My Magdalene Pilgrimage.
France. My most recent destination to deepen and unravel my studies of the historical and mystical character Mary Magdalene. I spent two weeks, post Eclipse, this past August steeping myself in Her mystery, magic and myth.
Do you know who Mary Magdalene was 2000 years ago? Do you know who she is for humanity today? These are the questions I have pondered since childhood, as a Baptist ministers daughter, growing up in churches in the South. I read (and read about) the Bible, the Gnostic gospels, the Coptic scrolls, the Pistis Sophia, and and so on. I have shelves of books on Mary Magdalene and her connection to Yeshua (AKA Jesus Christ). There are beautiful ledgends that have been formed over the years, some stories feel more truthful than others. Either way, I like to get a feel for myself about these things, so I had to explore. A few places on the map stood out to me, and ignited in me a spiritual quest, a mystical journey. Places with lore, mysticism, whispers and myth.
France was first on the list. Soon to come my pilgrimage to sacred Yeshua/Magdalene sites, which began in the South of France, will continue on in Egypt, India, and all of the lands of my own heritage in Avalon, Great Britain. This extended quest, is really a journey home; to myself. To the vast landscape within. Wanderlust has it's own unique and effective medicine, this is for certain. The physical presence on these sacred sites themselves does something profound to the DNA within our cells. An activation occurs, and information is received on genetic, lineage level. Especially when you stand on the land that was at one point, your roots. Your Point of Origin. Where your soul started it's journey on this planet, many moons, lifetimes ago. Like The Alchemist, the adventure always leads you back to where you started, and it's truly a journey within, to the depths of the unknown regions of yourself. Yet, there is an irreplaceable magic and reverence in standing on these sacred grounds with your own two feet, eyes wide open, breathing in the crisp, clean air. Taking in the sites around you, allowing your imagination to expand.
Now, to answer the question: Who is Mary Magdalene? Many know, and many do not. Those who really know, know something that has been kept secret and safe now for two millennia. This is the secret of the Holy Grail, which many still physically seek; Knights, Kings and robbers alike have tried to obtain this Divinely Feminine, mysterious object of power. To put it simple and less inflated terms, Mary Magdalene was a companion and apostle to our cosmic brother, Christ Yeshua, also known as Jesus here in the Americas. We know she was in the Bible as the Apostle of Apostles (which means most cherished of His followers, as she paid very close attention to Christ's teachings), and we know She was present at the crucifixion and Resurrection, which demonstrates a very loving and deep dedication to her Teacher, Friend and Beloved Christ Yeshua. She is one of many Mary's that followed and ministered WITH Christ.
How does my affection for this woman lead me to France? Well, rumor has it that Mary Magdalene ended up in Gaul, now Southern France, along with three other Mary's, including Yeshua's mother, Sarrah (the 'Egyptian maid"), and two male disciples. Legend has it they arrived by boat, after being arrested and sent out to sea in a boat with no motor, no sail, no oar and no rutter. They we sent to their death by Roman authorities for their affilation with Yeshua and advocacy of His teachings. However, the winds of Divine Love set them safely on the shores of Southern France and it was there they performed Miracles and shared the Good News of all the wonders they witnessed in the presence of our Brother Master Christ Yeshua. These women were all present for many acts of Unconditional Love being a healer of death and sickness.
I went to the places, which I will describe in later blogs in detail, that were of the most interesting regarding the worship of Mary Magdalene in France. They have her relics and remains in two different places, one place being a church crypt and the other being a mile long hike up to a silent monastery built into the side of a mountain (where She spent her last 30 years of life in prayer and meditation). I am feeling very blessed to have been on this Quest to discover who this woman was, so that a light can be shone on the Feminine Aspect of Christ. It is time to observe this 2000 + year old story through a different lens. This will create a tremendous healing for the people of this planet. There is such a deep "Jesus" wound, scarring from religious dogmas that shamed and persecuted. This feminine perspective is just the balm needed as this time, during our collective awakening as a flowering species.
Thank you so much for entertaining my musings on subjects that don't often get approached at the dinner table. It's not water cooler talk. This type of conversation, and other deep feminine oriented threads are present in my facebook group ~ The Wild Woman's Renaissance. If you would like to continue to connect with other women who are interested in these types of topics! I share in there, the things I would not share here or on my personal page. It is a safe space for women, a very few select men, to dive deep into a container that is not structured, but clean and well contained. Mary Magdalene is just one of many faces of the Wild Woman. There are also many versions of this currently active Renaissance. You're role is yours to choose! The awakening is here. The Love is real. The adventure is at hand. Let us all be inspired by Her Holy Desire and Sacred Example!