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The White Lady
See the The White Lady
of Roslin Castle
and the The White Lady
of Rosslyn Chapel.
From: Steve A. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, May 07, 1999 11:36 AM
I appreciate your interest. The book, White Ladies and Black Virgins,
is not yet complete. I must warn you that the
White Lady of Rosslyn is just one
of many white lady
figures discussed, though I was delighted to discover that Rosslyn has such
a tradition as I am interested in it as well. My name is Stephen D.
Anderson and I will let you know
when the book is available. My primary training is in psychology (in
which I have a Master's degree).
Unfortunately, there are no internet sites that I
can find at this time exclusively on the white lady
apparition (though there are
several Marian apparition sites, which I believe is the same phenomenon).
Below is a
brief description of the book. Feel free to ask me any questions you may
Thanks again for your kind words.
The book has several points:
Along the way, I show that Black Virgins are catalysts to producing
visions of the White
Lady by the phenomenon of the after-image, the treasure of
Rennes-le-Château, that the
Italian Santa Claus, Befana, is really Herodias, that the White Lady is
creativity, poetry and some of the great writers of the world, and much
- That there are world-wide myths concerning "white ladies" that
appear and behave
similarly at similar places and times. This indicates that the
phenomena is more than "stories" and caused by an objective event.
- That these "white ladies" are the product of a combination of an
and the internal projection of the white lady archetype in the brain of
which is part innate and part conditioned by one's culture.
- That over time, early man learned the places and times at which
white ladies would
most often appear and the rituals (mental exercises and conditioning of
which would cause specially trained persons to become more sensitive to
With time, they could attune themselves to the local earth-force which
would enable them
to use its powerful electromagnetic field to affect the bioelectromagnetic
fields of humans
and animals at a distance and thus cause healings, blightings and
- That with the rise of patriarchal religions and wide-spread use of
iron (capable of
disrupting the electromagnetic fields), these white ladies were
initially degraded in folklore
into fairies, nursery bogies, death messengers, and spirits of air,
water and trees, etc.
- That the worship of the white ladies as goddesses continued in
secret and that some of
these priestesses were themselves identified with the white ladies.
- That the Catholic Church, seeking to absorb the power of the white
ladies in a
subordinate position to their god, began the cult of the Virgin Mary,
spots into Christian ones, and initiated the Inquisition to discover
the means of
manipulation of the forces to create their own `miracles.'
- That the end of the Inquisition coincided with the beginning of
world-wide which has served to boost faith in Catholics.
- That certain occultists, using knowledge passed from the keepers of
the white lady
tradition, plus renegade priests and their own reasoning, rediscovered
the secret of
manipulating the forces on their own. They have since waged a war of
designed to slowly subvert Catholics into a pure cult of the White Lady.
This is typified by the conflict of Lourdes vs. La Salette.
I've checked out the Clan Sinclair web-site. You're doing an
excellent job. Makes me wish I had some Sinclair blood in me. The
paperback you mentioned sounds interesting. Kind of like Umberto
Eco's Foucault's Pendulum? Katherine Neville has written a couple
of similar books: The Magic Circle and The Eight. If you can
remember the title or author, I'd like to know. Marian apparitions are
appearances of the Virgin Mary such as that at Lourdes, La Salette,
Knock (Ireland), Medjugorje, and Fatima. Some web-sites on them
The Cathars are related as part of the preservation of the tradition.
instance, Cathar socias (the female perfecti) were called "les Bonnes
Dames" (the good ladies) which was also a euphemistic term used for
fairies, especially of the White Lady variety. Also, "Bona Socia" (good
neighbor) probably is the origin of Bensozia, a name for the witches'
goddess. Montsegur is likely the model for the Venusberg, where
fairies held court. And there's much more I could go into. I do have
Zoe Oldenburg's Massacre at Montsegur, an excellent reference
work. I should have said something more like "pagan places of power"
than "spots". Most major Catholic churches are built on top of pagan
places of worship, simply rededicated to a Christian saint. The Virgin
Mary got most of the Mother Goddess sites. As to the Inquisition,
while I agree with most writers that in the end it was nothing more than
persecuting those who could not defend themselves (very few of which
really were practicing pagans) and used as an excuse to gather lands
and wealth for the church and Inquisitors, I believe that originally it
was put together to find actual practitioners of the old pagan religion
(witches) and get from them information on which sites were "active"
and the means to invoke the apparition. You see, as long as paganism
was a `living' religion with the ability to create `miracles', it was a
threat to the Church. The Catholic Church had to be able to fight
paganism on the same level, in the hearts of the people, because for the
most part the Church was an empty shell, reduced to mere ritual
without result. They wanted `the magic' for their own use, and no
witnesses to say how they got it. Of course, this is the
version, I go into far more detail in the book. Notice that the first
modern apparition was the 1537 appearance of the
Virgin of Guadalupe
to Juan Diego on the hill sacred to the Aztec goddess Tonan. Events
that occurred in the New World were likely easier to "hush up" if they
went wrong, so was a logical testing-ground.
You are free to put any of the information I've given you so far
on the web-site if you think it is appropriate. I'm trying to find out
more specifically about
Rosslyn's White Lady
from Mark Fisken who
wrote some plays that involved her. I'll let you know when I know
more. And yes, you are on the list for notification when the book is
out (can always use the free publicity).
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