Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Mysteries of Sexual Alchemy

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Mary Magdalene and Gnostic Mysteries of Sexual Alchemy

As regular readers of Goddess News know, I am in the process of writing a book and these last few blogs are (modified) excerpts from the book, which is growing beautifully among the disruptions of coordinating 442 postgraduate students, lecturing and marking – and everything else. Sometimes I have to question my sanity because in order to write this book, I have turned down at least three opportunities to contribute to academic books which already have publishers and publication in which would enhance my academic profile. But I am the prodigal daughter and am following my soul – perhaps this is the rebel signature on my life?

This is the third blog in the series of my exploration into sexual alchemy and its connection with Goddess traditions, especially those of Mary Magdalene. Before I proceed, I would like to explain once again why I write about this. Firstly, sexuality has often been a spiritual experience for me and I have always felt removed from the public understanding and media portrayal of sexuality as a base instinct. That is only one of many possible interpretations of sexual experience and definitely not how I experience it. Secondly, when I am in a more conspiratorial mood I think there might be some external push (by the media and institutionalised religions) for us to disengage from a deeper link between our sexuality and spirituality. For me, apart from my own experience and study of Tantra, Mary Magdalene and the lineage of goddesses which she embodies can be a link to the spiritual tradition of sexuality in the West.

This blog is a continuation of my earlier blogs: where I followed the trail of as Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion claim in The Magdalen Manuscript: The Alchemies of Horus and The Sex Magic of Isis (2006)and which seemed a bit too ‘stretched’ for me,

And  in which I followed the trail of Wendy Berg and Mike Harris in Polarity Magic: The Secret History of Western Religion (2003) to ancient Egypt.

 The question that I would like to ask in this blog is: could the sexual magic used for the purpose of transfiguration or even ascension found in Ancient Egypt also be found in the first century – the times of Mary Magdalene? By that time, historically, Egypt had become a different place. Alexander the Great of Macedon conquered Egypt in 332 BCE and had established a new dynasty – a Ptolemaic dynasty – of Macedonian-Greek origin with Ptolemy I Soter (also known as Ptolemy the Saviour). The old pharaohs were gone and the Ptolemaic Dynasty survived until Cleopatra’s rule, which ended with her death in 30 BCE. This began a new era of Hellenistic Egypt combining Greek and Egyptian traditions. This is important for us because the city of Alexandria became the cultural and spiritual centre of the Western world – something which will lead us back to Mary Magdalene and a possible connection – whether mythical or real –between her and Isis.  

Could the tradition of sexual magic that dated from the times of the 18th Dynasty survive in this kind of environment with its mixing of the Greek rational approach and ancient mysteries of much older Egypt? I think the answer is a firm ‘yes’ simply because in this great amalgam of cultures and traditions that was Alexandria one ancient cult that still stood strong was that of Isis. Even the last pharaoh of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the famous Cleopatra, considered herself the very embodiment of the Goddess Isis. When entering Rome in 46 BCE, Cleopatra was adorned with the symbols of Isis. Thus, the Isis tradition was alive and well – even in the most powerful circles.    

Unlike with Tantric sources, I have never come across any ancient Egyptian sources on sexual alchemy in the form of a manual the way some of the Hindu Tantric works survived. At the same time, if you read between the lines of some Gnostic sources, it could be argued that there was definitely something akin to sexual alchemy being practised in Egypt and in the ancient world in general. This knowledge was kept secret for fear of it falling into the wrong hands and being accessed by people who would not use it for their spiritual advancement but rather for their own often selfish means or even to harm others. The only sources we have of the possible survival of sexual rituals in Alexandria come from the Christian critics, in works written by them to shame what they perceived as heretical interpretations of Christ’s teachings. As in the case of the Cathars in 12th-century France, these kinds of sources are often exaggerated, as their sole purpose was to ridicule these kinds of practices.

In Gnostic Mysteries of Sex (2015), Tobias Churton explores painstakingly but thoroughly the accusers of the Gnostic and Hermeneutic (followers of Hermes Trismegistus) movements, which were possibly involved in some ancient sexual rights – these Gnostic groups were often connected with Egypt. I am not going to name the various Gnostic sects, as they are complex and Churton has already devoted a book to them. For the sake of the argument, I will mention two Gnostic groups with such interests: one is the Naasseni (or Naassenes) and the other the Peratics. We know of the Naasenni from Hippolytus, a Roman theologian who lived at the end of the second and beginning of the third centuries CE. Another more recent source on the Naasseni comes from the Gospel of the Egyptians, discovered along with other Gnostic texts in Nag Hammadi in 1945.  The Naasseni apparently, like the Tantrics, believed that certain sexual rites involved the ‘transformation of mundane sexual fluids into holy sacraments’ and practised ‘a specific formula for retention of sperm’ or ‘taking sexual fluids orally rather than scattering them or leaving them to nature’. Radical enough practices to upset many holy fathers – that is certain.

