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A Keltic vision of  Dharma  with people from the Keltic Realms




Grail  Sacred Arts  &  Therapy


05~07 Days Retreat & Pilgrimage in the  Valcros Powerplaces in South-France,

with  Dr. B. Raven Lee,  Aconcha, Dr. William R. Leon  & Cairn experts team





     " Welcome  to  Caer  Sidi... ! "


Drawing on both the Celtic Magdalene and Tibetan Shamanic Healing practices,  Dr. B. Raven Lee,  Aconcha and  Dr. William R. Leon  invite you to discover  Caer Sidi, the sacred Keltic & Templars Mandala in the Verdon area and its mirror sites in the Cathares Aude regions.

Caer Sidi  is a unique experiential program which includes introduction to both Tibetan Tsa-rLung and Celtic Shamanic Healing in selected powerplaces and allows participants to find their own Keys to Transmutation, Rejuvenation and (Self~) Healing, through the Body of Light practices...

The Caer Sidi Itinerary is intended to re-awaken and develop a synthesis of our latent roots shamanic abilities. We will learn how to intentionally shift our state of consciousness, link with Protectors and Holy Spirits, as well as how to get more awareness of subtle non-ordinary reality, while opening and cleansing our Higher Chakras.

Experiential spontaneous transmissions of teaching and revelations from Masters, Angels or Fairies, have always been a foundational aspect of spiritual awakening in both the Tibetan Body of Light (Tsa-rLung) lineages and related Arts of Divination, Rejuvenation and Healing in the Grail Quest.


Caer Sidi, The Fortress of the Fairies is mentioned in the Book of  Taliesin (Lewis Spence).

That Caer Sidi (Camelot) was the Seat of rituals and initiations for Healing and Divination of an extraordinary vitality and importance to the Celtic psyche is no new thesis . But that it can be re-awakened today,  simply through a comparative experiential study of  Grail Lore and Himalayan Tantric Shamanism is a testimony we want here to share  with you.

One of the Island of Crystal, or Caer Sidi, is the Celtic, Cathares, and Knights Templar sacred archaeological Mandala situated at the entry of the Gorges du Verdon, some 150 km northwest of Nice, South-of-France.

It was the seat of rituals and initiations for healing and divination practices, which originated from the Black Sea (Wisigoths and Scythes Central Europe) and the Asian Steppes (Kelts and Huns), and continued into early Celtic-Roman times and later Holy Grail Mary Magdalene Lore.

The word Sidhe (also spelled Sidi, Sidh, Sid, Sith ...) may be regarded as the standard term for "fairy" in the Gaelic tongue of Scotland , Wales and Ireland. While some reliable authorities further stress that Sithide or Sithde is the genitive of Sithd, a female fairy, Gaelic records Sidhe as also implying "hill" or "mound". Mounds and hills often are both graves and  abodes of the elves.





Gnostic & Sacred Arts (food for thoughts…)

This program is currently under discussion for more detailed collaborations and lineage supervision with B. Raven Lee, Keith Dowman, Lama Evam, Tony Duff, Reynolds, Namgyel (Dudjom), Aconcha, Julie Switaj, and possibly other valued lineages representatives and experienced Shamanic healing practitioners. (RWL)





Shamanic Sacred Arts &  Rituals

CAER SIDI Shamanic Healing, Sacred Arts and Rituals are based upon the currently attempted synthesis of Shamanic Healing Practices performed in the Verdon Sacred Mandala, from the Keltic (Magdalene Grail Lore), Tibetan Ngakpas (Tarab, Dudjom,  Khyentsee and Bon lineages) and the Orishas (Aconcha, Santeria, Yorouba). It also draws inspiration from non sectarian contemplation (Body of Light), naturally self-arising embodiment (Tigle) and Sacred Arts & Music.

Current Tibetan Dharma comprises in fact two main communities, that of  the well- known Sutra and Mantra practitioners, shaven-headed monks from monasteries, and then that of the less-known long-haired Yogis, the Ngakpas ...

This essay leads to the path of the Western Ngakpas in our Modern World — the Injis yogis or yoginis, man or woman, who where immersed, and recognized as their own, the imported Tibetan Dharma. They live fully through the contradictions of both the Western material world and the so-called Tibetan world of spirits...

As Shaman Warriors, either as solitary wanderers or integrating their spiritual wisdom with the activity of the community, they dwell on the fringe of monastic  institutionalized religion, financial asserts and political hierarchies, a sort of unique existential quest for a more responsible, transparent and socially resonant spiritual identity.

