Mary Magdalene: A Model of Divine Feminine Leadership in Health, Wealth & Spirituality
Mary Magdalene is one of the most important women in history and the Bible, yet the most misunderstood and maligned.
The common misconception is that she was a prostitute, which there is no evidence of.
There is a story in the Bible of a women who is said to have been "taken with adultery" that later got associated with Mary Magdalene, as part of the obscuring of her importance as a spiritual leader by the church in the first centuries.
It is very clear however that Mary Magdalene was of great importance in history due to her being the one person who was both witness to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and was also a primary financial supporter of Jesus's journeys and campaign.
This leads us to a whole other perspective of Mary Magdalene as a wealthy benefactress.
Many scholars believe that Mary Magdalene was a high priestess studied in the Ancient Egyptian alchemical practices, as was Jesus, and that she was a spiritual leader that was his equal and the primary person to carry on his teachings as he desired after his death.
She escaped after the crucifixion to the South of France, where to this day in Provence there are numerous shrines and sacred sites dedicated to her.
My mother's side of my family is French, descended from Provence, then having moved to Quebec and then the US.
Every woman in my family for generations has the middle name Marie, except for me, as my mother decided to be radical and name me Maria.
When I started researching the story of Mary Magdalene, I found out her given name was actually Maria.
This really resonated with me, as I feel part of my spiritual mission is to bring light to her true story as a model for divine feminine leadership in health, wealth, spirituality and love.
Mary was actually a very common name in that historical time and place, given to women who were healers.
Magdalene means "tower" denoting Maria Magdalena's experience as a master healer and high priestess.
She was financially wealthy, as the leader of a spiritual group, who was aligned with both ancient teachings and the mystical message of love, life and brotherhood that Jesus preached.
She was his equal and beloved, and though her story has been lost, new gospels and scrolls have been revealed in recent times illuminating her importance.
I think her story is very valid to feminine leaders today regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs, because she is a powerful example of a historical feminine leader who excelled in healing abilities and knowledge of herbs and essential oils, as well as a prominent spiritual teacher who's known to have taught in France and beyond for the remainder of her life to a loyal following, as well as being a wealthy successful woman who funded Jesus's whole campaign, and was his beloved, wife and true successor of his teachings.
So many stories of powerful woman have been lost, hidden and slandered by the dominant masculine retelling of history, and it's vital for us to reclaim our feminine heritage as priestesses, healers, teachers, leaders and entrepreneurs to return balance to the divine masculine and divine feminine today.
So when you face challenges in your life or work, think "What would Mary Magdalene do?" She overcame so much and despite thousands of years of oppression her legacy lives on today!