MARÍA MAGDALENA, Dan Brown y Kathleen McGowan

En uno de mis primeros viajes por el sur de Francia hace muchos años, me acordé de la novela de Dan Brown El Código Da Vinci. Se desarrollaba en esta zona. Fue el primer libro que centró mi interés en María Magdalena. Esto sucedió mucho antes de que encontrara la obra de Kathleen MacGowan La Esperada. Ambas obras se han convertido en éxitos de ventas a nivel mundial y han planteado nuevas perspectivas sobre María Magdalena, Jesús y su relación para millones de lectores.

Estos dos autores también entreabrieron mi puerta interior a María Magdalena. Hasta entonces no era consciente de que a María Magdalena se le asignaba un papel totalmente falso en la Biblia. Y, para ser sincera, no estaba realmente interesada en su personaje histórico.

Pero estos dos libros supusieron una llamada de atención de mi interior. Todos los que me conocéis a mí y mi trabajo sabéis que estoy estrechamente conectada con María Magdalena de forma psíquica y que recibo mensajes y herramientas espirituales de ella.

La Biblia debería reescribirse

Pero volvamos a Dan Brown y Kathleen McGowan. Sus historias sobre María Magdalena –envueltas en narraciones emocionantes– permitieron a muchas personas pensar por primera vez que ella y Jesús podrían haber tenido una relación. Sus obras se basan en años de investigación y conocimiento obtenido de expertos en María Magdalena, como Margaret Starbird y Laurence Gardner.

La historia de María Magdalena puede ser reconstruida de diferentes formas: históricamente, religiosamente o a nivel psíquico. No obstante, reconocerla como la esposa de Jesús pone en cuestión las viejas creencias y teorías de la Iglesia.

Es obvio que a la Iglesia no le gustan estos descubrimientos. Aceptarlos pondría en cuestión la veracidad de sus doctrinas y no solo la forma en la que presentan a María Magdalena y a Jesús. Ya sabemos lo que esto significa. Y también sabemos que hay cosas que no pueden ser.

La vida es más segura siendo fantasioso y soñador

Dan Brown y Kathleen McGowan fueron lo suficientemente inteligentes como para envolver sus revelaciones en sus novelas en vez de en obras de no ficción. De lo contrario, sus descubrimientos podrían haber sido considerados como verdaderos y utilizados contra ellos. Por ello, seguramente viven una vida mucho más cómoda (y segura) como fantasiosos y soñadores que como investigadores de la historia de María Magdalena.

Si su propósito en la vida era presentar a María Magdalena como la mujer al lado de Jesús para el gran público, lo han conseguido sobradamente. Estoy segura de que se han vuelto inmunes a los ataques y difamaciones que han tenido que soportar durante años.

 

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MARY MAGDALENE, Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan

On one of my first journeys through the south of France, many years ago, I remembered the novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown. The movie was playing in the area. It was the first book which aroused my interest in Mary Magdalene, a long time before I came across Kathleen McGowan’s ‘The Expected One’. Both books have become world bestsellers, opening new perspectives on Mary Magdalene, Jesus, and their relationship, to millions of readers.

These two authors also opened my inner door to Mary Magdalene. Until then I was not aware that Mary Magdalene was assigned with a totally false role in the Bible. And, to be honest, I was not really interested in this historical figure.

But these two books triggered an inner wake-up call. All those of you who know me, and my work, are aware that I am closely connected with Mary Magdalene in a psychic way, and that I receive messages and spiritual tools, from her.

The Bible should be rewritten

But let’s go back to Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan. Their tales about Mary Magdalene, wrapped into a thrilling story, allowed many people for the first time, to think that Mary Magdalene and Jesus could have been in a relationship. Their books are based on years of research, and knowledge gained from experts on Mary Magdalene. Specialists, such as Margaret Starbird and Laurence Gardner.

The story of Mary Magdalene can be reconstructed in different ways, historically, religiously and on a psychic level. However, the recognition that she was the wife of Jesus, totally questions old clerical theories and beliefs.

It is obvious that the church is not happy with these findings. Accepting them would affect the veracity of their doctrines, not only the way they present Mary Magdalene and Jesus. We know what this means. And we also know what shouldn’t be, cannot be.

Life is safer as fantasist and dreamer

Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan were smart enough to wrap their revelations into a novel and not a work of non-fiction. Otherwise their discoveries could have been seen as claiming to be the truth and used against them. Therefore, they probably live an easier, and most of all safer life, as fantasists and dreamers rather than having the reputation of being historical researchers into Mary Magdalene.

If it was their purpose in life to present Mary Magdalene as the woman by Jesus’ side, to a wider audience, then they have more than fulfilled it. I am sure they have become immune to all the attacks and defamations they have endured through the years.

 

Mary Magdalene

The Virgin Birth of Jesus

In my blog entry no. 85  “Mary Magdalene and the 7 Demons” I stated that I wanted to discuss the point about Mary Magdalene living in celibacy. First, it is important to know that the relationship of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (just like with Mary and Joseph) is a divine dynastic connection. Jesus is a descendant from the lineage of King David and Mary Magdalene’s father was the Jarius-priest Syrus. The married couple had to conform to strict dynastic rules, that went way past the usual Jewish marriage customs. The rules for a dynastic marriage were clearly defined and dictated celibacy and the times in which sexual relations, in order to have children, were allowed.

First the couple got engaged, which was more or less a legal contraction of marriage. Three months after the “engagement” the formal “first wedding” took place with an anointment ceremony (think back to the scene in which Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus with the nard oil) and in the following September the marriage began. After that, sexual relations were allowed, but only in the first half of December. If a pregnancy wouldn’t happen during that time frame, the couple had to live in celibacy again until next December.

However, if the woman got pregnant, a “second wedding” took place and the marriage was now official and legal. The legal status of the marriage was never publicized bevor the woman’s pregnancy, because this would guarantee the man to have a reason to get divorced, in case the woman was infertile. Due to fears of a miscarriage, the “second wedding” didn’t officially take place until the woman completed her first trimester.

These marriage customs explain why Mary – for whom these customs applied to as well – got pregnant while she was a “virgin”. Women became wives only after the “second wedding” and were considered virgins. The word almah actually translates into “young women”.

Now we also understand what the anointment scene with Mary Magdalene and Jesus truly means: namely, the bride anointing her husband! Due to legal reasons, nobody else would be allowed to do this. (For further information, please refer to the following books: Laurence Gardner’s The Bloodline of the Holy Grail, chapter 3; Barbara Thiering’s : Jesus the Man: New Interpretations from the Dead Sea Scrolls, appendix 1; or John Fleetwood’s The Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, p. 10-11).

I find it fascinating that there are so many possibilities through which one can re-interpret the bible. I only find myself now thinking of the bible as trustworthy and reasonable. From my photo archives I picked a scene that depicts the anointment with Mary Magdalene. The photo shows the church of St. Maximin-la-Sainte-Beaume, which I visited with my tour group this fall.

Mary Magdalene

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