The Tarot of Marseilles and the Magdalene Hersey:
Sacred Marriage of the Christ and Mary Magdalene
In this booklet, I provide a brief examination of the Tarot of Marseilles. In doing so, I discuss theories that have been postulated as to the meaning and significance of the Tarot of Marseilles. I then briefly discuss my relevant life experiences and family history as a background to my understanding of the great significance and hidden symbolic meanings embedded in the images placed on the Tarot cards.
Next, I discuss and attempt to decode the symbols used to shed light on the hidden messages in the deck of the Tarot of Marseilles cards, especially as a means to demonstrate and demystify Mary Magdalene’s true legacy. In the decoding process of the Tarot of Marseilles cards, they are discussed under the following headings: a) Primer to Decoding the Magdalene Mysteries/Heresies, b) The Lineage of the Church of Peter and the Lineage of Mary Magdalene, c) The Divine Feminine and Balancing with the Divine Masculine (the Sacred Marriage). In this deliberative and intuitive process, a special emphasis is placed on unraveling of two specific Tarot’s Heresies, that is the hidden messages of the Sacred Marriage of Christ and Mary Magdalene as well as Mary Magdalene properly viewed in the perspective of the Divine Feminine. For brevity, the single word Tarot will be used most frequently in the following text rather than the Tarot of Marseilles.
It is important to note that the interpretation and decoding of the Tarot of Marseilles in this booklet is based on my historical research and living in France for several years and visiting many of the historical Catholic Cathedrals. I visited some of more historical Catholic Cathedrals in parts of Italy as well. My prayer is that this booklet will be a source of inspiration to those of you who are on a spiritual journey, no matter if it’s a pilgrimage or otherwise.
History of the Tarot and Theories of its Significance
The Tarot of Marseilles was originally created in Northern Italy around 1430-1450, in the village of Ferrarana Bologna located within the boundaries of Milan. Tarocchi was the Italian word for Tarot. The original Tarot decks were exquisitely hand painted. The Romanies, also known as the “wandering gypsies” of the time, introduced the Tarot to the Courts of Europe.
A Swiss clergy man, De Gebelin, from the Courts of Antoine Court, wrote about the Tarot Marseille. He proffered that the Tarot represented the wisdom mysteries from Egypt, most notably of Isis and Thoth. He referred to the Tarot as the Royal Road to Wisdom. However, Egyptologists, based on their study of the Tarot’s hieroglyphics, disagreed with Gebelin’s writings that the Tarot was connected with Isis and Thoth.
Other notable commentaries accurately pointed out that the symbols used by the Knight Templars in the Holy Land, in the time of the Crusades, were later used in the Marseille Tarot. By observing the same or highly similar symbology presence in the Marseille Tarot and in the artwork in the paintings and stonework in the Knight of Templars’ Cathedrals walls, their commentaries are clearly validated. For example, the construction of the famous Norte Dame Cathedral in Paris was build under the guidance and influence of the Templars, starting in 1200 and completed in the year 1225, and some of the same symbols used in the artwork and sculpting of the Cathedrals were also used in the Tarot.
Another theory proposed that the existence of rich and deep symbology associated with Tarot Cards, which is related to both the Gnostic perspectives of both the Knight of Templars and the Cathars. The theory further purports that the Tarot was created to hide the heresy of the Magdalene. In the 11th century, for example, many of the Knight Templars lived in the same areas of the Cathars in South France, and both shared the Gnostic teachings of Jesus as well as shared the common perspective that Mary Magdalene was the Beloved of Christ and she was representative of the Divine Feminine. Over the next century, under the direction of the Church, and King, many of the Cathars and Knight of Templars were brutally killed, tortured, or imprisoned. Because of the fear and terror generated by these purges, the Gnostic teachings and perspectives, especially that Mary Magdalene was the Beloved of Christ, became known only in secret societies.
The Tarot card game became popular in the Courts of Europe centuries after the purges of the Knight of Templars. Although there are many conflicting stories with regard to the origin of the Marseille Tarot cards and their symbology, my own perspective is that much of what is represented in the cards serves to convey what is sometimes referred to as the “Magdalene heresy,” Mary Magdalene’s true relationship to Christ and her representation as the Divine Feminine. It was still dangerous, even when the Tarot was created and afterwards, to hold perspectives that were contrary to the teachings of the Church and the New Testament.
I was born with dyslexia in the 50s, a time when there was little or no understanding of its prevalence or its impact on people’s lives. My condition was first manifested in a difficulty speaking English. It seemed as if I had had my own language, a language not of this world. Some may view the condition only as a disabling hindrance, but in my case it also was a precious gift. The gift was that I saw life in an unusual, rich, and creative way. The world of images and symbols, from a very early age, seemed to flow natural to me. In my adult years, while living in France, I would stand by the impressive Cathedrals and the significance and meaning of the symbols carved within the stone seemed to unravel right before my eyes. The symbolic, heresy language carved into the stones on the exterior of the Cathedrals, and in the interior art work of paintings on the walls and windows of the Cathedrals was one of the few ways that the hidden heresy of the Gnostics was kept alive in the repressive and unrelenting dark ages of the Medieval Catholic Church.