Sacred Art works is one of the valued skillful means (Upaya) in terms of inspiring practitioners towards practice, excellence and harmony. The practitioners of today, particularly Ngakpas, find a personal calling to try to revive many of these art traditions so that they increase rather than fall into memories of the past.

In this sense, the present Introduction and training into the Shamanic traditions of the Ngakpas, is not a simple importation of yet another Tibetan system of hierarchy or reference, but an integrated renewal approach to spirituality, within daily life work, and as a path of personal transformation.



Guardians of the Ark of Alliance - Comps


Trans-faith (Buddhism~Keltic Christendom) humanitarianism

CAIR SIDI is the resulting initiation from a much needed perception throughout Western Dharma to starting dealing with our own archetypal collective history, mythological keys and social structure in its relationship to Tibetan Buddhism.

As current volatile and violent days testify of the fragility of Nepal and its Himalayan region geo-political equation, the potential role of inter-faith NGOs for responding to increasing humanitarian crisis and complex political emergencies has remained mute.

We all known our faith continues to influence governance in the whole world, this at the highest levels. What is very less known, is the current emergence in Nepal of the revolutionary synchretism of both Buddhism and Maoism, at the very grassroots level.

Historically, the question of spirituality appeared in the Cultural Revolution. Chinese Communist Party leader Liu Shaoqi came under criticism for calling for "self-cultivation" with its Confucian and Buddhist overtones and came under criticism in the Cultural Revolution for diverting the struggle away from the handful of capitalist-roaders in power. But Nepal is not China...

The research & development (R&D) partnership for a  “ Hermeneutic Tools in Diplomatic & Communication Skills training ”,  argumented from a synthesis of Shamanic Practices used historically (and nowadays) in Central Asia and Europe geo-polilitics, is an innovative initiative defined to help people affected by conflict in the feudal, caste driven and complex societies of Nepal, where religion is invariably an important dimension in underlying political and social actual KABPs.

Inter-faith partnerships such as this send positive signals that the world’s main faiths have much in common and are working for responding to humanitarian crises.





We know that these unconsciousness levels and cultural aspects are difficult to ‘see' because of their transparency, as such are most of our modern rituals in society, and that as such only experiential investigation could help understand the illusory nature of political/cultural mainstream masking the inner core Body of Light consciousness.

The archetypal deities of ancient Europe still exist in many peoples' psyche or mind. The stripping away of neurotic typology is the starting point. Therefore, Protectors Deity yoga and the Cutting Through practice of Chöd are hereby emphasized...

Core Shamanic methods may address everyday ailments, malaise, depression, anxiety, addiction and behavioural issues that cause concern, discomfort, pain and dysfunction for the client. Many people have suffered past traumas, whether mental, physical and/or emotional.  These traumas affect our energetic fields, the very essence of what connects our minds, bodies and souls together.

On a more Hermeneutic (egregor) point of view, Core Shamanic practices may also address powerplaces dysfunctions, restore their energetic balance to their natural heritage (pre-traumatized) state; restoring peace and access all spiritual heritage sentient beings there residing (locus dei), and scan the soul for embodiment...

Shamanic Healing practices works through spirit to facilitate the restoration of an individual’s karmic energetic field.  The body/mind/spirit connection exists through the energetic field and when that field is damaged due to trauma the individual experiences significant power loss.  The shamanic practitioner consults with spirit to see and diagnose the damaged areas of the energetic field and then formulates a shamanic healing plan for the individual seeking restoration. It is important to understand that in the practice of shamanism the shamanic practitioner works in partnership with his/her helping spirits. The helping spirits do the diagnosis and advise the practitioner on what healing should be done and which shamanic methods to use in the healing process. In this sense, some recognized professional training in counselling, clinical anthropology and/or developmental interventions is clearly emphasized as the prior-requirement for any healing practices to be considered.

The 'Incantations' thereupon preformed may present an unusual form of musical and poetic shamanism; here Tibetan and Celtic tunes meet Cuban folk melodies, here Grail Lore inspiration poetry meets Thangkas aesthetics. Thus the listener dwells through the labyrinth, facing the archetypes and archaic sounds, that wake the primal image of the karmic worlds of their soul. It is an naturally evolving unique combinations of archaic world traditions and modern post-rock sound.

The Keltic Grail Quest and demons of the Tibetan chöd rite are destroyers of the profane body in preparation for rebuilding it as a Body of Light. The resulting method of cleansing (which may be viewed as that of feeding our demons, as based upon the principles of Tibetan Chod...) is a simple enough archetypal catharsis practice, that does not require necessarily any indepth knowledge of Tibetan practices, per se.

