Who Do You Anoint this Week?
What do you anoint this week? Shall we celebrate that we are women and our spiritual job is to anoint? It was said that three drops from the goddess set a man on his quest for his own destiny, his own individual spiritual sovereignty inside himself. Perhaps to carry back something of Goodness for his community. The beginning of the story of Easter Week is the anointing by Mary the Magdalene of Jesus the Christ. We are each both.
Imagine what she knew of him. Imagine if we have the standard for ourselves that we be treated with the respect he treated her. "when this story is told, it will be told in memorial of her...". He knew to place himself in receptivity to her and to Her.
What anointing of the three drops do we women give right now? Surely to the ones who place themselves in receptivity to sacred union between all things, which is the central value of the Sacred Feminine.
Karen Tate asked me on her radio show last week what women get when they take up the mantle of Mary Magdalene and I said something like "self respect and the insistence that we be treated well". If you realize that you were the one who was chosen to anoint, to choose, to bless, the hero in the story......well, you'd appreciate yourself. And you'd insist that every man to do the same.
The Wedding Feast at Cana (with Mary Magdalene)
Painting by Gerard David (1503) Poem by Katerina Fretwell
Hail, young Mary, sidelined between
Jesus and his mother, their haloes'
gold spikes bore into your eyes
as you peep at your espoused.
Crimson bodice and hair
signify your royal lineage,
but where is your golden
aureole as half the Christos?
Mission mates, you and Yeshu
cherish the hagios gamos-
your conjoined blood & body,
the clandestine Eucharist.
Prey to a messiah complex,
Constantine crowned himself
first Holy Roman Emperor,
lording it over Jesus, forcing your
flight, gravid & grave, to Provence.
15 centuries later, Gerard David
painted your secret lineage-
enduring despite pomp and papacy.
It's your crown.
*thank you to Rev. John Beverley Butcher for allowing me to use the Jesus and Mary Magdalene icon above, which is available from Trinity Stores.com.