Magdalene Feast Day July 22

In 1995 I began a Priestess Process that forever changed my life and I became part of a sisterhood of women committed to celebrating one another called the Magdalene Sisterhood.
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In 1996 I initiated into the first ever Magdalene circle of the current time where we focused on healing the split between sexuality and spirituality as represented by the Madonna/Whore Split.
The work was ground breaking back then and helped me to understand that the stories I had been told were NOT necessarily true in the way I had understood them. Part of the revelation came from the book, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail by Margaret Starbird published in 1993.
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Margaret Starbird’s book was also ground breaking hypothesizing that Saint Sarah was the daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and this was the source of the legend associated with the cult of Saint Sarah at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in France. (I helped lead a Magdalene journey to France including Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer in 2007 and the experience still vibrates in every cell of my being – here is a story I wrote about it back then.) 

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Margaret Starbird’s researched found “Sarah” meant “Princess” in Hebrew making Sarah the forgotten child of the “sang réal” or royal bloodline of Yeshua (Jesus) King of the Jews. Interestingly, Margaret Starbird did not set out to expose the lies told about Mary Magdalene. Rather, true to her catholic upbringing she set out to prove the whispered stories about her were false. However, what she found shocked her and expanded her point of view as she discovered the patriarchal Roman Catholic church suppressed the veneration and devotion of the sacred feminine starting with Mary Magdalene. This led to an unbalanced spirituality in mainstream Christianity that is prevalent to this day.
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She found references to ancient alphanumeric codes known as Hebrew Gematria and Greek Isopsephy and found that these secrets were encoded in classical art. She found evidence that suggests: “Christianity at its inception included the celebration of the Hieros gamos (“holy wedding”) of opposites, a model incarnate in the archetypal bridegroom and his bride – Jesus the Christ and the woman called “the Magdalen”.
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This model of unity is patterned on the fundamental blueprint for life on our planet, and manifested in the leadership role of the Mary’s including Mary Magdalene and Mary Mother of Yeshua or Jesus – Mary being a title held by the priestesses in those days. Mary Magdalen was the title of a high priestess.
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Heiros Gamos or sacred partnership existed in other cultures found in stories such as Inanna and Dummuzi, Ishtar and Tammuz, Shakti and Shiva, and so on. The sacred marriage was designed to honor “the cosmic dance of masculine and feminine energies and the eternal cycles manifested by the Life Force” and in line with other older traditions Mary Magdalene was seen as the “Queen of Heaven”.
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Starbird does not believe that Mary Magdalene originated from the town of Magdala, saying it was originally named Taricheae in biblical times before its destruction in AD 67, and when rebuilt after the death of Mary Magdalen was renamed “Magdala”.

 

In the Magdalene Mystery School I got to be a part of in the mid-90’s we explored ways to heal the split between sexuality and spirituality within ourselves by recognizing that a strong collective false belief had been created around HOW the two could NOT co-exist. This belief has expresses as if you are sexual, you are not spiritual and if are spiritual then you are not sexual.

In essence the one sacred rite, the one most holy and spiritual experience two beloveds can have with each other – is through sexual union – but the church could not control that – so they chose to say the only reason to have sex was to have children. Sex outside of marriage was a sin. The distortion around sexuality and spirituality has gone far and deep and is at the root of many abuses inflicted on children (boys and girls) and women to this day as indicated in the history of the Magdalene Laundries.

Magdalene asylums, also known as Magdalene Laundries, operated from the 18th to the late 20th centuries, ostensibly to house “fallen women”. The term implied female sexual promiscuity or work in prostitution; young women who became pregnant outside of marriage, or young girls and teenagers who didn’t have anyone to look after them. They were required to work as part of their housing, and these institutions operated large commercial laundries, serving customers around their communities making money for the Catholic Church at the expense of these young women.
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Many of these “laundries” were being operated as penitentiary work-houses – similar to prisons and the strict regimes in the institutions were often more severe than those in “actual” prisons. This nefarious actuality contradicted the perception that they were there to treat and heal women as opposed to punishing them.

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Laundries such as this operated throughout Europe and North America for much of the nineteenth and well into the twentieth century, the last one closing as recently as 1996 due to pressure from those who realized what was really going on there. As can be surmised these institutions were named after Mary Magdalene who had been characterized as a reformed prostitute when really she was a High Priestess married to Yeshua (Jesus) and the holy blood line was carried through their offspring.

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The first Magdalene institution was founded in late 1758 in Whitechapel, England. A similar institution was established in Ireland by 1767. The first Magdalene asylum in the United States was the Magdalen Society of Philadelphia, founded in 1800.

In 2018 I had the opportunity to hear these stories first hand while traveling in Ireland from a researcher and author who knew families that were still negatively impacted by what had happened. He shared that many of these young women had been raped by their priests or their own fathers and when they got pregnant were sent away in disgrace and shame. Their babies were often sold for adoption and these women never recovered from the abuse and the loss they suffered.

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In the beginning these were Protestant institutions. Other cities followed, especially from around 1800, with Catholic institutions also being opened. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Magdalene asylums were common in several countries. By 1900, there were more than 300 asylums in England and more than 20 in Scotland. More HERE

The Catholic Church has long covered up the sexual abuse of children (boys and girls) and young women inflicted on them by priests. These priests are suppose to be chaste and beyond sex. Their shadow of the abuse is deep, painful and affects many to this day having ruined and destroyed lives being sent a way in disgrace and shame loosing their children and hope.

Due in part to the uproar surrounding the discovery of the mass grave, the last Magdalene laundry finally closed in 1996. More HERE

Legendary Stories of Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene brought a basket of hardboiled eggs to share with the mourners at the tomb of Jesus. When she arrived and found the tomb empty – the eggs turned red. Another legend says she told the emperor of Rome that Jesus had risen from the dead. He pointed to an egg and said Jesus had no more risen than that egg was red. In that instant the egg turned red.
 
St. Mary Magdalene (from Christian Perspective)
The feast of St. Mary Magdalene (every year on July 22) is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and of all the songs honoring the saints, the song for Mary Magdalene is the sweetest and strongest because her love was so great. That love was praised by Jesus Himself who said her greatest gift was how much she loved.

Announced in 2016 – Pope Francis’s requested the annual observance of St. Mary Magdalene, referred by some as the “repentant sinner” or “the prostitute,” and the one who first witnessed and proclaimed Jesus’ resurrection, has been made a major feast (July 22) suggesting she was the first evangelizer or the first to advocate for the risen christ. An evangelizer is one who advocates their chosen cause.

Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson was published in 2019. This is a review of the book…

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we’ve come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary’s gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains.

A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks were wise enough to refuse—and thanks to their disobedience and spiritual bravery, we have several manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

Mary’s gospel reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. Her gospel says that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a “true human being”— that is, a person who has remembered that, yes, we are a messy, limited ego, and we are also a limitless soul.

And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what’s more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within.

With searing clarity, Watterson explains how and why Mary Magdalene came to be portrayed as the penitent prostitute and relates a more historically and theologically accurate depiction of who Mary was within the early Christ movement. And she shares how this discovery of Mary’s gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything.

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