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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

"The account of the marriage of Jesus with Mary Magdalene lies very close to the surface of the gospel narratives. It is easy to sense the erotic element in the story of the woman with the alabaster flask of pure nard, who poured it over Jesus, so that the house was filled with the fragrance of ointment" Note 1

Dr Barbara Thiering

PhD in Theology 1973

Studied the Dead Sea scrolls for over twenty years

 

"And the companion of the [Saviour was] Mary Magdalene. He loved her more than all the disciples [and used to] kiss her often on her [mouth]. The rest of the disciples [were offended and] said to him: "Why do you love her more than all of us?" The Saviour answered and said to them " Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness"

Gospel of Philip

From the Gnostic Gospels

The words in brackets are missing from the scroll and have been guessed at. But no matter for it seems that Jesus kissed her somewhere that made the disciples jealous.

It is important to note that there is no mention of Mary Magdalene's being favoured in this way in the synoptic Gospels.

Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute but was described in Mark 16:9 and Luke 8:2 as a woman "out of whom went seven devils". This means that she was under the authority of 'Satan' like 'the widow'. Judas Iscariot was 'Demon 7' the name for him as a member of the zealot party. As the chief scribe, he had the position once held by Gabriel, which included authority over celibate women before and after marriage.

Her TITLE was Mary [Miriam] and this was NOT her name, this included the mother of Jesus. They took this title from the wife of Moses because they had been given a form a ministry, that of a prophetess, taking part in liturgies of orders like those of the Therapeutae. The Magdalene was also a title and came from the prophet Micah and is a corruption of the Jewish phrase Migdal-Eder - Watchtower of the Flock.

Micah 4:8
And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

 

So why was Mary Magdalene Sainted?

She has been mentioned 10 times in the new testament. Mostly in the company of other women who haven't been sainted.

It is said that she was sainted because she was the first to witness the risen Christ.

QUESTION

Why is this important event in her life not featured anywhere in this Church at Rennes le Chateau dedicated to

SAINT Marie-Madeleine?

Why, if there is nothing to this story, did the Abbé Saunière, a Catholic priest, choose not to feature the very reason why Mary Magdalene has been sainted in any of the iconography of his church? Yet featured two instances of Mary of Bethany being intimate with Jesus?

 

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  •  Wedding at Cana

    One of the arguments against Jesus and The Magdalene's wedding is that there appears to be no mention of a wedding. But Jesus did attend a wedding.

    The story is related in John 2:1 -10

    1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there,

    2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

    3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

    4 "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."

    5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

    6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a]

    7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

    8 Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

       They did so,

    9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside

    10 and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

    11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

     

Important to note that his 'Wedding' took place at the Passover (i.e. Easter)

First thing that strikes you is that we are not told whose wedding this is but not only have Jesus and the disciples been invited but also Mary mother of Jesus.

The second question is what spiritual significance does this have? Turning water into wine? The significance was that it was his first miracle.

Firstly we must understand that when the Gospels were first written they would only have been written for trained eyes schooled with understanding. they were never envisaged for inclusion into a book written for everyone. All religious writing was done in the form of a reference to the scriptures. The meaning of the inclusion of this apparent 'party trick' is on another level of meaning called a 'Pesher'. Jesus is breaking with tradition for only celibates (this would have included Jesus at this point) could receive communion. In this apparent miracle he was allowing the 'unclean' persons (Gentiles) to receive communion.

But whose wedding was this? There is nothing sinister about us not being told because it would have been irrelevant to the Pesher and the assumption is clear to those with understanding. Mary mother of Jesus was part of the story and so was included in the text.

When Essene marriage rules are brought together it is clear that this was in fact one of the marriages of Jesus to Mary Magdalene at Cana (Ain Feshkha) conducted under Hellenist rules. Three marriages are required, the wedding at Cana is in fact merely a betrothal but is a little more than just an engagement. The phrase 'my time has not yet come' means that this was the feast that preceded the ceremony. We actually can make a very good guess of the date of this wedding, it is June 6th 30CE. It occurred in the evening on the same day that Jesus was in the corn fields with the disciples which is depicted in parchment one. We know this from a correlation between the four Gospels (Mark 2, Luke 6 and John 2) and a deep understanding of the strict rules surrounding Essene marriage from the Temple Scrolls worked out from the Sabbatical year. Please note that the Ain Feshkha scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls have only been partially translated despite being available to scholars for 70 years. Clearly controversial.

