July 22nd is the Feast Day of Mary of Magdala. She carries an archetype of the sacred feminine and feminine Christ.
For centuries, Mary Magdalene was thought of as a sinner and prostitute, but the discovery of the Gospel of Mary and it’s publication in the mid 20th century cast a different light on the only female Apostle.
The Gospel of Mary was “discovered” in 1896 purchased by a German scholar, Carl Reinhardt, but the translation was not able to be published until 1955.
In the Gospel of Mary, which is thought to be written by her, she is referred to by Levi as Jesus’ favorite and Jesus is quoted as saying some revolutionary things, “like there is no sin.”1
What would have happened to Christianity if the gospel of Mary had been included by the council of Nicea in the sanctioned Bible? Would women have had a place in the Church? Been respected for their spirituality? Had secular and religious power?
Lyna Jones of Philofem blog has this to say:
“The restoration of Mary the Magdalene in her true identity is also the rightful place of the Feminine in religion, in the world, in culture, in spirituality, in politics. The dismissal and lies spread about Mary Magdalene did not only damage her reputation and falsified history, it eliminated the role of women in churches, and demonized the Feminine.” 2
In 2016 the Catholic Church established the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene where she is canonized by the Church as “Equal to the Apostles.”
Happy Mary Magdalene Feast Day and the return of the sacred feminine!