We know of the Peratics through the writings of another second-century theologian, Clement of Alexandria, as well as those of Hippolytus. According to Churton, in Hippolytus’ writing about the rituals of the Peratics he unknowingly describes the movement of Kundalini energy practised by the Tantric yogis, except that Hippolytus calls the Kundalini the ‘serpent’ – a fair enough description as the Kundalini energy is described as a coiled serpent which, upon spiritual awakening, moves upward.  The practice of using ‘sexual intercourse as a sacred religious mystery’, Hippolitus writes, is believed by the Peratics to ‘lead them upward to the Kingdom of God’. 

In general, I agree with Churton that ancient sexual alchemy was a form of hieros gamos, or a re-enactment of the (what was perceived to be) original mating of gods and goddesses. This was not done to feel sexy but rather to connect with the original energies of creation, or their personification as gods and goddesses. This is why the priestesses in Innana’s temples and, I assume, in Isis’ temples merged with the goddesses they served and ‘intimately’ connected with the masculine and feminine energies of the deities. Sexual rituals, Churton says, ‘were linked to the mysterious powers of actual creation, life in itself’ and, as such, they tapped into something ‘magical and mysterious’. This is exactly what traditional Tantra in my understanding and experience refers to – the intrinsic power of pleasure and desire as connecting us to the Source of it all. That is why both Egyptian sex magic and Tantra are often focused on the re-enactment of the relationship between the masculine and feminine polarities as seen in their respective mythologies/theologies of creation. And, I would add, these practices focus through sexual ecstasy on returning to the space of feeling of the original unity which had existed before the polarities came to be and to which all the great mythologies of creation refer.     

The examples above are not only very similar to Tantric practices but possibly originated in Sumer, especially since we know that her Sumerian predecessor Inanna and her priestesses definitely performed sexual rituals. It would not be a surprise if these rituals were then transferred to Egypt and practised at the temples of the sun during the 18th Dynasty by Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and even earlier by Hatshepsut. Afterwards, clearly, in some form they survived to the times of Mary Magdalene and beyond. 

So, hypothetically, sexual magic or alchemy, as Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion claim in The Magdalen Manuscript: The Alchemies of Horus and The Sex Magic of Isis could have survived until the times of Mary Magdalene. Wendy Berg and Mike Harris in Polarity Magic: The Secret History of Western Religion (2003) also look into the mystery of Mary Magdalene with respect to polarity magic – with some exciting insights. They focus, for example, on the wedding at Cana referred to in the canonical scriptures (the Bible) where the miracle of turning water into wine is of a mystical nature and signifies the transformation from one state of consciousness to another or the forming of one state of being into another – which is, what I believe, what the sexual magic in Egypt and Hindu Tantra was about. The wedding itself, on the other hand, is of alchemical importance, as it symbolises the merging of the physical and spiritual realms. Sadly, this profound understanding was lost in Orthodox Christianity and has rendered us with a religion of suffering and rituals which have lost their central meaning for us. These rituals provide a spiritual evolution possible for all of us and which was brought to us by great beings such as Jesus and Mary Margdalene. In this vein of thought, the ritual of the wine being drunk by a priest in a church symbolises the embodiment of the spirit by the priest on the behalf of the whole community, rather than a historical memory of the Last Supper and the macabre events afterwards, if they are to be understood literally. The wedding at Cana is also very interesting because, as some researchers claim (most famously Margaret Starbird), it was also the time when Jesus married Mary Magdalene. The claim that Jesus was married is made that much stronger if we remember that he was most likely a rabbi from a wealthy family and as such, by tradition, he had to be married.  

It is good to be cautious however as some other independent researchers on Mary Magdalene have good intentions and intuitions but are a little lax on checking their facts. For example, they are completely right in connecting Mary Magdalene to the ancient goddesses of the past. However, many of them suggest that Mary Magdalene was not from Magdala because the town did not exist in the first century CE. This turns out to be a false claim, as archaeological excavations have proved them wrong. At the same time, the town of Magdala could be of great importance in our search for traces of Mary Magdalene. Berg and Harris again point out that Magdala, like some towns in the northern Galilee, was not Orthodox Jewish and was known for its heretical leanings towards mystery schools. It is also pretty much accepted by mainstream scholars (including Candida Moss) that Mary Magdalene came from wealth and, along with other women, was a financial supporter of Jesus’ movement. Following Starbird and Berg and Harris’ research, it was most likely Mary Magdalene who was the woman anointing Jesus with spikenard, a very expensive ointment. It was this act, according to Berg and Harris, that outraged Judas and lead to the betrayal. Judas’ motivation was not financial, as the official story goes, but religious. He believed he was informing the religious powers about the heresy in performing an ancient ritual of anointing a young god/king by a priestess (Mary Magdalene). There could be some truth to this story simply because it is apparent even in the canonical Bible that Mary Magdalene was somehow prominent in Jesus’ life and usually named first when women in his circle were mentioned. If Mary Magdalene was a priestess of an ancient, possibly hermeneutic, order, this would explain why not only Judas but also other disciples had a problem with her prominence in Jesus’ life. 