The transcripts of the two Priory Of Sion parchments, Jesus in the corn fields and the anointment of the feet of Jesus by Mary Magdalene, signify a quite definite allusion to the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Clearly the authors of these two parchments knew something. 

It is really no point in denying this neither is there any point in denying that a King of the Jews would be from the Davidic Bloodline and indeed this is depicted in the very first 17 verses of the New Testament.

As a King he would have to have been married in order continue the bloodline. Now the fact that no mention is made as to why this descendent of David wasn't married is quite frankly conspicuous by its absence. At the very least an explanation as to why Jesus, King of the Jews (INRI) chose not to marry would have been given.

The disciples also called Jesus Rabbi on five occasions. For a person living in first century Judea a Rabbi has to be married under Jewish law.

 

Personally I do not have a problem with Jesus being married but it seems that people are more prepared to have Jesus born of a virgin, walk on water and turn water into wine than to have him perform the normal functions of an earthly bound heterosexual male.

 

Note

The anointing of the feet of Jesus forms the plain text of the Shepherdess Parchment.

1 This incident is depicted as a stained glass window in Rennes le Chateau church

Mary anointing the feet odf Jesus

Stained glass window depicting Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus. This story is depicted in the large Shepherdess parchment text.

It has been assumed that Mary of Bethany is Mary Magdalene although this has been by no means accepted by all scholars of theology.

Please note that despite the Disciples of Jesus being present at this incident only Jesus and Mary have halos.

Jesus has the Celtic Sun Cross and Mary has the moon symbol.

She is the representation of the Feminine. Both her and the moon having a 'Period' of 28 days.

The marriage of the Risen Sun and Moon occurs at Easter

Mary Magdalene is a representation of the Moon 

Easter is defined each year by the first Full moon after the spring Equinox

She is the first to see the Risen Christ.

i.e. The moon's disc is complete with the light from the Sun after it "Passes over" the equator into the Northern Hemisphere from winter to spring     

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The Village of Brenac

 

A painting of Mary Magdalene in penitence that no longer features at Brennac church.

Here is painting by unknown artist that used to feature in Brenac church of a penitent Mary Magdalene kneeling and praying to another rugged cross, accompanied by scroll and skull and spikenard vessel (or perhaps a vessel containing ashes).

The hills in the background over Mary's right shoulder are particularly distinctive.

Mt Pilat

Le Trois Dents

In the Massif du PILAT

Said to be the burial place of Pontius Pilate

 

Under the auspice of Mary - But which Mary?A church where Sulpicions are traditionally buried which is resplendent in imagery.

Now look at this

As the game goes - Say what you see!

Left to right

A chateau - Rennes le Chateau?

In front of this on the same ridge, a tower with wall to the right? - La tour Magdala?

An Arch in the background? - Arques?

Blue and white conical hill behind the flat ridge but in front of the Arch? - Cardou?

A line drawn on a map that leaves Rennes le Chateau to the left, Arques in the middle and Cardou to the right extends to the west through Brenac Church. In other words this frieze under the altar in Saunière's church of Saint Marie Madeleine could be a theoretical view from a cave that is situated at Brenac showing a Golden Dawn emerging from behind the Arch.

It is worth noting that, despite the distance (just under 10km), Brenac church can be clearly seen from Rennes le Chateau and vice versa. We're told that Saunière made many visits to this church and after consulting a retired priest from there apparantly turned his attention to Perillos to the east of Rennes near to Perpignan. However it is worth noting that this line drawn from Brenac church to Arques is at an angle of 23.5 degrees from due east i.e. The tilt angle of the earth.

Brenac is a village just off the road from Quillan to Montsegur. The village was formerly known as Bernacum and is at the foot of the plate of Nebias which encompasses the commune of hamlets comprising of Fauruc, Lasserre, Monsec and Prax. The name Brenac is probably of Gallo-Roman origins. The Chapter of Narbonne holds the title deeds to it in the 9th century and there is mention of the village, as Bernacum, in 870, in the cartulary of St Just. The Chapter of Narbonne (St Just) then equipped the place as a stronghold and this was done by royal approval.

Its history dates back to prehistoric times, as several remains continue to testify. In the 11th century, the church was built and the old remains of this church are visible in the current church, which has since then been altered numerous times. The village suffered during the Cathar crusade, as well as the religious wars that occurred in the 16th century. The chronicle states that virtually everything had to be rebuilt. The church also had to be repaired. It would suffer again during the French Revolution, but unlike others in the area, was not destroyed.

