The Truth about Mary Magdalene – Hiding in Plain Sight!

This morning while preparing my weekly Temple of the Magdalene subscription newsletter, I came upon a momentous discovery! For 2000 years, the Church has known that it was Mary Magdalene that Jesus ordained to lead his disciples in continuing the work that he began and which he called them to complete.  It has also known that it was Mary, not Peter, who was called to lead “the church” which was comprised of all those who were open to believing the Love that Jesus came to know and sought to bring forth in our world.

For 2000 years it has been Mary Magdalene all along, the Church has simply tried to hide this truth from us, eventually denigrating Mary Magdalene (and all women with her) to the status of prostitute and whore and through centuries of subjugation, condemnation and even execution, the Church has deprived women of the very role (but more importantly, the dignity) Jesus first imparted on his most devoted disciple – Mary, called Magdalene (meaning Tower and Beacon of Faith).

How did I come upon this discovery? It is rather simple in fact.  While searching for artwork for my newsletter, I came upon traditional iconography depicting this Sunday’s Feast of the Ascension.  As I’m scrolling through the images on Google, a staggering fact presented itself.  In EVERY SINGLE icon, Mary Magdalene is depicted in the foreground, and is the focus of the icon.  She is standing in the posture of leadership, preaching and teaching.  She is flanked by two angels and contrary to what scripture says about the disciples gazing in long up to heaven as their beloved Christ is leaving them, they all are looking toward Mary.  The intent of this imagery is clear, as Jesus ascended into heaven, Mary was chosen as his successor and all the disciples were invited to look upon her as such.  There can be no mistake about the ancient artists’ intent in this imagery.  And contrary to what the Church might otherwise tell us, the woman in the foreground is NOT Mother Mary.  With her red cloak and priestly gestures, it can be none other than Mary Magdalene.

So there you have it……Mary Magdalene was chosen as Jesus’ successor and for 2000 years this truth has been hiding in plain sight!

Become a Priestess of the Magdalene and embody your own call to be a vessel of healing, love and transformation in our world.

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Woman Most Wild – Book Review

I feel like I have read every book on the market on witch craft, Wicca, Celtic magic, druid practices, magic, magik, magick, goddess worship, and the neo-pagan movement, but none of these have done what Danielle Dulsky has done through her book Woman Most Wild – Three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within. In this sumptuous, scrumptious, sensuous (meaning engaging all the senses), book, Danielle has rescued the inherent, intuitive magic of women from the dogma and doctrine that has continually tried to imprison it.  Danielle has done what no one else (with the possible exception of Phyllis Curott) has been able to do – transcend the very “religions” who either claim women’s power as their own, or demonize it as the work of the devil.  Instead, Danielle makes feminine power available and acceptable to every woman without making them feel as if they have to discard their personal beliefs for the magic they hold within.  Thank you Danielle for this beautiful book!  It is a delight to read, informative and empowering.  I highly recommend this book!

Buy it Now!

About the author:

Danielle Dulsky, author of Woman Most Wild, is an artist, yoga teacher, energy worker, and founder of Living Mandala Yoga teacher training programs. She leads women’s circles, Witchcraft workshops, and energy healing trainings and lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Find her online at DanielleDulsky.com.

Healing the Mother Wound Online Retreat

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Online guided retreat.

5 “lessons” to be completed in an 8-hour day, or over the course of several days.

Lessons, Guided Meditation, Journaling, Healing Rituals and Attunements.

Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS.

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As women, our most intimate and foundational relationship is with our mothers. Our relationship with our mother is complicated at best, and has made us who we are – for better or for worse. Whether our mother is our best friend or our enemy, no one escapes the mother wound.

The mother wound is the original wound of humanity, taking root at the moment of our birth when we are suddenly cast out of an experience of union into the experience of separation. This perception of separation is the cause of all suffering and conflict in the human condition. The human journey is about healing this wound of separation and the ability of our mother’s to mother us, in the way that we need, is dependent on how she has healed her own mother wound. For many, if not most, this wound remains unhealed and is carried down generation after generation after generation until someone decides to do something about it.

This guided retreat is your opportunity to do something about healing the mother wound. Healing the mother wound frees us to transcend the challenges of the mother/daughter relationship which then allows us to live more fully in our own truth. No longer carrying the burden of our mother’s unacknowledged shame, or bearing the wounds of our mother’s projections, we are able to shine our own light in the world.  Healing the mother wound transforms not only our relationship with our own mothers, but transforms the entire ancestral lineage, healing all those who have gone before us and those who will come after us, including our own daughters and sons.

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Mary Magdalene – the stone that was rejected

 

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Psalm 118

Mary Magdalene is the stone that the builders of the early Church rejected. From the earliest days after Jesus’ death and resurrection, Mary was questioned and challenged for the visions she had of Jesus and the teachings he had given her both before and after his death. Many of the disciples thought of Mary’s words as the ravings of a mad woman and questioned why Jesus would give these teachings to Mary and not to them. (ref: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean Yves-LeLoup). Already, Jesus’ teachings on equality, and the unique and special role of women was being sold out for the hierarchical/patriarchal norm. In first century Palestine where women were valued as less than cattle, the idea of women as equal to men did not stand a chance, especially with Peter and Paul (who are both scripturally represented as having issues with women) leading the charge.

