I honestly first read it in a Sylvia Browne book titled The Two Marys. I know, plenty of people are going to laugh about saying I read it there. But I’ve actually seen it in other places as well. It is known in many groups (though I don’t know how for sure, I’m still doing my own research) that Mary Magdalene went to France following the crucifixion of Jesus and that she was accompanied by a young girl named Sara. Also, the area of France she was believed to go to (again, I cannot remember the name of the town/region, so sorry!) had a deep devotion to both Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary herself. As for as how Jesus may have been able to have even survived: According to Sylvia, they placed him in the tomb to recover, not as an actual tomb. See, when you are crucified (for anyone that may not know) you essentially die from suffocation. Especially if the type of cross used was the shape generally portrayed by Christians (normal crosses used by Romans was a simple T shape), then this would have taken a very long time, hence the reason they attempted to spear him. But it’s very likely that the spearing wasn’t very deep nor a fatal wound, and considering when he was even placed on the cross, it’s not likely he would have even had time to die. It can take days for someone to die from being crucified, and according to law at them time, he had to be taken down BEFORE the sabbath. Assuming he was placed on the cross on a Friday (as is generally believed) it’s simply not enough time! So many people (or maybe only Sylvia and me) seem to believe he was placed in the tomb to recover and that Magdalene was going to the tomb to attend to his wounds, leading to shock when he wasn’t there. Also, if he were a spirit, why would he have to appear to the Magdalene in a guise (I believe he was dressed as a gardner or something similar). Likewise, when he appeared to the other apostles, he still had the wounds. If he had ascended to Heaven, why would he have wounds at all? Many people cite that he told the apostles he was going to Heaven following his visit with them, but an interesting fact is that there was a center of wisdom at the time called Heaven and it’s believed by some Gnostics that he may have been referring to it, and that Magdalene became pregnant while they stayed there, and that they stayed there for, I think, about 7 years. According to Sylvia, Mother Mary was also a psychic and healer and had taught this to Magdalene and Sara (Magdalene actually may have lived with her for a time while Jesus was a way and may actually have known her since she was a child as the Magdalene’s family apparently was descended from David and thus high status). I don’t know how true that is. But that’s the version she presents in her book. I have read similar things elsewhere, but I do not remember the sources. I actually want to research it as best I can myself, but my “gut instinct” says its correct. I have really strong intuition. I’m fairly sure it’s a perspective on events only believed by Gnostic Christians, some Christopagans, and those trying to discredit Christianity, but I could be wrong. :)
How does christo-paganism work? I've always seen them as conflicting religions, but have never met a christo-pagan to ask. --Anon
It all depends on the individual. It’s honestly a spectrum. My definition of Christopaganism is anyone who blends Pagan and Christian spiritualities. This includes Pagans that include anything Christian, such as perhaps the rosary, in their practice or still regularly attend a Christian Church, to Christians that worship in a pagan fashion, perhaps in a circle and calling the archangels for the quarters. There’s also everyone in between, like myself. I would say I am Pagan first, Christian second. My primary deities reside in the Greek Pantheon, but my patrons are Sekhmet and Mother Mary. This wasn’t a path I decided to go down on purpose, it just sort of happened. I tend not to take the Bible as fact, but even in light of that, I believe most of the Old Testament no longer applies, and that’s where most of the anti-pagan propaganda is. I tend to ascribe more to Gnostic lines of thought, such as God had a wife and that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, didn’t die on the cross, and instead traveled to France with his wife and mother. Also, I prefer the Catholic church over protestant Churches, because of their devotion to Mary and honoring of the saints. As someone devoted to Mother Mary, I often pray to her, say the rosary, (I even rewrote the entire rosary once for Wiccans!), and I incorporate her into my altar. I have a madonna statue and an Our Lady of Guadeloupe candle on my altar. I have a special relationship with Mary as the Virgin of Guadeloupe, because she appeared hundreds of years ago on what is now my birthday. Also, when I moved home after an especially nasty break up I found a virgin of Guadeloupe bead from a saint bracelet randomly sitting on my parent’s front porch. To me it was a clear omen that things were about to start looking up. I also regularly attend both a Baptist (with my grandmother and great-grandmother) and a Catholic church (usually alone). The way it works all depends on the individual’s perspective. I think a brilliant example of Christopaganism (though people of these faiths wouldn’t describe themselves as such) are Voodoo and Santeria. They blend African native religion with Catholicism, they have figured out which saints correspond to their orishas/lwa, etc. Even Celtic Christianity in Ireland blended in old Pagan practices and perspectives on nature with the new Christian beliefs. It’s certainly not a new practice.
I have, will, and do post Christian things, right along with Pagan things, although 90% of this blog is about the pagan half of my spirituality. I have never hidden this, or refrained to mention it. Anyone who actually reads the things I write here, would know this. Am I angry? You bet. But at the same time I’m somewhat glad they decided to unfollow me as I will not tolerate hatred and prejudice towards anyone’s faith here, let alone my own. This is Holy Week in the Catholic Church, and it is very important to me. I love Easter! And I don’t feel I should have to refrain from expressing my entire path here. The whole point of this blog is as an expression of my path! So if anyone else is offended by my posting Christian things here, feel free to unfollow me. But do so in a respectful manner, without hateful, prejudiced messages in my inbox. I am very thankful for all of my followers, but I don’t think anyone should have things pop up on their dash that makes them uncomfortable. But at the same time I expect the same amount of respect from all of you as I give to all of you. Karma. What goes around comes around. The three fold law. Do unto others and you would have them do unto you. Many ways of saying essentially the same thing, and I’m a huge believer in it.
