What were Mary Magdalene’s demons all about?

In Luke’s Gospel it is written that there were also a few women among Jesus’ followers, “… who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out…” (Luke 8,2). At least this is the official version of the church which has stubbornly survived as the ‘truth’ over all the centuries up to the present.

We need to know that the group of Essenes, which Jesus belonged to, used certain words as codes so that the Romans could not understand their messages and gospels.

For example the term ‘the blind’ was used for people who did not follow the right path.

The word ‘lepers’ described people who were not born into a higher social class, or were even excluded from it.

The ‘poor’ were not economically underprivileged members of society, but people who held higher ranks, but due to religious rules, had to give up all their earthly possessions.

Therefore, the term ‘demons’ is not to be taken literally. At the heyday of Qumram the name Mary (Mirjam) was not just a name, but a high title. Women with this name, held special offices in their spiritual society. For instance, they were trained in the art of healing or led liturgical ceremonies for women.

All the Marys were bound to celibacy and were subject to the authority of the supreme scribe. At the time of Mary Magdalene this was Judas Iscariot who was also called the ‘seventh daemon priest’.

Before Mary Magdalene married, she was released from celibacy by the daemon priest. And this is where the saying that ‘seven daemons came out of her’ comes from. Only afterwards she was allowed to have physical contact with her husband, according to very detailed rules. But this is something I will talk about another time.

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WHY FEMININITY AND FEMINISM ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

We women are often accused of being all feminists or women’s libbers, just because we have clearly professed ourselves to our femininity in recent years. Yes, we live being a woman more consciously than before, and we are just about dealing with and healing the female collective injuries of the last thousand years.

But also we women are not sure what we exactly mean by femininity, feminism and emancipation.

FEMININITY

For me femininity has definitely to do with this female primal force which is inside us, and which we can only experience and feel with the heart. Femininity is not controlled by the brain or mind, it simply exists. Some call it the divine feminine in every woman.

Femininity has got a lot to do with inner wisdom, with female power and strength, and does not have to be trained. However, it was suppressed by our patriarchal society for centuries, so that it has to be revived again. Because we women are not always aware how strongly we are still influenced by male behaviour patterns. It is not really surprising, as many women have to survive in a patriarchal environment every day.

FEMINISM

Swiss women did not get the right to vote until March 1971. They had to fight hard for it. And it took 19 more years that the voting rights for women were granted in all the cantons! So it really needed loads of feminist fighting spirit to enforce these fundamental rights for the female population as well.

Already in the 18th and 19th century some women knew that they had to fight for acceptance and equal rights in society. And since then feminism and emancipation – liberation from oppression – have gone hand in hand to stand up for the dignity and self-determination of women.

HOW MUCH FEMALE FIGHTING SPIRIT DO WE ACTUALLY NEED?

Whereas femininity comes from the heart, feminism is guided by the brain. Basically both are good because in order to survive we need the heart just as much as the brain. But shouldn’t we increasingly transform this intellectually-shaped fighting spirit into female wisdom, female strength and serenity.

Is it not true that we should remember the amazing female primal force within ourselves.

DO WE REALLY HAVE TO FIGHT?

Do we really have to fight for our rights in the traditional, male dominated way? Or should we rather focus on women’s inner realignment, and the rediscovery of femininity which goes with it? Are these not much more effective, authentic and powerful than any fight?

As long as we women stick to our male-dominated behaviour patterns, as long as we do not focus on our true femininity, as long as we see the fight for equality as the only chance to prevail and assert ourselves, we are only paying lip service to femininity.

WE DO NOT NEED A FIGHT BUT RATHER FEMALE WISDOM, POWER AND STRENGTH

Fortunately, we can notice a collective remembering of our female primal force all over the world, although it is partly overlapped by feminist characteristics. Many women are on the way to healing their own and collective injuries.

In these times of great transformation that we live in, an increasing number of women recognize that we do not need the struggle, but women’s wisdom, power and strength to balance the male and female in the world, and therefore trigger off a positive realignment.

