Ray Attribution: The attributes of all the seven Divine Rays and their Grail Guardians are brought together in The Magdalene, wife of Jesus; sometimes known as The Dark (or Black) Madonna. In the same way that the colour black comes about by absorbing into itself all the colours of the spectrum, so The Dark Madonna absorbs all the seven coloured Divine Rays - before combining them all into the brilliant White Light of God emanating from The Holy Grail - The Sangreal. From this Grail, this Holy Light radiates outward to heal all the ills of Planet Earth, our Mother and our Home. The planetary attribution of this combined ray is Earth, and it is enhanced on any and every day of the week. (1)
Historical and Mythical: It is believed that Mary Magdalene was born in the year 3 B.C. In Gnostic tradition she was associated with Wisdom, and represented by the Moon, the Sun and with a halo of stars -thought to be the constellation of Corona Borealis or The Northern Crown. Mary's name is derived from a Hebrew word migdal, meaning "a tower".
During the Qumran era in which she lived, the name Mary was a form of the name Miriam. This had been the name of the sister of Aaron and Moses; and as well as being a long-standing and popular name for women, it had also become used as a title. In the Palestine of Jesus' time, women called Miriams( or Marys) were priestesses who carried out a formal ministry within spiritual and holy orders. Mary Magdalene was a follower of the Gnostic faith.
Jesus of Nazareth was a member of the esoteric religious sect known as The Essenes. Some believe that from the age of 12 - when he was discovered by his parents discussing religion with The Elders in The Temple at Jerusalem, until he began his ministry in Palestine at age 33 - Jesus went to Britain and completed the standard 19-year course of instruction given to Druids at Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The Essenes' religious faith was very similar to that of the Celtic Druids. Glastonbury was in Jesus' time (and had been for many hundreds of years) the site of the most prestigious Druid seat of learning in all the Celtic Realms of England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, The Isle of Man and Amorica (Brittany). The Celts are believed to have received their knowledge from The Egyptians and they in turn from The Atlanteans after The Flood. Scholars went to Druid colleges to study many subjects, including the use of herbalism and hypnotism in medicine and psychotherapy. These cures would have seemed miraculous to those who had no knowledge of their inner workings, and indeed the incidents in which Christ used his healing powers were referred to as miracles.
At the age of 27, Mary Magdalene married Jesus of Nazareth. Theirs was a dynastic marriage, as Jesus was of the Royal Line of King David. It was arranged and proceeded with according to the Messianic tradition of his people. By tradition, Jesus was obliged to marry and to have at least two male heirs, to ensure the continuation of King David's Royal Line. Jesus and Mary were betrothed to each other in June in 30 A.D. Jesus' & Mary's marriage took place later that year. Information that it took place was later suppressed by being taken out of the text of The Bible, and all references to it were banned by a Church Decree several hundred years after the deaths of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. However, the facts of their lives remained in the written civil administration records of the Roman Province in which they lived.
In order to change the history of Jesus and Mary, the Roman Catholic Church chose to discredit Mary Magdalene and keep the marriage secret, so as to make Christianity a solely patriarchal religion. To accomplish this they made use of ambiguous comments in the New Testament, put mis-translations into Bible texts, and issued Church Decrees to make the story of Jesus to be read as the Church wished it from then on. This began a period of almost two thousand years in which the feminine aspect of God The Creator was denied, although The Catholic Church were later obliged to restore it in part by introducing worship of The Virgin Mary, Jesus' mother, into its rites.
It is not widely known that the marriage of Jesus and Mary did result in three children, of which two were sons. Thus, they did fulfil Jesus' dynastic obligations as a royal leader of the Tribe of David.
The reason that this fact is not widely known, is because of differing versions of what happened to Jesus after his crucifixion. Some writers have stated that Jesus was alive but in a coma when removed from his cross and taken to the cave; and that he then recovered but went into hiding, leaving his disciples to carry on his work. The story of him rising from the dead would have been explained by this, and the story of him having ascended to heaven would have covered his tracks. Such a story would have been totally unacceptable to later historians and leaders of The Church of Rome, who preferred to have Jesus regarded as a instead of as The Son of Man. The Church transmuted the story into one of a miracle when it was becoming more and more powerful and a wanted him regarded only as a God. This would not be the first time in history that a powerful authority used propaganda techniques to re-arrange matters to their own advantage.