I hope you all have an awesome week. I know I STILL haven’t posted the first Herbal Wednesday, but I’m hoping to accomplish it tomorrow morning, along with the Pagan Blog Post I missed on Friday.
Seriously? You just posted something Christian? Fuck that shit. UNFOLLOWING. -- scum-angel-deactivated20131213
Feel free to unfollow. That’s your prerogative. I’ve stated time and time again, that I do agree with many Christian things. One of my matrons is actually Mother Mary, and I attend church with my grandmother most sundays, even though I don’t always agree with what is being said. So thank you for being prejudice. All faiths are welcome here, and it’s kinda my blog and I’m kinda allowed to post whatever describes my path.
So I’m currently researching Fallen Angels and Nephilim. If anyone has knowledge of them, knows of a good reference website, book, etc, PLEASE share! If I figure out why it’s so important that every night this past week I’ve been awoken from a dead sleep with the need to find the answer to a question I don’t know. Asleep, I know all the answers and questions, I’m inside a library filled with lost knowledge guarded by angels themselves. But as soon as I’m awake I can only remember snipits of the conversations around me and the texts I’m translating. I know I sound crazy, but its ridiculously important!
So I’ve been having really disturbing nightmares lately in which I act as the Angel of Vengeance during the end times, making “humans pay for their crimes”. Well today during a very unplanned nap, Sekhmet came to me and told me that the “Angel of Vengeance” was also a title used by his High Priestess. I’m very conflicted by what this means.
(edit: before someone points out to me that I used “his” to refer to Sekhmet, yes it was an accident, and yes I can see that I did it. There is a reason for the slip I assure you. Sekhmet had come to me as both a male and a female, and sometimes completely androgynous. I do not know why as she was revered as a fully female mother goddess. So if I ever slip up on accident like that again, you’ll understand why. )
Most pagans I know don’t fast in any way shape or form, but I fast rather regularly. Considering Lent is almost over, I think the timing of this post is pretty awesome. Right now I’m fasting from soda. On Fridays I consume no meat. I have a conditional clause that states I’ll only consume fast food if someone else not only suggests it but buys it. And I intend to continue this long after Lent. A fast is simply refraining from a certain activity, food, or even item for a predetermined length of time. I know many people who are fasting from facebook or tumblr for lent, and I know many children who gave up their ipods for lent. Generally when one thinks of fasting, they think of food. Originally during lent, neither meat nor dairy was allowed. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday one was expected to eat almost nothing. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat, drink, or even chew gum from sunrise to sunset. I myself fast on the sabbats from the time I awaken until after my rite when I take “communion”. But fasting is so much more than that. I think fasting is an incredible spiritual tool capable of opening your eyes to how foods and activities affect your life and your spirituality. Try taking a fast of silence for 24 hours, or a sleeping fast for 48. Try fasting from meat if you normally consume it, or from fasting from everything except liquids. Try an electronics fast or television, or anything! You’ll be amazed how much you notice!
My faith is both animistic and polytheistic. I am a hard polytheist, not soft. I believe not only that every stick, rock, mountain, river, and tree around me is alive and containing a spirit, I believe that there are thousands upon thousands of individual deities, plus angels, demons, fae, ghosts, elementals, etc. I don’t necessarily see my faith as belonging to Neo-Paganism, I never attach the word neo to the word pagan when describing myself. To me it invokes to much of an image of wicca and new age trads. Nothing wrong with it, but not a good descriptor if my faith. I also wouldn’t use the word reconstructonist. They are generally stuck with one pantheon and only worship those deities as people way back when already had, no exceptions. At least that’s what it is in my head. I’m eclectic as hell, but I go specifically to my gods and spirit guides for suggestions and if I’m doing things in a manner that pleases the gods, and this has molded my path. My faith is so unique that I have NEVER found anyone that believed exactly as I do, most people not even close. And I’m actually kinda proud of that. :) Other times it sucks.
So I’ve been saying this prayer every morning called a lorica in which you envision a breast plate forming. For some reason I kinda envisioned it being like in sailor moon where it forms around you in ribbons, but I kinda feel like Sailor Jupiter afterwards. So I looked it up, Jupiter is the planet associated with my zodiac sign. I’m sure it’s just my subconscious putting everything together for me. But I’ve never paid much attention to astrology, and I haven’t seen Sailor Moon in well over a decade. So I feel a little bit awesome today and just had to share. Ostara post should be up tonight providing my internet decides to cooperate. :) ~Ella~
This post is really late, but I think it’s fitting that I waited for St. Patrick’s Day to post it. In the U.S., March as a whole is dedicated to Irish History and Heritage, but no day resembles that more than today. My mother is almost ¾ Irish and my father a little less than a quarter, making me roughly half Irish. The rest of my heritage is primarily English and Scottish with a good dose of Cherokee, Welsh, and French added to taste. But with that much Irish running through my veins I think it’s only natural that me and my family at times get very homesick for the lands of our ancestors. I have yet to visit, but I want to more than anything. When I was much younger I used to randomly cry for want of it, and I highly considered going to university there. To be honest I think half the connection is through ancestral memories and memories of prior lives. But someday I'll make a visit to those lands and there’s a very good chance I won’t return. Despite the fact that my path honors deities across three different pantheons, I can’t help but feel a sense of kinship with the Irish deities. A few of them have made it very known to me that they want my worship and offerings, The Morrighan and Brighid among them. Flidais is another who made it known to me and I highly considered writing one of my F posts for her! I also have a fairly easy time connecting to Irish folklore, myths, and faerie beliefs. In all honesty, whenever I think of faeries, I almost always think of Ireland and the Tuatha De Dannan. Those subjects are inseparable for me. Eire has a thousand other associations in my mind and my heart, but this is what Eire is to me:
(all photos are from google images)
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