JANUARY 21, 2021 BY JULIE DE VERE HUNT
Cygnus Books now selling ‘Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy’
‘Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy’ is in the Winter 2021 edition of Cygnus Review, the UK’s largest MBS publication. Available to members at £7.99!
New book: Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy!
Coming out on 2nd November 2020!
Sequel to Mary Magdalene’s Legacy, and the final book in the trilogy, it follows the lives of Yeshua and Mary Magdalene’s descendants in a story set in Egypt, Italy, Greece, Asia Minor and Gaul. It is a story, but it is the Universal Truth, and it reveals a secret about Mary Magdalene which will send shock waves through the church today.
AVEBURY BOOK SIGNING – Henge Shop, Sunday 15th. December 2019
I didn’t know what to expect at my first book signing at the Henge Shop in Avebury.
My publisher had warned me that book signings could be poorly attended; he once accompanied a ‘famous’ author on one and not a soul came! The following words sprang to mind:-
‘Be open to everything but attached to nothing’
So I asked Marek and Nina to come and take some photos, enticing them with a pub lunch in the Red Lion. My husband and dog also came, but didn’t get past the Red Lion..
Dominique, the owner, and Jane looked after me with cups of tea, coffee and mulled apple juice, bless them.
Anyway, after a slow start things picked up before and after lunch. If you have not been to Avebury it is a must. Marek, Nina and I found ourselves giggling like schoolgirls for no apparent reason, which seemed to attract people to my corner.
Marek remarked on the cross section of people interested in Mary Magdalene – young, old, schoolgirls, a retired accountant, men and women.. this was very interesting, and unexpected.
I only sold 8 books by 4pm but as I did not have any targets I was not disappointed – in fact I really enjoyed the day!
I have been told that I need to relax and ‘allow the soul of my book to fly where it needs to fly’.
The following week I heard from my publisher that the US distributor has ordered 400 books and my second print run has sold out!
A reminder to just let go, enjoy and trust in the universe!
The Mary Magdalene YouTube Channel
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RADIO SWINDON 105.5FM INTERVIEW
Last night was my first live radio interview, with Chloe and Peggy Sue on the ‘Outer Limits Show’ at Radio Swindon. If you missed it, it is available on podcast on their website.
My main concern was staying awake, as the programme aired from 10-11pm! I have just returned from another pilgrimage to Ratu’s ashram in Bali and not yet adjusted to the time difference. Needless to say, the adrenalin kicked in and it was ‘problem no problem’, as Ratu would say..
Chloe and Peggy Sue suggested I got there at 8pm, presumably for a debriefing. But Chloe said she did not prepare for interviews, so we talked about everything but Mary Magdalene! As the clock approached 10pm I started to feel a little nervous!
Chloe and Peggy Sue were very relaxed and made me feel most welcome – the only sticky moment was when the equipment crashed and the Maria Magdalene song would not play. Mary’s cosmic joke?
Chloe improvised by asking me about my watercolour of Mary Magdalene which the listeners clearly could not see!
I enjoyed the evening and have had some positive feedback which is encouraging.
I have an interview tomorrow Friday 22nd November with Source fm 96.1FM on Sophie Sweatman’s Springboard Show (2.45pm). Sophie is trained in writing and journalism so I suspect her questions will be a little more probing..
I am grateful for last night’s practice!
Cygnus Review now selling Mary Magdalene’s Legacy
‘Mary Magdalene’s Legacy’ is in the Winter 2019 edition of Cygnus Review, the UK’s largest Mind Body Spirit publication. Available to members at £6.99 (cheaper than Amazon!)
Mary Magdalene Books on Waterstones website
The Mary Magdalene books; Apostle to Mary Magdalene and Mary Magdalene’s Legacy are in Waterstones
Mary Magdalene in Glastonbury at Labyrinth Books
Labyrinth Books in Glastonbury are now stocking Mary Magdalene’s Legacy.
Book signing in Avebury, Wilts
The Henge Shop in Avebury ordered the Mary Magdalene books yesterday and booked Julie for an all day book signing on Sunday 15th December 11am onwards so please come & meet Julie!
Interview with Julie
1. Can you tell us what your books ‘Apostle to Mary Magdalene’ and ‘Mary Magdalene’s Legacy’ are about?
‘Apostle to Mary Magdalene’ is a non-fiction summary in A-Z format exploring the myths and legends about Mary Magdalene. I include spiritual phenomena such as cellular memory, the Akashic Records and even quantum science to try to explain my sources.
‘Mary Magdalene’s Legacy’ is a ‘story’ about the life of Mary Magdalene after the crucifixion and follows her from Judea to Egypt and then France until her death in 63.
2. What evidence do you have?
I read many books before I wrote ‘Apostle to Mary Magdalene’, which I ‘cherry-picked’ from and list in the bibliography. I also include some of my own experiences as examples of ‘unexplained events’.
