MARY MAGDALENE: Courage, Visionary
Mary of Magdala, known as Mary Magdalene or the Magdalene, is divine feminine energy incarnate. She is the thirteenth and closest disciple of Jesus of Nazareth and known as the Apostle of the Apostles.
In ancient Aramaic, Mary means, “she who illuminates.” It is said that nobody understood Jesus’ message as well as she did and that she was able to share it clearly with others. She wrote the Gospel of Mary after his death, recounting her role as a teacher, leader, and visionary who received secret revelations and divinatory knowledge from the Divine. She was a scholar who shared her knowledge with Jesus and her fellow disciples. She was the energy of the sacred feminine to Jesus’ sacred masculine.
The Gospel of Mary remained shrouded in mystery and secrecy for centuries; in the meantime, Mary Magdalene was depicted as a former prostitute, a narrative started in the sixth century by the Catholic Church. Many believe this was to prevent women from accessing roles of leadership in the Church. It was not until 1969 that the Vatican formally corrected the error, stating she was distinct from the sinful woman mentioned in Luke and that she was a devoted disciple of Jesus.
In the Baha’i tradition, Mary Magdalene is glorified and highly regarded as an enlightened master – powerful, knowledgeable, and holy. There are many versions who Mary Magdalene was or was not, but she was undeniably a goddess who lived among us, who was well-versed in book knowledge and well-connected to the spirit realm. She was a conduit for illuminating truth, courage, and strength, based on her own visions and private revelations. Despite naysayers, she lived her truth.
Mary Magdalene’s Message: Stay focused on things of true importance. You have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself. Your spiritual walk is a personal one. Have courage and do not shy away from your purpose. Step up and speak your truth powerfully with grace and wisdom. Trust your inner strength to lead you to where you are meant to be. Awaken to love within and all around you. Know that you are held in the arms of love and cannot be separated from the love that created you.
One gentle, empowered voice can set grand and sacred designs into motion. Pay attention to intuitive guidance and revelations and share those things revealed to you. Expand your knowledge into more truth, more clarity, and more grace. You have gifts that can help make the world a better place. Share what you know with patience and devotion. Remember to address challenging people with compassion and integrity without sacrificing your needs or losing sight of your purpose.
Call on Mary Magdalene: to receive visions that bring about spiritual growth and for help understanding the messages; when someone is jealous of you or vying for your position, whether at work or in family life; for reassurance that you are on the right path and that there is no need to worry or defend yourself; if falsely accused and needing the truth of a situation to be revealed.
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KATERI TEKAWITHA: Fearless Authenticity
Kateri Tekawitha was the daughter of a chief of the Mohawk Turtle Clan. She had a heart for the divine feminine as a Marian devotee after she was converted to Catholicism and dedicated her life to building a community of women supporting one another. She died young, at just twenty-four years of age. Due to many miracles attributed to her, which continue to this day, she became the first Native American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.
Kateri Tekawitha’s Message: Are you feeling timid and afraid to be yourself? Are you bullied, criticized, or rejected when you try to live your life authentically? Don’t be discouraged; shine forth into the world with you own unique light.
Liberate yourself from hurtful memories. Be courageous; forgive others so you may live more gracefully in your authentic truth. Each day is a gift to be lived. Be grateful to be alive. You are worthy and have something valuable to give to the world.
There is no need to sacrifice your unique values and needs for those of others. To do so can bring depression resentment, and bitterness. Surround yourself with those who appreciate and welcome you as you are. Be strong and steadfast about your beliefs and what you are passionate about. Be honest with yourself; life in alignment with what you believe and you will feel peaceful and powerful. Love yourself just as you are, perfectly and uniquely you. As long as you are led by love toward the good of all, your path is blessed.
Call on Kateri Tekawitha: if you have suffered rejection by being outcast or marginalized; when you need to be reminded to love yourself; for help trusting your instincts, values, and your inner compass for your heart’s desires and priorities; when you need to be bold and ask for what you desire from guides, elders, and teachers.
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TLAZOLTEOTL: Restoration and Transformation
Moon Goddess Tlazolteotl is the Aztec pardoner of sins. Fiercely powerful and known as the Eater of Filth, this is who the Aztecs confessed their worst deeds to. They made sacrifices in her honor to receive the purifying and regenerative power of the earth. She is the midwife who, through the decomposition of that which no longer serves us, brings life. She proves that anything that overwhelms and destroys also has the power to heal.
Tlazolteotl is the goddess of spinners and weavers. As such, she is a goddess of fertility and sexuality who connects us to the cycle of creation and the ever-changing power of the earth. She is also the patroness of illicit affairs and lust.
The Aztecs would not only go to Tlazolteotl and her priestesses for confession and cleansing, but for advice on when to have relations for procreating. This was to ensure good health and longevity of the child to be conceived. She was involved at births to cleanse babies of their parent’s transgressions. Patroness of midwives, doulas, doctors, nurses, and all other healers, she gifts humanity with herbs and magick and was said to be able to heal those gravely ill and near death.
Tlazolteotl ate the errors of her people to restore them to their true selves. Through destruction and decomposition, she recycles misdeeds in the life-affirming cycle of our lives, destroying with the power to heal and enlighten. Tlazolteotl is that shadow part of ourselves we fear because it is so powerful, but when we work with her energy, we can find absolute mercy and compassion.
Tlazolteotl’s Message: It is time to transform and restore your physical body, a broken relationship, or anything that needs to be changed to better serve you on your path. It is time to face your shadow self, those things that have you entangled in toxic shame, guilt, or despair. They can hold you in a place of fear and insecurity and lead you to act in ways that hurt your relationship with yourself and others. You are perfect in your essence, and strong enough to deal with the most difficult of issues.
Be more mindful in your intimate relationships. Transform sensual energy into beautiful ways to connect to each other and to all that is sacred. The exchange of energy between lovers is powerful and one that needs to be respected and nurtured. Take note and be thoughtful of every decision you make, especially when it comes to sexual partnerships and conception.
Remember, there is no sin, only errors on life’s journey. Be brave; the pain of transformation is only temporary.
Call on Tlazolteotl: when you are ready to transform into your best self by letting go of the past and facing the future centered in the now; to help you work on aspects of your personality developed from past hurts; if you are feeling the burden of remorse, for help in your sexual partnerships, sacred sex, tantric sex, celibacy; to help with conceiving.
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