Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Jesus and witness to His resurrection.
Her epithet Magdalene means "of Magdala", a fishing village
on the Sea of Galilee. She is mentioned briefly in the four canonical
Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), as a woman "out of
whom [Jesus] had cast seven demons". Among the varying accounts
in the Gospels, Mary Magdalene is the constant as witness to Jesus'
resurrection. In the Gospel of John, three Marys are mentioned at
the mother of Jesus; Mary, Her sister and His aunt; and
Mary Magdalene, three being a number long associated with women
and the Goddesss.
Through an old confusion with Mary of Bethany (sister to Lazurus,
whom Jesus raised from the dead), Mary Magdalene was often depicted
washing the feet of Jesus with Her tears and anointing Him with
oil of spikenard (an herb related to lavendar). As Mary of Bethany
was called a "sinner", Mary of Magdala was traditionally
believed to have been a prostitute, though the Bible never explicitly
says so. She was portrayed by medieval artists as weeping hysterically
and gave Her name to the word maudlin,
meaning overly sentimental or sorrowful.
In the non-canonical Gnostic Gospels--early Christian writings
(accepted as true then) that were later rejected by Church leaders
when the Bible was standardized--there is a somewhat different picture.
In the Gospel of Philip, Mary Magdalene is called the "companion"
of Jesus, which has often been interpreted to mean "consort".
Also in Philip, Jesus is said to "often kiss her on her mouth",
and has to answer a question from the other disciples as to why
He "love[s] her more than all of us?" Jesus often called
Her "the Blessed One", and She was one of three Marys
who "walked always with the Lord"--Mary Magdalene, His
mother Mary, and His aunt Mary.
Among the Gnostic Gospels is a Gospel of Mary Magdalene, in which
She tells the other disciples of a vision She has had of Jesus.
And some scholars believe that She may have been the real author
of the canonical Gospel of John.
Drawing this card indicates doomed or hopeless love, grief and
loss, with a strong spiritual component. Faith (in a religion, in
the world, or in yourself) in this situation can bring hope, healing,
Alternate names: Maria, Mariam
Titles: the Pleroma or "All-blessed Pleroma" (called
so by Jesus in the Pistis Sophia text). The Pleroma ("fullness")
is a Gnostic concept of the state of indwelling divinity, an emanation