Part 5: The Yoni of the Goddess-The Cave of the Eggs

The Cave of the Eggs… is it a myth or a real place? I don’t actually know, but I’m going to find out.

“I think we’ve lost the trail, Apollo… I haven’t seen any markers in a long time!” I’m starting to feel a tingle of real fear. We have only one protein bar between us and maybe a liter of water at the most and we are in very hot, dry, and steep country filled with underbrush. “We absolutely cannot get off the trail, no matter what!” I add. He has more confidence than I do. I say a little prayer for help. “Stay there and let me look a little farther down,” he says. I stay put. We’ve already climbed 1.5 km up a steep trail to the Grotto, and we’ve got that steep climb back down to do yet. We’re not ready to give up on the special place we’re looking for, but not being lost in the wilderness in France has suddenly become a bigger priority.

48 hours earlier…

Monastery from below | Amrita GraceWe arrived today in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, home of the Basilica of Marie Madeleine (Mary Magdalene). After a week of one- and two-night stands, we get to settle in for 4 whole nights. It feels quite luxurious. We’ll visit the very impressive Basilica which is quite near our AirBnB and drive the next day to the Grotto and Monastery of St. Marie Madeleine, which was miraculously built into a granite rock face and has been lovingly maintained by various orders of monks since the 5th century.

All of these places are known pilgrimage sites, and I’m holding a vision of finding a place that I read about in a recently released book. The place is called Grotte aux Oeufs (The Cave of Eggs). I searched and searched, but I was unable to find any information about this place online. I found only a youtube video that showed the entrance to the cave, and it took my breath away. The book is called Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven’t Tried Yet by Meggan Watterson (Thank you, mEGGan!)

Trusting Divine Guidance

The Cave of Eggs | Amrita GraceAs we climb the path up the mountain in the steps of pilgrims that have walked this same path for untold millennia to experience the grotto at St. Baume mountain, I silently ask for guidance about finding the cave. I have an idea it’s somewhere in the vicinity of the grotto, along a path on the side of the mountain. We’re deeply moved by Mary Magdalene’s Grotto. As we complete with the Grotto and Apollo looks at google maps on his phone, suddenly Grotte aux Oeufs appears on the map! I am elated, but we still have steep terrain and a network of trails to navigate and many more steps to take.

We take a few wrong turns on the trails and have to backtrack. While we have cell service and google maps, the location service cannot quite place us exactly on the trail. I surrender to Apollo’s navigation and wonder if we’re going to have to give up. We’re getting tired and have not had a proper meal yet today.

French is like cursive… it all runs together

I hear a voice in the distance and we cross paths with a woman who speaks to us in rapid French. Apollo has had some French lessons, but is by no means fluent. We joke that he can say some things in French, but then someone might respond in French and then what would he do? This is one of those situations where she is trying to communicate something and we don’t really understand what. Apollo follows bits of it, says a few words in French, nods his head, and decides it’s about the narrowness of the trail. That was true, but we found out later that’s not what she was trying to tell us. She was trying to tell us we were on the wrong path and that it would narrow to nothing.

Balanced on the ragged edge

The trail is indeed very narrow and rocky, and there are steep drop-offs. Footing is precarious and my mantra becomes, “grounded, present, balanced.” There are a few slips and near misses, but we do just fine. Our knees and ankles are starting to ache. When we finally figure out we are on the wrong trail and just as a surge of panic seeps in around my edges, we find our way back to the trail with no small amount of relief. Again, we backtrack, and find the place where we missed the trail marker on the rock that is an “X”… meaning don’t go this way. We continue on gamely and the terrain starts to look like what I saw in the video. I hear Apollo’s intake of breath and I know that we made it.

Cave of the Eggs Catherdral

Cave of the Eggs | Amrita GraceIt’s a yoni cave, a sacred place of feminine power and presence. I’ve come prepared with a headlamp and it comes in handy. The temperature drops many degrees as I venture into the cave. It’s a very steep downslope and as my tennis shoes find slick, wet rock, I take a tumble. I’m lucky I don’t sprain anything… just a few scrapes and a grubby derriere.

It’s like a cathedral. Offerings have been left and I leave one of my own. I say prayers of gratitude and blessing. We have truly been divinely guided. I’ve learned that divine guidance can come via google when it’s the medium at hand… modern times call for modern measures. I feel fulfilled and gratified.

As we walk back down to the car, Apollo stops and turns around and again my breath is taken away as I look just above the treeline at the perched monastery. I can hardly believe we have hiked that far up and back down. This place is unreal. How on earth was it built? I try to imagine the hundreds upon hundreds of years that it’s been cared for with candles lit in devotion to St. Marie Madeleine. This is not devotion to a “prostitute” or a “penitent sinner.” This is devotion to the closest companion of Jesus… His co-teacher, His beloved first disciple, quite possibly even His wife.

