The important matter, however, is not that she [Mary Magdalene] was a physical wife to the man Jesus but that she was a symbolic representation of the Christed man’s feminine aspect. The biblical Mary is an analog to Danu, Brigit, Isis, Nuith, and Ma'at, to Demeter, Hera, Persephone, and Eve. Like the moon in the heavens and the night sky around the Earth, the feminine Anima both mirrors and embraces the masculine Animus.
The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voraigne, the most popular collection of saints' stories in the Middle Ages, describes how a particular group of Christians began to be persecuted in Jerusalem. Seven of them were set adrift in the Mediterranean in a small boat. Eventually they were washed ashore in a place east of the town known today as Marseilles.
In the centre of a great cliff rising above the shore it is still possible to see the cave where Mary Magdalene, who stepped out of the boat, spent the last thirty years of her life.
She is usually depicted penitent, naked apart from her long red hair. A painting of her by Fra Bartolomeo in a small garden chapel near Florence shows her with her jar of oil, used to anoint the feed of Jesus Christ. It is resting on a stone inscribed with the following words:
I HAVE FOUND HIM WHOM MY SOUL LOVES.
The name Mary means literally water, and is an adaption of the Hebrew name Miriam. The word Magdala from the Greek means a tower, a fortress, a place of strength, a defense or security. Like many Bible names it is a carefully conceived key to the Bible mysteries. Like the Helen of the Greeks, Mary Magdalene symbolizes the moon, the consort of the sun; the principle of humidity, water, MARE; and a high fortress or place of protection; Mary of Magdala is like the Ishtar of the Babylonians, and the Mylitta of the Phrigians. She is the mistress of growing things, the very symbol of the humid principle that brings forth life.