Cathar Treasures and the Magdalenes

As a bit of a departure from my usual blogs, I thought I’d share a personal experience involving the magic and mystery of the Magdalenes while researching Destination New Earth and The Unsuspected Heroes while I was in France.

In 2017, I went to Southern France with a small group. One of the people I traveled with was Shauna Kalicki, the psychic medium involved in Destination New Earth. We visited many areas where Mary Magdalene and the Magdalenes lived after the crucifixion of Jesus (Yeshua).

Who are the Magdalenes?

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Learn more about the Magdalenes in Destination New Earth.

The Magdalenes were a group of Essenes that included Mary Magdalene, Jesus, Mother Mary, Miriam (Jesus’s cousin), Anna (Jesus’s grandmother), Sar’h (daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene), and many others.

One thing noticeable in France’s art is the notion that Jesus survived the crucifixion. We glimpsed many paintings showing Yeshua’s body being removed from the cross with flowing blood (implying his heart was still beating) and a glowing halo (indicating he was still alive). After Yeshua’s crucifixion, the Magdalenes fled to Egypt and later escaped to Southern France, landing in Provence, today called Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.


While in France, we visited Rennes-le-Château in the Occitanie region in Southern France. Rennes-Le-Chateau is a small village where Mary Magdalene taught. During the 19th century, Bérenger Saunière, a priest,  discovered treasures in his church that brought him great wealth. Saunière renovated the church for about ten years, ending around 1897.

Mary Magdalene in the church at rennes le chateau

Mary Magdalene at the church in Rennes-le-Chateau, France

He dedicated the church to Mary Magdalene; today, it is called the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. His renovations were a bit unusual. Many believe he left clues to the implications of his discovered treasures that brought him wealth in how he restored the church and area. One of the theories is that Saunière found the Cathars’ secrets of the Magdalenes.

The Lost Cathar Treasures

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The castle towers above the town. Imagine four Cathars carrying a treasure traversing this rugged terrain at night.

We hiked up to the Cathar Castle the following day. This was where the Cathars last stood and faced 10000 Roman Catholic crusaders. The legend says that the Cathars agreed to surrender peacefully, and the Templars who protected them were spared. Before the surrender, four Cathars fled the castle down the steep, treacherous terrain with the Cathar treasures. The Cathars surrendered, and at the mountain base, 225 Cathars were burnt at the stake after refusing to renounce their belief in the sacred union between Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

After walking the village of Rennes-le-Château, feeling the area’s energy, analyzing the art in the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, then walking through the Cathar Castle of Montségur, one evening Shauna and I were back at the La Maison Templiere Hotel. We were on a patio on the bank of the Aude River. Across the river was undeveloped land. Only bushes, trees, and vegetation were in sight. We were alone, sitting at a small table and chatting about the marvels of the area and speculating on what secrets the priest found in Rennes-le-Château that brought great wealth.

Could Saunière have stumbled upon the Cathars’ secrets of the Magdalenes? Or did he find proof of the bloodline between Mary Magdalene and Jesus? Or the Book of Love written by Jesus himself? Or evidence that Jesus survived the crucifixion and made it to France only to later ascend the dimensions?

Magic and Mystery of the Magdalenes

It didn’t get by me that we were staying at a hotel honoring the Templars, the knights who protected the Cathars’ secrets. The truth is, no one knows what Saunière found. But, I can indeed say that there was a presence on the trip wanting the truth to come out.

While Shauna and I were talking, she stopped and pointed across the river. “What’s that?”

“What’s what?” I asked.

“There’s a light across the river.”

I turned around and saw a tiny light across the river on the undeveloped embankment, perhaps 10 feet from the water’s edge. It was after sunset, so I knew it wasn’t a reflection. Why a light was there was a mystery.

I grabbed my camera from the table in front of me, and, using the 300-mm telephoto lens, I focused on the light. I took a few shots and glimpsed them on the camera’s display.

“It looks like an egg-shaped light,” I said, uninterested. I remembered that Mary Magdalene is often depicted holding an egg, sometimes red and sometimes white. Then, I looked at the images differently and said, “Oh my!”

“What is it?” Shauna asked.

I turned the display to Shauna. “Don’t look at the light. Look at the image as if it’s a landscape.”

She gasped, “There’s a face!”

alex marcoux magdalenes photo

Enlarge the photo to better glimpse the white egg.

I looked back across the river. The light was gone, and so was the face.

Above is the picture. It is an unedited photo.

What do you see in the photo? You can comment below. I don't want to tell you what I see, I’ll only share that we felt the magic and mystery of the Magdalenes throughout our France trip.

You can learn more about the mystery of Rennes-le-Château and Mary Magdalene in my novel, A Matter of Degrees.

A Matter of Degrees by Alex Marcoux

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[The featured image of Jesus being removed from the cross was taken by Alex Marcoux in a France church.]

8 Responses

  1. Connie
    There definitely is a face in the photo with the egg. The energy feels very feminine.
    • interesting I feel feminine energy, too, but with facial hair. :)
  2. Shauna
    It is interesting how nature conspires with creation to create magical moments. Whoa…is that a Cathar?
  3. Marivee Frayer
    It was an amazing trip, I love being with you and Shauna very much. Both powerful ladies. I have the books. Not read yet. On my list. I’ll always remember your caring, making sure I had a real watch for the rest of my trip.
  4. Lesley
    There's definitely a pair of eyes with maybe a shawl/head covering, but the vegetation makes it difficult to see any more. I love it when others see faces in landscapes. There's a lot of proof of past inhabitants in mountains and other rock formations worldwide, as well as the presence of the local landscape devas. Where I live in Tasmania (Australia) there are faces in our local hillside. Not all are in the Light !!! Look at the stones at Avebury. Don't they look like angels to you? The Cathars have been quite active since the 1980s when I first began this spiritual journey, reminding those who need to know (already know inwardly) about the truth of Master Yeshua and Mary Magdalene.
    • Very cool, Leslie (Avebury). Thank you for your presence here. It sounds like we do similar work. <3
  5. Christian Schirm
    The image appears to me to be the remnant of a being who suffered great trauma and is stuck there, cannot move on. How many more like this are there?

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