Naturens ljus, Prästinnans väg, magi alkemi

Firar vårens dagjämning med het bastu hemma som bränner bort vinterns fukt och kyla i kroppens tempel. Till Lisa Gerrards enigmatiska sång... som åtföljs av Arvo Pärt. I värmen i mitt lilla bastutempel minns jag en dagjämning som jag var om i Mexico för 20 år sedan när Kukulkan - den befjädrade ormen - vandrade ner längs med pyramiden i Chichen Itzae... Helt utmojordiskt och mycket magiskt.

I morgon väntar påskuppladdning och en vecka med Johannes- och Matteuspassionen i högtalarna som ger stämningen till den Dolorosavandring som om alltid uppenbaras inför Påskens passionsdrama. Har själv vandrat Via Dolorosa i Jerusalem fram till Den heliga gravens kyrka för många år sedan och det är resa som har satt djupa spår och som jag alltid kommer att tänka på inför pånyttfödelsens högtid.

Jag ska nog liksom tidigare år sätta samman några gudomliga påskägg med alkemiska godsaker... som stärker oss i vår egen korsvandring mot helighetens realisering och får en att hålla fokus på det röda ägg som Maria Magdalena uppvisar och bär för att åskådliggöra pånyttfödelsens mysterium.

Jag låter gudinnan från alla traditioner vägleda mig, såväl Ostara och Ishtar som Maria Magdalena, i vårens och alkemins transformationsprocesser mot fullbordan i de vises sten.

The Red Egg

Her travels eventually took Mary Magdalene to Rome, where because of her family's standing she was able to obtain an audience with the Roman Emperor, Tiberius Caesar. Her purpose was to protest to him that his governor in Judea, Pontius Pilate, and the two high priests, Annas and Caiaphas, had conspired and executed an innocent man, namely our Lord Jesus Christ.

She presented him with a red egg (representing the stone which had been rolled away), saying: "Christ is risen!" She told Caesar of Pilate's injustice toward Jesus. He responded by moving Pilate to Gaul, where he died under imperial displeasure after a prolonged illness. She then assisted St. John the Theologian in Ephesus. She preached boldly the gospel of the Risen Lord whom she loved.

According to the tradition, everyone visiting the Emperor was supposed to bring him a gift. Rich and influential people, of course, brought expensive gifts whereas the poor offered whatever they could afford. Mary Magdalene took an egg to the Emperor's palace and handed it to Tiberius Caesar with the greeting: "Christ is risen!"

Tiberius Caesar, naturally, could not believe what he heard and responded to her: "How could anyone ever rise from the dead? It is as impossible as that white egg to turn red." While Tiberius was speaking these words, the egg in the hand of Mary Magdalene began changing color until it finally became bright red.

Thus the Pascha greeting -- in universal Christendom, both East and West -- has ever since remained "Christ is risen!" and it became traditional for Christians throughout the world to color eggs in red.

Mary Magdalene then went on to explain to Tiberius Caesar that the now-red egg symbolized life rising from a sealed chamber, a symbol that would have been understandable to a pagan Roman.

Caesar heard the formal complaint presented by Mary Magdalene, and also had received reports of soldiers under Pilate molesting and killing civilians in Judea. For this Pilate was exiled to Vienne in Gaul where he died an unpleasant death. Interestingly, Pilate's wife Procula Claudia who had a dream about Jesus the night before He was brought before her husband for trial, had become a very pious and devout Christian, and died a saint of the Christian Church.

Hämtat från Saint Nicholas Parish hemsida.

Önskar er alla en fin start på vårsäsongen och en balanserad vårdagjämning!

Må Maria Magdalena och gudinnan Ostara välsigna er med de heliga äggens uppenbarelse!

Jag helgar den levande guden som gått före och visar mig vägen...

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