We all seek, and sometimes find, that deeply holy place within ourselves where infinity dwells, only to have it float away like gossamer in the wind. We all long for a place, a way of being, a gift that is in sight, but out of reach. This is to search for the Holy Grail in our lives.
Whom does the Grail serve? It serves you.
The cup from which Jesus drank wine at his last supper? The cup in which Joseph of Arimathea caught Jesus’ blood as it poured from the wound in his side? The cup that Joseph later transported to Britain, to be hidden until the worthy finds it? The cup of a hundred legends of knights seeking, and never finding? The cup brought into the castle of the wounded Fisher King by the Grail Maiden, paraded before the knight errant, who does not know the correct question, much less the answer?
Whom does the Grail serve?
The cup as a symbol for Mary Magdalene’s womb, a living vessel for union with holy seed, which became Sarah, the daughter of Mary Magdalene’s marriage to Jesus? The cup as a secret code word for Mary Magdalene herself, fleeing with Joseph of Arimathea to Egypt, then to Gaul (now France), maybe to Britain, to be known as the Black Madonna by some?
Whom does the Grail serve?
The predecessor to the Grail is the Cauldron, and the legends and symbols of the two often are intertwined. They represent the inspiration that resides within us – that spark of divinity – that teaches us that we ARE the Cauldron and the Grail. They, and their gifts, are not separate from us, out there somewhere waiting to be found, but are us, not just at a personal level, but at a universal, deeply connected level.
As we move from the Age of Pisces and the centuries of the patriarchy, during which time the masculine-feminine balance was subjugated and lost, into the Age of Aquarius, in which the divine feminine regains its rightful place to bring about balance and wholeness, unity is the result. The Fisher King seeks the Grail maiden to bring forth the Grail, by which he is healed of his wound. Balance is restored. “Under the influence of this resurgent feminine principle, there is hope that the peoples of Earth may yet become enlightened, cherishing the unique gift of life of which this ‘water-carrying’ planet Earth is custodian,” (Starbird, 1993. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar.)
Whom does the Grail serve? It serves us all.
My three-session course that starts January 8 delves much more deeply into this mystery about how the Grail can serve you. I’d love to have you join me. Here’s the link for details and registration.
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