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What Mary Magdalene’s alabaster jars are all about

You might have noticed that artists often portray Mary Magdalene with a jug, or some kind of jar. In this connection, we often talk about an alabaster jar which might not have been one:

“While he (Jesus) was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.” (1)

An alabastron (Greek alabastros), as quoted in the passage from the Bible, can be made of all sorts of materials. It is a high, narrow container without a lid, either sealed or closed with a plug, with two handles on the side for holding it.

Why the alabaster jar is so much worth mentioning

At the time of Mary Magdalene there were the so-called ‘dynastic marriages’ where the bridegroom was anointed by his bride. It is interesting in this respect to know that Mary Magdalene was a member of the Hasmoneans whose family tree goes back to Aaron, the brother of Moses. Jesus’ line of ancestors goes back to King David. This is why he held a high position in society because of his origin.

Once you try to get more detailed information on this topic, you keep coming across the fact that Mary Magdalene was a so-called Hasmonean princess whose social status made her the perfect woman for Jesus to marry.

Only the bride was allowed to anoint the bridegroom

The anointing of Jesus by Mary Magdalene emphasizes this position, as in those days in society only the bride was allowed to anoint the bridegroom. Married women had a vial with oil round their neck in order to give their husband the last anointment after his death. Everybody can decide for themselves why Mary Magdalene went into Jesus’ tomb, and what she did there.

In visual arts Mary Magdalene’s jar was portrayed as ‘the alabaster jar of Bethania’, containing anointing oil for Jesus, but at the same time it was a symbol for the Holy Grail which supposedly contained Jesus’ blood.

The Holy Grail – Mary Magdalene’s womb?

Jugs, pots and cauldrons have always been female symbols in art. Therefore, the containers Mary Magdalene has been portrayed with, stand for the womb where she kept the blood of Christ. Many writings talk about Mary Magdalene bringing the Sangréal, the Holy Blood in her body to the south of France, meaning Jesus’ descendants.

A provocative thesis? As long as we think of a golden chalice when we hear the word Sangreal, this idea will not find space in our heads and hearts.

(1) Mark 14,3 according to the Greek text in the archives of the Vatican (Codex Vaticanus MS1209)

Mary Magdalene

MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS

They love each other.

They love and need each other.

They love and support each other.

They love and ignore each other.

They love and annoy each other.

They love and hate each other.

They love and fight each other.

There is hardly another emotional connection between two people that polarizes as much as the relationship between mothers and daughters. Sons already start in their early childhood to distance themselves from their mothers, and start to turn to their fathers, or other male contact persons as models. Normally mothers accept this as they want to see their sons become independent and strong men one day.

IT IS DIFFERENT WITH THEIR DAUGHTERS

For daughters, their mothers are the perfect example of female being. Many girls identify with their mothers, take them as role models, imitate them – or totally refuse them, due to disappointments, or physical/emotional injuries.

Mothers nourish their daughters: they give them nest warmth, comfort, encouragement, understanding, and are their closest confidant. In the eyes of little girls mothers know everything, calm things down, perform miracles in the kitchen, and are successful in their jobs.

Mothers encourage their daughters to take on the roles they have shown them because they know them and identify with them. However, one day, at the latest during puberty, this close relationship changes.

Daughters disentangle from their mothers, and often fierce battles arise. The release-process, which boys experience, step by step, from an early age, strikes mothers and daughters at the time of puberty. Some women are not able to disentangle from their mothers without painful emotions and guilty feelings which persist into old age.

The course for the education of the girl is already set. It is shaping for the whole life. The first years decide whether mothers encourage their daughters in being a woman, weaken them, inspire, or restrict them. It depends on the individual woman how they handle or get rid of these impressions.

HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

Who actually is my mother?

Why is she the way she is?

How has she disappointed me?

How have I disappointed her?

What does she suffer from?

Do I have a vision of how my mother should be?

Do I idealize her?

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TAKE TIME FOR YOUR FEMININITY. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH WOMEN

I remember the time in my life when I used to hold women’s evenings in my home. I was a single mother then, and I loved to dive into the energy of this group of women.