Rather to the contrary, although based on the traditional Tibetan practice of chöd (literally "to cut"), the method here developed is practiced as a path to awareness to  the Grail Lore Heritage, there residing...

The (self-) healing practices of the Ngakpas Body of Light yogas, Shamanism and Grail Lore are woven together in this experiential pilgrimage. We will explore the interconnectedness of our bodies, minds and spirits in a way that is deeply supportive to each individual. The ritual of Chod will comprise uniquely haunting, melodic chants, known to heal physical, emotional and spiritual discord.




Shamanic Training

Methodology uses Core Shamanic Methods of the lineages considered in order to evaluate the selected target-sites, residuals entities, enfolding karmic events and practitioners in situ. The motivation is to promote awareness, compassion and healing to those in needs.

Shamanic Training may require many hours of experiential learning, hands on practice and a life-long commitment to continue the path and continue education, training and practice. 

The layout of such a stepwise experiential pedagogy could enfold as follows:

Intro to Shamanism Class and Workshop

Intro to Shamanism Class and Soul Retrieval Workshop

Divination & Ancestral Clearing Workshop

Soul Retrieval Workshops

Shamanic Cosmologies of Death and Ancestral Clearing  

Heart Chakra & Dakini Basic Workshops  

Heart Chakra & Dakinis Rituals Advanced Workshops

Celtic Shamanism Class  and Workshop

Tibetan Chod Workshop (Lama)

Chi Lu & La Lu (Lama)

Shamanic Chod Worshop (Lama)

Sacred Arts

Sacred Dances and Music



Terma and the Magdalene Tower (Lore)

These are practices designed to strengthen one's soul and subtil energy body. This program will guide the pilgrims through the Alchemies and Symbolic Keys of the Grail Quest, resulting in Union with the Dakinis (Heart Chakra) opening the Gates of Annwn, whereby the creation, wisdom and rejuvenation aspects of Tantra can be accessed.

The key to this form of Alchemy is that one does not work directly on the physical body, but instead projects the etheric or subtle body in the form of a castle or tower and works within the visualization of naturally self-arising light visions (tigles).

These correlate to the different Sephirot or energy centers on the Kabbala Tree of Life, which in turn correspond to the chakras. After each practice, the subtle body is drawn back into the physical.

Similar to the Buddhist concept of letting flow (letting go), we will use such an indirect route to make the necessary changes within the etheric body, so that the subconscious will proceed to implement those alterations . . . as it continually builds and maintains the physical body.

The only work done directly upon the physical body are the relaxation, posture (asana), and breath (pranayama).” Working with kundalini energy to transform the body (or arousing the dragon, to use Western terminology) is safely done within this mode.

The Magdalene Tower visualization is broader in essence than the Judeo-Christian heritage. In the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, for instance, a fundamental source of religious teaching is the Termas (secret treasures). Termas include sacred texts composed anciently, primarily by the great Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and hidden by him in various secret locations to be discovered at a later date. Termas can only be discovered by a special class of adepts known as tertons (treasure finders). Only Tertons can reveal these texts because they are written in the cryptic language of the Dakinis …

The purpose of Termas had been for Guru Rinpoche to keep the faith and practices on track by making clear the fundamental “plain and precious” principles of the tradition. Further, it is interesting to note that some of the Tibetan termas are called “mind treasures” because they are not physically discovered but are revealed through the mind of the Terton.”

What is interesting here is not to preposterously argue, but to notice the similar mechanisms and to ponder on social and intellectual dynamics and consequences that make them effective. It is believed that students of Padmasambhava reborn in later centuries would remember their earlier incarnations through the vehicle of revealed treasures which they spontaneously express through unique ways in their lifetime. The Terma treasures are sometimes physical (texts, amulets, relics), but frequently they are treasures of the mind. In a broad understanding of the concept, one might say that the excavation of European Keltic mummies in the deserts of China and Mongolia may counts as clues why the common Shamanic background of both the Keltic and Vajrayana traditional practices heritage, may today linked the Terma with the symbolic artifacts of the Grail Lore (Von Eschenbach).

Well-known Tibetan teacher, Namkhai Norbu, describes the process, “as one of direct transmission from teacher to student through the use of symbols” and describes the ‘language of the dakini’ as a form in which the ancient, secret teachings are encoded until the time a certain predestined people around the world will discover portions of them, which it is their task to translate into the cultural language of their time and place. To be a part of this lineage does not require that the person be participating in a particular spiritual form, such as belonging to any Tibetan Buddhism Sectarian Lineage, although the teacher doing the transmitting may well be Buddhist.