Fast-forward two-thousand years and we see that really, nothing has changed. In the world, women have less of a voice, our uniquely sensitive natures are questioned or condemned, we are paid less than men for the same job, Motherhood is considered an obligation and is not valued for the work it is.

In the Church, women are valued even less than we are in the world. We are not allowed the same vocations as men, even when called to this vocation by “God himself.” Like Mary, our voices are condemned as the ravings of mad women, we have been burned at the stake for daring to share our healing gifts, and it is considered and affront to the Church to believe we should have the same opportunities as the men to lead and to serve. While in some religious denominations this has been changing, in the Catholic Church in which I was raised, women have no voice in the Church and are barred from any form of priestly service.

In the Christian Church, Peter became “the rock upon which I will build my Church.” The funny thing is that I don’t believe Jesus had any intention of building a Church, so I’m not sure where these words came from that have been attributed to Jesus for 2000 years, especially since it was Mary, called Magdalene who Jesus chose to reveal himself to on Easter morning, and the one he sent to bring the message of the good news to the other disciples, and the one Jesus ordained to continue his ministry in his stead.

Again, Mary is the stone the builders rejected. But, as the psalm continues to say, it is this stone that will become the cornerstone. In being rejected (as Jesus was rejected), Mary Magdalene is the cornerstone of the emerging “church” – a church that is nothing like a church at all, but is instead a movement:

A movement of love that serves the purpose of love to tear down the walls of separation, bring people together as equal in love where all human beings are honored as sacred, and to rebuild our world from one based in fear to one rooted in love.

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She is Risen!

Resurrecting the Magdalene Part VII

Happy Resurrection Day! With this, we conclude the Resurrecting the Magdalene series and welcome Mary, called Magdalene, back into her rightful place as co-equal partner with Jesus, the one who supported and bore witness to the resurrected Christ, the one who Jesus commissioned to be the bearer of the good news and ordained to continue the ministry of Love that he began.  This ministry of Love is only now being fulfilled….. it is being fulfilled in the Resurrection of the Magdalene and through her resurrection, the restoration of the original teachings of Christ.  This is the truth that Jesus came to know within himself – the truth that we are all ONE – one within ourselves, one with the Divine of our understanding, one with each other and one with all of creation and in this Oneness, we know that we are love.  As we walk forth from this resurrection, let us BE THIS LOVE!

 

Scripture/Meditation Exercise

We resurrect the Magdalene on this Easter Sunday by replacing the reading that was chosen by the Church for this Easter morning with the “rest of the story.” In the first passage, it seems that Peter is being given credit as first witness to the resurrection, but in truth, all he saw was an empty tomb.  As we continue in the reading, we see that it is Mary Magdalene who is the true first witness to the resurrection and THE ONE sent to bear the good news to the other disciples. 

Here is the Church’s chosen reading for today:

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

John 20: 1-9

 

Here is the rest of the story:

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20: 10-18

 

 

Holy Week – Resurrecting the Magdalene Part VI

This year, as we journey toward the cross, and later, the empty tomb, we not only prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, who became Christ; we work together to resurrect the Magdalene from 2000 years of dismissal. Together we invite Mary Magdalene to rise from the dead – the death that was accomplished at the hands of a patriarchal and hierarchical world that could not imagine a woman as equal to the man they made into a god.

Through a re-reading of scripture, input, discussion and prayerful contemplation, we will take Mary off the cross upon which she suffered her death and restore her to her rightful place as co-equal with Christ. Like Jesus, Mary became fully self-actualized, living by and for the purpose of Love, and is now showing us how to do the same.

 

In this space of time between the crucifixion and the resurrection on Easter Sunday, we rest in sacred pause, remembering that all the Divine has created is Good. In this, we remember the ancient tradition of the Divine as more than only male, and the sacred tradition of God’s feminine counterpart.  She has been given many names, Shekinah, El-Shaddai, Ruah, Hokhmah, Sophia.  Here, we simply call her Mother.

 

I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and I covered the earth like a mist. I had my tents in the heights and my throne in a pillar of cloud. Alone I encircled the vault of the sky, and I walked on the bottom of the deeps.   Ecclesiasticus 24: 3-5

 

When the Most High set the heavens in place, I was there,

When God drew a ring on the surface of the deep,

When God fixed the clouds above,

When God fixed fast the wells of the deep,

When God assigned the sea its limits and the water did not invade the land,

When God extablished the foundations of the earth,

I was by God’s side, a master craftswoman,

Delighting God day by day

Ever at play by God’s side,

At play everywhere in God’s domain,

Delighting to be with the children of humanity.