I was not aware that we women should always look for the presence of other women to joyfully and consciously immerse in the femininity which connects us. Or to strengthen ourselves and recharge in the female energy field.

These meetings do not even have to aim for serious or profound conversations. No, there can be laughing and fooling around. Simply the coming together of women who appreciate and like each other, and want to be there for one another, is a precious present in our male-dominated time. Just spending a few hours with women only, strengthens and nourishes our female basic strength within us.

So what discourages us from organizing private women’s meetings or little women’s parties from time to time? Or just being together with women to give support, strength, comfort and attention regularly? No matter where these meetings take place, in a private home, in a restaurant, on the beach or during a walk: let us take more time consciously for our femininity, and let us dive into the connecting feminine energy field!

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WOMEN, STAND UP FOR YOUR FIGURE AND YOUR BODY!

She started to work as a model at the age of twelve, and today she is one of the best known and most sympathetic curvy models of the world. Ashley Graham from Nebraska (USA) is now 29, and had problems to be accepted the way she is, because of her figure (she wears size 16).

“Actually you are quite pretty for your size!” or “You could earn much more money if you lost weight!” These sort of sentences made her feel angry and hurt. But she transformed this hurt into strength and made it on to the international catwalks. However, she did not only go this path for herself, but to represent many other women who are unhappy with their bodies because they do not correspond with the current ideal of beauty.

Obviously Ashley’s development did not happen overnight. She had doubts about her appearance, and lost faith in herself as she was continually made to feel insecure by others. Even her ex-partner did not accept her as she was.

Ashley overcame these crises with the help of friends, and her mother, who kept telling her what a precious person she was, and that she was able to do anything she wanted. Her current husband has also given her the strength to be herself, and accept and love herself for the way she is.

THE WORLD WAS NOT READY FOR CURVY WOMEN

Today Ashley knows why it took so long for her career to start, and why fashion photographers and magazines noticed her relatively late to book her as plus-size-model. The world was not ready for strong women like her (with a positive double meaning).

Only in recent years – and this is down to social media – have fashion companies started to get interested in using Ashley as model. She is representing a large group of women who have so far been neglected by designers as potential customers. So far, well-built women simply did not fit into the fashion world’s rigid ideas of ideal body sizes, and shapes.

AGAINST SLIMNESS MANIA AND FOR A NEW BODY FEELING

Therefore, Ashley stands for a new method of emancipation which wants to guide women away from slimness mania to a positive body feeling. Many women confirm her success. Ashley has been overwhelmed with grateful responses from them. She encourages them to stand up for themselves, and their curves. And due to Ashley’s role model effect these women dare to wear bikinis in public for the first time.

Ashley, “Beauty is a question of attitude! I do not see myself as model only but also as body activist! And it is not only about sizes! I want every woman to know, no matter what skin colour, or problems they have got: there are many out there who feel like you. So show what you have got!”

Source: myself 4/2017, Photo:telemundo.com

 

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TAKE TIME FOR YOUR FEMININITY

In the rush of everyday life we often do not find the time to become aware of ourselves, and our femininity, and to celebrate it.

Therefore, we should keep turning our attention to the little situations in everyday life where we can really focus on ourselves and be ourselves, such as the time spent under the shower. We should become aware of our female body, appreciate, and spoil it. It is important to lovingly perceive it as a temple of our female soul, no matter how tall or small, heavy or slim, with firm skin or not.

I personally love the scent of roses, and only use shower gels with natural ingredients, or from vegan production. Even if they are more expensive than the mass products from the supermarket, I prefer them.

As I have a very dry skin, I first shower with an oil bath (or I use organic coconut oil mixed with sea salt), and then I enjoy a short shower with a blossom shower gel.

After drying, I spray my aura essence ‘Sara-la-Kali’ over my head into my subtle energy field. On the energetic-spiritual level this essence activates all the feminine aspects we women have inside us, but which have been buried for various reasons.

Now the day can start with a conscious focus on our femininity, or gently come to an end in the evening.

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