About Cathar Caves and Rose Villages

Tue, May 17, 2016: One of the absolute highlights of our Spiritual Journey through the South of France was today´s visit of the caves close by Tarascon-sur-Ariege that not a lot of people know of. There is proof that the Cathars used to live in the Pyrenees region, where these caves are located.

We had the unique opportunity to embark on a private tour through the cave systems with an expert on the Occitans, the descendants of the Cathars, as our guide. Amongst the Cathars there were Ininerant preachers that travelled through the country to preach the original teachings of Jesus Christ. All the preachers had been taught and prepared for their ordinations and their practices in special Cathar initiation Caves for several years. There was also Cathars that lived in caves where they held their divine services among other things.

On the way back from the Pyrenees to our castel hotel in Couiza we passed through a village where the Rose Festival had been held two days before. The small village was decorated with thousands of climbing roses, many of which smelt wonderfully. We just had to capture that magnificent floridity on camera.

Like the days before we rounded the day off with an evening channeling. I received messages from Lady Gaia and Archangel Uriel for the group. Last but not least, we again enjoyed a deliciuos dinner in “our” Cathar castle.

 

 

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: The stake of Montségur

Montségur, which means “secure mountain”, is situated on the eastern edge of the Pyrenees, the border mountain range between France and Spain, on a steep and rugged knoll. The ruins of the probably most widely known castle of the Cathars sit enthroned on the peak. In the course of the crusades against Mary Magdalene’s successors, the Cathars, the castle was attacked time and again. The year 1243 is especially noteworthy in this context, since the fortress was besieged by nearly 10.000 crusaders for 10 months.

They tried to starve the Cathars and forced them either to renunciate their faith or be burned at the stake. Subsequently, 225 Cathars together with their bishop were burned, because they would not submit to the Catholic faith. Only a few could escape and those who managed to flee were murdered soon afterwards as well. We are going to visit this castle in the course of our spiritual journey.

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: The caves in which the Cathars used to live

Mainly records of the Cathars which have been written by their persecutors and murderers have survived the centuries, but hardly any writings which have been produced by themselves. This is why this religious group, which probably dates back to the Essenes, a religious group to which Jesus and Mary Magdalene belonged as well, is often seen in a negative light. The Cathars lived in the South of France and in some other Mediterranean countries and were wide-spread during the Middle Ages. They practised their own “Christian religion”, which, however, deviated strongly from the institutional Church. This is why they were suppressed and nearly extinguished.

The Cathars used to ordain both men and women as priests. Before they could take the holy orders, they had to prepare themselves for this ritual in dedicated caves for years. Then the ritual was performed. In the course of our journey we are going to visit some of those caves.

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