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Mary Magdalene & Holy Grail
Artist - Sarah Honeycutt-Steele
Scanned from cover of Margaret
Starbird's "Goddess in the Gospels"
  A few years ago, I had hardly heard of Mary Magdalene. I remember hearing that she was a prostitute, but that was as far as my knowledge of her went. That changed one night when I had a very intense, very real dream of her. But it wasn't just "of" her. In the dream, I actually "was her", or at least, I was seeing things from her perspective, through her eyes. Dreams are funny in that you just know certain things without having to be told. During this dream, nobody said her name, but I knew without a doubt that it was her. The telling of the dream will be in first person, because this is the perspective I viewed it in. The dream starts out with a very intimate, very loving encounter with Jesus. The passion between us was incredible, unspeakable. It was beyond pure physical love, although the physical passion was undeniable. Then the dream progressed until we were traveling with a group of people through villages. Jesus was speaking to groups at the villages we would stop at. People were mesmerized by him, and I would stand near him, soaking up every word, as not only his student, but his equal partner. Although none of this was said within the dream, it came to me as a knowing. She was a priestess and she was his wife.

 At one of the villages, while listening to him speak to the crowd, I started to feel very sick to my stomach and weak. I began to blackout and faint. And in that moment, I knew that I was pregnant. Just as that realization dawned, I was lifted up in his arms and taken from the crowd. His every move was full of love and gentleness. It was amazing to be able to see him as she saw him, to be able to experience his love for her first hand. The last thing I remember about the dream (which seemed to cover a period of time in quick images here and there) was traveling in a long boat with no oars. While in the boat, I knew that Jesus had already been crucified and that I had his child with me. Upon waking from the dream, I was filled with an overwhelming desire to read more about Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus. During the dream, a few things were shown to me that I knew to be truth (with or without proof). I was pleasantly surprised to find evidence to support all (and more) of these theories.

  • Mary Magdalene was a priestess of the Goddess
  • She was Jesus's wife and most beloved partner/student
  • They had a child together who carried on his bloodline - the Holy Grail.

 Mary Magdalene is mentioned in the Bible as a "sinner" who is redeemed by Jesus and becomes one of his followers, but that is not the entire story. Mary was a priestess of the Goddess. Priestesses of the Temples were referred to as "sacred prostitutes" or "heirodules". They took on the role of the Goddess during the Sacred Marriage, an ancient rite done to legitimize the rule of Kings. In order for a King to have the rule of the land, he had to be symbolically wed to the Goddess. [2][3] Mary was most likely a priestess of a temple, where the mother of Jesus also served. [3] The term "Magdala" means "high place," or "Temple. Thus "Miriam of Magdala" (Mary Magdalene) was either the queen herself or a high priestess, impersonating {representing} the Goddess Mari. [8] Jesus is said to have cast "seven demons" from her, which can be linked to the initiations that priestesses regularly underwent in the temples of Isis-Ishtar-Inanna as a symbolic rite of death and rebirth, descending through the seven gates of the Underworld and then being reborn after three days. Being linked with the Goddess religions may have made her a "sinner" in the eyes of some, and her role was intentionally degraded in the "official" version of the Bible. [16] because it threatened to undermine the control of the male leaders of the Church.  


Mary as Priestess of the Goddess
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 She is called the Apostle of the Apostles. [2] Jesus called her "She Who Knows All".[1] [14] Some even believe she authored the 4th Gospel of the Bible, known as the Gospel of the Beloved Disciple. [4] Traditionally, the Church has asserted that John was the Beloved Disciple mentioned in the Bible, but further study suggests that it more likely was Mary herself. She was Jesus's first and most cherished student and partner. My intuition (and my dream) tell me that she was highly influential in the decision making process, and seen by Jesus as his equal, rather than just a disciple of his teachings. I suspect that together, through their union, the teachings were brought forth. Because God/dess is within each of us, it is through the joyful experience of life that the most Divine truths are uncovered, so I feel that their union and passionate love for each other and for their connection to the Mother/Father God, allowed them to be perfect channels for the Will of the Divine.



