It is useful to read history, especially ancient history, with a loose grasp rather than a tight mental grip. I find I relax my mind from any sense of urgency to prove whether or not something physically transpired but rather settle in to discerning what meaningful symbols rise to the top of our consciousness as we listen.
Because, that is where the juicy energy is to be found. We find a story's true meaning from within its resonance...and it's latent effect on our subsequent thought patterns.
Stories shape how we walk in the world.
As millions of people know, the dominant Christian story attempts to eradicate both a divine feminine as well as the physical feminine from sharing the spotlight with the Jesus figure.
Jesus, as a teacher, focused on modeling how our behavior affects the world around us. For example, in Christianity there are moral stories about turning the other cheek or loving one's neighbor in an effort to offer forgiveness.
But, what we lose when the Divine Feminine is veiled is wisdom in how to navigate the necessary transitions from one life change to another. Are we not in a constant state of learning how to accept the transitions that form the container of our lives? Wouldn't knowing how to change with nature's flow encourage us to be more forgiving at our core?
The relevance of the worship of the Mary's of the Sea, Magdalene and the Mother and their daughter/granddaughter Sarah allows us to dive into a deeper appreciation of the different life stages we live through as creative people. If we can let go of the idea that the Divine Feminine is bound to genitalia or gender identity, but that the Feminine Principle represents on a deeper level our most creative impulses then we can look at the daughter Sarah, her mother Mary, and her grandmother Mary as different archetypal forms of generative energy living within us at any moment.
How strange and wonderful to envision the 'virgin' maiden Mary living through to her crone years as a doting grandmother. How lovely to understand at the deepest level that our sexual desires are not a reflection of shame or guilt but of our divine connection with the generative elements we embody simply through living in the world. This, our mental and spiritual acceptance of our generative and creative nature, is the biggest gift we have for ourselves and for each other. This understanding that we are creative beings down to the very cellular level is one of the largest lessons to integrate this lifetime. It is also, subsequently, one of the most hidden lessons buried within the Christian tradition. It deserves to be unearthed for those willing to find it.