So could Mary Magdalene have been at least partially Egyptian (as a carrier of ancient mysteries)? Here some interesting information comes from an 18th-century nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, who claimed to have had visions of Jesus’ life, with the visions also including Mary Magdalene and Lazarus. In this nun’s version of the story, Mary Magdalene was a sister of Lazarus (and this is the same as Mary of Bethany). Their father was supposed to have been a wealthy Egyptian man who married a Jewish woman and eventually converted to Judaism.  

This interpretation is in perfect alignment with my original intuition of Mary Magdalene’s connection to the ancient goddesses of Sumer, Babylon and Egypt who were always the trigger point for the transfiguration of a young god/king. They were the ones who performed the magic/ritual in preparation for this significant alchemical event of transfiguration from the physical to spiritual form. Also, in this version of events, Mary Magdalene is not a prostitute but a priestess carrying the secret knowledge of the past and she is necessary female presence representing a goddess for the purpose of this transfiguration. In short, without her the resurrection would not have been possible. The same way as without Mary the Mother, Christ would not have been embodied.

Still, is it probable that Mary Magdalene was connected to Egyptian mystery schools and somehow actually practised sexual alchemy as a means for transfiguration and ascension?

For me, Mary Magdalene can stand for one of two things.

One, she represents the same archetype remerging from our collective unconscious as Ninmah, Inanna, Isis,etc. She is all of them, under different names, with small changes in the twists of essentially the same plot. This archetype, although repressed for millennia, carries the secret of our true destiny and powers. It carries the secret locked in our ‘junk’ DNA that can, and one day will, completely transform us as species. So, in a way, arguing from an historical point of view about Mary Magdalene as an individual or as a character from a particular set of scriptures is secondary. What is important is the possibility that we carry her message to us within us – the greatest alchemy of our transformation (transfiguration) into our highest possibility. And this is where I choose to focus.

Two, Mary Magdalene as the other goddesses (including Isis) could be the human embodiment of the divine story of our potential. That is, every so often a human being may embody the essence of that story and live yet another version of how it plays itself out. In each case though, the goddess is the centre of a very important transformation from matter into spirit and assists the crossing over to the spiritual realm. The story is relived and repeated for our benefit until we finally understand its alchemy or magic (including possible sexual elements of both), which are only tools for this transformation.

More on this in my future blogs on Sophia.

If I you still have the patience to do so, please indulge me in reading a small section (or at least the highlighted one) of my earlier book Jerusalem Diary about my take on Mary Magdalene and Jesus:

‘When Steve and Martin invited me to follow them to Jerusalem as a chronicler of their adventures, they asked me to read The Urantia Book, a modern-day Gnostic text. I liked parts of it, especially the chapters describing Yeshua’s earthly life. There was one problem though — I found the descriptions of the spiritual universe too strange for my taste. Which was an odd reaction, because the esoteric visions of the universe (and its many layers inhabited by celestial beings of all kinds) had always been an integral part of most Gnostic texts. For me there was an ongoing problem with every inspired spiritual text: How do you reconcile the profound insights present in these texts with half-mad visions of far-away galaxies? Although The Urantia Book made interesting points about Yeshua’s life, it didn’t explain much about Mary Magdalene’s past before she met Yeshua. In the book she is called Miriam of Magdala, a woman with a questionable past who joins other women following Yeshua on his mission. The ‘questionable past’ suggests some wickedness in Mary Magdalene’s conduct before she met Yeshua. No details are given.

I am more interested in the traditional Gnostic Gospels written soon after Yeshua’s death and forbidden by the synods of the Church. The Synod of Nicea in the fourth century allowed only four gospels to be chosen for the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Other gospels were considered too controversial for the sensibilities of the bishops and church rulers. These gospels included the Gnostic Gospels, among them my favourites: the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Philip.