Above Images from
   There is much evidence to support the theory that Mary was in fact Jesus' wife. In the Bible, it states that Mary anoints Jesus to prepare him for burial. This can be linked to the ancient rites of the Goddess religions, in which the Bride (a priestess representative of the Goddess) anoints the King, her Bridegroom during the the Sacred Marriage, heiros gamous. [2] In the temple of Isis-Inanna-Ishtar-Ashera, the King, who represented the God Dumuzi, would be married to one of the priestess, who represented the Goddess Inanna. [9] Jesus was called "King of the Jews" and he would have entered into this Sacred Marriage in order to legitimize that role. She was referred to as his "Sister-Bride". This signifies that their relationship was more than a sexual union; it was a deep spiritual intimacy and "kinship" summed up in the word sister. This Sacred Marriage was not limited to physical passion; it was a marriage of deepest spiritual and emotional ectasy as well. [5] Mary is mentioned in the Bible many times in close connection to Jesus. She is the only witness to his resurrection and she is known to be the one who anoints him and washes his feet with her hair. The Gospel of Mary, found in the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of Gnostic texts, refers to their close relationship: "And the companion of the [...] Mary Magdalene. [...] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth." [1] Peter said to Mary (in the Gospel of Mary) "Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women."[12] In Judaism at the time, it would have been unheard of for Jesus to NOT be married. Had he been unmarried, he would not have been seen as a fit leader or King.[2] [13] [16] The freedom to travel that Mary obviously had would also have been highly unusual had she not been married. [16] Just the very closeness of their relationship, confirmed by many sources, strongly supports the assertion that they were married. The behavior would have been seen as highly inappropriate had they not been. Some sources even state that she was so close to him that she sat in his lap during the Last Supper. [14] It is suggested that the Wedding of Canna, where Jesus turned the water into wine, was actually his own marriage to Mary of Bethany, the Magdalene [5] [16]

  Their union can easily be compared to pagan myths, in which the Year God is born of the Goddess (Mother aspect - Virgin Mary) at the Winter Solstice, matures and joins with the Goddess in Sacred Marriage (Maiden/Lover aspect - Mary Magdalene) and is sacrificed (crucified), only to be resurrected and born once again, ensuring fertility and growth to the Earth ("saving humanity"). It is no coincidence that the day set aside to celebrate the birthday of Jesus coincides with the pagan Winter Solstice. It is clear that Jesus is just another aspect of the Year God of pagan myth, just as Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene are two aspects of the same Mother Goddess who has been worshiped by peoples since ancient times. Jesus was one to unite all people, regardless of social status or religion, so a marriage entered between him and a priestess would be a symbol of the union between the Mother Goddess of the pagan, Earth-fertility religions and the Father God of the Old Testament, creating a new religion that honors and embraces both masculine and feminine energies and harnesses the creative power inherent in all people.

 The Virgin Mary was also said to have been a temple priestess. In the time, there were hierodules in the Temple of Jerusalem. [11] Mother Mary is said to have been dedicated to Temple work, she lived there, wove tapestries, altar cloths, and prayed for the betterment of the people. She is repeatedly called a "Temple Virgin". The term "virgin" doesn't have a connection to her actual physical state. The term "almah" can be translated to mean "virgin" or "maiden" all of which would be used to identify an unmarried girl [11][10][9] In Goddess worship, the term "virgin" means simply that she is beholden to no man, free to love as she chooses. "one in herself, to be true to her own nature and instinct. Unexploited, not in man's control." [11] It is interesting how a minor change in translation can change the entire meaning of who Mary, the Virgin Mother was. The connection between the Goddess creation myths and the stories of Mary's virgin birth are strikingly clear. As Elinor Gadon writes, "There is no more matriarchal image than the Christian mother of God who bore a child without male assistance." [11]  


Mother Mary
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Three Marys : Companions of Jesus
Stained glass, Carmelite church, Boppard on the Rhine, 1440s, Detroit Institute of Arts.
   The Gospel of Philip, in the Gnostic texts of the Nag Hammadi library state: "There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary." This is a clear connection to the Triple Goddess. Symbolic of the three aspects of every woman: sister, wife, mother. A symbol of the Goddess, complete unto herself. Jesus honored the sacred presence of these three strong women, all of whom were manifestations of the Goddess, whom he served alongside the Father.

