See Mother Mary as Bride. Four pieces of Gospel evidence strongly point to Mary Magdalen as a temple priestess of the Goddess.
And when AskMoses. Christianity is another type of royal family in that in accord with their Church dogma, their God has only one son -- and all other people must dwell in subjection to the Trinitarian Royal Family. Prayer is vital in discovering the treasure of Sophia. In the 14th Century, the church made a concerted effort to clarify that the only Our Lady was Mother Mary. There is even stronger evidence that Mary Magdalen was a temple priestess, so perhaps this is the true connection between Mother Mary and Mary Magdalen. Others believe that Yeshua himself took part in the Sacred Marriage with Mary Magdalen, as the anointing foretold. So we must ask: By what means did the disciples receive this esoteric knowledge that was beyond the comprehension of organic man who was portrayed as being "without" -- i.
In either case, two threads of strong symbolism link the name Magdalen to contemporary Goddess worship. Such prostitutes were considered evil by Jewish leaders of the time. Mary Magdalen Thirdly, Mary Magdalen is identified in Mark and Luke as the woman who was possessed by seven demons, which Yeshua cast out of her.
The last, and perhaps strongest, piece of evidence is the anointing of Yeshua with the sacred oil, an event which uncharacteristically was recorded in all four New Testament Gospels, pointing to its significance. Mary Magdalen was said to have been the Bride of Christ. Three of the New Testament Gospels report that Mary Magdalen was at the foot of the cross, and all four Gospels note she was present at the tomb. Many scholars have documented the fact that Jesus was supported by political zealots who wished to overthrow the Romans and put a Son of David on the throne in Jerusalem.
Numerous Biblical passages also suggest this. In fact, it is much more likely that Jesus was crucified, not for blasphemy which was no offense to the Romans , but for sedition. If indeed a strong faction of zealots wished to see Yeshua on the throne, he certainly would have been married to a suitable bride. Starbird suggests that the Wedding of Canna, where Jesus turned the water into wine, was actually the symbolic story of his own marriage to Mary of Bethany.
Others believe that Yeshua himself took part in the Sacred Marriage with Mary Magdalen, as the anointing foretold. That is, she made him a Christ.
Her priestess raised the lament for him when he died. Starbird provides convincing evidence that this was indeed what many early Christians, including the Cathars, believed. In the South of France, the Cult of the Magdalen flourished until it was all but wiped out in the Albigensian campaigns by the Roman Catholic church in the late 13th Century. The Song of Songs, the most popular love poem at the time of Christ and for centuries afterwards, was strongly associated with Mary Magdalen, believed to be the bride in the poem, and Yeshua the bridegroom.
Attributed to Solomon, the Song of Songs has remained part of the official cannon, despite its unmistakably erotic imagery. There is strong evidence that Mary Magdalen was worshiped somewhat secretly right along side the Virgin Mary up until the Albigensian campaigns. Afterwards her worship was forced even further underground B. In , the last temple dedicated to her was destroyed D.
Numerous landmarks attest to her cult in the South of France. In the 14th Century, the church made a concerted effort to clarify that the only Our Lady was Mother Mary. This also emphasizes her hidden aspect. Indeed Mary Magdalen is linked to Isis in other ways, such as mourning the dead god Osiris.
In Catholic countries, black is associated with magic. Some have suggested that black represents a face of the universal Goddess not positively acknowledged in Christianity: the face of the Crone, the Death Mother, the Shadow Self. There has been a revival of interest in the Black Madonna. One modern devotee has this to say about her:.
It means that in my humanity, even my mistakes are perfect. A Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels.
NY: Random, B Starbird, Margaret. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar. C Warner, Marina. D Walker, Barbara G.
E Kinstler, Clysta. SF: Harper, F Baigent, M. Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Wolkstein, S. Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth. NY: Harper, H Gadon, Elinor Ed. The Once and Future Goddess. I Lone Jensen.
Gifts of Grace. God as Wisdom, Hokmah in Hebrew, or Sophia in Greek, a feminine form, was translated by Christianity into the Logos concept of Philo, which is masculine and was defined as the Son of God. The Vulgate translated Ruah into Latin as masculine, Spiritus. Because God as father has become an over literalized metaphor, the symbol of God as mother is eclipsed.
The problem lies not in the fact that male metaphors are used for God, but that they are used exclusively and literally. Because images of God as female have been suppressed in official formulations and teaching, they came to be embodied in the figure of Mary who functioned to reveal the unfailing love of God. Visit our Hebrew Goddess page for more information on Asherah, Shekinah, and Sophia, goddesses once worshipped by the Children of Israel as the wife of their Creator-god, Yahweh. But what many have forgotten, or refuse to admit, is that Yahweh had a wife. Great symbolism, there.
Litany to the Christian Goddesses of Love by Rev. Edgar Allan Poe wrote of his relationship with the Christian Goddess in 19th Century Baltimore, Mary-land At morn, at noon, at twilight dim Lady thou hast heard my hymn: In joy and woe, in good and ill, Goddess, Mother, be with me still. Hail Mary by Darlene Kenney Hail Mary, full of grace The dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, You are the white moon among the stars And the desire of human hearts. Read more Prayers to Mary Sign up for our Order of the Divine Mother and make a positive step toward restoring Her to Her rightful place in religion and the hearts of men and women.
I am the first and the last. Thunder, Perfect Mind Gnostic Poem. The Written Record In seeking to unravel the mystery of the Marys in the New Testament, it is important to note at the outset that the Gospels were a later-recording of an oral history.
In The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Starbird presents a very strong case that Mary Magdalen was perceived by many Christians up until the 14th or 15th Century to be the Bride of Christ, who later bore his child. Second, we image him not just in our souls, but also in our bodies. Something about our bodies conveys a supernatural truth. It speaks. It has a language. It expresses the nature of the person. Third, there is difference from the very beginning. There is man, and there is woman, and we are made for each other.
Like corresponding puzzle pieces, we fit. And when we come together, new life results. Marriage, the theology of the body tells us, is a sacrament, a perpetual sign of three fundamental realities. First, it reminds us that we are made for communion with others. We are made to be in relationship. McGiveny Chair in Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, because of our bodies, which possess a meaning that is spousal: God designed them to be given in love to another.
And because we are our bodies, that means God designed us to be given in love to another. It is not good for man to be alone. Second, marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and his Church.
Christ is the Bridegroom. The Church is the bride. He seeks her out, strives to make her holy, and for her, lays down his life. Finally, because the body says something of God, so, too, does the union of two bodies. When two become one, we learn that the inner life of the Trinity is self-giving, life-giving love. Those fundamental realities are more than food for thought for theologians.