Where the Cathars once lost their lives at the stake

Today we said goodbye to Couiza and set off for Montségur, the ruins of a Cathar fortress which went down in history. In 1244 about 200 Cathars took refuge here from the troops of the King and the Pope. However, after a long siege, they had to give in to the superior power of their enemies. As they remained faithful to their belief, it cost them their lives at the stake.

Since it was raining today and there was a cold wind, only four participants of our group made their way to the former Cathar castle. The energy of this place and the feeling of being in such a spiritually historically unique place left imprints on their hearts.

After the descent, our journey took us to the little medieval town of Mirepoix. Its colourful half-timbered houses fascinate all visitors. In the Middle Ages an important Cathar council took place here. We had lunch here, and a leisurely stroll under the arcades of the main square. Afterwards we visited the Gothic cathedral. We admired the elaborate ribbed vault, and impressive presentations of Mary Magdalene and her close family members. The stained glass window, showing different situations of her life, is particularly beautiful.

On our way to Toulouse, we stopped at the little rock church of Vals. It is so captivating that you have to pay it a visit. Although there is no direct link to Mary Magdalene, this place belongs to the most impressive sights in the area, and besides, it is a strong power spot, like a vortex.

After returning back to our hotel in Toulouse I could channel a druid who transmitted interesting information for our group. Mary Magdalene also spoke to me to remind us that it was not the first time our group was travelling together in her name.

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About Cathar Caves and Rose Villages

Tue, May 17, 2016: One of the absolute highlights of our Spiritual Journey through the South of France was today´s visit of the caves close by Tarascon-sur-Ariege that not a lot of people know of. There is proof that the Cathars used to live in the Pyrenees region, where these caves are located.

We had the unique opportunity to embark on a private tour through the cave systems with an expert on the Occitans, the descendants of the Cathars, as our guide. Amongst the Cathars there were Ininerant preachers that travelled through the country to preach the original teachings of Jesus Christ. All the preachers had been taught and prepared for their ordinations and their practices in special Cathar initiation Caves for several years. There was also Cathars that lived in caves where they held their divine services among other things.

On the way back from the Pyrenees to our castel hotel in Couiza we passed through a village where the Rose Festival had been held two days before. The small village was decorated with thousands of climbing roses, many of which smelt wonderfully. We just had to capture that magnificent floridity on camera.

Like the days before we rounded the day off with an evening channeling. I received messages from Lady Gaia and Archangel Uriel for the group. Last but not least, we again enjoyed a deliciuos dinner in “our” Cathar castle.

 

 

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In the land of the Cathars

Sun, May 15th, 2016: Today we arrived in the Cathar heartland; the region that many readers of Kathleen McGowan´s bestselling “The Expected One” are familiar with. We started off by visiting the medieval castle town of Carcassonne. In the Middle Ages it served as a refuge for thousands of the Cathars, which fled from the murdering and destructive troops of the church. Yet they could not escape death. Nowadays, 40 million tourists visit this World Heritage Site each year. So you can imagine how busy the narrow alleyways inside the fortress were.

In the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire dedicated to Saint Hilarius it was much more tranquil. You could very well feel his energy in the beautiful cloister. We also showed the participants of our journey the mid-relief, which appears to show Jesus with Mary Magdalene.

The stunning basilica of Notre-Dame de Marceille in Limoux was where we felt a tremendous amount of female energy. Every time we are there we are again impressed with its colorful walls and gorgeous floor mosaics. It is very rare to find this much lightness and harmony in a sacred building.

Back in our castle hotel Anna and Mary Magdalene spoke to me during our evening channeling and I channeled their messages for the group. We ended our first day in Languedoc, the land of Mary Magdalene´s descendants, with a delicious dinner.

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France, here we come!

May 10th, 2016: In my next life I need to learn French or, even better, I will reincarnate in Southern France. Today I felt right back at home when Gerd and I got off the highway in Carcassonne to go to Couiza. Even though our Spiritual Journey following Mary Magdalene´s footsteps only begins in two days, we have decided to leave Vienna today. We traveled to Barcelona and then took the train to Narbonne. From there we continued on, in our rental car, and headed to “our” castle where we will be staying the first couple of nights together alongside our travel group. It was a gray afternoon indeed with clouds covering the sky, but as long as it doesn’t rain – we’re happy. Tomorrow we are going to check out a few places in the area, which we will visit together with the rest of our group next week. Right now, we are looking forward to dinner because this time there is some great vegetarian dishes on the regular menu 😉 (Clearly a lot of things can change within 2 years…). After dinner, we will head back to our medieval-style castle room, surrounded by pictures of unicorns, damsels and knights from the Cathar epoch. We are FINALLY back!

 

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Day 2: From Carcassonne to Couiza via St. Hilaire and Limoux

To visit the world-famous castle town Carcassonne is a must for everyone travelling through the Cathar region. 4 million people visit it every year! Although we really liked this incomparable medieval ensemble, we nevertheless were glad when we could leave it behind us together with its touristic bustle and set foot in the heartland of the Languedoc.

We visited the small abbey Saint-Hilaire – which is nestled between rolling hills and vineyards – with its marvellous cloister and the remarkable church, which sheltered the Cathars, who were persecuted by the Pope and his army of mercenaries once. In the stillness of this building we could sense a lot of power and meditate.

Finally, we paid a visit to the charming Marian pilgrimage site Notre Dame de Marceille (near Limoux). Only few tourists come here. The inside is furnished in pastel shades, the ceiling is profusely decorated, which is characteristic for the whole country. Besides the Black Madonna the peculiar statues of Mary Magdalene and Sainte Germaine took our fancy.

Before the delicious supper in our castle hotel, we gathered in the castle’s hall of knights, which is going to serve us as a meditation and seminar room in the course of the next few days. There we watched a documentary on the Holy Grail before we meditated together. I got to transmit messages from Hilarion, Sainte Germaine, Mary and Mary Magdalene. Unfortunately, it started to rain in the evening, which probably means that we will have to change tomorrow’s schedule.

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: Staying in the castle hotel. Is it really the “Château des Pommes Bleues”?

Those of you who have read the novel “The Expected One” by Kathleen McGowan might remember the often-quoted “Château des Pommes Bleues”, in which the protagonists of the book live. I think I have read somewhere that Kathleen McGowan drew her inspiration for the fictitious castle “Château des Pommes Bleues” from the castle and the modern-day hotel „Château des Ducs de Joyeuse“ in Couiza.

However that may be: In the Languedoc region this is the only hotel far and wide which meets my expectations on a seminar hotel, therefore, we are going to stay there with our tour party for five days. Maybe there still is a castle ghost somewhere? Maybe we are going to put one or two things straight energetically in those rooms, who knows? The fact is, at the same time as us an American group is going to stay at the hotel. They are going to walk in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene in Languedoc as well. We are already looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas.

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