 Understanding his true relationship to these women has helped me (and I'm sure will help others) heal any rifts that remain between Christianity and Goddess worship. The original intent of Jesus and his early followers was very different than the institutionalized, fear based religions that the world has come to identify as modern, fundamentalist Christianity. This aberration from the true intent of Jesus and Mary was due to power hungry rulers who had the authority over access to this information and changed it to suit their own purposes. Some believe that after the crucifixion of Jesus, Mary, with the help of Jesus' close friend Joseph of Arimathea, fled to Egypt where she gave birth to his child. [5] This was neccessary because the nature of her relationship to Jesus put her, and her child, in danger. Many years later, when the child would have been about twelve years old, Mary fled to France accompanied by her sister, Martha of Bethany and their brother, Lazarus. They arrived on the coast of Provence in France."in a boat with no oars after narrowly escaping death during a storm at sea." [5] [7] (Note: I was amazed to find this piece of information, because this detail was SO prominent in my dream and I thought it was unusual to have a boat with no oars at that time in history. It served as a huge validation of the accuracy of my dream.) It is said that she arrived in France bearing the Holy Grail, which instead of being an actual cup which held the blood of Jesus, referred to the bloodline of Jesus, through the child that he and Mary had together. [16]  Margaret Starbird, in her books "The Woman With the Alabaster Jar" and "Goddess in the Gospels" makes this connection and also states that the child was a girl named Sarah, called "Sarah, the Egyptian." [2][5][6] "Sarah" meaning "princess" in Hebrew. [5][6] This child may have carried on the bloodline even further, establishing the Merovingian monarchs of France. This word breaks down into mer and vin, which is translated as Mary's Vine. [5] In the town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in France, there is a festival every May 23rd - 25th at a shrine in honor of Saint Sarah the Egyptian. [5]


Image found at Sacred Source

Symbols of Mary Magdalene:

  • Alabaster jar (which held the nard used to anoint Jesus's body for burial
  • Holy Grail, the vessel said to have held the blood of Jesus. May have actually been Mary herself, carrying the bloodline of Jesus, their child.
  • Long hair. She is always depicted with long hair and often it is red. Some will say she is depicted this way because red is the color to show she is a "prostitute" or a "sinner" but I feel it is more accurate to say her hair is red for the color of passion, joy, vibrant life force and ecstasy that is a central part of the Goddess traditions.
  • Seen in some images meditating on a skull, showing her understanding of the mysteries of death and rebirth.

Symbols of Virgin (Mother) Mary:

  • Holding Christ Child
  • Rosaries
  • Hands together in prayer
  • Sacred Heart

 Mary Magdalene became an influential leader of early Christians, founding a cult of her own, called the Cult of the Magdalene or the Cult of the Beloved Disciple. [6] [4] The story of Mary and Jesus can be compared to that of Isis and Osiris. [3] as well as with Inanna and Dumuzi. Connecting to Mary in this way, as my patron Goddess, has helped me change my feelings towards Christianity and to nurture a close connection to both Mary and Jesus, as a symbol of Divine Wholeness, the balance of masculine and feminine that exists within each of us. Within each of us is "She Who Knows All", priestess, mother, lover, wife, and spiritual partner. It is my feeling that Mary is the bridge between modern day Pagans and Christians, and I feel this role is the vital element that will bring these two seemingly opposing belief structures into a unified Oneness. As Carl McColman states in his book, "Embracing Jesus and the Goddess" [15], Jesus and the Goddess are much like Romeo and Juliet, madly in love with each other, but with warring families. It is my hope that these warring families can come together and start a dialogue that will result in common understanding and tolerance, and finally... love and acceptance. Embracing Mary in her rightful place will also heal the often troubled relationships between men and women. The denial of the feminine as partner and friend has robbed us of the ecstasy and reduced our male-female relationships to a distorted shadow of the joy shared by the archetypal couple in the Garden. [5] Their story shows us that there is a way for men and women to complement each other, instead of oppose each other. Their relationship is the model of the perfect partnership, on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Embracing the partnership of these two archeypes also allows each of us to honor the partnership within us. Their love affair is present in each of us. Our other half is not outside of ourselves. It is within, and when we learn to love both sides of our Nature, we can love All. The Jesus story is incomplete without the Lost Goddess, and it is only when she is able to reclaim her rightful place, that all will be healed.