Tibetan Tulku, Thondup Rinpoche states : “Treasure-finders known as Tertons (sometimes female terma-finders are referred to as Kandroma, which basically means ‘dakini’) receive their Termas in the language of the Dakini, which is a secret script that has to be decoded. Terma-finders must have a consort with whom to practice their mystical yoga.

‘The support of the consort has two purposes…to produce and maintain the wisdom of the union of the great bliss and emptiness (freedom), by which the adept attains the ultimate state…  (and) the consort causes him or her to awaken the realization as well as to discover the Termas.

The ‘special consort who has made the appropriate aspirations in the past” is “the key to accomplishment,’ which is ‘one of the reasons why all Tertons happen to have consorts.

“Dakini is a Tibetan word meaning skydancer, or sky-walking female,” and describes the embodiment of cosmic feminine energy and wisdom. The narratives of the great Tibetan and Indian ‘masters’ generally contain a segment in which the yogi is awakened or initiated by a yogini or female guru, often disguised as an ‘ordinary’ woman.

The dakini’s identity is ‘ambiguous’ and she is often not recognized for who she is, even by advanced yogis.  Dakinis have to integrate the time and the place that they live in…

Tertons and Kandromas...express their discoveries through the particular vernacular of their time and practices, “ritually enacting their local system of myths and symbols and interpret the patient’s condition within that system.







The Mirror…



Grail Lore Sacred Arts & Music…




Grail Lore Seven Seals

Through the seats of knights of the Grail Lore we shall use the angelic energies to assist us in the transformation of darkness-or unawareness, unconsciousness-into the greater light of self-awareness.

Essentially I will call forward each of the Archangels, one by one. Their energy will then manifest each person and into the vibratory patterns of everyone who is present. Because the Archangels are such a high vibratory rate, being in their field creates a spiritual purification corresponding to the energy of that Archangel.

There are seven Archangels that we will work with.

There is a specific ritual for each of the Archangels, and we will lay the groundwork with specific ritual objects, incense, and oils, and then I call the Archangel into the space. And then, through the tones-the sounds-they affect each person present. This high level of light and vibration purifies the darkness of unconsciousness.

There are seven layers or aspects of unconsciousness that we are able to address by working with the Archangels in this way.

It is possible that the order will change, but at the moment the order would begin with Michael, followed by Gabrielle, then Raphael, then Zadkiel, then Auriel, followed by Chumuel, and ending with Metatron. After each of the rituals and the Archangel enters into the space and works with everyone present, there will be a time of silence, or introspection, so everyone can allow these energies to integrate.

Let me give a general overview of what these Archangels will assist with.


Michael-with the sword-cuts through attachments that prevent one from moving upward in consciousness. There are many, many strands that hold people down. These are related to family members, friends, social relationships, cultural thought forms, and inherited ancestral patterns. Essentially this energy cuts through all energy strands that would keep a person locked into unconsciousness. Some of these strands are there simply because of the nature of human interaction. Some of them are more insidious in nature and are in place specifically to hold the individual in a lower level of expression and evolution; for people are much more easily controlled when they are unconscious. This first movement is very dynamic, because Michael will cut through everything that has been offered.


With Gabriel there is an intense vibrational energy released that is metaphorically called a Trumpet. It is actually an angelic vibration that causes an implosion of negativity. One way to look at this is that with the sword of Michael, cords that bind are released-cut through-and with the sound of Gabriel they are pulverized.


Raphael is a calming energy of healing. Because of the dynamic nature of cutting through so many cords, so many energy ties that bind, and the implosive sounds of Gabriel, the aura tends to be somewhat in shock. Raphael enters into and calms, heals and balances.


Then we enter into another action through Zadkiel, which will enter deeper into the auric field, so to speak. And like a serpent, it will move through and devour other levels of negativity and unconsciousness.


Auriel is like the singing of the angelic realms, and it is a comforting energy, similar to Raphael, which generally is what we would want after Zadkiel. Then we move to Chumuel, which is a movement of expansion-very rapid expansion-which in this case will be tied to light and awareness, or consciousness.


Then after Chumuel we move to Metatron. And essentially what happens here is that we lock into place the changes that have occurred through the agency of the other six Archangels. Otherwise there would be a tendency for individuals to move back to their resting place. With Metatron there is less slippage, so to speak.


So this is a very energetic experience and we are using the energies of the Archangels to transform the darkness into the light of awareness.

