SACRED UNION IN CHRISTIANITY   Celebrating the Archetypal Bride and Bridegroom 



The Nuptials of the Lamb and His Bride  

                                                   Revelation 21

J-M window

Stained glass window by Stephan Adam,  1906

photo courtesy of John Shuster

Kilmore Church, Dervaig, Scotland

Isle of Mull

"Clasping right hands" is part of the Christian liturgy for Marriage

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 ". . . there came a woman with an alabaster jar of ointment, genuine nard of great value; and breaking the alabaster jar, she poured it on his head."

(Mark 14: 3)

Then Mary took a pound of ointment, genuine nard of great value, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet dry with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of her ointment."

(John 12:3)

"For the King's banquet, my nard spread its fragrance around him."

(Song of Songs 1:12) 

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 WAS JESUS MARRIED?

The truth behind the fiction encountered in The DaVinci Code

Starbird's "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar" is credited with having   launched Dan Brown on his quest for Mary Magdalene, the "Lost Bride." 


"Margaret Starbird's work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history." 

Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Lost Symbol"  

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            RECLAIMING THE DIVINE COMPLEMENTS

The Christian Gospels say nothing specific about the marital status of Jesus, but the Hebrew language had no word for "bachelor" in the first century A.D., probably because marriage was a "cultural imperative" in their society.  We must  examine the available evidence that Jesus WAS married in light of the norms of the Jewish society in which he lived.

Strong evidence from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, including the Gospels themselves, supports rather than denies, the claim that Jesus was married. Starbird's books reclaim the "Sacred Partnership" that was at the heart of the Christian story. Her research was a major source for Dan Brown's best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code; two of her books are specifically cited in that book.

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MARGARET   STARBIRD'S    STORY

Margaret Starbird's theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she first encountered the suggestion that Jesus Christ was married and that his blood-line had survived in Western Europe. Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar and former University instructor set out to refute it, but instead found compelling evidence in support of the forgotten Bride of Jesus.

Starbird's research traces the origin of the heresy of the Holy Grail, whose medieval adherents believed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and that his wife and child emigrated to Gaul, fleeing persecutions of the Christain community in first-century Jerusalem. Numerous legends, works of art, and artifacts of medieval Europe clearly reflect a widespread "alternative Christian story" brutally suppressed by the Inquisition from the mid-13th Century. The heresy survived in an underground stream of esoteric wisdom guarded and passed down by generations of artists, artisans, poets, and alchemists. 


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Titles of Margaret Starbird's Books

for more informations about each book, click the menu tab "Books"


The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail

The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine

Magdalene's Lost Legacy: Symbolic Numbers and the Sacred Union in Christianity

Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile

The Tarot Trumps and The Holy Grail

The Feminine Face of Christianity


with Joan Norton

14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine: 

Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene

 

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A real treasure trove of esoteric symbolism and lovely original art!

 

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