Certainly, at least one author in modern times has referred to the fact that Jesus re-married Mary Magdalene (i.e. resumed living with her as a husband) in 33 A.D., six months after his 'crucifixion' of 32 A.D.
According to several sources, their first child was born in 33 A.D. when Mary was aged 30. This was a daughter whom they named Tamar. This name means "palm tree". It may be significant that a major river in the Celtic kingdom of Cornwall, which in ancient times included the area of the South-Western penisular of England in which Glastonbury is situated, is called the River Tamar. It is not known whether Jesus' daughter ever travelled to that land, but it is not unlikely.
It is almost certain that Joseph of Aramathea, a rich merchant of religious sect known as The Essenes, (to which Jesus belonged) travelled to that region after The Crucifixion, bringing news of Jesus' death (and possibly some belongings and/or relics of Jesus) back to the Druidic College which had been his "alma mater". This would be the natural occurrence whenever a graduate of an esoteric college died. This taking of a dead person's magical tools & regalia back to their source is still carried on in modern times by esoteric groups such as Wiccans and Masons; as well as by other religious orders, including Christian ones.
Legend tells that Joseph of Arimathea brought to Glastonbury the Cup (Chalice) or Grail which had caught Jesus' blood as he hung upon the cross, and that he buried it there in England. It is an almost certain fact that Joseph of Arimathea remained in Glastonbury and there established the first Christian church in Britain, as a firm tradition in the English county of Somerset holds good to this day that a grant of tax-free land there was made to him in order that he could do so.
According to the Jewish custom of the times of Jesus and Mary underwent a compulsory period of 3 months' "monastic seperation" after Tamar's birth. Under Messianic Law, a 3-month period of celibacy was expected of the couple after the birth of a daughter, and a period of 6 months after the birth of a son. This was because Jesus was of The Royal Line of David and also a Priest. In times when children were weaned later than they are today, this could have been a measure undertaken to ensure that the children of important families would thrive. The first year of life is even more critical in agrarian societies, as infant mortality is much more common in the first year of life. During the time of their official 'seperation', Mary would, according to Jewish custom, have been referred to, (and treated in society) as a "widow". (At least, this is the closest translation in English of the Aramaic word concerned. It does not necessarily mean that a woman's husband had died, but the same word may heva been used in that context also - thus this could have led to confusion in our modern understanding of the word.)
Four years after the birth of her daughter Tamar, in 37 A. D., Mary gave birth to their first son, who, in the age-old tradition, was named Jesus after his father. In 44 A.D., at the age of 41 years, Mary gave birth to a second son, Joseph, named after his grandfather. This boy was the important 'Grail Child.'
Some time later, Mary Magdalene decided to divorce Jesus. One author cites that Jesus "The Christ" travelled to Rome via Crete and Malta in 60 A.D., presumably after the couple officially parted.
They had parted amicably, and Mary went to live in the South of France, probably in that same year of 60 A.D. or possibly earlier. She went to the region of the Southern Rhone Valley known as Provence, where she lived for some years as a hermit in a cave in the side of a mountain known as Le Massif Saint Baume, "The Mountain of Holy (or Sanctified) Healing (or Consolation)". This cave became known as La Cave de Solitude, "The Cave of Solitude".
In 63 A.D., Mary Magdalene died at St. Baume, aged 60. Her remains were preserved in the Abbey of Saint Maximus in the nearby village. In 1279 A.D., King Charles II of Sicily, who was also Le Compte de Provence (The Count of Provence), disinterred Mary's body. Her skull and an upper arm were removed and the body was reburied. The removed bones were set in gold and silver and preserved in a casket as holy relics in St. Maximus' Abbey, where they have remained ever since.
In the region of Provence, there are several church shrines and statues to The Dark (or Black) Madonna. These are especially revered by the Gipsies or Romanies, who travel from far and wide to a yearly festival in the coastal town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The Black Madonna is associated with Mary Magdalene and there are several noted paintings and statues depicting her.
(1) Rufus, J., Meditations, December 2000