Why Notre Dame was originally dedicated to Mary Magdalene

NOTRE DAME in Paris is dedicated to Mother Mary – this is at least the official version. However, once you have developed a deeper interest in Mary Magdalene, you find out that most of the great cathedrals in Europe were originally dedicated to her and not to Mother Mary, such as Notre Dame in Paris, or the cathedral in Chartres, and many other churches in Europe.

But… why?

What has happened?

Why Mary Magdalene was taken away from Jesus’ side

On my spiritual journeys through the south of France I could clearly see what a strong impact Mary Magdalene has made and still makes on this region.

Up until the 12thand 13thcentury she had the undisputed position by Jesus’ side in the belief of the people of the Languedoc and the Provence, and she was his undoubted successor.

Only few people are aware of the replacement of Mary Magdalene, including her teachings which came directly from Jesus. She was not only his wife, but also the first apostle, who should have become his successor instead of Paul.

Mary Magdalene spread Jesus’ teaching in the south of France

Jesus assigned Mary Magdalene to spread his word in the south-western Europe of today. She carried out her mission with infinite patience and love, supported by many friends and members of the family who accompanied her to the south of France. Part of the group went on to England later, to act there.

Even then this was a thorn in the side of the Church of Rome. Jesus’ teaching said that everybody should look for, and walk their own spiritual path, finding God within oneself. This can be read in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene from the 5thcentury whose content, however, is questioned by the church.

Mary Magdalene and her companions already had then a lot of followers, and it was from her teachings that the religion of that time developed in France (and also because of Joseph of Arimathea in England at the same time).

The church did not like Mary Magdalene’s traditional role

From then up to now the church has disliked the fact that Mary Magdalene was recognized as an equal partner of Jesus. The ecclesial dignitaries decided in the 12thand 13thcentury to relentlessly delete the knowledge about Mary Magdalene’s role and her teachings. The crusades against the Cathars, which aimed to destroy Mary Magdalene’s teaching in the broadest sense, are a stain upon history.

The church consciously replaced Mary Magdalene with Mother Mary. Not Jesus’ wife and companion should get all the attention, but his mother.

The knowledge about Mary Magdalene started to fade

The knowledge about Mary Magdalene faded more and more over the centuries. Now in the time of great transformation the truth is gradually revealed. More and more people feel the energy of Mary Magdalene, and do not allow church authorities to tell them what to believe in.

We need them both, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, as both Ascended Masters offer their loving energies for mastering challenges in our time:

A motherly and a feminine energy,

a protecting and encouraging one,

a soothing and nonconformist one.

The two Ascended Masters would never compete with each other. It was us who allocated them to a certain place in history. But now the time has come to rethink whether these places are still appropriate, or whether we can or should look at the two Marys from a new perspective.

The time has come! Their time has come! And so has ours!

 

 

photo Notre Dame ©AP/dpa/Thibault Camus

Mary Magdalene

How Virgin Mary could give birth to a child

Christian theologians call the conception of Jesus through the Holy Spirit and the birth through the Virgin Mary ‘Virgin birth’. Some verses in the New Testament declare this fact as one of God’s great miracles. Well, I do believe many things, but not everything.

In this connection one ought to know that the gospels of the New Testament were written to deliver an evangelic (Greek: eu-angelos = ‘delivering good messages’) message, not a historic one. Religious researchers even say that in those days the gospels served ‘enthusiastic propaganda purposes’. Considering this aspect, it seems plausible that the gospels were not written to record historic events for posterity. In addition, some parts of the Bible have often been misinterpreted or (out of unawareness) incorrectly translated.

In ancient texts Mother Mary is referred to as almah. The Semitic word almah, which was translated as ‘virgin’, only means ‘young woman’. Its meaning is completely unlinked with the physical virginity. Therefore, for Mother Mary, it well may be the case she is an alma and Joseph’s wife, at the same time.

As the wife of a ‘dynastic husband’ (Joseph was no carpenter; his job title is also based on an incorrect translation) Mary was subject to certain rules. She had to undergo some sort of trial period as a wife, which I would like to expand on in a later blog. However, the rules were strict, and only allowed the conception of children at certain fixed dates.

The Catholic view is based on the fact that Mary was a virgin throughout her life, as she is venerated as ‘Virgin Mary’. But the gospels1 do not make a secret of the fact that Jesus was not the only son, which makes Mary’s physical virginity even more incredible. Even if she conceived Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and not through a sexual act, one wonders how she gave birth to other children. It is hard to believe that Mary conceived all her children through the Holy Spirit. It makes one think that the church has a problem with sexual morals in general, and women in particular.

 

1 Mathew 13,55 – Luke 2,7 – Mark 6,3

Mary Magdalene

“THERE IS NO NEED TO SUFFER ANY MORE!” Message from Ascended Master Mother Mary.

“Greetings! I am Mary and it is with great pleasure that I am able to talk to you today.

When I look at you, I notice how little lightness there is in your life. Yes, you are lacking in lightness and joy! You are shaped by effort and pain, desperation and suffering. You partly bring this into your life, it is, so to speak, your mothers’ and fathers’ heritage.

Have you ever wondered where this heritage comes from? If you go back far into the past, you will see that your ancestors were influenced and dominated by the strict and frightening regime of society and church. Their lives were shaped by laws and prohibitions which were supposedly rooted in the teachings of Jesus. His name and messages were often misused by the rulers of these times to keep the people in their place.

One main part of this manipulation was the thought that through experiencing pain people deserved heaven straight away. This is what made them endure poverty, oppression and exploitation. Hoping to be freed from sins and mistakes, they expected to gain eternal life.

In those days, and in many centuries to follow – even up to the present – homage was paid to suffering. This did not only shape the people themselves, but also settled as indelible information in the energy field of mankind. That is why it is so difficult to withdraw energy from this field and transform it.

For a long time suffering was meant to be an essential way of solving karma. Even now, for some people, suffering is the only possible way to solve and transform karma. They live a very unconscious life and do not deal with their own personalities, their learning steps and the spiritual aspects of life.

Mankind is undergoing a huge transformation process which provides more possibilities than suffering to progress from the wheel of reincarnation and develop into mastery. The more consciously you live your life and, the more honestly you deal with your learning steps, the less you need a corrective, in the form of suffering and pain.

Do not see suffering as punishment! You are no helpless victims left at the mercy of some god. You are divine sparks of consciousness in a human body. You are capable of correcting certain experiences and learning from them, without being punished. It is not about blame and punishment, but self-responsibility and the consequences that follow.

‘Suffering is not necessary any more!’ I am with you, in love!

I am Mary.”

Messages

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