Extract from the Book The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene by Claire Nahmad & Margaret Bailey (p. 150-151)

For the next few days of my 460-day challenge, I am going to select words of wisdom from the 100s of books that I own. I have always been an avid reader and I also love to refer to books at random to receive the wisdom of the words that are present on the page. May you receive these words with the same joy that I discover in finding them.

It is said that Mary Magdalene brought the first Black Madonna to Britain, later carrying it with her to Gaul. The symbolism of the Black Madonna can be understood on many levels. The most obvious is that it represents Mary herself, nursing the child of her beloved Yeshua who had died on the cross. Jesus rose again, but the Christ Light he bore to the world, and which the world at first rejected, was destined to be resurrected not only through the spiritual emanation of himself and his twin soul, John, but through his true consort Mary and their daughter Tamar. Thus the family trio embodies the myth of Isis, the slain Osiris and Horus, the Child of Light, born after the death of his father.

The Madonna is black because of the shadow of denial with which our culture has enshrouded Mary and the Sacred Feminine, as a symbol of the “Shining Darkness” (that which is utterly bright but whose radiance we refuse to admit into our consciousness, which our vision then renders as dazzling blackness) and as an emblem of the soul of Africa, which is exalted in the heart of the Goddess and will eventually emerge empowered and unburdened, ready to grant the rest of the world access to its life-giving mysteries as soon as we have learned the soul-wisdom which will safeguard us from our tendency to despoil and exploit. Mary’s own message, which is that the Holy Child was brought to the mystic Isle of Britain so that it might evolve, concerns not only Tamar but the birth of the Light in Britain, which will one day flood the Earth.

The Black Madonna nurses Horus, the Child of Light, who is Tamar and the coming age of freedom and brotherhood. What will be born in Britain is destined to be a gift of freedom and spiritual realisation for the whole world. The Holy Child was the Holy Grail, in one sense, most certainly Tamar, for she would be the channel through which ultimate liberation could take place – the Woman of Knowing, or the source of wisdom that needs to be connected to the masculine orientated outlook which is ours today.