There is little written about Mary Magdalene in the Bible after the crucifixion; the New Testament records her witnessing the crucifixion, going to the tomb and she is the first to see Jesus after he rose from the dead. Jesus tells her to relay the news to the disciples- this is why she is later called the ‘Apostle to the Apostles’.
‘The Golden Legend’ written around 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine, archbishop of Genoa, was the most widely read book after the Bible in the Middle Ages. It depicts the lives of saints, including Saint Mary Magdalene. This was invaluable!
The Nag Hammadi library, discovered by the Egyptian peasant in 1945, is a collection of early Christian and Gnostic texts. 13 leather bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar, comprise 52 mostly Gnostic treatises. It was finally translated in 1975 and comprises 1000 pages!
3. Tell me more about the Nag Hammadi Library
They were written in Coptic, (old Egyptian language), although earlier copies have been found in Egypt written in Greek. The best known of these works is probably the Gospel of Thomas, a list of sayings attributed to Jesus. Sayings in the Gospel of Thomas are similar to sayings from the NT books Matthew and Luke, such as parables about the kingdom of God and sayings such as ‘Blessed are the poor, for yours is heaven’s kingdom’.
4. How is the Nag Hammadi Library relevant to Mary Magdalene?
Among the treasure of the Nag Hammadi Library is The Gospel of Mary. Dr Karen King, Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, believes Mary Magdalene was the author as she was the only figure who could have written from the perspective of a close disciple, a witness to the someone in contest with Peter.
The gospels emphasise the role of Mary Magdalene as a close companion of Jesus, a teacher, healer and priestess.
In The Dialogue of the Saviour, Jesus calls Mary ‘The woman who Knows the All’. She was clearly a major player!
5. You mentioned gnostic texts – what is a Gnostic?
From the Greek word ‘gnosis’, it means ‘insight’, an intuitive process of knowing oneself. And to know oneself is to know human nature and destiny. To the gnostic, commandments and rules are not necessary for salvation. Salvation is only achieved by ‘gnosis’.
Gnosticism encourages non-attachment and non-conformity to the world, a ‘being of the world, but not of it’; a lack of egotism, and a respect for the freedom and dignity of other beings.
6. What was the church’s position on the Gnostic movement?
Before 200, women held positions within the church. Then it all changed. Women disappeared from Church history. Why?
By 200 Christianity had become an institution headed by bishops, priests and deacons, who considered themselves guardians of the only ‘true faith’. All other
viewpoints were rejected as heresy. They wanted to stamp out the gnostic movement, which offered a powerful and enticing alternative to the church institution!
In April 367, Athanasius, the orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, wrote an Easter letter to all the monasteries in Egypt. The letter listed those books that were to be included in the Bible – the oldest list of the 27 books in the NT. All other writings were considered heretical and were to be destroyed at once. The Nag Hammadi codices were not on this list so it is assumed that foresighted monks buried the texts for their safety.
7. Who wrote the Nag Hammadi Library?
Scholars cannot agree on this, but I believe Mary Magdalene and her daughter and grandchildren wrote them. Unlike many of the apostles, MM was educated and erudite, with a close to Jesus which survived his death.
8. Many people will find your claims unbelievable and upsetting – particularly the Church – how will you defend this?
I will try to explain rather than defend my position – that implicates conflict which we have had plenty of over the centuries.
All I am trying to do is reveal the Truth – I would like to have a conversation with the Church of England.
I have sent a copy of my books to the Archbishop of Canterbury; I feel no animosity, even a loyalty towards the church I have grown up with and hope he is open-minded enough to see me! The Church in this country is not growing – their model does not serve the majority any more.
9. Why would anyone be interested in reading these ancient texts – their discovery has been described as more exciting than their actual contents!
Many of the texts are written in allegorical and mythical form to deliver a deeper underlying meaning. A myth is not only a story, it is a statement made in symbols. A symbol speaks directly to and is understood by the soul, even when consciousness does not understand. When a symbol touches the soul there is a change. The spirit speaks from the macro cosmos and gives us answers to the unanswered, taking us away from the material world – these texts are trying to show us the way.
I have experienced a change since I started reading these texts – I feel a much deeper connection with Jesus now than when I was church-going Christian!
10. What are you hoping to achieve with your books and how will they benefit people today?
Mary Magdalene has come into our consciousness now as we have entered the Age of Aquarius. Finally, it is time for the Divine Feminine to be come into balance with the Divine Masculine.
Simply speaking, the end of male domination and a fairer world where all can live in peace, love and harmony.
I think we are all agreed on that…
In the words of Margaret Mead, American anthropologist,
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’.
Listen to the MARY MAGDALENE’S LEGACY audiobook, now on Audible
Narrated by the author Julie De Vere Hunt, Mary Magdalene’s Legacy follows her life after the crucifixion, carrying on the bloodline of Jesus and transmitting the original teachings of Jesus.