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ST FRANCIS AND MARY MAGDALENE

Updated: Jul 29

Love is Universal


"The way is only one way and it is the way of God the way of Love. And all men and women of God follow the same way"


I have St Francis coming in again bringing such a deep peace and resolution. He is a very peaceful humble man, who comes to me barefooted, with the smell of the mediterranean, warm herbs and roses, the landscape is wild and he lives in a cave. He actually has a beard. He has a habit like the Cathars and when I ask him he smiles.


He says, my message is just very simple.


He tells me, "My child, the way is only one way and it is the way of God the way of Love. And all men and women of God follow the same way"


I see how Mary Magdalene and St Francis work together, in the same ways, simple, humble, barefooted, in caves. They are shamans.

As a child, he was nicknamed Franceso, the Frenchman, by his father, as he loved all things French - in particular the Provence region (transalpine) where his mother came from; and he also loved the troubadours whose Provence songs were celebrated by the Cathars and they spoke of Mary Magdalene. The Cathars are of course said to follow Notre Dame, and in troubadour songs Notre Dame means 'Our Lady Mary Magdalene' (as opposed to the Madonna as people assume). They they were a big influence on St Francis. Many Cathars were in his region around Asissi and Orvieto, and if you dig a little deeper than the surface material that initially comes up, reports suggest St Francis was indeed heavily influenced by the Cathars.

And yet St Francis was a clever man, for the Cathars were called heretics, and he must have felt the forthcoming tensions. And so very early on in his devotion after denouncing his heritage as a silk merchant, he sought the securement of the Catholic Church for the protection of his small religious order to prevent accusation of heresy and thus this is why the group was tonsured (hair clipped from the head) and this is why their teachings in fact survived and were protected.

Long after his death his order and influence lived on through his canonisation. It was due to his personal visit to Egypt, to talk with the sultan in private, it was only Franciscans that were allowed to remain on the holy land after the fall of the crusader kingdom. And he did indeed visit both Egypt and Syria.

He was a man of nature and the simple ways. In those days it means a vow of poverty but today we do not need take such vows as we understand it means simplicity - working with nature for when we are in synch with nature & God in our personal lives we are truly full of all the wealth and the abundance of the world. He worked with "Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Wind, Water, Fire, and Earth"; and his 'shaman' ways and how he lived in a cave, remind me so very much of Mary Magdalene in her cave in Provence, who of course he would have know much about. What stands out to me is as story about how his Light tamed a wolf. I love the symbolism of this and how if we want to fight a wolf, we resonate love. How do you fight the wolf or the dark in your life? How are you able to shine love and remain in your Light without giving away your power?


In this painting by Fra Angelico The Trial by Fire, St. Francis offers to walk through fire, it is said in order to convert the Sultan of Egypt, yet his true incentive was to prevent fighting, end the brutal wars and create peace. It is said that their conversation lasted for a number of days. St Francis was also said proved his purity by denouncing gifts of treasures.


Although he did indeed visit Egypt and the sultan, the story of fire is said to be a fabricated symbolic event by Bonaventure written several decades after his death, in order to claim his sainthood and promote the idea of a quest of conversion during the religious wars, with Catholics coming out on top.


Bonaventure's version is that "Upon realising the sultan’s hesitancy to convert, Francis proposed that he and the sultan’s religious advisers enter into a fire so it would be shown whose religion is true by who is left unscathed. When the Muslim clerics balked at the mad proposal, Francis proposed that he enter the flames alone. The sultan did not allow this and decided to end the conversation at this point. Bonaventure claims he desired to convert but felt it impossible on account of the dire reactions this would elicit from his people. He offered Francis opulent gifts which Francis refused in the spirit of poverty, except for a horn Francis thought might be helpful in gathering crowds for his preaching. He likely got the idea from the impressive scene of the Muslim call to prayer he witnessed take place five times a day while he was among them in Egypt. This horn can still be seen in Assisi today."


I wonder about the truth of his role in the above story of the crusades and his meeting with the sultan.


I wonder also why St Francis really went to Egypt and to Syria. I know there is much that is sacred held in those lands that was also connected to Mary Magdalene's legacy that is kept secret and it is interesting that wars still take place there today and many of the sacred sites are being destroyed, wars we are not really aware of the true causes of.


Like they took St Francis himself as theirs, the church took this story and embellished it to suit their narrative about the crusades.


Yet I feel St Francis was not interested in who was right in the religious wars, not interested in taking sides, and also probably not even interested in conversion as such. For me I feel him a simple man of peace completely beyond all of that simply trying to bring peace and absolution to all regardless of their faith, for love transcends all faiths and religions.


Notice in the painting, the King holds the Fleur de Lis.