A saline solution

We have a few more days in France before we head home. Our last 3 nights will be on the  Côte d’Azur (Azure Coast) in Villefranche, in a sweet little place right on the water. It will probably be the most vacation-like part of the trip, and I’m ready for some beach and ocean time to help me integrate the incredible experiences I’ve had since we left home on July 29.

I welcome your comments and love hearing from you. The next and last post in this series is about Mary Magdalene and The Chalice Well in Avalon, and it’s the pinnacle of the sacred pilgrimage.

In love and devotion, Amrita

About Amrita

Amrita Grace is fiercely committed to guiding spirit-led women into their authentic, embodied personal power through Sacred Sexual Awakening & Healing® workshops, retreats, and teacher certification trainings designed by women, for women. She’s the award-winning, international bestselling author of “Reclaiming Aphrodite-The Journey to Sexual Wholeness” and “Dancing with Breast Cancer-The Sacred Feminine Path to Wholeness,” a Certified Spiritual Sexual Educator, an Ordained High Priestess, and Co-Founder of The Sacred Feminine Mystery School.
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17 Responses to Part 5: The Yoni of the Goddess-The Cave of the Eggs

  1. Mary says:

    I love this post! And the yoni cave!!!

  2. Dianne says:

    I am a little bit jealous! The grotto, being in France and especially Côte d’Azur!
    I entered a yoni cave in Peru and it too was as you described…dark, cooler, narrow, rocky and with various offerings inside. My beautiful Australian friend goddess Sia-Lanu Estella (check her on Facebook) lives in Cusco in Peru and is very attuned to the power of Pachamama. She takes tours and retreats to authentic sacred places that are mostly only known to local people.
    Anyway, once inside the sacred rock, I placed my hand on a ledge for balance and a large lizard hissed at me and backed up under a ledge. I got quite a fright but I also knew that I had just encountered a guardian! I had goosebumps on my goosebumps!

  3. Dianne says:

    Oops…name correction…
    Sia-Lanu Estrella
    Forgot the r in her last name!

  4. Judith says:

    Thank you once again Amrita. This gave me chills of wonder. And the photo of the yoni cave!!! How magnificent!! Ian teary reading your words. 🙏🏽🤗😘

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  6. Pat burns says:

    I loved reading your exciting adventure and trust walk. WOW you didn’t give up and your faith led you on and of course Apollo was your angel. I love the picture of the yoni cave. Keep shining girlfriend.

  7. JACQUELINE Ferguson says:

    The Goddess has called to me so often throughout my lifetime. This past year, Mary Magdalene has been constantly in my thoughts, meditations and quite truly has become my new obsession! Yesterday, a “Christian” Friend sent me a text saying that the Gospels of Mary along with all Gnostic texts are what the Bible refers to as “False Prophets” and until I fully immerse in the truth of the true bible I will be tricked by these false prophets. When I asked about Constantine ordering the destruction of these early texts, or in 397 theologians writing the Nicene Creed and then choosing the books for the bible to support this creed….or Pope Gregory’s Homily 33 declaring Mary Magdalene a prostitute…..I was told these are all false. It is so difficult to stay calm when my blood is boiling in what Mary called Ignorance as one of the 7 powers of the ego….and is still so rampant in Christian belief.

    • Amrita says:

      People like us are here to bring the TRUTH. Like supporters of our current president, people will say whatever supports their point of view. We can do much more work on an energetic level than the physical to bring these sacred feminine energies through us and onto the earth, where they can work their magic in the multi-dimensional realms. I hear you about blood boiling… and I just keep educating anyone who will listen. Times are changing rapidly and people are holding on to old beliefs for dear life! Thanks for sharing, Jacqueline.

  8. Debbie says:

    HI Amrita,
    Wondering if you ever found a yoni cave on Maui? I was told by spirit to go look for a cave in Iao Valley but I never found it. Blessings, Debbie

    • Amrita says:

      I’m not aware of one on Maui, Debbie. I tried to find the one on The Big Island, but was unable. I hope you find the yoni cave in Iao Valley… that would be amazing!

  9. Elizabeth W says:

    So exciting. Such a place! I want to go. I am reminded of a recently found amazing place here in NC I found over Labor Day. I mention it because I found a very old rock formation that had been sand dunes once upon a time . . . Which is now in the mountains. I was told this formation is referred to as the “dragons back” and in the middle was what I swore looked so very very yoni, I could crawl up and sit in it. I ended up doing some blessings there both giving and receiving, quite moving and powerful. Blessed Divine female energy.

  10. Amrita says:

    Sounds like a real treasure that you found!

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