Then, will be the time of integration.




Sacred Arts Music


We will explore:

-         Novenas, rosaries, Choo, La-llu, Chi-llu rituals from the Gnostic, Kabbalistic,  Tibetan and Grail traditions

-         How to connect to Mary Magdalene in her Dark Goddess aspect, and similar embodiments with Durga, Kali, Palden Lamo to unleash your own fierce power—the energy that turns fear and illusion into healing and renewal…

-         Reveling in bliss: realizing a euphoric adoration of the Divine that eclipses all earthly concerns, and much more…




Common Shamanic Roots

Recent evidence strongly suggests that there is a connection from the Mediterranean Bronze Age yoginis and those historical yoginis recorded two thousand years later in India and Tibet. Eurasian mummies unearthed from burials in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia and the Tien Shan Mountains of China have changed our ideas regarding Bronze and Iron Age peoples, showing that they traveled thousands of miles in their migrations and shared cultural contacts that connected them all the way from Turkey and Greece to Tibet, India, and the western edges of China. Buddhist monasteries and temples were financed by merchants engaged in active commerce along the Silk Road that linked China to Rome. Female priestesses wearing high conical black hats (like Russian “Babas” and European witches of the Middle Ages) have been found in the Tarim Basin from the late 2nd millennium B.C.E., bringing to life the many enigmatic textual references to “dakini witches” and “yogini queens” in the later histories of pre-Buddhist Tibet that have only recently become available in English.

Sexually ecstatic states are celebrated literally as well as symbolically in tantric and kundalini yoga, both of which evolved out of North Asian shamanic practices. The Sanskrit word tantra comes from the root tan, meaning ‘to stretch’ or ‘to weave.’ Tantra is the art of weaving together the spiritual and the material worlds. It is a way of realizing the divine essence through bodily experience, especially the creative force of sexuality. The Sanskrit term Kundalini, meaning “serpent power,” designates divine sexual energy... During orgasm lovers often appear as if possessed by spirits, shuddering and quivering, groaning and crying out, momentarily blind and deaf to all that surrounds them. Scientists point to a strong neurological connection between sexuality, particularly female sexuality, and going into a trance.

The blending of sacred eroticism with ecstatic visionary experience is not limited to Asia and points to once “important role in Christianity,” quoting St. Theresa and the “deeply ecstatic language of [other] Christian mystics.



Sancta Maria de Ratis

Râ se transforma en Ratis, mot qui signifie bateau, radeau ou îlot.

En 42, selon la tradition, c'est l'arrivée des saintes avec d'autres disciples en Provence. Il est dit aussi qu'un temple païen existait déjà en ce lieu : Sancta Maria de Ratis.

First of all, we should note that the origins of the gypsies are no longer a mystery. We know that they left India as a group of nomads around 900 AD, reached Persia in 950, and were in Egypt by 1230. By 1370 the gypsies, or Gitans, were in France and it is said that they were in the Camargue in 1438 – around the time of the excavations carried out by René d’Anjou.

India, of course, has a Hindu goddess known as Kali. Kali is represented as black – which would have greatly helped the confusion with identifying Sarah as a Black Madonna – which, to a large extent, Kali is indeed.

In fact, like the Virgin Mary, she is also revered as Bhavatarini, literally “redeemer of the universe”, though in origin, she was a figure of annihilation, comparable to the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. But from her violent origins, Kali has now evolved into a type of benign Mother Goddess.

The name "Mary," simply means "Healer." According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, if you had this title, you were a healer. The Bible mentions Mary Magdalene. What is not clear is that she was a woman of wealth and a close companion of Jesus.

The cave is located at Mont Sainte Baume. The name indicates that the Mary's made poultices and used essential oils in their healing practices. I feel that the amygdala gland is named after Mary Magdalene.

Here the teachings are still ingrained within the walls of the cave. The importance of this healing technique is to spin the blood through the heart chakra so that one can achieve the balanced energy point of emerald green.

Within this field, one can transcend space, time, energy and matter. To spin the blood, one has to create a diamond over the heart. The top part of the diamond pointing up spins clockwise, and the bottom part, pointing down, spins counter-clockwise. You merge the two triangles until you create an energy field that emits emerald green.

Mary Magdalene was from the tribe of Benjamin, the 12th tribe of Israel. The women of the 12th tribe of Israel were the spiritual healers. They established a school that honored the teachings of the Magi. These students were know as the Sisters of the Emerald Fire.