Despite long centuries of repression, the Gnostic Gospels were unearthed one by one. The first of these was the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. It was found at the end of the nineteenth century in Egypt, then acquired by the National Museum of Berlin, and has been lovingly transcribed line-by-line, translated and popularised by the French scholar, Jean-Yves Leloup (2002). This gospel’s earliest sections are as old as the so-called canonical gospels of the Bible. The most controversial lines of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene deal with the jealousy of the apostles at Yeshua’s sharing of his teachings with her: ‘How is it possible that the Teacher talked in this manner to this woman, about secrets of which we ourselves are ignorant? Must we change our customs and listen to this woman? Did he really choose her, and prefer her to us?’(17:9-20). According to Leloup, the anger of the apostles had nothing to do with Yeshua’s personal relationship with Mary Magdalene. They were angry because he considered Mary Magdalene worthy of giving her ‘his most subtle teachings’ (2002, p.7). In doing this, Yeshua not only went against the traditional belief that women were unworthy of learning, but also let it be known that he treated her as equal to them. Despite her past, her transformation was complete.

But what sort of transformation was it? Surely not one which asked her to sacrifice sexuality for wisdom? I would hate to think she lost her sensual appeal after gaining wisdom and spiritual growth. I see her as she was presented in the Gospel of Philip in her resplendent sensuality, or as Leloup says, ‘in the lively power of her sexuality’ (2002, p. 7). The Gospel of Philip notes (59:9): ‘Lord loved Mary more than other disciples, and often used to kiss her on her mouth.’ I rather like the story of Yeshua kissing her – against all rules, against all proprieties.

This is how I see it: the morning sun reflecting brightly on the white stones of the synagogue in Capernaum; Yeshua’s disciples standing around him, together with a curious crowd and some followers; and he just kisses her. He kisses her as she is standing in front of him in the glory of her beauty and the sensuality of her past.’ 

As always, I would love to dialogue with you through the comments section.

Much Love,

Dr Joanna Kujawa

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15 Responses to Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Mysteries of Sexual Alchemy

  1. Ian Robinson says:

    A really terrific exposé Sundari. Thank you – I enjoy your scholarship (and get much from it). Hang in there babe – the world needs you.

    • sundari says:

      Thank you, my friend, much appreciated. There are some other connections but the blog is already long.
      Much Love,
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News

  2. Eimear Corscadden says:

    Another amazing blog Joanna. I learn so much always from your wonderful writing and feel such truth in it. Thank you x

    • sundari says:

      Thank you Eimear, for your encouragement and your feedback, this really makes the effort worthwhile for me.
      Much love,
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News

  3. Puzzled says:

    Did I say something wrong?

    • sundari says:

      I have not received any other comment from you so I am not sure what you mean. If your comment was lost, please resend.
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News

  4. Hello Joanna,

    The origins of Magdalene are fascinating and one of our most profound and obfuscated mysteries. As consort to Jesus, Magdalene clearly manifests the archetype of the divine feminine on Earth. As time moves us forward, there are many who are being called to Her task.

    Through the Gnostic purges, the canonical scriptures are incomplete, but clairvoyants (such as Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich) suggest that the information within them is accurate to a high degree. For a more spiritually aware person, one does not need an external source (priest, theologian, or intellectual) to recognize the truth that the scriptures convey. Yet, seemingly disconnected sources remain essential in validating our own insight.

    I would agree that many of the New Age sources such as the Book of Urantia, the Talmud Jmmanuel, and A Course in Miracles, contain elements within them that seem incongruent with my insights. The first two have connections to extraterrestrial origins, while the latter threads to psychologists involved in MK Ultra. I would go so far as to state that what constitutes our enlightenment is developing clairvoyance that will (and must) replace all externalized authority in all matters in life.

    “The claim that Jesus was married is made that much stronger if we remember that he was most likely a rabbi from a wealthy family and as such, by tradition, he had to be married.”

    This is an assumption that I do not agree with because it is inconsistent with the clairvoyance and the narrative that has become a profound soul memory for many of us. Edgar Casey, Rudolf Steiner, and Manly Hall suggest that Jesus was truly what the scriptures convey. As an Essene (or a person strongly associated with this sect) He would not be independently wealthy, or at least not any more than a journeyman carpenter. The term rabbi,used by the Apostles, was in veneration to His teaching, but Jesus had long rejected the religion He was born into. In my opinion, one of the best insights into the matter comes from Rudolf Steiner’s lecture series in book form entitled, The Fifth Gospel.

