SAT, May 14th, 2016: Today´s trip to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer was most definitely a highlight of our spiritual journey. It was special because according to a legend this was the place Mary Magdalene and her companions went ashore. Also, Mary Magdalene´s sister Martha is said to have lived in Tarascon around 2,000 years ago. Learn more about it below the photos.
Fri, May 13th, 2016: The weather did not cooperate with us today – the weather god was definitely not in a good mood. It rained throughout of the entire first day of our spiritual journey. Even if it wasn´t heavy rain, the beautiful basilica in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume was not glistening in the sun as usual. Also, the grotto, in which Mary Magdalene supposedly lived, was entirely dark today. Nevertheless, we did not let the weather dampen our mood. It was a wonderful day filled wit impressive energy and messages from Mary Magdalene, which I was able to channel for the group. They will continue to have a positive affect on us for a long time to come. If you want to learn more about the place that Mary Magdalene lived in and is allegedly buried in, you should continue reading below the photos.
Today we have been guided and accompanied by Mary Magdalene and Maximinus. He was the first Bishop of Aix-en Provence. Legend tells that he was so close to Mary Magdalene that he was also her confessor, and she received the last rites from him. (It remains to be seen whether she was really in need of this…)
In the morning we went from our hotel to Saint-Maximin. Allegedly, Mary Magdalene’s remains, which had been hidden to prevent them being stolen, were found here again in 1300. They were buried in a stone sarcophagus in the crypt in front of the high altar of Saint-Maximin.
The church is a devotional complex, representing Mary Magdalene in different ways: in paintings, sculptures, on the high altar, as a brass figure, carved or as a painted medallion. The golden ‘rose altar’ is particularly remarkable. It contains several scenes of the life of Mary Magdalene, and the carved pulpit. Only one side chapel is dedicated to Maximinus, where he is represented with Mary Magdalene and Martha on an altar.
In a sarcophagus in the crypt there are the supposed remains of Mary Magdalene. Furthermore, her head is set up in a glass container behind the altar bar. The front of this container is decorated with a golden mask which can be removed. The relics are carried through the village in a large procession once a year. Next to Mary Magdalene’s sarcophagus there are four others, containing Maximinus’s and Nicodemus’s relics.
Our journey took us to the high plateau of Plan d’Aups next. On the way we came past an old shrine, which shows the last encounter of Mary Magdalene with Maximinus. First we arrived at the high plateau Plan d’Aups, which holds a pilgrims refuge and a small restaurant which are open for pilgrims and hikers throughout the year. The chapel of the Hostillerie, as the hostel is referred to, is decorated with wall paintings and glass windows, showing scenes of the life of Mary Magdalene.
From there the path leads us up to the grotto through a particularly mystic wood, with trees, hundreds and thousands of years old. Numerous kings, noblemen and Popes have walked this path before us because La Baume (‘the cave’) has been apopular pilgrimage place since the 5th century. The crucifixion scene, which we reached shortly before, was impressive as well.
In front of the entrance to the grotto you enjoy impressive views over the landscape of eastern Provence, the area around St. Maximin. Mary Magdalene is said to have lived in the cave for 30 years to do penance for her allegedly sinful life. At the end of her life ‘angels should have carried her down into the valley’ to receive the last holy communion from Maximin. All this is legend. Inside the grotto there are two devotional places as well as some beautiful stained glass windows, showing scenes of Mary Magdalene’s life.
Soon I am going to be off to Southern France; today I have rummaged in my extensive archive and found a few thoughts regarding Mary Magdalene, which I have written down for you:
In past incarnations I must have been at home in Southern France plenty of times – and above all – must have been very happy. Because every time when I get to Provence or Languedoc, I have the overwhelming feeling of eventually coming home after a long time.
People who are concerned with Mary Magdalene’s history – not with the church traditions but with the spiritual knowledge about her person – know that she not only lived in Southern France but was also worshipped as the disciple and woman by Jesus’ side there for many centuries.
Why is there such a remarkable number of churches that are dedicated to “Our Lady” or Mary, since not Mary but Mary Magdalene lived and worked in this country?
_ Could it be that those places of worship are actually dedicated to Mary Magdalene instead of Mary?
_ Or to her daughter Sarah Tamar?
_ Could it be that the numerous depictions of Mary with child do not show Mary and the baby Jesus but Mary Magdalene and her daughter Sarah Tamar? Or Mary Magdalene with one of her other children?
Could it be that the knowledge about Mary Magdalene’s teachings and her cult were intentionally blotted out during the Middle Ages, because the institutional Church took radical steps against them and also did not shy away from mass murders, as demonstrated by the example of the Cathars?
Feel into yourself! I am convinced that you are going to find an answer inside your heart!
„Yesterday was under the guidance of Martha of Bethany and her energy was especially strong. We visited the church in Tarascon that is dedicated to her, the sister of Mary Magdalene. In the nave and the chapels of the church we found various depictions of her in oil paintings, statues and a relief shrine. According to oral tradition, Martha’s home stood in the very place where nowadays one can visit the lower part of the church. Many of us could get in touch with Martha in this place.
