Sacred Twins. What a wonderful name for those two special places. Holy Places. One in Rennes-le-Chateau in France in the foothills of the Pyrenees and one in Glastonbury in England, in the district of Somerset. Both are truly magic and mysterious places. Hundreds of books have been written about those places. And thousands of pilgrims flock there every year.
I too did my part. Writing three books about Rennes-le-Chateau, titled “De Geheime Boodschappen van Rennes-le-Chateau” and one about Glastonbury, titled “Glastonbury and the Holy Grail”. Both books are, for the moment, in Dutch, my mother langzame.
I live in Rennes-le-Chateau in the beautiful domaine “Les Labadous”.
I have been to Glastonbury several times. And while doing research for my books about Rennes-le-Chateau and Glastonbury, it occurred to me how many similarities there exist between those two places. Incredible. I have described some of them in the following paragraphs.
Julius Africanus, a writer from Edessa, was the first to use this espression. That is how he named the offspring of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Or to be exact, the offspring of the Holy Family. Consisting of Joseph, the Virgin Mary and Jesus. But Jesus had, according to the well respected writer Sir Laurence Gardner, three brothers named Joseph, Simon and Judas and three sisters, being Maria, Salome and Joanna. Laurence Gardners states that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, that he survived the cruxcifixion in 33 AD and that Mary Magdalene fled the country. In my view together with Jesus. Mary Magdalene fled the First Holy Country, Palestine, by boat and went to France, the Second Holy Country. Where exactly she landed and who were with her in the boat, we don’t know. At least not for sure. She could have landed in Marseille, or Les-Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer, or in Maguelone, or Narbonne, or Fitou, or in Sainte Marie la Mer, just east of Perpignan.
Sacred femininity is very much present, both in Rennes-le-Chateau and in Glastonbury. During the last century a true resurrection of this wonderful phenomenon took place in Glastonbury. By way of the revival of ancient Goddesses, and Goddess temples that were officially recognised. And by the numerous beautiful women in shop-windows, statues, therapeutic Centers, shops and on the streets. We can rightly say that “love is in the air” in Glastonbury. The search for the Holy Grail could therefore very well be a search for the lost femininity. Lost by the Church, that systematically suppressed the women during the past thousand years.. That persecuted them and that took away their self-respect. And failed to recognise them as full-fledged members of society and of the Church.
Both places have a special energy. First of all the powerful and loving energy of the Sacred Feminine. A healing and nourishing energy. An energy full of love.. The energy of the Mother Goddess. Of Mother Earth. Both are places where Goddesses thrive and where powerful women live. They are beautiful Goddesses, for sure, but also Goddesses that are not to be trifled with. Goddesses that have never been fully expelled by their male antipodes. Goddesses who now return to earth. To bring sacred femininity to the people. To preach love after thousands of years of chilliness, power and materialism. To create places for healing, care and compassion. Places for reflection. But most of all places of Love. That beautiful, nourishing, universal love. Exactly what we need on earth. Places where people can come to their senses and where they can be fully recharged.