 

Proverbs 8: 27-31

In the beginning, when The Mother created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then The Mother said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The Mother saw how good the light was. The Mother then separated the light from the darkness. The Mother called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day. Then The Mother said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.” And so it happened: The Mother made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. The Mother called the dome “the sky.” Evening came, and morning followed—the second day. Then The Mother said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear.” And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. The Mother called the dry land “the earth, ” and the basin of the water She called “the sea.” The Mother saw how good it was. Then The Mother said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.” And so it happened: the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. The Mother saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed—the third day. Then The Mother said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” And so it happened: The Mother made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and She made the stars. The Mother set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. The Mother saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day. Then The Mother said, “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.” And so it happened: The Mother created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. The Mother saw how good it was, and The Mother blessed them, saying, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day. Then The Mother said, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.” And so it happened: The Mother made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. The Mother saw how good it was. Then The Mother said: “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them be stewards of the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” The Mother created human beings in Her image; in the image of The Mother She created them; male and female She created them. The Mother blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Be stewards of the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” The Mother also said: “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.” And so it happened. The Mother looked at everything She had made, and She found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. Since on the seventh day The Mother was finished with the work She had been doing, She rested on the seventh day from all the work She had undertaken.

GN 1: 1-2:2

Holy Week – Resurrecting the Magdalene Part V

Holy Week – Resurrecting the Magdalene Part V

This year, as we journey toward the cross, and later, the empty tomb, we not only prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, who became Christ; we work together to resurrect the Magdalene from 2000 years of dismissal. Together we invite Mary Magdalene to rise from the dead – the death that was accomplished at the hands of a patriarchal and hierarchical world that could not imagine a woman as equal to the man they made into a god.

Through a re-reading of scripture, input, discussion and prayerful contemplation, we will take Mary off the cross upon which she suffered her death and restore her to her rightful place as co-equal with Christ. Like Jesus, Mary became fully self-actualized, living by and for the purpose of Love, and is now showing us how to do the same.

Read Part I HERE, Part II HERE, Part III HERE, and Part IV HERE.

 

Good Friday Video Meditation Exercise

Set aside 30 minutes for today’s meditation exercises. The first, is a video reflection on the events of Good Friday – Jesus’ struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal, Jesus’ trial, condemnation and crucifixion.  Watch the following excerpt from the classic movie Jesus of Nazareth. As you are watching, imagine that you are witnessing the events as they are unfolding from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. Place yourself within her being as witness to Jesus’ suffering.  The man she studied under, ministered with and perhaps even married was being killed.  How might she have felt?  Be conscious of what Jesus’ death would have likely meant for Mary.  The life she had known was coming to an end.  The man who empowered her, stood beside her, advocated for her (and other women) would be no longer.  What thoughts might Mary have had related to this loss, to losing the life and love she had known, and what might she be thinking about her future without Jesus?  Record your thoughts and reflections in a notebook or journal. 

 

Scripture/Meditation Exercise I

Prayerfully read through the scripture passage below. Imagine that these are Mary’s words as she is accompanying Jesus to his trial, crucifixion, death and entombment.  Imagine these are also Mary’s words in the face of her own grief, loss and dramatic life change.  Write your thoughts and reflections in your notebook or journal.  Reflect on the times in your own life where you have been invited to surrender your life into the hands of your Divine Parent.

  1. (Lk 23:46) Mother, into your hands I commend my spirit. In you, O Mother, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me. Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Mother, O faithful One. R. Mother, into your hands I commend my spirit. For all my foes I am an object of reproach, a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends; they who see me abroad flee from me. I am forgotten like the unremembered dead; I am like a dish that is broken. R. Mother, into your hands I commend my spirit. But my trust is in you, O Mother; I say, “You are my Hope. In your hands is my destiny; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.” R. Mother, into your hands I commend my spirit. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness. Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the Divine. R. Mother, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Ps 31: 2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25

 

St. Mary Magdalene Crucified by Giedrius Plioplys Used with permission

Scripture/Meditation Exercise II

Prayerfully read the passage below that has historically been associated with Jesus and the promises of “goodness” in his death. But now, read it as a promise of vindication in the death of the Magdalene.  How might the marginalizing of Mary and her story have served a higher purpose?  How might we begin to realize the fruits of Mary’s “sacrifice?”  How might we support the resurrection of the Magdalene in the same way that she supported Jesus’ resurrection?

See, my servant shall prosper, she shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at her so marred was her look beyond human semblance and her appearance beyond that of the daughters of man so shall she startle many nations, because of her kings and priests shall stand speechless; for those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the EIVINE been revealed? He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; She was a beauty to behold, Attractive beyond compare. Yet she was spurned and avoided by people, She suffered because of this and grew accustomed to infirmity, becoming one of those from whom people hide their faces, spurned, and she was held in no esteem, because in her presence, all felt seen. It was our infirmities that she bore, our sufferings that she endured, while they thought of her as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. She was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon her was the chastisement that makes us whole, by her stripes we can be healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the MOTHER lifted her up in spite of our guilt.

Though she was harshly treated, she submitted and opened not her mouth; like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, she was silent and opened not her mouth. Oppressed and condemned, she was taken away, and who would have thought any more of her destiny? When she was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten by the sin of the people, a grave was assigned her among the wicked, named “prostitute and whore” though she had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood.
She gave her life as an offering for love, and she shall see her descendants rise, then the will of the Mother shall be accomplished through her. IS 52: 13 – 53: 10