There exists a persistent rumour linking this village with the village of Rennes-le-Château which wont go away. Both villages were close to one another and throughout recent times at least, priests from each village would definitely occasionally meet, either socially or officially; indeed Saunière mentions such visits in his diary. However just outside the village are the remains of a small insulated vault (it can be reached by car), which is a Visigothic oratory and is listed as under the protection of St Anthony. There are many points, all around Brenac, where this vault could have been built, but from this specific point the village of Rennes-le-Château can be clearly seen. There appears to be a natural alignment between these two sites – and seems to suggest some intention on the part of our early ancestors. However there is another site, near Brenac, that has attracted the attention of vandals and has been violated in the hope of discovering the famous treasure of the Razès in that location. No treasure has been found and the site had to be carefully protected from further destruction by treasure hunters.

There was a former priest of Brenac called Capel who was curé in 1793. We know that the priest of Rennes-le-Château, Bigou, went to Spain to flee the French Revolution, there is some speculation that the priest of Brenac went with him?

In the early 19th century, the church was in a sorry state. In 1809, Mgr. de Laporte, bishop of Carcassonne, worried about the maintenance of the building. However it would be 1837 before any work was carried out. An entry porch was added and to the left and right, two side chapels were created.
In 1843, beautiful but strange frescoes were added to panels in the ceiling. They have been listed in the Historic buildings inventory since April 9, 1987 (as was the bell dating from 1646). In some ways this church is decorated better than the St Marie Madeleine church in Rennes le Chateau.

The church is under the protection of St Julien and St Basilisse, both saints that lived in the 4th century and were martyrs in Antioch. In the county of the Razès we find the churches of Especel, Magrie and Villar-Saint-Andre also under their patronage. In Brenac, the celebrations in their honour occur on January 19, the day of St Marius, but before, it was the feast of St Germanique. The following day, January 20, masses were said for the dead.

One priest of Brenac is worth special mention, he is François Courtade. Born in 1820, he attended the great seminar of Carcassonne. He was named priest of Brenac on May 10, 1848, where he would remain for the next 40 years – until the time when a young Beringer Saunière arrived at Rennes-le-Chateau as curé. He was the great nephew of Felix Armand, who was famous for having made tunnels in the region. François Courtade was also an experienced sculptor and painter, he may well have painted the Mary Magdalene picture shown above. The village still has the statue of former bishop Petrus Amelius, residing on top of the fountain near the church, inaugurated in 1878 it was sculptured by Courtade. Petrus Amelius (Pierre Amiel) was a former native of Brenac and he was connected with the Avignon popes and specifically involved in the return of the Holy See to Rome at the time of Gregory XI. Amiel’s career began around 1365 and lasted up to his death in 1401. He was the patriarch of Raden and Alexandria, a position he received in 1386 and which he held until 1391.

Saunière is reported to have consulted Courtade before turning his attention to Perillos.

Last but not least it is worth a mention that at the beginning of the 17th century there was yet another enigmatic figure, Polycarpe de la Rivière, who showed a more than normal interest in the history of Brenac. Too strong an interest, it seems, as his work on the history was forbidden by the Church authorities.
His prohibited work was written in 1638 and entitled “Histoire de la ville d’Avignon”. What is so strange about the history of this town that it required the intervention of the Vatican. But could it have been something that Amiel, in his privileged position as papal librarian, was also aware of? Amiel was of course part of that history for Polycarpe.

 

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Mary and the GOLDEN DAWN

The angle 23.4° is the tilt angle of the earth between the Equatorial plane and the Ecliptic plane (where the sun and the planets appear)

90° minus 23.4° equals 66.6°

The author of Magick Aleister Crowley called himself

The Beast 666

When asked what this means he replied

"It means SUNLIGHT"

Simons cross

Simon's Cross

Mary of Bethany (The Magdalene) anointed the feet of Jesus at Simon's house

Sunrise on Mary Magdalene day

Sunrise on the 22nd July, Mary Magdalene Feast Day.

 

The anointing of the feet is the subject of the plain text of the Shepherdess Parchment.

