It is my personal conviction that the woman who anointed Jesus at the banquet at Bethany and “wiped his feet with her hair”–Mary of Bethany in John 12–was the same woman who went to anoint his corpse on Easter morning and met him resurrected–Mary Magdalene in John 20. In ancient mythologies of the hieros gamos, it is the Bride who anoints the Bridegroom King, and it is again the Bride who meets him three days later resurrected in the garden. A similar archetypal story celebrating the eternal return of the Life Force is ubiquitous throughout the Middle East in the cults of Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Aphrodite, Cybele. In the Gospels, Jesus and Mary Magdalene incarnate this “never-ending story” on the physical/historical plane.
Ignoring for a moment the syncretism of these pagan cults, I suggest we look to the Hebrew Bible for the source of Mary Magdalene’s distinctive honorific. In about 700 BC, the Hebrew prophet Micah recorded an amazing prophecy for the “Magdal-eder” (Micah 4:8-11).
The Hebrew word Magdal-eder literally means “Tower of the Flock” and refers to a hill near Bethlehem often used as a vantage point by shepherds to survey the surrounding fields. In this prophecy of Micah, the “Magdal-eder” is equated with the Daughter of Sion, the people of Israel, personified as “Jerusalem.” ~ from Margaret Starbird – leading Magdalene Scholar
Mary Magdalene Resources:
Mary Magdalene on MotherHouse of the Goddess: See all articles
Free Feast of the Magdalene Telesummit – July 2017 (Content still open)
Temple of the Magdalene with Lauri Ann Lumby
The Magdalene Rosary by Margaret Starbird
Out of the many books that have been written on Mary Magdalene – these are favorite recommendations:
Books by Margaret Starbird:
Her latest work, co-authored with Jungian therapist Joan Norton is 14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine: Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene. (to form your own Magdalene Circle)
Books by Lauri Ann Lumby from Temple of the Magdalene
Elizabeth Cunningham – The Maeve Chronicles are a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen.
Mary Magdalene Books:
I Remember Union: The Story of Mary Magdalena by Flo Aeveia Magdalena (channeled material and highly recommended)
Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala by Karen King
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean-Yves Leloup
The Gospel of Philip: Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Gnosis of Sacred Union by Jean-Yves Leloup
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault