Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mary Magdalene Deified as a Goddess Saint

Most of my work is online with digital archives, but I do get up close and personal with art works in real life in museums and archives. This photo is from my session at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic arts, wonderful collections of works on paper, at their archive at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, USA. 

This piece is my personal highlight of the session, Magdalene in the Clouds, pictured as an elder lady with tassels for a masonic type lodge and royalty and with the top off off her jar, very potent symbol like Pandora's box, or a kind of religious porn. The museum folks seem to like my concept of the romance and "mythology" and secret society and royal histories of the art, and will supply images when my book is ready. I want to do a happy dance, as this means for real institutionalized museum endorsement of my research.

This is an excerpt from a chapter from my book about this piece.  The Magdalene in the Clouds, by Lucas van Leyden. 1518 A.D. Engraving, 12.1 x 7.6 cm (image), Holland Europe,

Codes, Symbols, and Meanings

Mary depicted as an older woman of great importance regarded with reverence.
A goddess with enlarged halo, an important goddess, on a level with Sol Evictus.
Small waist and large round hips of the sacred feminine and fertility.
Long hair and shapely curves indicate Mary was still attractive in her later years.
Opening lid of the jar alludes to Mary letting out her secrets. 
Open lid of Mary Magdalene’s jar alludes to Psyche and to opening of Pandora’s Box.
Knotted cloth or cord around Mary’s belly is a symbol of marriage.
Tassels for royalty and the four corners of a Masonic lodge.

Luke: 37 to 38  KJV: “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”

Mary Magdalene is reported to have died at age 67 of the same year A.D. In this print she looks about that age by 20th century standards.  The Christian symbol for Mary Magdalene is an ointment jar or pot, but can also be a vase, decanter, oil bottle, urn, chalice, or water ewer. In most depictions of Mary Magdalene the lid of the jar is always firmly closed.

Mary removing the lid of the perfume jar is a potent symbol, related to Psyche and Pandora’s box.  The lidded jar or chalice, as a symbol for the sacred vagina, is the source of human life, but at the same time it can be the source of evil for men if unchecked.  Male dominated, or patriarchal religions, have always feared women and kept women from positions of power or independence. It is one of the reasons why secret societies formed to continue Goddess worship, and create coded works for veneration.

A coded art work is created for as many as four different audiences. The first audience is the general public, standard art historians, and lay preachers. These versions of history and religious interpretation we’ve all heard before.  Our eyes and ears seem to glaze over without any real understanding of what it all means, we are simply told to “Have faith” and to “Believe!”.

The second audience are new agers and treasure hunters.  They can read a little symbology on some paintings, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, but only at a very basic level.   The second audience interpret the coded art according to the first audience’s lay symbology. They have not done the years of research to lift the veil to get to the next level. The second audience also tend to think that each work of coded art is either a treasure map or a new age spiritual icon. They go around in circles publishing the same information copied from each other, one after the other after the other.

A third audience are members of secret societies and ancient religious orders who, at the upper levels after three or more years of study, know how to read the symbols and much of the hidden histories they reveal. It is their job to maintain and protect this information over thousands of years. One way they do that is creating coded art.  It is because of their secrecy and the secrets they protect, that other factions don’t want anybody to know, that secret societies get a bad reputation.

The fourth audience are people of royal blood who have done years of personal research seeking the truth about their ancestors. It is for these people that the secret societies maintain and protect the secrets they protect. It is for the nobility to remember their heritage and the once great heros and saviors of the world they are and could yet again be.

According to various legends around the world, it is only those of ancient royal blood who retain the genetic memories of how to save the world, if they do the study and learn the secrets.

end of excerpt

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