    Yet, Jesus needed a significant amount of wealth to fund His ministry, and within this truth lies a great mystery. The information that Sister Ann Catherine Emmerich conveys was regarded and vetted by the clairvoyant Rudolf Steiner, Valentin Tomberg, Robert Powell, and may other magi that these souls inspired. To see the truth, I believe one must follow their heart’s supersensiblities in this matter and not the dusty broken fragments or intellectualized theories that disengaged historians offer. What I mean by this is that they may or may not have skin in the game. Phrased most accurately, many academics are not “there” in body, mind, or spirit because they cannot subject their ego to the truth right in front of their face that scripture has to offer. To see truth in scripture, one must have experience(s) that demonstrates their accuracy. This is the essence of Gnosis.

    “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at this glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

    Reading this passage always begs me to ask the question, “Who is Wisdom, and what were Her deeds?”

    I sense that Jesus is referring to Magdalene. When the Apostles asked Jesus why He loved Her more, He told them that if you put a person with sight into a dark room filled with the blind, no one would be able to see. But when the light of truth appears, only those with sight could see it. I would suggest that there were only two people who knew the true nature of Jesus’ mission. One baptized and the other anointed. Without the deed of Magdalene Jesus would have failed because there was no one alive who could see him for who He was, a King not of this world.

    Under no uncertain terms, Jesus declares the Baptist as the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah. Magdalene, as the wisest person walking the earth, is thought by clairvoyance to be the incarnation of King Solomon. Reading the life of Solomon, he was known to have hundreds of wives and mistresses and was obsessed with sex magic and the archetypal feminine goddess. It is also conveyed in scripture that Solomon became possessed through magical practice (this is generally a given) by the end of his earthly life.

    The passage in Luke (8:2) tells us that Jesus drove out seven devils from Magdalene. Rudolf Steiner claimed that this was done on two occasions because the first time Jesus was unsuccessful.

    Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich tells us that Lazarus is the brother of Magdalene and Martha. Lazarus was the rich man in scripture that is referred to in Jesus’ parable about the camel walking through the “Eye of a Needle.” Yet in God and the Spirit all things are possible. According to clairvoyance, Lazarus becomes the apostle who authors the Book of John in canonical text, and the Secret Book of John in the Gnostic literature.

    Furthermore, Rudolf Steiner suggests that the wealth of Lazarus-John, Martha, and Magdalene supported the mission of Jesus. This group was considered the Holy Family. This story is congruent with the legends of Southern France. According to myth, they are all committed to sea three years after the event of Golgotha.

    Do you not think we are living in strange times? As the divine feminine rises the mystery of Magdalene is bound to reveal itself, that is if we can muster the courage to face the fear and deception that we harbor within our self. The answers you are seeking do not exist within the theoretical realm of academia but are embedded deep within your soul. Your insights and intuitions are quite powerful enough without the veneer.

    I sense that your soul is connected deeply to these historical events.

    Paul P.

    • sundari says:

      Thank you, Paul, for another welcomed and insightful comment. It came at a time when I was questioning (during the last two days or so) my intellectualizing of the matters of the spirit. I was thinking primarily about my book-in-progress and thought I needed to look deeper into my soul as the intellectualizing is not getting me closer to my soul. So, in a sense, I agree, with the premise of your comment that the academic argument would not necessarily be the best approach. One of the reasons why I have begun getting more academic in my research here is because I noticed that some things mentioned by the intuitives did not seem to align with facts. Occasionally, I receive messages from people who, based on their intuition, claim to be the real Mary Magdalene or Isis, etc. It is not my call to judge it but what I am trying to say here is that there are very few pure channels such as Casey, Pierrakos or Steiner. Many others are what I would call ‘unclear’ channels.
      Also, by turning to academic research, I had a desire to legitimate some of the more radical and intuitive research. For that reason, I go to a place where most academics would not even consider. I have reached the conclusion that that part was largely done and now I will now rely on my own intuitions and experiences.
      As for Jesus being an Essene, I was considering mentioning this as one possibility in the blog but thought the blog was already dense. It is a strong possibility that Jesus was an Essene although I am not entirely convinced as the Essenes were ascetics and I do not see Jesus in this way. For me, he stands on his own and I am not sure if he can or even should be associated with any sect or religion of his times. This is just my intuition since we are going there. I agree, however that there is enough spiritual evidence (or what Leloup calls the sphere of the ‘imaginal’) for the story of Lazarus and Mary Magdalene in France. I have no issues with it. (Although the idea of Lazarus spiritually uniting with John the Baptist somehow does not speak to me -which does not necessarily mean it is untrue. But it does not resonate with me).
      For me, however, the core of the matter which seems to be forgotten by everyone and which presents itself strongly to me is the connection between Mary Magdalene and Alexandria and this is what I explore in my intuitive-memory realm. I just know it existed. And I know that my job is to look into it.
      I do believe that we live in strange times and that a lot will be decided in the coming months – including the spiritual matters.
      I am not sure why I am so drawn into this as this is definitely not the choice my ego-personality would make. But I am drawn to it and led to it. I have a strong sense that the story was not told with truth in mind or at least it was not told from the right perspective, that instead of uplifting humanity it denigrates it. That I ‘remember’ it differently – many other people told me that they feel the same – so it is a collective phenomenon now. Also, since I remember, I have had strange ‘apocalyptic’ (?) dreams which- since about 2016 -turned into a general ‘feeling’ of some collective ending and beginning and this feeling is getting stronger with every week now. Who knows? This is the subtle realm of intuitions and spirit which cannot be easily defined.
      Thank you for your wonderful comment and for dialoguing with me.
      Much love,
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News