After the crucifixion of Jesus, the Nazarenes were put into boats and set afloat without oars, food, or water. Pontius Pilot was their protector. There is evidence that Pontius Pilot was a cousin of Jesus. After the crucifixion of Jesus, he became commander of the Roman troops in Southern France, and assisted these people in arriving in Provence, where he awarded them land in the swamp, known as the Camargue. They again established the Magi schools, and the group of women known as the Mary's became famous through their use of essential oils in South France.

Mary Magdalene was the carrier of a tradition of respect and reverence for the Divine Feminine, a secret initiatory tradition that leads back through Jesus, Gnosticism, the esoteric teachings of Judaism, and the Egyptian mysteries of Isis to the ultimate ground or source of all religions.

By seeking out the alternative roads to understanding, by looking at the Gnostic texts, legends, symbols, and iconography, one discovers the distinct possibility Mary Magdalene was not only first witness to and herald of the Resurrection, but the chief disciple and recipient of Christ’s’ gnosis, as well as teacher and transmitter of these extraordinary Mysteries to the people of France.

In the midst of this cosmopolitan confluence of cultures, along with the exchange of goods there must have been an exchange of philosophical and religious ideas. It is very possible that during this period many spiritual and symbolic links were discovered between these diverse peoples and their traditional belief systems that stretched back to the temples of Egypt. Before her arrival, France was riddled with Isis cults. The name Paris etymologically can be linked to the pre-Celtic ParIsis, the grove of Isis. Clearly this region was fertile ground for Mary Magdalene’s mission.

Following her arrival in France, she was said to have travelled the land, preaching the authentic Gnostic gospel of Jesus, which had been directly transmitted to her during his time on Earth and in mystic visions after his return to the more subtle dimensions of light. French religious literature from the Middle Ages is filled with legends and stories of the life of Mary Magdalene from this period until her death. Tales abound of her miraculous healings, her performance of the ritual of baptism, her aid in fertility and childbearing and even her ability to raise the dead. There are even reports of a secret tradition of the healing arts that exists today in France and traces its roots back to Mary Magdalene.

After this prophetic mission was accomplished, Mary is reported to have withdrawn to a cave in Ste. Baum, where she spent the remainder of her days in pray and seclusion. She is believed to have been buried at Ste. Maximin where her remains were watched over by Cassianite monks from the fifth century until the Saracen invasion. Then in 1058, in a papal bull, Pope Stephen acknowledged the existence of her relics in the church of Vezeley, which became one of the major places of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages.

But before we look at the evidence for her distinctive role as Apostle of the Apostles and prophetic mission, let us take a look at the hidden history of Gnosticism, the powerful doctrine of Divine grace, healing and illumination that she was said to have transmitted.

The Black Madonna is revered throughout the world, particularly in France, Poland, Italy and Spain. She is the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Crusades and holy pilgrimages.

The Black Madonna is honored as a true Goddess figure, and has been since Christianity entered Europe. She is honored by many as Isis, Gaia, Kali, Mary, "the Other Mary" (Mary Magdalene), Diana, Sheela Na Gig, and the Ancient Primal Earth-Mother Goddess.

For many European Christians, the blending of their ancient Goddesses with the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a well accepted fact of their faith for centuries, there is no conflict. The Black Madonna, be She called Isis, or Mary, or Kali, or Diana, embodies all the aspects of Female Divinity for many millions of people.

According to Helena Blavatsky in her book "Isis Unveiled" on page 443 - Vol II, she states: The exoteric plan of the Bible was made to answer also to four ages. Thus, they reckon the Golden Age from Adam to Abraham; the silver, from Abraham to David; copper, from David to the Captivity; thence-forward, the iron. but the secret computation is quite different, and does not vary at all from the zodiacal calculations of the Brahmans. We are in the Iron Age, or Kali-Yuga, but it began with Noah, the mythical ancestor of our race.

Noah, or Nuah, like all the euhemerized manifestations of the Un-revealed One - Svayambhuva (from Svayambhu) - was androgyne. Thus, in some instances, he belonged to the purely feminine triad of the Chaldeans, known as "nuah, the universal Mother."

Every male triad had its feminine counterpart, one in three, like the former. It was the passive complement of the active principle, its reflection. In India, the male Trimurti is reproduce in the Sakti-trimurti, the feminine; and in Chaldea, Ana, belita, and Davkina answered to Anu, Bel, Nuah. The former three resumed in one - Belita, were called:

"Sovereign goddess, lady of the nether abyss, mother of gods, queen of the earth, queen of fecundity."

