The French Mystery Cult of Mary Magdalene attracted much interest in recent years with the general scenario that she was the wife of Jesus, they
produced offspring, and this led to a tradition of a secret Bloodline...i think that's wrong...and will present here my own considerations.
The tradition of Mary Magdalene in France was compiled into the Golden Legend
The Golden Legend
And this is she, that same Mary Magdalene to whom our Lord gave so many great gifts. And showed so great signs of love, that he took from her seven
devils. He embraced her all in his love, and made her right familiar with him. He would that she should be his hostess, and his procuress on his
There was that time with the apostles Saint Maximin, which was one of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord, to whom the blessed Mary Magdalene was
committed by Saint Peter, and then, when the disciples were departed, Saint Maximin, Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus her brother, Martha her sister,
Marcelle, chamberer of Martha, and Saint Cedony which was born blind, and after enlumined of our Lord; all these together, and many other christian
men were taken of the miscreants and put in a ship in the sea, without any tackle or rudder, for to be drowned. But by the purveyance of Almighty God
they came all to Marseilles, where, as none would receive them to be lodged, they dwelled and abode under a porch tofore a temple of the people of
Above one sees a representation of the death of Mary Magdalene in the cave at Baume, were in legend she had chosen to live out her years in the
wilderness, after landing at Marseille.
Here's a painting on the same theme, the common element being the skull;
There are four general artifacts that will be seen in association with this theme, a book, the skull, an ointment jar and cross with pronounced
What Mary sought in the cave was perfect knowledge, the light...
is a lighter, for there she took so largely that she spread it abundantly. She took the light there, with which after she enlumined other, and
in that she chose the best part of the heavenly glory, she is called the light. For then she was enlumined of perfect knowledge in thought, and with
the light in clearness of body. Magdalene is as much as to say as abiding culpable. Or Magdalene is interpreted as closed or shut, or not to be
overcome. Or full of magnificence, by which is showed what she was tofore her conversion, and what in her conversion, and what after her
Her means to achieving this were her artifacts, the skull, the books, the axis of the cross;
And through these Mary became enlightened;
Through the ointment jar with which she had annointed Jesus as the Messiah, she contemplated the relationship of the physical to the metaphysical and
and came to realise the purity of the physical reflecting the Heavenly;
Her closest relationship was to the skull, the evidence would suggest this relates to the skull of Jesus itself, it was her love and she rejected all
nor had need of any child...
It's a remarkable cult and i love the associated images of Mary transforming into this wise woman;
Historians will doubt the veracity of the legend, citing the counter tradition of the early church that Mary Magdalene lived out her days at Ephesus
in Turkey, along with Mary the Mother of Jeus and the apostle John, but it is actually there that the strength of the French tradition lies, in that
at Marseille were Mary is said to have landed was a sister Temple of Artemis of Ephesus;
MASSILIA (Marseilles) City in Gaul (Greek Colony)
Strabo, Geography 4. 1. 4 :
"Massilia [in Gaul] was founded by the [Greek] Phokaians, and it is situated on a rocky place. Its harbour lies at the foot of a theatre-like rock
which faces south … It is on the headland that the Ephesion [temple of Artemis Ephesia] and also a temple of Apollon Delphinios (of the Dolphins)
are situated. The latter is shared in common by all Ionians, whereas the Ephesion is a temple dedicated solely to Artemis Ephesia (of Ephesos): for
when the Phokaians were setting sail from their homeland an oracle was delivered to them, it is said, to use for their voyage a guide received from
Artemis Ephesia; accordingly, some of them put in at Ephesos and inquired in what way they might procure from the goddess what had been enjoined upon
them. Now the goddess, in a dream, it is said, had stood beside Aristarkha, one of the women held in very high honour, and commanded her to sail away
with the Phokaians, taking with her a certain reproduction [of the main statue of Artemis Ephesia] which was among the sacred images; this done and
the colony finally settled, they not only established the temple but also did Aristarkha the exceptional honour of appointing her priestess; further,
in the colonial cities [of Massilia] the people everywhere do this goddess honours of the first rank, and they preserve the artistic design of the
‘xoanon’ [primitive wooden images which were supposed to have originally fallen from heaven] the same, and all the other usages precisely the same
as is customary in the mother-city."
The common denominator then between the two traditions is the Temple of Artemis, and from the Golden Legend;
they came all to Marseilles, where, as none would receive them to be lodged, they dwelled and abode under a porch tofore a temple of the people
of that country
Mary Magdalene is reflecting an aspect of the cult of Artemis, not the Mother Goddess aspect or Goddess of fertility, but that of sister to Apollo,
the cosmic balance.
Apollo was master of a metaphysical cosmic axis that reached into the darkest depths and scaled the most brilliant heights, as symbolised by the
extended vertical cross, his sister was the axis of horizontal balance, a harmonious relationship.
Mary Magdalene Gospel
5) Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.
6) Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.
7) Mary answered and said, What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.
8) And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He
answered and said to me,
9) Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.