      • Mason Krusch says:

        Looking back to the appearance of sundry metal obelisks and towers across the world in Utah, California, Great Britain, New Zealand Romania, and elsewhere, it is worthwhile to note that “tower” in ancient Greek is “πυργος, purgos,” whence, I believe, Latin’s “purgatio.” The obelisk, of course, has been used to symbolize fire for milennia. At the site of the Utah obelisk, after the object had been removed, there was left a metal tetrahedron, the Platonic solid of fire, as well as a stack of stones – a cairn – whence the name of Hermes (“cairn” in Greek is “herma” – the late Prof. Walter Burkert discusses this in his book “Greek Religion”), who is of course the messanger between gods and humans. In Mozart’s Magic Flute, the penultimate trial of Tamino and Pamina on their search for immortality is trial by fire (followed by water, which interestingly is very appropriate to the motif of Mary Magdalene anointing Christ).

  5. Dear Joanna.

    Thank you for your gracious reception and insightful response. It is most interesting that you are sensing a focal point in our time continuum. Many of us feel that we are under spiritual attack and that the end of this year will precipitate a decision that every person on this planet will have to face. This is nothing less than reclaiming our sovereignty through the power of spirit or giving away our soul to dark and demonic energies for another prolonged cycle of abuse.

    It is said that the last goddess that left this Earth was the one who held the Scales of Justice. She left because men became corrupted by darker egotistical forces of will, which usurped divine natural order. The resurrection of the Divine Feminine in union with the Divine Masculine may finally be upon us as. I have sensed this coming for ages.

    Jesus was not an Essene, but according to clairvoyants, His origins were. Steiner claimed that the Essenes consider Him (along with his cousin John) as honorary members and were given reign to all that the sect could teach them. Casey claimed that one of His teachers was an Essene high priestess who was schooled in Alexandria and encountered the young Jesus after His family returned from Egypt. One of the miracles recorded in scripture had to do with Jesus teaching for three days to the amazement of the elders in the temple in Capernaum.

    What was miraculous about the occurrence was the fact that the young Jesus was incapable of doing this before His 12th year of life. Gnostic clairvoyance suggests that around the time of this event there was a transmigration of soul into a pure vessel. Tradition teaches that there were two children separated by twelve years that became one with the premature death of the first. This is reflected in canonical scripture where two distinct lineages are recorded in Luke (the house of Nathan) and Matthew (the house of Solomon).

    I would agree that the transmigration of souls is difficult to conceptualized, yet it is a fundamental principle within the core of our mythological heritage. Certainly, it is the essential principle in which Christianity and Alchemy are based upon. Apparently, there was a high degree of this phenomena occurring during the Ministry of Jesus. It has been said that the spiritual energies which Jesus channeled worked through all of the Apostles, and people could not tell during His time of healing where He actually was, because He appeared to be in multiple places at the same time.

    From a certain perspective, this observation of multiple projected locations appears to be outrageous, but if we are all One (which we are from a higher perspective), then anything is possible. From my experience, I can understand how the transmigration, transmutation, blending, and bifurcation of soul is possible. Part of this explains why so many people state that they are the incarnation of Mary Magdalene because Her energy has been sown, so to speak, within the souls of many. Carl Jung very accurately states this when he said, (and I am paraphrasing), “The One God died, he surely did, but through His death He was born in many.”

    I whole-heartedly agree that Jesus had no affiliation with any organized religion, yet He was an Ascended Spiritual Master of All. Rudolf’s Steiner’s account of how Jesus rejects asceticism resonates powerfully with my own visions and impressions, which I experienced well before I knew anything about his lectures on the subject (the Fifth Gospel). This is why I quoted Matthew, which is canonical evidence that He never embraced asceticism, but alchemical balance and transmutation of human energy into a positive flow.