Western observers who are familiar with Hindu religious customs have identified this ceremony with the Durga Pooja of India In Romani, Kali Sara means Black Sara and in India, the Goddess Kali is known as Kali/Durga/Sara.

Like the Hindus, the Roma practice shaktism, the worship of Goddesses. In other words, the Roma who attend the pilgrimage to Les Saintes Maries in France and in other related ceremonies elsewhere honouring black female divinities, are in fact continuing to worship Kali/Durga/Sara their original Goddess in India.

According to the Durgasaptashati (seven hundred verses in the worship of Goddess Durga and her various forms), chapter 5, verse 12, which mentions Sara, contains the following: "Salute to Durga, Durgapara, (Deliver of all difficulties), Sara, (Embodiment of everything par-excellent), Cause of everything, Krishna and Dhurma (Evaporated form in smoke)." Other references in this ancient Hindu scripture also confirm that Sara is one and the same with the Indian goddess Durga who is also another aspect of Kali, the consort of Shiva.

The memory of Shiva himself has been preserved among the Roma as O Baró Devél in Romani. Thus, the Roma pray to Kali Sara to intercede with O Baro Devel to bring them luck, health and prosperity. During the ceremony of the Durga Pooja in India which takes place annually in October, a statue of Durga is carried on a platform into a body of water and immersed which destroys the statue. At Les Saintes Maries, the Roma do not immerse the statue but otherwise the two ceremonies are so similar that the similarity could not be accidental. In France, a reduced Kali Sara ceremony also takes place in October to complement the major festival of May.

The unexplained mystery is how the worship of Kali became fused with the Black Madonna in the crypt at Arles. Most likely there was always a Black Virgin at Les Saintes Maries dating back to Pagan times, which later became incorporated into Christianity. To explain the presence of this Black Statue, the church may have simply invented the legend of Sarah, the Egyptian servant of the Three Maries, now reduced to two with the passing of time and the Church’s attitude towards "sin.". In other words, there must have been multiple overlays of the original Black Goddess whose name or names have been lost. Many cultures and religions have existed in the coastal region of Les Saintes Maries, perhaps Egyptians and Cretans, but certainly Phoenicians, who founded the colony of nearby Massalia (Marseilles), Gauls, Greeks, pre-Christian Romans, Christian Romans and the ancestors of the present population.

The Roma arrived early in the 15th century when they would have been forced to hide their original Indian beliefs and religious practices under a veneer of Christianity to escape condemnation and persecution by the Mediaeval Church, which began to root out heresy and witchcraft in the 15th century. To avoid charges of heresy and witchcraft they must have found this loophole which allowed them to continue to worship Kali in the guise of Sarah the Egyptian.

King René d’Anjou of Provence was responsible for establishing the cult of the Maries and of Sarah the Egyptian in the 15th century. King René was reputedly the friend or lover of Joan of Arc and narrowly escaped charges of heresy himself because of his "pagan beliefs" and his founding of the Order of the Crescent which the Church viewed as suspiciously Islamic and also connected with the pagan worship of Isis. This was considered unacceptable to the Church which at that time was devoted to stamping out heresy. It was during his reign that the remains of the four unidentifiable, decapitated skeletons were discovered during excavations under the church. These were assumed to be those of the Three Maries and Sarah, the Egyptian. . This, however, conflicts with the bones found later, in a box under the church in 1496, which are also claimed to be those of Sarah the Egyptian servant of the original three Maries. Bones are bones and could have belonged to anybody including martyrs to some faith, Christian or non-Christian, human sacrifices to some long forgotten God or Gods, or even to some pious priestesses or temple virgins who died after a lifetime of service to some long forgotten Goddess. As far as is known, they have not been carbon tested to establish the date of demise which might help to solve the mystery.

Standard Christianity took a long time to become established in the Provence region of France and this may have created a refuge of tolerance where the Roma were able to worship Kali Sara unmolested. This was the location of the Cathars and the Albigenses, two Gnostic Christian groups who were mercilessly persecuted by thugs, pillagers, arsonists, murderers and rapists with an eye for loot masquerading under the guise of "Crusaders" recruited and blessed by the Pope of the era under the banner of Christ to wipe out "heresy" in the region.


But until today, many survivals of pre-Christian religions survive in this area from the sacred white bulls and the horses of Provence, another ancient pagan legacy perhaps connected with the worship of Mithra, the tridents carried by the Guardians, the bull herdsmen who escort the statues of the Two Maries and of Kali Sara into the Mediterranean on May 24 and May 25 to the Black statue at Les Saintes Maries whose confused and multi-layered identity has allowed the Roma to worship Kali Sara in the guise of Saint Sarah while the original Black Goddess herself has refused to die but has suffered only many changes of names and identities with the passing of time.


