The Holy Grail
By Rev. Donna Mulvey
The subject of the Holy Grail has been the topic of debate for hundreds of years. Scholars, archeologists, theologians, and even some scientists have had many theories and discussion as to whether it actually existed, what it actually was, and where it is now because deep in the mists of time BEFORE Christ there have been glimpses of this elusive vessel.
Some myths and legends surrounding this acient relic have documented it as being the cup used by Christ at the last supper, sought after by King Arthur, to the famous Gunderstrup Cauldron (which may have been the Great Cauldron of Cerridwen).
Flash forward to the modern era of today; it had been used in Dan Brown’s book The Divinci Code wherein the Holy Grail was portrayed as a living person…a woman….Mary Magdalene. It was a symbol of the lost sacred feminine. In Paganism and Wicca; we teach the Chalice we use in ritual is a feminine tool. A symbol of the Goddess and is sometimes used as a womb in the Great Marriage as a symbolic union of the Goddess and God. It is a symbol and tool of fertility and emotion.
In the book The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley page 770 there is this marvelous passage in which Morgaine was talking to her women but she visualizes a sacred truth of the Christians and the Goddess….
“The cup the Christians use in their mass is the invocation of water, even as the plate whereon they lay their holy bread is the sacred dish of the element of earth. Now, using the ancient things of the Goddess, they would invoke their own narrow God; yet instead of the pure of the holy earth, coming from the crystal clear spring of the Goddess, they have defiled her chalice with wine! In the cup of the Goddess, O Mother, is the cauldrom of Cerridwen…..”
Jesus in the book of Matthew took the bread at the last supper, blessing it and gave it to his disciples to eat referring to it as his body.
Now please bear in mind here this article is strictly my theory and opinion, that being said; bread is a universal symbol for earth. Has been for thousands of years, yes? Ok so then think on this; we are as humans made up of earth AND water. How? We are in essence, biodegradable. When we die, we disinegrate and our bones turn to dust. As living beings, we’re comprised of 90% water.
Then we have the scripture where Christ took the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you.” It is interesting to note in the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente, the Charge says “and My love is poured out upon the earth”. How similiar!
I find it amusing to note that even with the discovery of the Gospel of Mary an apocryphal book discovered in 1896 in a 5th-century papyrus codex, that human beings still deny Her power. She was beloved by Jesus in such a way that there can be no doubt She is his wife. The only reason I can see that She was denied is because of Peter’s jealousy that Jesus wanted Her to carry on his work and not Peter.
What does this have to do with the Holy Grail? Everything! There have been accounts of Mary being referred to the blessed cup. There have been accounts of a woman seated beside Jesus in ALL things. Dont sit there and believe that a loving man who loved people, honor, preached forgiveness and charity did NOT have feelings of love for this woman as a husband would for his wife. He was only in his 30’s, and from descriptions; handsome. For creation to happen one needs both the male and the female.
The Grail respresents Divine Love. It is the symbol of Divine Union, and only twin flames such as Jesus and Mary could access its powers.
Now, the Holy Grail rests gently in the mists of time. Like its counterpart Excalibur, it will show itself again. It will rise to the purest heart of twin flames who will access its powers and reunite all the Tribes of Earth together.