Across the church one can visit an old castle; we only went in there briefly. The picture made of stone of the „Monsterous Tarasque“, which is located on the shore oft he Rhone was particularly funny to us. This creature terrorized Tarascon about 2000 years ago and was killed by Martha herself.
I also took the group to an abandoned quarry, which has been transformed in a magical world of colors, sounds and pictures. In a grandious lighting and sound show, beautiful pictures of the most famous impressionists were being protected onto the 15 to 10 meters high stone walls. It was a breathtaking spectacle for everyone.
After our lunch break in St. Remy-de-Provence we drove to Goult, a medieval village, which is located on a mountain crest. Just a few days before our tour, Gerd and I discovered a spot where once a Mary-Magadalene church was located, whose engery can still be strongly felt. The wonderful view of the place where we will be staying for the next few days was a beautiful ending to yesterday’s excursion.
The energetic highlight was the evening meditation, where Martha of Bethany announced herself via a live-message to the participants. Her words and energy were so present, so expressive and so overwhelming that many of us felt very strong emotions. I also channeled Mary, Easa, Mary Magdalene and arc angel Michael. Today we are looking forward to a seminar day in my favorite town of Gordes.“
“Like the sparrows on the roof… today we enjoyed the magnificent view that the church of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer offers of the surrounding scenery. Legend has it that around 2000 years ago, Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome, together with Sara-la-Kali, landed in this place – a small village in Carmague – by boat after they were abandoned in Palaestina. This is a nice story that we don’t quite believe, because the group most likely landed in the harbor. The church itself is a memorial place for these four women whose energies can still be felt today.
On our way back to the hotel in St. Rémy-de-Provence we stopped in a small medieval town named Les Baux, which is situated high up on a rock formation. The view over the Provencial wine region is especially picturesque and made up for the fact that, due to technical reasons, we could not visit the Carrierres des Lumieres („Quarry of light“). If we do get to it tomorrow, I will certainly talk about it.
Before we’ll have dinner, we will get together for a meditation and channeling evening in order to process today’s impressions, exchange our thoughts and experiences and to listen to the messages of Mary Magdalene and her companions. We’re looking forward to a delicious dinner from the hotel’s excellent kitchen.”
„Even though Mary Magdalene has never been to the village of Gordes, because it didn’t exist in her time, it was my heart’s desire to show my group this wonderful place. Aix-en-Provence, where Maximinus was a bishop, is not far from there. The region of Luberon, where Gordes is located, is part of those regions in South France where Mary Magdalene and her companions spread their faith.
After a stroll through the town with its picturesque side streets and old houses, we went to the „La Bastide“ Hotel where our Mary Magdalene Seminar was taking place. In a wonderful seminar room with a view of Luberon, I transmitted live-messages of Mary Magdalene, Easa/Jesus, Sarah Tamar. Saint Germain and the saint patron of the town, Saint Firmin to the group. During the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to recognize and transform blockades and old behavior patterns with the help of the Mary Magdalene Symbols and the symbols oft he Ascended Masters.
Having lunch together on the beautiful hotel terrace was one of today’s highlights. The afternoon and evening were dedicated to relaxation and wellness in our hotel in Gordes. Tomorrow we will continue our journey with a drive through Luberon, because I want to show the group the most beautiful spots of this region. More photos of today’s trip can be found on my facebook-page.“
“Today’s trip was under the special guidance of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus, the first bishop of Marseille. Therefore, a visit to the crypt of Saint Victor, a place where Lazarus is being commemorated, was one of our main priorities. As we climbed down the stairs tot he crypt, where the first Christians of the Provence were baptized, we felt deeply connected with Mary Magdalene, her companions and everyone who lost his/her life for their belief. The crypt houses an impressive stone relief of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus, as well as a statue of the Black Madonna, which is being carried through the city during the annual procession. This statue symbolizes the „Mary, who came from the sea and who brought the gospel with her.“ We obviously knew which Mary it referred to. Afterwards, we had to hike up the steep hill to the basilica „Notre Dame de la Gare“, because our bus driver claimed that he couldn’t drive up the hill with the bus due to the narrow streets. The impressive square around the basilica offered a wonderful view of the city and the offshore islands. The interior of the church is decorated in the byzantine style with beautiful gold colored mosaics. On our way back to the bus we were surprised by an intensive thunderstorm and some of us got soaked. However, the storm could not diminish our good mood.
In Aix-en-Provence we got lucky with the weather and visited the Holy Spirit church as the sun was shining. The church windows display Mary and Mary Magdalene surrounded by the apostles. We also went to see the cathedrale Saint Sauveur, which houses a baptismal font from the times of Mary Magdalene’s immediate anchestors. Her companion Maximinus was actually the first bishop of this city.
In St. Remy-de-Provence we settled in a gorgeous hotel for two nights. The hotel’s winter garden was transformed into our meditation room, where we gathered before the delicious dinner. Before we started with the meditation and the live messages of MaryMagdalene, Lazarus, Salome, Mary and the „Angel for Effortlessness and Joy“, the participants discussed their personal experiences of the day. We look forward to tomorrow when we will tour Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.”