Sainte Sarah

Of the various saints supposed to have landed at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer the most interesting is saint Sarah, now the patron saint of the Romani (Gypsy) people. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the centre of her veneration and a place of pilgrimage for Romanies throughout the world. Saint Sarah, also known as Sarah-la-Kali ("Sarah the black", Sarah e Kali in the Romani language).

A l’inverse, les femmes se réclamant de l’ordre de Dan sont des nazôréennes laïques. Marie Madeleine, élevée à la dignité de Miryam, en est en quelque sorte la « supérieure » (occupant une fonction analogue à celle d’un archevêque), et de ce fait habilitée à être vêtue de noir, les nazôréennes ayant adopté la tenue des prêtres d’Isis. La lignée du prince de la couronne Rama-Theo est celle de Joseph d’Arimathie, alias Jacques (le juste ou le Mineur).

At the heart of this lineage of transmission was an extraordinary metaphysical teaching known as Gnosticism. This teaching is believed to be the spiritual basis of his essential message to humanity, a message revealed to Mary Magdalene, his disciples and followers through the vehicles of metaphor, allegory and parable. Unlike the patriarchal, dogmatic, materially based teachings prevalent during this period, Gnosticism placed primary value on the feminine qualities of receptivity, intuitive perception, visionary experience and the art of healing. It was a teaching of love, selflessness, harmony and communion.

The mystic experience of, and communion with, the essential grace and majesty of Divinity, lay at the heart of this Gnostic transmission. The clear and immediate experience of this awakening was known as gnosis or wisdom. Often translated from its Greek root as ‘knowledge’, Gnosticism goes much deeper than mere intellectual understanding. Like a brilliant flash of light arising from the darkness, this understanding arises in the individual as a bright lucid awareness – an intuitive realisation of the pure essence, nature and energy of Divinity as it flows within oneself, the luminous realms and all of creation.

The fundamental doctrine of the Gnostics relates the dualistic nature of the world in which we reside, the eternal struggle between good and evil. They believed that Jehovah, the wrathful god of the Old Testament was a false god and expression of what they called the demiurge. For how could a fully enlightened divinity contain within him the base emotions of anger, jealousy and vengeance? For them, the real God was a loving deity equally and directly accessible to all. This God taught that love, compassion and the true sacrifice and transformation of the self, or ego, was the highest spiritual path.

The Gnostics believed that the plan of this demiurge, or Satan, was to trap spirit in matter, and the Earth itself was a prison in which souls were exiled from their divine home. For them, the real world was the non-material world of spirit and all of their rituals and practices were designed to purify them and provide them with the means to find their way out of the impure world of matter, darkness and suffering and return to their true home in the Light.

Clearly, these sacred esoteric teachings were revolutionary. Unlike the fixed, restrictive, hierarchical systems prevalent during this period, these teachings were open to all, female, male, rich, poor Jew or Pagan. This all-inclusive transmission of teachings formerly reserved for the elite was at odds with the practices of Orthodox Judaism and the emerging Church of Rome. For once the seeker had been touched by this Gnostic current, she or he came to recognise their own divine nature and perceive their place in the world from a whole new perspective. No longer did they need the intercession of a priest or rabbi to connect them with their spiritual inheritance.

The Crusades and the entire Back to Jerusalem movement began in this area. The mystical Kabbalistic texts the Bahir and Zohar emerged from this region, bringing to the Jewish people knowledge of the Shekhina, or ‘indwelling presence’ and ‘feminine potency of God’. The cults of the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and Black Madonna, symbolically representing the three aspects of Isis in her role as Universal Goddess, arose here and spread throughout Europe.

It was here the troubadours and poets such as Wolfram von Eschenbach, Robert de Bouron and others sang their songs of devotion to the feminine principle and wrote their fables of the Holy Grail. And it was here in the beautiful mountains and valleys of Provence and Languedoc that the Cathars, as carriers of the Gnostic transmission of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, rebelled against what they considered to be the excesses of the priestly hierarchy, renounced all worldly possessions and fully committed themselves to the path of spirit. Among the Cathars, women as well as men were priests who transmitted divine grace and healing power through the laying on of hands in their sacred initiatory rites that link back to Mary Magdalene, Isis and the healing traditions held by the temple priestess.

Through the embodiment of the Keltic and Vajrayana Body of Light practices, we will pursue the Never-Ending Human Grail Quest of Spiritual Development.













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