Myths and legends in “Mary Magdalene Land”

Wed, May 18, 2016: Here in the land of Mary Magdalene you hear numerous stories, myths and legends about Mary Magdalene, her companions and the impact she had. The rumor mill went into overdrive indeed with the village priest of Rennes-le-Château, at that time, finding himself with unexpected wealth. According to legend, he supposedly found a treasure beneath the church of Mary Magdalene.

The first settlements in the area of Rennes-le-Château and Rennes-les-Bains, which we visited today, go back to the time of the Romans where they already used the hot springs to cure disease. The small village is more than tranquil and it seems like the time had been standing still. Together with our guide Stephanie, who knows her way around here very well, we hiked up a hill to view the legendary stones and a source containing iron. For those in our group who have read Kathleen McGowan´s “Expected One” it was a great pleasure to visit the historic castle in Arques afterwards.

We spent today´s evening in a beautiful winery where we indulged in delicious French cuisine. Tomorrow we will leave our hotel to continue on towards Toulouse.

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About Cathar castles and the treasure of Rennes-le-Château

Here in the Languedoc area (Southern France) Cathar castles are lined up on the mountaintops like pearls on a string. Today, we first headed south to visit the half ruined medieval Cathar castle of Quéribus. During the Albigensian Crusade, directed against the Cathars from around the commune of Albi, many desperate people found refuge in the isolated and impregnable castle.

We were rewarded for the half-hour climb up to the ruins with an impressive view over the area of Languedoc. We could see all the way to the peaks of the Pyrenees, the range of mountains forming the boarder between France and Spain. And we truly enjoyed the fantastic panoramic view.

The ruins still show why it was impossible for attackers to storm the castle. This is the place that used to serve as a refuge to the Cathars during the Papal persecutions. With its energetic and historic spots that offer wonderful views of the country it nowadays attracts many spiritual people and avid travelers.

After an excellent lunch in our castle hotel in Couiza we ventured out again. Our afternoon´s destination was Rennes-le-Château, which is located on a hill near the village we are staying in. This town should be well known by all of you who have read Kathleen McGowan´s “The Expected One”. It is considered the stronghold of the worship of Mary Magdalene in the Languedoc region. One of the main reasons was the legendary priest Bérangere Saunière who allegedly found the Cathar´s treasure in the 19th century gaining big fortune. It is a fact that he did not only renovate the church and was responsible for its unique design, but also owned the Villa Bethania and Tour Magdala, which are still the focus of interest for visitors of Rennes-le-Château. We allowed sufficient time to explore this legendary place and also visit the museum. The evening concluded with an energetically strong channeling for the group and a wonderful dinner.

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Final preparations for our Mary Magdalene journey

May 11th, 2016:  This afternoon the sky seemed to have opened the floodgates because it was pouring rain! Fortunately, we were able to visit the small town of Rennes-le-Château before all the rain started – perhaps the most important place for Mary Magdalene devotees. There we stopped by an esoteric shop to introduce them to my aura essences of Mary Magdalene, Isa, Sarah Tamar and the Ascended Masters. Within the next couple of days we are going to find out, whether the storeowner is interested in my essences or not.

Afterwards, we went to Rennes-les-Bains – the small town, which is known amongst spiritual insiders for the source or the baths of Mary Magdalene. In order to find these places that are associated with her, you have to take a very close look – even in a town like this. The spots are usually hard to find and you have to know exactly what you are searching for to be successful. In Austria you would probably find a bunch of souvenir stands in places like this 😉

Next, we visited the small town of Bugarach with its mountains Pic Bugarach and Le Bezu, which are world-renowned amongst esoterics. Every year in the night from the 13th to the 14th of October there are inexplicable  light effects, and sometimes even UFO movements. There are rumours highly-developed civilizations live in the tunnels and caves of the surrounding mountains, which can be compared with the American Mount Shasta, the Himalaya and the area between Equador and Peru.

Inside Pic Bugarach, a mainly unexplored area, engine sounds can be heard, and green lights can be seen, which cannot be explained. An access to this underworld is situated near a Stone-Age rock complex (like in Stonehenge), which can only be reached by people who are familiar with the area.

There are speculative opinions about an access to a parallel world, or a time window, which the respectable author Thomas Ritter has personally experienced. Whether there are connections to extra-terrestrial or ancient civilizations remains unanswered.

Tonight we are going to stay in Narbonne and tomorrow morning we will continue on to Marseille, where we will meet up with the participants of our Spiritual Journey. Tomorrow evening our journey together finally begins!

 

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Day 3: In Rennes-le-Château and on the Cathar castle Quéribus

The weather angels smiled on us today … Shortly after awakening the wind turned and blew the rain clouds away from us. Thus, nothing got in the way of a visit to RENNES-LE-CHÂTEAU without getting wet. We enjoyed our walk through the sleepy town as well as the marvellous view of the land of the Cathars; we immersed ourselves in the energies, which were particularly strong near the Magdalene tower and then we went exploring … We found ourselves in the villa Bethania, which once was the vicarage of the former country curate Bèrengier Sauniére, who had it built in an outlandish style. We visited his former premises, the garden and the library tower, which has already been mentioned before, as well as his grave. Afterwards, we paid a visit to the church, which also contains a number or curiosities. For instance, the big colourful devil Asmodi at the entrance, the numerous pastel-coloured angels and figures of saints, and a number of depictions of Mary Magdalene. After all, she was a special figure of worship to Sauniére.

In the afternoon we drove towards the Mediterranean and the clouds became denser and darker. But – as by a miracle – the sky opened up during our way up to the Cathar castle Quéribus so that we arrived at the former fortress with dry feet and also were rewarded with a beautiful view. This castle, unlike most other Cathar fortresses, had never been conquered by the Pope’s soldiers, but was abandoned by choice for a promise of safe conduct. From up there one can see close-by castles and divine what kind of architectural master strokes have already been made in this region more than 800 years ago. As soon as we had left the bus after our return to the castle hotel, the sky clouded up again and now it is pouring with rain. We are going to end this day with another meditation and live channelings as well as a delicious supper.

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: The mysterious “village of Mary Magdalene” Rennes-le-Château

Philip Coppens, Kathleen McGowan’s unfortunately too early deceased husband, wrote a very impressive book on the small village in which Mary Magdalene has been worshipped for centuries: „The Cryptogram [1] of Rennes-le-Chateau“. The book tells the story of Bérenger Saunière, the former country curate who became extremely wealthy by unknown means in the middle of the 19th century, which enabled him to renovate the church which was dedicated to Mary Magdalene out of his own pocket and fashion it in an unusual way.

Already on entering the church one is staggered by the stoup, which is borne by a horned man. There are several depictions of Mary Magdalene in the interior of the building, for instance in a semi-relief on the altar, as statue or on the marvelous windows.

There are many photos in my Facebook album “The Expected One”, in which I have published many albums that accord well with text passages from the same-titled novel by Kathleen McGowan

[1] A cryptogram is an encrypted text.

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: World-famous among the fans of Mary Magdalene: Rennes-le-Château

A journey on the trails of Mary Magdalene and her successors through the Languedoc – without visiting Rennes-le-Château – is impossible! After all the small mountain village is situated only a few miles from our castle hotel.

Over the centuries treasure hunters have been looking for the “Holy Grail” in and around the village and the small town also gained fame in the last 150 years owing to the legendary country curate Bérenger Saunière, who was an ardent worshipper of Mary Magdalene. Today I am going to show you the charming landscape around Rennes-le-Château, there will be more information on this place in the next blog entries.

www.marymagdala.at 

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