Mary Magdalene.

By Katie Smith.
In her own words.

Mary Magdalene
After reading ‘Holy Blood, Holy Grail’ by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, many years ago, I became very interested in all things Magdalene. Every-time I feel that I’m getting close to knowing why she has this grip on me, or get near to finding a theory of why she holds so many people captive, the answer fades from my intellectual grasp.
I hope in these pages to present and explore some of the aspects of the Magdalene puzzle that have intrigued me and others for years. Perhaps a pattern or picture will emerge…eventually.

Caravaggio is one of my favourite artists. It was only after many years of reading about Mary Magdalene, the Cathars, Rennes le Chateau, the Templars and the Grail that the penny finally dropped for me when I looked at this painting.
To me Caravaggio has clearly painted Mary Magdalene as though she were holding, and lovingly looking at, a baby in her arms, only the baby is missing.
Was the artist continuing the tradition of hiding the truth, the ‘heresy’ of the Cathars and Templars in plain sight?

I’m reading Laurence Gardner’s ‘The Magdalene Legacy’ and he too points out the missing child in Caravaggio’s painting, describing her as being in a ‘nursing pose’, so I don’t feel so daft! ( Gina) He also points to the shell-designed chalice on the front of her skirt stating:

The engralled scalloping on this device is the most forthright of Grail-related generational allegory…Scallop engrailing was at all times connected with love goddesses and fertility cult females associated with the sea – from Mary Magdalene to Aphrodite, Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus is a supreme icon of this tradition.

Showing that the tradition of artists depicting Mary Magdalene as a mother has continued, Gardner point’s to a Dali painting that appeared in a strange book entitled ‘L’Apocalypse de Saint Jean.’ The book produced in 1961, was apparently a one-off; comprised of hand-made parchment leaves; had a bronze, sculpted cover encrusted with precious stones; weighed 210 kgs; had original commissioned artwork by the world’s most prominent artists; was the most expensive book in the world; and after being exhibited around the world it was hidden away in a Swiss bank vault.
The painting ‘The Life of Mary Magdalene’ to me clearly shows a woman whose abdomen shows signs of having given birth. Dali has The Magdalene’s abdomen being assaulted by or pierced by a nail. The nail reminds me of the crucifixion. Is Dali portraying a symbolic assault against her by the Church and history for being the carrier of the Grail.?…..

The beautiful stained glass window below is a prominent and controversial feature of Kilmore Church on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Installed in 1906 it seems to show Jesus with a halo, holding the hand of a pregnant woman. The bible verse below the pair relates to Mary of Bethany, who it is believed is also Mary Magdalene. Interestingly, the church itself has a round tower, yet another symbol of Mary Magdalene.

21 Responses to “Mary Magdalene.”

  1. Just Me Says:

    Mary Magdalene = Mary of Bethany, so Bethany = Beth and Madeleine’s name is Madeleine BETH McCann

  2. Dannie Louis Troxell Says:

    Very good site .. other symbols and paintings also hold many things … such as the Trident .. Oceanus .. Poseidon .. Tiberius .. Herod .. Cleopatra .. Troy .. and more …

    Good site .. luv the info ..

    Dannie Louis Troxell

  3. Ruth Bolourchi Says:

    Margaret Starbird author of Mary Magdalene Bride in Exile is an expert in symbolism has done a fantastic research for the everyday person interested in “the lost Bride” subject which has so fired-up my imagination. I was excited to find a CD attached to the last page of her book! Makes for quick listening and really lifted my spirits.

    Love your stain glass image of Jesus and Magdelene!

    Ruth

  4. KeryBlemy Says:

    Hello, I can’t understand how to add your blog ( nigelnessling.wordpress.com ) in my rss reader
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  5. Lisajane Says:

    YOU SAY: ‘Every-time I feel that I’m getting close to knowing why she has this grip on me, or get near to finding a theory of why she holds so many people captive, the answer fades from my intellectual grasp.’

    Try connecting not through the mind, but the heart. Best to try this in a meditation to get an energetic connection and then the feelings and information can flow through to the intellect. Allow yourself at least a 20 minute meditation and if you don’t meditate often then relax and just keep trying and each time you’ll learn something when you connect with your subconscious.

    Every cell in our body has our full genetic record – but also our thoughts, memories and probably our past-life records. The ‘intellect’ is located in the left hemisphere of the brain but the heart holds special memories and is the energetic centre of joy.