John 12:1-11 (King James Version)

12:1 Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

 Noel Corbu

Careful close scrutiny of the Magdalene frieze under the altar reveals some interesting hypotheses. One of the things that is usually overlooked is the twin pillars either side of The Magdalene that symbolically hold up the Arch and the altar, but remembering the original story of how Saunière supposedly found his parchments in a cracked pillar. What is pretty clear is that no cracked pillars have been found so perhaps the story is allegorical. For indeed the story of a weeping virgin in front of a cracked pillar reading from a book has significant meaning in masonic circles and indeed the black and white chequered flooring of the church and the two pillars seems to reinforce this view. Remember of course that underneath this frieze there used to be the phrase (found also on the parchment):

JÉSU . MEDÈLA . VULNÉRUM + SPES . UNA . PŒNITENTIUM

PER . MAGDALÀNÆ . LACRYMAS + PECCATA . NOSTRA . DILUAS

 

"Jesus, cures wounds + hope at the same time pays the penalty,

by Magdalene's tears + dilute our errors." 

Note: For some reason this phrase under the altar was destroyed by a vandal in the 1970s, perhaps this interpretation was the reason why.

The Cracked Pillar

On the left is the masonic depiction of the weeping virgin (Virgo) holding the sprig of acacia and chalice and reading from an open book, whilst at her back stands father time teasing out the ringlets of her hair. At her feet is the broken pillar of Solomon's Temple.

"Masonry still retains among its emblems one of a woman weeping over a broken column, holding in her hand a branch of acacia, myrtle, or tamarisk, while Time, we are told, stands behind her combing out the ringlets of her hair. We need not repeat the vapid and trivial explanation... given, of this representation of Isis, weeping at Byblos, over the column torn from the palace of the King, that contained the body of Osiris, while Horus, the God of Time, pours ambrosia on her hair."

Illustrious Albert Pike 33°
Morals and Dogma, page 379

 

"The broken column denotes the untimely death of our Grand Master Hiram Abiff; the beautiful Virgin, weeping, denotes the Temple, unfinished; the book open before her, that his virtues there lie on perpetual record; the sprig of acacia in her right hand, the timely discovery of his body; the urn in her left, that his ashes were there safely deposited to perpetuate the remembrance of so distinguished a character; and Time standing behind her unfolding the ringlets of her hair denotes that time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things..."

Master Mason Initiation Lecture

Image

Broken Pillar in Arques Cemetery

On the Samhain/Parilia line drawn from Rennes le Chateau to Arques

Holy Place

Drawing from The Holy Place by Henry Lincoln

 

 

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The Magdalene weeping.

Mary weeping

Tear under the left eye.

 

The Talmud associates the word 'Magdala' with 'The curling of a woman's hair'

You will of course notice the very long curly her of 'The Magdalene' featured in Saunière's altar frieze.

This altar frieze of Saunière's  is compelling in its allegorical references. You'll remember that the second Shepherdess parchment features a crude drawing.

Is this crude drawing surrounded by the word NOIS the 'Green Heart' cross featured in the frieze? The legend of the 'Green Heart' is purely a French story, it stems from the legend of her sarcophagus found in her supposed crypt at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. Bernardo Gui, Dominican grand inquisitor and ruthless slaughterer of the Cathars, found a sweet spicy fragrance coming from a tomb and on inspection found the remains of a woman with a Green Shoot emanating from her tongue. This unlikely tale is rich in allegorical significance. Was Gui led there by a Cathar under torture? Is this woman indeed 'The Daughter of Zion', the tower of the Flock (Migdal-Eder) as described by the Prophet Micah? One is reminded of the Abbey de Notre Dame du Mont de Sion described as the 'Mother of All Churches': who is the Notre Dame (Our Lady) here? Well some people say that this Abbey was occupied by a chapter of Augustine monks that had assumed the title of 'Sainte-Marie du Mont Syon et du Sainte-Esprit; Holy Mary of Sion and of the Holy Spirit. Since when has the Blessed Virgin been known as Holy Mary of Sion? This can only be referring to one person. 

Certainly the legend of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume would have been known by Saunière and his parishioners, he would have ignored these legends at his peril.  Particularly when there is a church just north of Rennes le Chateau in the town of Limoux that is steeped in this legend and was referred to by the Abbé Boudet in his book La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck du Rennes-les-Bains. The church is called Notre Dame d'Marseilles; and also known as the Black Madonna of Limoux

The legend says that Mary Magdalene and others landed at Marseilles (Marsilla)

Painting of Mary Magdalene arriving at Marseilles by Bondone from 1320

 


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