The Magdalene Mysteries and the Path of the Blue Rose:
A Ten-Day/Nine-Night Pilgrimage Journey to the Heart of the Languedoc in SW France and Northern Spain.
Sunday, September 24th, 2017-Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
with Veronica Goodchild, PhD
Professor Emerita, Pacifica Graduate Institute,
Author, Jungian psychotherapist
You are invited to download and read Veronica’s recent paper about Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Blue Rose.
Click here to access the pdf.
The Magdalene Mysteries relate both to ‘hidden’ histories and Gnostic Texts concerning Mary Magdalene and Jesus, and to the Tradition of the Blue Rose, the name given to MM’s teachings, and a lineage of Grail Priestesses and Womb Shamans whose central symbol is the Chalice of the Grail, and whose guiding force is the Cosmic Sophia.
MM has a strong presence throughout France, particularly in Provence, and in the Languedoc where the Cathar Gnostic Movement – devotees of MM and Jesus – also flourished. During our pilgrimage in this beautiful part of France, we will journey to some of the sites sacred to these traditions. Our focus will be a contemplative one, and our days will be informed by dream-work and meditation practice, history, legends, and conversation, as well as visiting places, portals or doorways, that resonate with the energies of MM and the coming culture of Sophia.
This is an inner journey in the outer world! We will immerse ourselves in the extensive symbolism of the Grail Chalice as an archetypal image that is emerging again in our time. Our hope is to deepen into what our own contribution might be to the new emerging story as we leave the Age of Pisces and welcome the Age of Aquarius as ‘Water Bearers’ in the Grail tradition of personal transformation and service.
In the Languedoc and Cathar Gnostic tradition, MM as Jesus’ Beloved, Initiate of the Mysteries, and the “Apostle to the Apostles,”
is also remembered especially as “Mistress of the Waters” and “Mary of the Sea.” We will link her story to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, to star lineages, and to the Black Madonna tradition so alive in France and Spain, as well as other areas of Europe.
We will also enjoy and be inspired by the delicious food and wine of this special region.
The first part of our journey includes the mystical landscapes in and around Rennes-les-Bains and Rennes-le-Château, the sacred mountain of Bugurach, Esclarmonde’s Cathar Château of Montségur, and other venues. For the second part we will travel to northern Spain, to the Gulf of Roses, and visit an Isis Temple and Asclepian Dream Sanctuary, the town of Girona, a mediaeval center of Alchemy and Kabbalah, where there was a community vision of MM, and finally to the sacred and healing Black Madonna of Montserrat.
Fee and Program Cost: $3,500
(includes hotels and all breakfasts, six dinners, 2 lunches, all ground transportation including pick up at Toulouse airport on first day, all entrance fees, two concerts, tips)
For more information or a detailed Daily Schedule, or to Register please email Veronica by clicking HERE.
Please read my article, “The Magdalene Mysteries and the Path of the Blue Rose” for a background on these themes and how this Pilgrimage Journey came about, and for Reading References.
About Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D
Your faculty/guide: Veronica Goodchild, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she taught courses on Jungian
and Imaginal Psychology, Psyche and the Sacred, the Grail Myth, Alchemy and Depth Psychology, and Soulful Research for over 16 years. Educated at London University in her native England as well as Columbia University in NYC, she has long been interested in the reality of dreams and visions, synchronicities and extraordinary experiences.
She has travelled extensively to sites sacred to the Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France, and to the sacred sites of the UK, Egypt, and Peru. Recently, she walked the Le Puy route of the Camino de Santiago in France, as a response to our environmental crises. This led her to two separate but related shamanic paths (the Q’ero mystical tradition in Peru, and the Path of Pollen/Way of the Melissae in the UK), which extended her Jungian background to include the energetic nature of the universe, which ancients called the ‘anima mundi.’
Veronica enjoys the imaginal reality of sacred space and pilgrimage walking, as well as the history, legends, mythological, and symbolic background of these ancient places.
Veronica is the author of two books, Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century (Foreword by Thomas Moore), and Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love, as well as the Introduction to Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable. She has also written book chapters, reviews, and other essays.
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