    The religion that Jesus taught is Oneness, Love, and Cooperation which is embedded within the mystery of I AM. John may have been the first to recognize this principle and he is the one who called Him “The I AM.” John was a great spiritual teacher and may have been the composite of many individual souls converging at a singular moment with the timeline.

    The last public address that Rudolf Steiner gave was a lecture on this very issue, and I sense that the connection you are seeking is embedded with this mystery. At the time of this speech, Steiner was gravely ill, and he knew that he did not have long to live. What more important thing could he tell us than what is contained within his Michaelmas Eve address in 1924? *

    Within the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace is the mural of Raphael’s School of Athens which embodies the great mystery. I wrote a long and tedious chapter (V) about this in my book “Beyond the Soul’s Meridian.” The connection is Hypatia, the last scholar and only woman of that spiritual school. When you look at the mural you can easily see the mystery hiding in plain sight. Hypatia was a true manifestation of Divine Wisdom. Virtuous and loved by all who knew her, she was given full access to all of Alexandria’s institutions. Her presence commanded their respect because she schooled many of them as true philosophers. Her reputation was stellar, and men loved her as one would love the divine Sophia herself.

    I would suggest that there can be only one soul who could fulfill this role, and it was her spiritual brother (Elias-John-Lazarus-Raphael-Novalis) who has given us the answer to the mystery of who She really was and how She connects to Alexandria.

    By all accounts I sense that Magdalene became a great initiated Master and is directly connected to the soul of Hypatia.

    In the end, I believe that the road for all these great souls leads to Atlantis.

    With Reverence and Respect Joanna,

    Paul P.

    *Rudolf Steiner, “The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, and Novalis: The Last Address given by Rudolf Steiner” September 28, 1924 Dornoch,

    • sundari says:

      Hi Paul,
      Thank you for another inspiring comment. I can see that you delve deeply into the topic and the more esoteric aspects of it – which is wonderful. Thank you for a suggestion to look into Casey and Steiner’s visions and interpretations at some point soon but first I want to explore the whispers of my own soul and what is being ‘transmitted’ to me not in the clairvoyant way as in the famous case of Casey but rather checking the spiral pathway of my inner intuitions and only then check what others have already said about it. This blog is a part of my spiritual journey and all: intuitions, encounters, books, visions and travels are a part of it. By the way, I love Hypatia too and have a special connection to her.
      At the moment, I am temporarily swamped with my academic work and collect testimonies about Mary Magdalene for a chapter in an academic book (to be out in 2022). The chapter is mostly about travels to the sites where Mary Magdalene is honoured but I am also looking into ‘book encounters’. A book encounter (I believe coined by Diana Pasulka) is a book that somehow changed our system of beliefs or took us on a different path. If you had such book encounter with respect to Mary Magdalene and would like to answer a few research questions about it for the chapter in that book, please let me know. The questions are prepared as usual in academic research. If you are interested, please let me know – just please remember it is specifically focused on a book encounter (or a travel experience) associated with Mary Magdalene. Would love to include your insights in my research.

      Much love,
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News

  6. Dear Joanna,

    You state, “If you want to be spiritual, ask uncomfortable questions.”

    Why does the spirit make us uncomfortable?

    Perhaps it is because spirit is the embodiment of truth, which is incongruent with egotistical thinking, meaning that it follows no agenda and is selfless. We have all been programmed since childhood to follow certain beliefs, paradigms, protocols, and creeds without ever challenging authority. We feel that to be taken seriously, one must adhere to narrow and strict parameters defined as “scientific” by draconian elements that seek to control all human endeavors. This revelation is the essence of Gnostic Insight and the reason why it has been suppressed perpetually from human consciousness.

    You cannot tease truth out of Nature. Our current form of “science” remains antagonist to Her and tortures the Divine Feminine to force Her to reveal life’s greatest secrets. Even if Nature confessed Her inquisitors do not have the capacity to understand. We have been conditioned to enslave ourselves to protocol that served a limited purpose in understanding the secular and mundane but is useless in matters of the spirit because it exists outside of the parameters which are in essence the linear time continuum.

    A person who lives within the spirit is never uncomfortable with the truth because they are guided by a higher authority that constitutes their Higher Self (spirit). Ego serves as a tool to validate and understand experience, but the source of truth is universally spiritual. There are no original ideas because all intelligence is timeless and collective. Wisdom can only be acquired through unconditional love and it flows from Source to soul. No one has the right to claim ownership of any idea that is spiritual which includes any form of consciousness derived from inspiration, imagination, or intuition in our waking state; or visionary experiences through enhanced states of awareness.