When I came across the Tarot of Marseille, I was able to decode the heresy symbols and their hidden meaning, as I observed and meditated upon the images therein. Most of the information to follow in this booklet is based upon my direct perception and understanding, while reflecting and interpreting the symbols from the Tarot cards. Besides my dyslexia, another important factor that likely has contributed to my ability to decode the Magdalene heresy is that my ancestral lineage traces back to the Merovingian bloodline. The Merovingian bloodline is said to traces back directly to the DNA of Mary Magdalene. Is she a buried memory in my DNA that allowed easier recognition in demystifying and understanding the coding present in the Tarot and the great Cathedrals of France and parts of Italy?
In my view, as I discovered primarily through my own revelations, the Marseille Tarot was designed as a decoding system for those who had been initiated into its hidden secrets of the Mary Magdalene heresy. Because so many of the original architects of the cathedrals, who purposely placed these heresy symbols into the cathedral structures, were murdered or imprisoned the Tarot “card game” served a useful purpose in Europe; it was a way to keep the heresy alive among the initiates without attracting undue attention from those who would cause them harm.
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Decoding the Tarot of Marseille
In the following I share my insights and revelations as they relate to my decoding of the Tarot Marseille. In this sharing I elaborate on the meaning and significance of heresy symbols from the Tarot Marseille deck, not the traditional meaning of the Tarot. Sometimes this is done with one card while other times it is done with the juxtaposition of two or more cards; a juxtaposition that ultimately reveals the more encompassing and deeper hidden messages.
The Fool Tarot Card
The first card in the Tarot deck depicts the fool who has started on his journey. What is important and relevant in this image is that, even though the fool wears a belt to keep his pants up, a little animal image is revealing the fool’s bare ass. This card’s symbology is a starting point of reflection to decode the hidden meanings in the Fool card’s image and the realization that the Tarot cards that follow in the deck have significant, hidden meanings to convey to us as well. For example, having one’s ass revealed in spite of the use of belt to keep one’s pants up might symbolize something about human sexuality that is hidden in the major trumps. This and other observations likely will become more apparent as you read the interpretations presented in my discussion of the Tarot cards noted below
La Lune (The Moon) Tarot Card
(Magdalene – Heresy I)
The image of the crayfish in the Moon card is also found on the Western facade of Notre Dame in Paris. The following account is primarily excerpted from my book “Mystic’s Journey to the Sacred Sites of France.” (link)
I was standing in the front of Notre Dame in Paris. I was looking at the left door of the Cathedral. Next to the door I see a stone relief with a crayfish. The crayfish on the stone relief is like the crayfish on the Moon Card of the Tarot. Let us take into consideration that the face of this wall of Notre Dame represents the Lunar Great Goddess.
The crayfish in the Tarot is hiding in the depths of the water. It cannot leave its watery domain because there are two fierce dogs in front of the water. The upper part of the card is a picture of the Moon, eclipsing over the Sun. This eclipse is the marriage of the Solar and the Lunar or better known as the Hieros Gamos or the Sacred Marriage. In the background of this Moon card, there are two towers. When I first saw this card, I realized the symbolic heresy behind the images. The crayfish, for example, is really the older image of the crab.
The crab is the astrological symbol of Cancer, and Cancer is the sign of the Great Mother, the Lunar Goddess. The crayfish is hiding in the depths of the water, afraid to come out. The crayfish’s body is also shaped like a man’s penis; this is more obvious in some of the older Tarot decks compared to the newer ones. The crayfish in this deck actually has horns, which could be a pun for horny. This expression came from the horned God Pan. Do you remember the myth of Isis’s husband Osiris, who lost his penis because a fish had eaten it? This penis looking crayfish represents the union of both the sacred male and the sacred female.
The lunar eclipse that symbolizes the Sacred Marriage depicts the marriage between the Priestess Queen and the Sacred King. The two towers in the distance symbolize the same meaning. The name Magdalene means watch tower. There are two towers! There are also two towers in the building of Notre Dame seen in the front of the church. The Great Mother, as symbolized by the moon sign of cancer, reflects none other than the Great Goddess Isis and her Priestess Queen is Mary Magdalene. The Sacred Marriage is of Christ and Magdalene, as depicted by the twin towers build on the Norte Dame.
The two dogs carved on the walls of the Norte Dame symbolize the ruthlessness of the Catholic Church and of the King during this time period. For the reasons noted previously, the truth of the Sacred Marriage of Christ and Magdalene could not be discussed openly because of the repressive dogma and reign of terror of the Catholic Church and King. In further studying of the crayfish image on the stone relief and in context with the other imagery noted in the Moon card as well as the two towers of the Norte Dame Cathedral, the heresy of the Sacred Marriage between Mary Magdalene and Christ is revealed.
Another stone relief carved on the wall of the Norte Dame is Christ holding the sacrificial lamb. In this depiction, what is really being sacrificed? How many people have been sacrificed to hide the truth? The traditional meaning of the Moon card is deceit or hidden knowledge. It is very telling and intriguing what is seen and is revealed on the walls of Notre Dame.
edited by Anant Akash