I endorsed this book [Mysteries of the Bridechamber: The Initiation of Jesus and the Temple of SolomonÂ ] for ITI when it was published last year. I thought the bookÂ was remarkable in many ways– but I was sad that Victoria LePage couldn’t fullyÂ embrace Mary Magdalene as “true Bride”—In my view, she missed a goldenÂ opportunity to celebrate the “Sacred Marriage” at the heart of the Gospels.Â
Apparently that “leap of faith” is too difficult for many people — We’ve all beenÂ taught to honor the “spiritual” as “high” and the “physical” as “low”–notÂ understanding that they are ONE/ warp and woof of the same tapestry of Life.
I believe we were all “brainwashed ” by the early Gnostic Christians “denial”Â of the “divinity” of the physical body / flesh as “counterpart” and “consecratedÂ vessel” of the “Spirit.” As my friend Mary Beben so succinctly states, “Spirit fellÂ in love with Matter and united with Her to create the “Cosmos”—it’s a bit likeÂ “wave and particle” theory… the “unseen” is “ONE” with the visible. The wordÂ for mother in Sanskrit is “matr”–the root of “material,” “mater” (mother), “matrix”Â et alia….
This is the ultimate “integration of opposites” which we celebrate at the coreÂ of the “Sacred Union” in all mythologies…and at the heart of the Christian story.
It is the real meaning of the “nativity” of Jesus, “the Divine became Flesh”—Â the doctrine of “incarnation.” The sad thing is that we all were taught that theÂ “Divine” became flesh ONLY in Jesus (a one-time event). We fail to graspÂ that Jesus came to show us that the “Divine” takes flesh in each of us…Â that We are called to be the incarnation of “Godde.” So our “earthen vessels”Â (our bodies, fearfully and wonderfully made!) are consecrated containers–Â
I believe that one of the reasons that Mary Magdalene carries a “preciousÂ box of perfumed ointment” is to remind us of the “sacred container” for whichÂ she is the “personification”—model of our own physical “union” of flesh andÂ divinity….
So I wish Victoria LePage could have made that last “leap” –to embraceÂ the “incarnation” of “God in us” (Emmanuel!)….to include Mary MagdaleneÂ as “Bride” and “Divine Counterpart.”
The Dervaig window at the “Church of Mary” shows Jesus with a halo,Â his Bride without a halo. The artist was showing that Mary was “human”–Â Jesus was Divine. But, in fact, She, too was “Divine”–the “incarnation”Â of the “Feminine Face of God”—THIS is the doctrine I feel needs soÂ desperately to be corrected in our time….
love and blessings,