"Hail Mary Magdalene, the Lord has wed thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb and Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of kings, give aid to us seekers now and in the hour of our need."---The Hail Mary adapted by Linda Seekins, Honorary Order member
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Legends & Heresies
Our Order works to honor and restore the Magdala, the Sacred Feminine, to her rightful place as part of the Godhead. We are following Yeshua and Magdala's true tradition, long suppressed, violently removed from mainstream Christianity, but always surviving just below the surface, in the esoteric, heretical fringe......
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The Order of Mary Magdala is open to both women and men. An esoteric Christian order, we study the true teachings, mystical techniques, meditations and prayers of Yeshua and Mary Magdalene. Yeshua's band had several prominent female disciples, whose names are mentioned right in the Bible (Luke 8). The Gnostic scriptures mention seven female students by name (Pistis Sophia).
We refer to the Order sometimes as our "cloister" but that should not imply we are a bunch of nuns!
Yeshua taught balance between the sexes and (scandalously!) accepted females into his school. He and Mary Magdalene embodied and manifested the archetypes of divine masculine and divine feminine united in the sacred marriage. The sacred marriage is a process that occurs in the subconscious mind as well as in the collective unconscious of humanity. Our Order of Mary Magdala teaches techniques that actualize these powerful archetypes, inner guides, divine "entities," and show you how to bring them into your life. Getting to know your inner guides, practicing wholeness, and the alchemy of the sacred marriage will transform your awareness and lead to the highest form of ecstasy or "bliss".
The sacred marriage is working in our lives whenever we balance pairs of opposites: heart and head, male and female, light and dark, heaven and earth, conscious and unconscious, ego and soul, spirit and matter. Symbols such as the Yin-Yang, Star of David and Sufism's Lock & Key represent the sacred marriage. You can even find the sacred marriage archetype in the Tarot deck -- the Lovers card.
You can't keep archetypes down
-- they will re-manifest eventually
Mary Magdalene's name is listed first in the Gospels whenever women are mentioned. The Gnostic Gospel of Phillip calls her koinonos, meaning the "spouse" or "partner" of Jesus in two places. This same Gospel, suppressed by the Church, also describes a scene where several of Jesus' male students became jealous because "Jesus kissed her often on the mouth". Magdalene was in all likelihood Yeshua's wife, and we believe co-Savior with him.
She was a manifestation of the sacred feminine, perhaps the daughter of Sophia and God-the-Father. Sophia, goddess of wisdom, called God's Spouse, lives in the pages of the Old and New Testaments as well as the Apocrypha, especially in such books as Song of Solomon (also called Song of Songs or Canticles). Other names of God-the-Father's spouse are Asherah and Shekinah. Sophia is just another name for our Heavenly Mother even as God-the-Father is called Yahweh, and El, Adonai, Elohim, and El Shaddai. (El is the oldest name for him, the root of god-names like Allah and Michael).
God-the-Father and God-the-Mother both chose to incarnate the active principal of themselves upon the earth together in order to draw their created selves (all of us) back to Them. We are their kin, they are our Divine Creators. Pictured left is an intriguing work by artist Barbara Getrost. She has "married" many universal symbols in this work entitled, "Marriage of Heaven and Earth." We can see two Vesica Piscis (fish) shapes in the middle created by the overlapping circles. The arms of the divine figures seem to be moving upward in a gesture of creation, a purple star bursting where their wrists cross or hands join. The pyramids are nifty, too, as is the squaring of the circle, that ancient symbol of the hieros gamos (sacred marriage). The figures are either Mother and Father God or Magdalene and Jesus.
Mary Magdalene is a dangerous figure to Church "authorities" because she teaches individuals how to connect directly to the Divine without using priests and donations but rather by activating symbols and using spiritual techniques. She represents dangerous teachings such as the sacred marriage and sexuality as opposed to celibacy and virginity. Her existence at the heart of Christianity proves sexuality is healthy rather than dysfunctional and "dirty." That is something the Church has tried to keep us from figuring out for centuries.
Even today people freak out over books like the DaVinci Code and think we're honoring a dangerous pagan goddess. She, they warn, is of the devil. Why are they threatened by alternative forms of Christianity such as Grail and Esoteric Christianity? Because the teachings Mary Magdalene presides over take power from the hands of the few, from the old-boy network, from the Church authorities and give it to every person, to you and me.
Power-hungry, sexually dysfunctional control-freaks do not share power. They want it all, and for many centuries they kept it all. Power and money was in the hands of a very few, all in the name of God.
As the year 2001 brought the third millennium there came a new awakening to the message of the Magdala, a new view of her not as the penitent prostitute -- nowhere in scripture does it ever say she was a prostitute-- but as co-Teacher, even a Christian Goddess. To avoid execution by the Church for heresy, the early adherents of the alternative underground Church (sometimes called the "Grail Heresy") developed codes and secret symbols. Mary Magdalene was indicated in the occult (hidden), "heretical" and Gnostic world by her initials MM.
Mary, Mother of Yeshua, was indicated by one M. Margaret Starbird has pointed out in her books that the Roman numerals for 2000 are MM. Mary called Magdalene is therefore the Lady of the new Millennium. The Restoration of this Goddess in the Gospels to her rightful place in Judeo-Christianity may be the next step in the evolving faith called Christianity.
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About her Name: She was called Mary the Magdala, or in Greek, Magdalene. Magdala, is an Aramaic word meaning Tower of Strength. The original word in Hebrew is Migdal. In the Old Testament (Micah 4:8) the phrase Migdal-Eder, meaning Tower of the Flock, describes the Daughter of Tsion to whom "the Kingdom shall be returned". According to some Jewish scholars, Migdal-Eder refers to Rachel, the beloved wife of Israel. Rachel is mother to the "Children of Israel", and is symbolically the Queen Mother of Judaism. Migdal-Eder was a title also given to Mary Magdalene and she is the First Lady of Christianity.
Mary's first name is Miriam in Hebrew, Maria in Greek. More about her name from Margaret Starbird.
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