"..Exhausted and parched
in wretchedness,
she hears him call her name.
She stirs, raises her head, and looks around.
"Who speaks?"
Her heart beats faster.
"Can it be he?
Has he returned at last for me?"
The garden where he left her
is now a wasteland -
scarred, dried, and shriveled.
Trees are stunted,
streams of living water
only a trickle.
Thickets of thorns
surround the garden,
barring his way.
With the sword of truth
he must hack them to pieces
to reach his beloved.
At last he finds her,
still clasping her alabaster jar.
Her joyful tears fall at his feet.
A second time she dries them with her hair.
But now he reaches for her hand.
"Come, beloved; it is time.
Let us go together into the vineyard
to see if the vines are in bloom." (Cant. 7:13)
Hand in hand now,
they walk in the desert garden.
And where their feet tread
a violet springs up from the ground
an anemone lifts its head.
In their wake
buds swell on the barren bough.
"No longer will you be called 'forsaken'
and your lands 'desolate',
but you shall be called 'beloved',
and your lands 'espoused." (Isa. 62:4)
He whispers her name,
savoring its taste
delighting in the Bride of his longing: Mary

(from Margaret Starbirds : Woman With the Alabaster Jar)





Both images by Dante Gabriel Rosetti
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 "She Who Knows All" a collage arranged by Lotus Moonwise. In the collage above, you can see that there are two sides to the face of the Goddess: light and dark. With her eyes peacefully closed, a river of images flow through her consciousness. It is a mixture of All That Is, both light and dark, positive and negative, power, weakness, strength, frailty, peace, war, love, hate, death, birth, emotion, life!. "Like music to my eyes, so flows the river of life." Mary, in all her aspects is "She Who Knows All"

 Feast Day of Mary Magdalene ~ July 22nd

Ritual by Lotus Moonwise
(Designed for a group, but could be adapted to a solitary practitioner)


Red cloth to cover altar
Red candles (at least three, but more if desired)
Chalice with red wine (to symbolize "blood" of Christ)
Alabaster Jar
Statue of Mary
Statue of Jesus
Dark colored scarf
Crown of dried red roses
Plate of bread

While setting up the altar, place the dark veil over the statue of Mary. Place this statue beside the statue of Christ. Have all other items laid out on altar nearby. Begin ritual:

1) Purify space
2) Cast circle:

"We create here sacred space, a temple between the worlds, a refuge where we can connect to the Divine Spirit within and invite the Divine Spirit of the Universe to join with us. Join with us now in this space. So mote it be."

3) Call Quarters:

"Hail to the Watchtowers of the East, Spirits of Air, Powers of the Mind, we invite you to this circle. May you bless us with clear thoughts. Come in peace and blessed be."

"Hail to the Watchtowers of the South, Spirits of Fire, Powers of the Soul, we invite you to this circle. May you bless us with heartfelt passion. Come in peace and blessed be."

"Hail to the Watchtowers of the West, Spirits of Water, Powers of Heart, we invite you to this circle. May you bless us with emotional empathy. Come in peace and blessed be."

"Hail to the Watchtowers of the North, Spirits of Earth, Powers of the Body, we invite you to this circle. May you bless us with physical health. Come in peace and blessed be."

4) Intention:

We are present here this day to honor the Spirit of Mary Magdalene, to witness her re-union with her lost bridegroom,.and to restore her to her rightful place: as Mother, Lover, and Wife to the God. We come to honor her as a Goddess in her own right, the other half of the dual nature of the Divine. Long has the Goddess been cast aside and forgotten. Now is the time for her re-emergence. We are spiritual midwives, acting as vessels for the Goddess. We are her Sacred Daughters. We are the soul of All That Is, in the flesh. It is time to remember her in her true form, not as sinful prostitute, but as the sacred, honored, and loved wife/sister/mother she is.