    Your blog is really well organised! I’m new to writing my blog and can’t seem to get it organised the way I want. I didn’t do the pages thing – any suggestion how to fix it? I call it Lisajanes Wellworld.

    PS I’m writing about who inspires me and Mary Magdalene is one. Can I make reference back to your blog and use your Mary of Bethany image? Thanks

    • Nigel Nessling Says:

      Hi Lisa, thanks for the tip, I’ll try that when I get some time to spare! As for the picture, please feel free to copy it, after all that’s how I found it in the first place! I’ll have a look at your blog later, and see if I can help you out, but I’m a bit of a duffer withall that stuff myself, and had a lot of help from my mate in the beginning!

  6. Ron Mazur Says:

    Would like to include photo of the Jesus & Mary window on the back cover of a book I have written (Mystery of the Jesus Family). Do I need Nidel’s permission? If so, may I have it? Please reply ASAP.
    Thank you.
    Ron Mazur

    • Nigel Nessling Says:

      I found the picture on the internet myself, some time ago. I have no problem with you using it, though perhaps you could mention where you found it!

  7. Ron Mazur Says:

    Yes, Nigel, I will mention the source of where I found the picture. Thanks for posting it.
    Ron

  8. Blue Says:

    Fantastic.. I’ve been researching the Magdalene story for years, including all things between factual past and handed-down stories from generations and generations. I only recently managed to get an internet connection and have been overwhelmed by the sites that have unfounded theories about our true heritage…

    Question to you – have you ever seen the coptic connection? The ancient tales of the origin or mystery of the Magdalene from Ancient Egypt?

  9. Bill Bartmann_ Says:

    I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks,

  10. Donnieboy Says:

    Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don’t have the time.
    Oh well maybe one day…. 🙂

  11. Lostpo3t Says:

    i found your theory very interesting.topics of this nature have always fasinated me since i was very young, i just recently found gods light and found out i may have some type of gift or just be crazy lol. im a 20 year old girl with a mind that is craving for more knowledge on jesus and topics like these..when you have the chance can you lead me in the right direction on MARY MAGDALENE i would love to read about her. thank you so much.

    anestassia.

  12. Mary Simon Says:

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post.

  13. Eden Says:

    Wow thanks so much I love the story and I feel disappointed with the world for painting this amazing woman note as great she was and for hiding the truth. I am so glad I get a chance to know her more . and those paintings say so much I hope I will read some more . God bless you thanks for sharing nice post . Love and light

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  15. peta Says:

    Loved the paintings. I had not seen these. Thank you. Mary Magdelene has come to me speaking words of peace & healing me with her love. She & Yeshua hold the key of divine union. Her number is 153 according to Margaret Starbirds book, The Lost Legacy. I see this number when I am needed to be reminded that her energy is with me. The gateway she holds open for us to step through at this time is one which fills our heart with courage & aspiration for living our highest truth.

  16. Makayla James Says:

    I am just getting started with my reasearch om Mary And any resources you can point me too would be much appreciated

  17. Eden Says:

    For years and years now i have also been on this search with The Magdalene – she is “All” too me. I encourage you to read the recent book im reading on the magdalene – Mary Magdalene- Lynn Picknett. This lady is fantastic in her research, she has linked the magdalene to Africa and Eygpt too. Interesting read. I too know that feeling you have expressed above, searching for the answers and the links – feeling as though you are almost there. Then your back to square one. From what i have learnt about the Magdalene is that she was a compassionate woman, she funded Jesus’s mission along with other wealthy women, i do feel personally she was his bride and did have a child to him. This woman – who has fought through history… i feel she is finally beginning to reach her true status. With many others of us Magdalene lovers out there, we will reach the truth soon. I wish you luck on your journey. Another great book i loved was The Expected one- Kathleen McGowan.

  18. Josephine Says:

    I am happy to see the supportive posts to this lovely writing continue over the years. Two other bits have interested me. First is that “Magdalene” can be translated to mean “mighty” or “great,” giving her the title of Mary the Great, as opposed to her town of origin, especially if she was actually from Bethany. Second, if the misogynistic Church of Paul was not hiding the true secret of Magdalene and the Grail then why have they continually gone to such great effort to portray her as irrelivant at least and a whore at worst? Me thinks they protest too much. Yet Truth is still Truth, and with our reverant support She has taken her rightful place in history at the side of her husband. Blessings to all.

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