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San Mateo, CA
I have always been intrigued with the story of Mary Magdalene and was delighted to be able to share my research during the In Her Name Circle on May 13, 2011. Interest in Mary Magdalene has persisted for 2000 years and intrigue and mystery surround her memory which has been fueled recently by books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Woman with the Alabaster Jar; and, of course, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. During our women’s circle we explored what is known and what is speculated about this intriguing and inspiring figure.
Throughout the centuries, Mary Magdalene has been depicted in art, frequently with red hair, red and sometime green garments, and frequently displayed with a jar or a skull. I believe this recent resurgence of interest in her is happening now because Mary Magdalene has become a beautiful symbol for the re-emergence of the Sacred Feminine. Her relationship with Yeshua, her Beloved, illustrates the Sacred Marriage, the healing of the split between the male and female consciousness.
What stands out as important is that the myths regarding Mary Magdalene as Jesus’ bride, consort and the mother of one or more of his children do exist and have persisted through time. Delving into the lore concerning Mary Magdalene is, in a way, discovering an entirely different path that all of Christianity could have taken, and that Gnostic Christianity has taken. In the Gnostic oral tradition Mary Magdalene was Yeshua’s inmost disciple, consort and wife. She serves as the Christ bearer with him and is co-preacher of the Gospel. She, along with Lord Yeshua is the living temple of the Divine presence and power. According to Gnostic teachings, each one of us are also created as living temples of God’s presence and power, hence the daughters and sons of God.
The legend of Mary Magdalene is a contemporary myth that persists and enables humanity to evolve to greater understanding because it contains lessons that speak to us in our time. Mary Magdalene’s story is one of loss, heartache, love, reclamation, rebirth and resurrection. It is one of the Divine Masculine respecting and honoring the Divine Feminine. The patriarchal themes of domination, competition and control have taken our planet to the edge of peril. I believe that it is the heart values of women that will re-shape our world. The story of Mary Magdalene and Yeshua is a story as to how these heart values can be manifested in the Sacred Masculine through the love, respect and honor of the Sacred Feminine so that we can move towards peace among nations.
We concluded our circle with a Gnostic meditation on the Holy Bride and self-blessings acknowledging the sacred wholeness that is born from the union of the divine feminine and divine masculine within us.
Please look at the photos from the circle in the Mary Magdalene album
Edited by Joy Reichard on May 30, 2011 9:55 AM