The Wisdom of Mary Magdalene (Inspirational card deck and guidebook)
and Role Model for Contemporary Living
Explaining how Mary Magdalene can be seen as a
role model for our contemporary lives would be challenging without
giving some of Mary’s historical background first.
Equally important in the creation of this card deck and
guidebook are meaningful observations from my own personal life.
The 36 images in this deck are paired with various quotes
which have been attributed to Mary Magdalene from many different
sources. The guidebook
itself serves as a container to offer wisdom and guidance for each
image that will inspire your own answers and the truths that you
seek. We are all heroes
on life’s journey, and the teachers and experiences show up exactly
when we are ready for them.
Thank you for being part of
Brief History of Mary Magdalene
The false image of Mary Magdalene as a penitent
sinner saved by Jesus cannot be found in the Gospels of the New
Testament. It is a
product of rumor and innuendo that resulted from a sermon given by
Pope Gregory in the sixth century when he combined the figures of
Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany and the “sinful woman” found in
Luke’s Gospel. Even
though it is entirely false, this sexually charged slander against
Mary Magdalene has persisted for fourteen centuries, and has been
the basis for how Mary Magdalene is often portrayed in modern media.
Gospels of the New Testament are very clear about who Mary Magdalene
prominent disciple of Jesus who witnessed his crucifixion after all
male disciples had fled in
fear for their own lives.
In the “Gnostic” Christian Gospels, Mary was
revered as an important teacher and a visionary to whom Jesus
conveyed his most important teachings.
Mary was especially beloved by Jesus, not because she was a
woman, but because she was the most spiritually advanced of all his
Gospel According to Mary (Magdalene), Mary is portrayed as a
spiritual adept who takes Jesus’ place after he leaves the disciples
for the last time. She
becomes the community’s teacher since she alone had been gifted with
Jesus’ secret teachings.
Like Jesus, she comforts those who are grieving for their loss and
encourages the faith of the other disciples.
Following Mary’s Path
Growing up in a strict Methodist household in Portland, Maine,
Sunday school was mandatory. The stories about Jesus gave my young
life a sense of calm, but the full lessons had a greater impact on
me later in life. From
these stories I drew guidance and moral direction.
More importantly, the perceived kindness of Jesus and the
sweet images of the devoted women in his life gave me strength and
courage in the midst of family crises.
As my life’s journey revealed itself step by
step, I began to unfold in countless dimensions and found truth in
many ways, and especially in women’s community.
It is here, in working and playing with other women, that my
life might be seen to intersect with the path of Mary Magdalene, as
a seeker of truth and wisdom, and as a teacher in women’s community.
Incorporating Mary’s lessons into our
are a few examples of how Mary’s teachings can guide you in your
modern day life.
She was always at the side of Jesus.
After Jesus was arrested, all the males fled, fearing for
their own lives. Mary
How do you use your faith?
What is your core belief that gives you strength?
Many scholars agree now that without Mary’s vision of Jesus
ascending, that there would be no Easter.
She alone was the witness who ran to the disciples, and
finally convinced them of the ascension.
are your visions? Do you
have the conviction to follow your dreams and visions, even though
others may not agree with you?
Mary was often a member of a small and select group of
disciples who asked Jesus questions.
In the Gnostic Church dialogue Gospels, only those who
were considered teachers were allowed to ask questions.
Mary has been given teacher status in several ancient
How are you a teacher to others and to yourself?
HERO / HEROINE: Not only is Mary an archetype of the divine feminine, but she
accepted the role as heroine:
she accepted the call to adventure, she went forth with
bravery and courage, she faced risks and perils and, as a result,
she was transformed. She
became enlightened. We
are also, all of us, on our hero’s journey.
We meet all of the criteria for being heroes!
How do you create the “knowing” that you are a hero?
Using The Wisdom of Mary Magdalene card
There are three original layouts in the
guidebook: The Halo of
Love, The Cross and Four Virtues.
You might want to ask yourself a question, draw
one card, and then reflect on how the card and the contemporary
translation applies to your situation.
You can start your day by thinking about what
is coming up for you in the moment, picking a card and then
considering how the words might guide you through the day.
Perhaps you and a friend or coworker might be
looking for mutual guidance.
Place your hands over each others and be led to the card
which will give you magical insights.
Accessing the wisdom of Mary and all
As you enter into the spirit of Mary’s world,
you might be aligned with your own connection to past and present.
Broad questions you might wish to consider are:
As a seeker, student, spirit mother, courageous pilgrim—how will the
within the deck help you on your brave journey?
How do you see your own feminine divinity?
How is it expressed?
Are there similarities in Mary’s life and yours?
If so, what are they?
Are you willing to step into your higher consciousness, knowing that you
a specific image to help you in
reaching beyond your own boundaries?
The Wisdom of Mary Magdalene
can help you:
Explore the true purpose of your life
Create a new awareness in making important decisions
Design a life that brings you fulfillment
Envision steps that lead to your dream or goal in life
closing, know that I am passionate about your success in life and
presence in my life has given me a stronger spiritual foundation in
which to be the best possible life coach and holistic business
my clients wish to use this card deck when we do “Vision Mappings”.
If you would like to know more about this specialty, my other
professional services or information about Mary Magdalene workshops,
please visit my website www.VisionJourneys.com
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