In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene: Gordes – Mon Amour!

“The gorgeous little town of Gordes is not directly connected to Mary Magdalene, but everytime I drive up the hill to the town, I feel like I’m coming home. I feel emotionally connected to this place. I already celebrated christmas and Easter here and saw the cherry blossoms and lavender blossoms bloom. Those of you who are familiar with the movie „Chocolate“ can probably imagine quite vividly the charm of this little town in the South of France.

Therefore, our spiritual journey through Provence will take us to Gordes next week. The Mary Magdalene seminar will take place in one of the most beautiful hotels in the town so that the participants will be able to enjoy the great atmosphere.

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In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene: Jesus was married

While we are running through the last preparations for our spiritual journey here in the Provence, I’m finding some time here and there to read books about Marie Magdalene. The following passage is a must read:

„The belief that Jesus was married and had heirs has its origin in Provence. The inhabitants believed that Marie Magdalene, along with her brother, her sister and her closest friends lived in their homeland and were buried there. The legends and names of places in Provence confirm that belief, as well as the secret family trees of its aristocratic families.“

In the dead sea scrolls (Qumram) it states that Marie Magdalene and Jesus were married and had children together. Those writings are not acknowledged by the church.

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In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene: 2000 Years Ago

This journey will allow its participants to travel in Mary Magdalene’s footsteps, keep her in their minds as they travel through Provence, connect themselves energetically with her, as well as her companions, and also find time to reflect on and transform one’s thoughts. Even though there is no solid evidence of where Mary Magdalene and her companions traveled 2000 years ago, one thing is clear: As an Ascended Master she built a big energy field over the South of France in which we’ll dive in. This way, every participant will have the opportunity to connect with her, one way or another.

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In the footsteps of Mary Magdalene: The countdown is on

Tomorrow my husband Gerd and I are flying from Vienna via Brussels to Marseille to check one last time all the hotels we’ll be staying at during our trip. We want to make sure that everything is perfect, especially the seminar rooms and the dinner selections. Some of our travelers are vegetarians and this concept still seems to be foreign to french cooks, even in 2013 (let’s not even talk about vegan options). Since we’ll be working with the angel symbols and essences during our trip, we already sent a large package ahead.

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The Adoration of the Feminine in Southern France

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!

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The Thing About the Truth…

As a child, I grew up in an environment where the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church was the only truth. Since then I freed myself from this misbelief. Even the immediate successors of Jesus – namely his apostles – were arguing amongst each other when it came to the authentic transmission of his teachings. Back then the church came up with different versions, which led to grim power struggles between the different fractions. Between 66 and 74 AD the Christian community in Jerusalem dissolved, and with it a binding version of Christianity. Some of the successors of this community, the Ebionites, were treated as heretics and turncoats and killed.

In the first four centuries chaos and prosecution of believers defined the history of the church. In 325 AD, in order to gain uniformity, the Council of Nicaea determined that Jesus was the native son of God. Everything the council decided on and defined as the truth had to be viewed by Christians as the only true beliefs and deviations were not accepted. (This dogmatic belief is still present today and comes through in the so-called infallibility of the pope.)

Other versions of the Christian teachings, which derived from the decided beliefs, were fought and their spread was prevented. Because of this there still exist many gospels from the first centuries that are not known to people, because the Roman church did not acknowledge them, e.g. the Maria Magdalene gospel from the 4th century.

Having said that, it should not come as a surprise that the teachings of Mary Magdalene, which were practiced and passed on from generation to generation by believers in France until the 12th century, are nowadays viewed as devil’s work, blasphemy or seen as fantasies of crazy mystics. Thousands of people paid with their lives in the Middle Ages, because they believed that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife and passed on her intellectual heritage to her successors. Thankfully, we do not land on the stake for our belief today – at least not physically. 😉

In the small village church of Roussillon in Provence, I found Mary Magdalene and Jesus depicted next to each other. If you travel around with open eyes, you can still find hidden clues that point to their close connection. On our spiritual journey in the fall I will certainly visit this church with my group.

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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.

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