    Whether we realize this or not we all channel intelligence from multiple planes of consciousness because our soul is multidimensional. You sense it as a whisper. If we choose to limit our observation to a dense linear physical plane, we can never understand the higher states. Ascension of consciousness is necessary to be in communion with spiritual knowledge. Older methods of scientific observation cannot be applied. We cannot observe from a distance and believe to understand. It is like trying to explain to someone who has never raised a child, the essence of that experience. You can look for a lifetime at a distance and never really know, or you can simply walk through the portal and become a knower through immersion.

    The ancient world taught physicians to heal thyself. You cannot become a practioner of the Art unless you are initiated through the unification of sacred marriage. This constitutes the channeling of spiritual knowledge so that it flows from God-Source-Spirit into soul. We become a conduit for truth but are not the source.

    To understand this, we must deconstruct the programming of popular science and understand that biology is not controlled by genetics, but by consciousness. Energy can never be created or destroyed, which is the most truthful statement that our limited science has ever uttered.

    Should we pursue Mary Magdalene who was a multidimensional being that channeled archetypal spiritual authority, or do we seek to understand and channel that same spiritual energy? In esoteric science one venerates the truth that is manifesting through the individual, but not the individual, who is acting as channel in union with higher consciousness.

    I have had experiences with the Divine Feminine, but it was never limited to a name and it did not come from a book that any person has laid claim to. What catalyzed this process is a long story related to my individual journey which I have in large part shared publicly.

    Your inquiries are sincere, which is why I am compelled to reply. Furthermore, I sense an initiated soul who has not quite realized that the energy she is channeling is beyond egotistical parameters. Or perhaps you have and are attempting to find a medium? There are those of us living within an archetypal stream of consciousness who are charged with the task of spiritualizing science.

    If anyone is ever interested in what I have come to understand, they are free to ask. I am always open to dialog and inquiry and I am bound to share this information with anyone who has a genuine interest in the truth that I and many others have experienced.

    Understand that I cannot define or diminish my experience through standardized protocols because spiritual truth cannot be conveyed or understood through such limited approaches.

    My insights are literally yours or anyone else’s who can find resonance within them because in the end we all begin to sing the same song.


    Paul P.

    • sundari says:

      Hi Paul,
      Thank you for another insightful comment and sharing your reflections in this space. I agree with you that our science is not equipped to understand nature but rather to conquer it and even torment it. Witnessing it is a source of spiritual and emotional pain for me. I believe that we have removed ourselves, as species, too much form the intuitive knowing and rely too much on the limitations of the rational mind which is, by the way, the only mind that is considered reliable at the moment.
      The motto of the Goddess News is set up to ease those who perhaps would normally be reluctant to explore issues that I explore on this space. It is also an invitation for the readers to plunge into their own exploration even if or especially of they are beyond the parameters of what is considered ‘normal’.
      And, I agree that Divine Feminine can be experienced in many forms and formlessly as well. Often we give Her a form to ease our perceptual limitations. I have started with Shakti as an impersonal Energy of the Universe (still my favourite) and am also exploring Mary Magdalene – not by design but rather because I am led to do this almost against my own will. Eventually, I have started to love this explorations after I let off being ‘self-conscious’ about it (ego-conscious is a more fitting description).
      It is a wonderful and challenging journey which I would not exchange for professional laurels that I once sought. That does not mean that my ego does not give me difficulties now and then.
      Once again, thank you for connecting.
      Much Love,
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News

  7. Zoii says:

    Thank you so much for your continual exploration and your willingness to share your findings and journeys with your audience.

    I am curious about the temple priestesses of Inanna. Have you written any papers specifically around this topic? Is there a website or book you would recommend around concepts such as rites, initiations, and sexual exploration for this lineage?

    With appreciation,


    • sundari says:

      Hi Zoii,
      Thank you for your comment and kind words. I included the main points of my research in my blog which you have probably read
      There, I recommend two books: Betty De Shong Meador, the author of Inanna Lady of Largest heart. Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna – which is probably the best scholarly book on Inanna but it is not an easy read. Another one which has some information that you are looking for and is easier to read but not as thorough is by Joy F. Richard in Celebrate the Divine Feminine: Inanna.
      At this stage, I am also opening to the possibility of a more intuitive approach towards the goddess connection and I have begun practising goddess mantras which is basically a loving repetition of the goddess’ name (the goddess you want to invoke). It is not easy to find a written and reliable material on Inanna but I also sense that her revival is coming as more women feel a sacred connection with her (in the same way that many women feel the connection with Mary Magdalene). As you probably know, I believe that they are one and the same goddess.
      I hope this helps on your journey,
      Much love,
      Dr Joanna Kujawa
      Goddess News
      Spiritual Detective

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