Mysteries of the Magdalene
Journey of the Sacred Feminine - South of France • April 17 - May 1, 2014
The Apostle of the Apostles....The Beloved Disciple....Ecstatic Mystic.....the Magdalene!
Her energy is profoundly felt and experienced at the sacred sites in the south of France. She asks to remember the sacred mysteries and wisdom of the divine feminine.
Chartres Cathedral shares the wisdom of the sacred feminine through the Magdalene stories revealed in the stained-glass windows and the path of the initiate in the labyrinth.
Magdalene with egg
Magdalene Tower at Rennes
Visiting the Grotte de Clamouse is an extraordianry experience, the reflections from underground rivers and pool flickering on the cavern roofs with stallagmites and stalactites forming goddess-like figures.
Rose Window at Chartres
The cathedral of Notre Dame in Le Puy is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful pilgrimages shrines, much visited by the pilgrims on their way to Santiago deCompostela and highly venerated for its Black Madonna statue. Legends associate the Black Madonna both with Mary Magdalene and Sarah. Prior to Christianity an enormous dolmen, or single stone stood atop the sacred hill, known as the stone of visions. Pieces of this sacred stone are incorporated into the floor of the “angels chamber.”
Rennes-le-Chateau is the site of the church of St. Mary Magdalene and the Magdalene tower. This idyllic, peaceful village was originally the fortified city of Rhedae, founded in the 5th century by the Visigoths. In the late 1800’s Father Berenger Sauniere began the restoration of the church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene and the construction of the tower, an act of devotion and homage to the Magdalene.
Contemplative Magdalene ->
Sainte de la Mar is the city where Mary Magdalene is believed to have entered the south of France after her journey by boat across the Mediterranean.
Pont Du Gard
Gorge De Galamus
Magdalene in Grotto
Carcassonne is a perfectly restored medieval town along the banks of the Aude. The original settlement was Roman, 2nd century BC. The Cathars were given sanctuary there in 1209 and during the inquisition in the 14th century. It’s history and restoration speak of “dedication to one’s path.” In the foothills of the Pyrennes, we will also visit Queribus one of the last strongholds of the Cathars. The enegy of both places will inspire us to renew our own dedication to our spiritual journey and soul path.
Sainte de la Mar
The white horses of the Carmague are symbols of the spirit of the goddess, wild and free.
The 2000 year old Pont du Gard is considered the best testimony to the greatness of the Roman Empire. This aqueduct carried water 50 km from the springs at Uzes to Nimes.
We will visit two Magdalene grottos. The first, La Sainte-Baume (holy cave) on a hill near
Marseille, is where Mary Magdalene is said to have retired. There she experienced ecstatic union with the divine. The other grotto which has a sacred spring is at Gorge de Galamus, where one feels her essence as the Holy Grail, vessel of the Great Goddess.
Legends say that upon her death, the angels that attended her at the cave La Baume, carried her remains to the oratory of St. Maximin.