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The Shift of the Ages (42,17-27) Nag Hammadi Scriptures
Now I have come the second time in the likeness of a female, and have spoken with them. I shall tell them of the coming end of this age, and teach them about the beginning of the age to come, the one without change, wherein our appearance will be changed. We shall be purified in those aeons from which I revealed myself in the thought of the likeness of my masculinity. I settled among those who are worthy in the thought of my changeless aeon.
"The children of your elect sister send you their greetings."
The Second Letter of John
In Orthodox belief Ephesus is the death place of Mary Magdalena. According to Eastern tradition, she retired to Ephesus with Mary the Mother of Jesus and there she died. Her bones were transferred to Constantinople in 886 and are placed in the Monastery of St Lazarus. Western tradition has the Crusaders carrying her relics to Rome where they are said to have been placed under the altar in Lateran Cathedral. Relics are said to have been dispersed, relics do exist at an Orthodox Nunnery in Jerusalem, and possibly in France, but it is questionable if the Pope would authenticate the relics in France.
The existence of the so-called “non-canonical Gnostic” texts such as: Gospel of Mary; The Gospel of Thomas; The Dialogue of the Savior; The Pistis Sophia; The Gospel of Philip; The Second Apocalypse of James; and the Manichaean Psalms. Of these, The Gospel of Philip are a particularly valuable source of information about Mary Magdalene. From it we glean that Mariamne/Magdalene was sister to Philip (one of the twelve original apostles) and Martha; that Jesus called her "chosen among women"; that she healed people and baptized converts; and that she died at the Jordan River, “near Jerusalem.” It also reveals the following tantalizing tidbit:
There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.”
John traveled with Mary Magdalen and Mary the Mother of Jesus to Ephesus. Mary Magdalen also traveled in Greece with Philip, Thomas, and Bartholomew who was skewered upside down through the ankles. When traveling in Pagan tribal lands one had to recieve the permission of the tribal chieftain, if one did not please the local Gods the chieftain was not likely to be pleased, and the traveler would be used as a sacrifice to the Gods. In order to receive permission to stay in Pagan lands, the later Christians following Paul Paganized Jesus. They deified Jesus giving him the divinity of the Pagan Gods in order to please and convert the tribal leaders. Paul did not know Jesus, instead he based his writings on a series of mystical visions. This was the second heresy, the Pauline Heresy, and contradicted with the view of the first Jewish Christians and the family of Jesus as the Son of Humanity, a Servant of God, not a Son of God. Recent finds as Nag Hammadi, and other writings, have shed new light as these works were not changed through the years.
Ancient Jewish beliefs on Jesus are similar to each other and must be understood to place the study in context.
Some Ancient Jewish Views of Jesus
The earliest Jewish Christians, and the family of Jesus, believed that Jesus was a "Servant of God", not the "Son of God". They did not believe in the divinity of Christ, the annunciation, the resurrection, or the virgin birth. We read in the writings of James, the older brother of Jesus, not the miraculous stories of the Gospels, but of Jesus as a human being, the way he would have taught and of doing good works. In the Letter of Jude the younger brother of Jesus we read the warnings of following the false teachings that were overtaking the new movement. The Gospel of Thomas, also a brother of Jesus, perhaps his twin, is a collection of 114 sayings of Jesus. Again the Gospel of Thomas teaches as Jesus would have taught, and does not tell stories about Jesus, he is not the Christ or Messiah, not acclaimed as master or lord, he is a child or son of humanity not the son of God, and nothing is said of the cross or tomb.
The Didache, perhaps the oldest Christian book writes of the family of Jesus and the early Jewish Christians as the Servants of God, with no mention of divinity, and the Pre-Markan Passion Narrative ends with Mary Magdalen and Mary of Joses mourning at his grave. The Gospel of Mary mentions a dream Mary Magdalen has of Jesus after his death.
When the Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome, he chose the Pauline version, marginalizing the original beliefs of the family of Jesus. Most of the Gospels of the New Testament were written hundreds of years after Jesus, not by the Apostles, but by others who used their names for authority, as was the habit of the time. Some may have been rewritten Paganizing or adding to the original versions. Stories were changed to vindicate Church Hierarchy and political aspirations. In 1054 the Bishop of Rome schismed from the Orthodox Church for political reasons.
