Seven Virgins/Ladies are often associated with Sophia.
These Divine Seven have been understood to be the Seven Planetary Powers, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom/Sophia, and the Seven Virgins of Wisdom/Sophia.
They may be associated with the Seven Gifts of the Sophia in Her Aspect/Form of the Holy Spirit. And finally, the Seven Spirits around the Throne, as mentioned in Rev., are often associated with the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Surprisingly, Seven Virgins are also to be found in early Christian texts. These Seven are especially associated with a Tower in both the Gospel of Joseph and Aseneth (A)and in the Shepherd of Hermes (B).
Both texts are controversial. The Gospel, because it was originally thought that the text centered around the Hebrew Testament of Joseph of Egypt and his wife, Aseneth. And so some considered it to be a Jewish text. But the Gospel contains clear Christian elements, including a beautiful communion rite. And the story line has little resemblance to the scant information available about Aseneth, wife of Joseph of Egypt.
After an initial debunking attempt, wikipedia admits: ] The book contains a new translation by Tony Burke into English based on the oldest manuscript, the Syriac one, along with the first-ever English translation of the two covering letters that place the text in context. This translation used spectral-imaging technology to “see through” smudges and other marks to ascertain the original underlying text.
And we see as we read the article, the Gospel was a compilation of writings, some with very early dating. And the evidence seems to suggest that it is of early Syriac Christianity.
Over time, the common consensus, even amongst members of the Jewish community, appear to concede that it is an early Christian and not a Jewish text.
Simcha Jacobovici, in his book,the Lost Gospel, (3), presents the case that the Gospel of Joseph and Aseneth was purposefully written about Jesus and Mary Magdalene. This is highly debated amongst scholars. His case is compelling and many feel that at the very least, in the Gospel, Joseph and Aseneth may certainly typify Jesus and Mary the Magdalene.
l raise this issue because Mary is always associated with a Tower. Magdala, her town of origin, is said to mean Tower Town. Migdal, in Hebrew and Magdala, in Aramaic, means Tower. Magdalene is a title, not a surname. So Her name would mean Mary from Tower Town.
(For a lovely list of some of the symbols of Mary Magdalene, see: https://bookstore.nevskys.com/products/st-mary-magdalene)
However, there may be an additional meaning to Her title. Simcha Jacobovici points out that Tower Town is not the only meaning of the Tower title. In the New Testament, Mary is called Mary the Magdalene, not Mary Magdalene.
Mary the Magdalene literally translates to Mary the Tower. Additionally, tradition has it that she had been a Pagan high priestess of Artemis and extremely wealthy, attributes she has in common with the Aseneth of the Gospel.
In addition to the Gospel of Joseph and Aseneth, in the early Christian text, the Shepherd of Hermas, which was considered canonical by some of the early church fathers, include Irenaeus, there are found Seven Virgins/angels associated with a Lady and a Tower. In this case, the Tower is said to represent the Church. So in both early Christian texts, we have Seven Supernatural Virgins/Angels associated with a Tower. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shepherd_of_Hermas
Though there was a time when it was suspected that The Shepherd of Hermas was a forged text, recent scholarship has shown that the last three parts were later additions. The rest of the text has been found to be authentic.
An example of the forgery may be found here:
(My thanks to ArchMadria Kathi of the Shrine of the Gentle Way for bringing my attention to the Shepherd of Hermas.)
Aseneth, from Joseph, King of Dreams.
In the Gospel of Joseph and Aseneth, Aseneth is described as the Tower Lady as she resides in the Tower of her home. It holds a beautiful golden-domed and jewel-encrusted chapel to the Pagan gods and goddesses whom she worshiped.
The Seven Virgins (of the Tower), attend the Pagan princess Aseneth, who was a priestess of Artemis. These Seven Virgins were all born on the same day as she.
But in this story, Artemis must leave the Seven Virgins behind, if she is to marry the Divine Joseph, who is Jewish. Jacobovici associates this with the seven daemons (not demons) (4) having been cast out of her.
So, here we have Seven supernatural attendant Virgins who reside in a Tower with a Lady (Aseneth/Mary the Magdalene). Mary the Magdalene is often considered to be the incarnation of Sophia by Goddess Christians.) (5)
In Part II, we shall discuss the Seven Female Angels around the Tower as found in the Shepherd of Hermas, once considered a canonical text.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Pamela
A) The Lost Gospel, Decoding the Ancient Text by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Gospel-Decoding-Marriage-Magdalene/dp/1605988871
B) The Shepherd of Hermas in an updated language form by Daniel Robinson: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016CD4AA4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
(in ancient Greek belief) a divinity or supernatural being of a nature between gods and humans.
An inner or attendant spirit or inspiring force.