When I think of this painting and the truth of his role here, I remember his message to me,


He says, my message is just very simple.


He tells me, "My child, the way is only one way and it is the way of God the way of Love. And all men and women of God follow the same way"


Yes indeed, whatever race or religion you be, love is universal.




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Today I was thinking about St Francis again. St Francis was a clever man, for where as the Cathars were called heretics and burnt, St Francis used his noble connections from his birth, and sought the securement of the catholic church for their blessing and protection of his small religious order - thus preventing accusation of heresy. So although embraced by the church and made a saint, St Francis was a Cathar, an Essene and a Shaman. In fact his teachings parallel those of the Essenes. But because he had the procurement of the church, he was left alone to continue to teach ‘The Way’ & follow his path; and thus the teachings were not destroyed. Long after his death, his order and influence lived on, through his canonisation. And yes I do feel he was a Cathar brother, although this is not historical fact, many historians do link them and their influences upon him and it is something I am shown to be true. Like the Cathars, Francis also knew about and taught teachings from MM. As a child he was called a ‘devotee of the troubadours’, who sang about Magdalena. Giovanni di Bernardone dei Moriconi was nicknamed Francesco (‘the Frenchman’) later ‘Francis’, because he loved everything French - and his mother was from Provence where Magdalena’s cave dwelt of course.

Thinking about this today I think about how wise this was as he enabled the teachings to live on, in disguise. I relate this to today’s times of 2020 in varied ways. You can find some star seeds in some very unlikely places. You can also find ways to follow The Way without fights. Sometimes it is important to shout and stand and be burned for it. Other times it is better to wear the mask and receive the blessing and so continue seeding the energy. We pick our fights and each day we have to choose which ones we pick and which ones we release, according to how we may best continue to seed and spread the Light and live the teachings of ‘The Way’ without trouble.

Magdalena like Francis also retired to a cave, but not as quietly as is made out, for she had quite a following with her. She was also procured protection in Marseilles, both through the intervention of the men around her such as Lazarus Joseph Maximus and also because it was in the political interests of Gaul to house her. Supposedly this was due to the miracle she performed for the governor of Gaul, but there was much more to it. Did she shout out that she was sharing Isis Goddess ceremony? No, she did it quietly, (albeit with her following). The Gauls were not fools. Nevertheless, along with her many followers and tribe, she was protected to continue her worship in peace and did not spend her days shouting about the Romans, but instead ‘allowed’ to spend her days following The Way and thus seeding the Light for the future.

I feel this shows us the importance of following The Way and the power of that, as being more powerful than shouting out at times. But like I say, I make no judgements as we pick our fights and it is different at different times, and we each have our own unique roles to play.

Both Magdalena and Francis took much time and effort to ensure they could seed 'the way' unhindered and protected with the permission of the Governors of the lands, in clever ways.

The Way is described online as Mary Magdalene teaching the pagans the christian pathway; but her so called ‘christian’ ceremony was not the christianity that we know today and much more ‘pagan’ and derived from her Egyptian Priestess roots. In fact the Cathars, beloved followers of The Way, said that the Catholic church worshipped a false messiah and did not worship the Jesus they knew, and they rejected the teachings of the Catholic church as immoral.

What is The Way? I call it The Way of the Rose. It is The Way of the Essenes. The Priestesses & The Priests, The Brothers & The Sisters of the Rose. You know what it is in your soul. There are no rules, no laws, no commandments. Just Love. You know it, you feel it, you become it, you live it. It is “The Way’ an dit transcends all religions, genders, races, creeds and all class. It is the path of simplicity. It is the path of Grace. If you want to know more, you enter than chamber of you heart and there you will find the wisdom within you.

With love to all Ishtara xxx In these paintings we see St Francis with Mary Magdalene, and also in others with what is called Mother Mary and the Holy Family. I believe that in some of these latter ones, Mother Mary is actually Mary Magdalene and there is much evidence that religious art ofter painted Magdalena pregnant as Mother Mary - hidden in plain sight. In the last del Sarto painting here, the figure called John is highly likely to be Mary Magdalene too. ARTISTS, in order - Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Rubens, Jacob van Oost, Unknown, Andrea del Sarto. Comment included -

Kristy - St. Francis’ female counterpart in the Franciscan order he founded was St. Clare, and though you will not find nearly as much information about her life as St. Francis’, make no mistake—he would not have been able to accomplish all he did in his life without the strong and unconditionally loving Divine Feminine energetic presence of St. Clare (and MM of course).

Note that St Clare nuns were decalced - ie barefoot.

Paintings below, in order of artists - Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Rubens, Jacob van Oost, Unknown, Andrea del Sarto