figure of the conventional white Madonna, portrayed in churches as the mother of Jesus.

Further, the author notes the following: “The women of the Dan lineage were Lay-Nazarenes. Mary Magdalene functioned as ‘Mirjam’ as the leader of the congregation and therefore was allowed to wear a black robe like the ones worn by the Nazarenes and the priestesses of Idis. Around the year 33 AD as part of the early worshipping of Mary, a cultic worshipping of the ‘black Madonna’ spread as well, which had its origin in the region of Ferrieres [France] (Ullstein Taschenbuchausgabe, page 131).

Mary Magdalene

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