The persecution of Christians lasted from 100 to 312 AD. From the years 312 to 590 AD Paganism blended with Christian belief. An example being the Sibylline Oracles, composed from the 2nd to 5th centuries, which were based on the Sibylline Books the most sacred books of Rome held in theTemple of Jupiter. The Greek equivalent of the Roman Sibyl was the Pythia, the Priestess of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. The Pythia could only be a Priestess of Apollo, as ancient Greek religion was matriarchal, and the Priestess ruled the spirit world.
Apollo, the God of the Sun, was the brother of Artemis, the Moon Goddess of the Greeks. In Turkey Artemis was known as the Lady of Ephesus. The Temple of Artemis 550BC, also known as the Temple of Diana, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Artemis became identified with the Roman fertility Goddess Diana "Goddess of the Hunt". The Roman Moon Goddess Luna "Luna that shines by night". She had Temples on the Aventine Hill and the Palatine Hill. Luna was replaced by Diana also known as "the bright Goddess", and became know as the Goddess Diana Lucifera.
Many believe Diana to have originated in prehistoric matriarchal societies as the Mother Goddess. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana was part of an ancient trinity, the female Pagan Trinity, with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god. In the early examples, the three goddesses stand before a sketchily indicated wood; the central goddess places her right hand on the shoulder of one other goddess and her left hand on the hip of the other. The three are demonstrated to be one by a horizontal bar behind their necks that connects them. Later die-cutters simplified the image. "The Latin Diana was conceived as a threefold unity of the divine huntress, the Moon goddess, and the goddess of the nether world, Hekate." This is the origin of the Holy Trinity used in the Christian church after Paul.
Hekate is of Anatolian origins. A fane existed to her within the precincts of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. One aspect of Hekate is represented in the Roman Trivia "Trinity". In Ptolemaic Alexandria she ultimately achieved her connotations as a goddess of sorcery and her role as the "Queen of Ghosts", in which triplicate guise she was transmitted to post-Renaissance culture. Today she is a goddess of witches and Hellenic Polytheistic Reconstructionism.
"In Italy the old religion of Stregheria embraced goddess Diana as Queen of the Witches; witches being the wise women healers of the time. Goddess Diana created the world of her own being having in herself the seeds of all creation yet to come. It is said that out of herself she divided into the darkness and the light, keeping for herself the darkness of creation and creating her brother Apollo, the light. Goddess Diana loved and ruled with her brother Apollo, the god of the Sun.
As time went on, the Earth was created and Diana descended to Earth, as did her brother Apollo. Diana taught magic and witches were born. One night using witchcraft in the form of a cat, His most beloved animal, Diana tricked Apollo. She gained entrance to His chamber where She seduced Him. From this union a daughter was born, the goddess Aradia."
An ancient story describes how Lucifer sat at the right hand side of YHWH, on order that YHWH could bestow his blessings upon mere human mortals. YHWH being a G_d could not bless a mere human, only another G_d and Angel could, bless a mortal human, thus YHWH created the Angels to bestow his blessings upon the earth. When Lucifer was sent to earth, YHWH needed another to bestow his blessings, as he could no longer bless human beings on earth, thus he created Jesus who now sits next to YHWH, so YHWH can bless the earth.
In the Christian era much of the beauty of the ancient Goddess, the ancient matriarchy, and the importance of women in early Christianity, was repressed with the faulty sermon of Pope Gregory I in 591 in which he defamed the image of our Lady Mary Magdalena as a prostitute. Mary Magdalena was in fact the leader of early Christianity. The sermon of Pope Gregory which was never accepted by the Orthodox faith, led to a repression of the beauty of the ancient matriarchy, the place of women as the leaders of Christianity, and the rise of a male dominant hierarchy in the Catholic Church
Our Temple believes in the concept of the Divine Feminine including the spiritual beauty of the female prophets. The Talmud lists the 7 female prophets as:
Jesus announced the coming of the Age of Aquarius in (Luke 22:10; Mark 14:13.) "a man will meet you carrying an earthen pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he goes in"
The Age of Aquarius will bring with it the rediscovery of the first Jewish Christians. This will include the Divine Feminine and the special knowledge of the spiritual blessings of Mary as the primary leader of the Jewish Christians, to some it will bring the duality of Jesus and Mary Magdalena. She who will bring respect for the beauty of all world religion.
The Age of Aquarius will be followed by the Age of Capicorn (the maiden-goat), in which Diana Lucifera will be revealed as G_ddess, the fulfillment of both ancient pophecy and the Procession of the Equinox.
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