5) Invocation to Mary:

In your three aspects: Mother, Sister, Wife, you are a symbol of the Triple Goddess. We light these three red candles now, to invite your energy, passion, and creative life force into this circle.

"Mary, called 'She Who Knows All', you are all women. The passionate lover, the devoted wife, the independent maiden, equal partner, teacher and student. Long have you been separated from your bridegroom, your chosen mate, you son and husband. You are she who knows the mystery of birth and death. You are she that has died and been reborn. You are she that has gnosis. You are she who acted as counsel and most cherished partner to the Christ. It is time for you to come out of hiding, to remove the shame and secrecy that has shrouded the truth about your identity. "

Remove the dark veil from the Mary statue

"Mary, you are free to shine and radiate your truth and beauty, joy and love onto the world. The veil has been lifted and your heart is free. You stand side by side with your lover and husband, We place you now in your rightful place, as Queen of Heaven and Earth. "

Put red rose crown on the head of Mary statue

"May we always remember you and honor you. May we walk in beauty and know that you are with us, guiding us and loving us. May the example of your love with the Christ guide us in our lives as well. For with him, you are your own being, your own woman. You are one with him in true unconditional love. The kind of love that demands nothing of sacrifice. The kind of love that is freely given. The kind of love that expands the Universe. The pure spark of creative union that continues the cycle of evolution and creation. You represent the Sacred Feminine in me, just as your chosen King, Jesus represents the Divine Masculine within. Together, you both represent the perfect balance of these energies in my own soul. we are sparks of you both.

6) Symbolic Re-Union:

As you stand side by side, once again the two halves are together, just as they were in the beginning. There is such beauty and completeness in your union, and it is a symbol for the renewal of life. The cross and the cauldron are two sides of the same coin. The God is carried within the Goddess. The blood of his body is contained within this chalice, this holy grail. This blood lives on. It is renewed through her body, the vessel of all life. Within each of us is the Christ Seed, the gnosis, the consciousness of our Divine Selves and our connection to All That Is.

Each person in group will now dip a piece of bread into the wine and take a bite. Each person repeats these words:

I honor the union of both within me, as I honor the integration of my Godself and my Goddess self. I am All That Is. I am She Who Knows All.

7) Thank Goddess and God.

We thank you, Mary and Jesus, for being here with us today in this sacred space. May the joy of your union live on in our hearts. May the inspiration you have given us and the love we have felt here continue on in our everyday lives. May we remember always that you are with us and we are never alone. Thank you for all your blessings.

8) Thank / Release Quarters:

"Watchtowers of _________________, Spirits of ____________________, thank you for joining with us in this circle and lending your energies here. Hail and farewell. Go in peace and blessed be."

9) Open Circle:

May this circle now be open, yet never broken. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.

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 Reference sources:

1} Love is Stronger than Death by Lesa Whyte (website)
2) The Goddess in the  Gospels by Margaret Starbird
3) The Moon Under Her Feet by Clysta Kinstler
4) Mary Magdalene: Author of the Fourth Gospel? by Ramon K. Jusino, M.A (website)
5) The Woman With the Alabaster Jar by Margaret Starbird
6) Mary Magdalene: The Beloved by Margaret Starbird (website)
7) Mary Magdalene: The Grail Bearer by Margaret Starbird (website)
8) The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker
9) Was Mary Magdalene a Temple Priestess? by Clysta Kinstler (website)
10) Mary Magdalene: The Goddess in the  Gospels
11) The Once and Future Goddess by Elinor W. Gadon
12) The Gospel According to Mary : Nag Hammadi Library (website)
13) Women in the Priesthood : Jesus Was Married. (website)
14) Jesus and the Lost Goddess by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy
15) Embracing Jesus and the Goddess by Carl McColman
16) Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln