In Andrew Colvin's Mothman's Photographer III, he writes, of the name Mary (as in Blessed Virgin Mary):
"...the Virgin "Mary" and "maya" are related, according to some astrotheologists. Maya is the Buddhist name for "illusory reality." One can say that the Western name we use for her, "Mary," lets us know that any vision of her is illusory . . ."
While Covlin's book is about his experiences, theories and research into Mothman, Colvin's journey takes him to dozens of places, including Mary. One doesn't think of MAs (Marian Apparitions) as Mothman related, but to an esoteric junkie, it's not long before the thread is found that connects these seemingly disparate phenomena.
What Colvin says about the illusory characteristic of the name Mary resonated with me, and reminded me of an experience I had a few years ago during a meditation session.
During that time, I was using crystals, particularly amethyst, in my meditations. It was during a session using amethyst that I had the most beautiful visitation from Mary.
Suddenly the room was filled with a beautiful blue glow, not a light blue like a sky blue, but darker. Yet the color was lit from within, translucent. I was propelled into a scene of monochromatic blues. An arched bridge appeared, mist and mountains in the background. There was a sense of a Chinese history or connection tied to all this. And then Mary appeared, all in blue. I heard her speak to me quite clearly. She told me that she is appearing to me as Mary, but there really is no Mary. This entity made it very clear to me that I wasn't ready to see what's really behind her and what she really represents. "Blue Mary" made it clear that she was appearing as Mary in order not to startle me, and left with firm advice: be aware that there is much more behind the image of Mary than we think.
During this I had a sense of another presence behind her; that of Quan Lin. Then she left, slowly fading out like a divine Cheshire Cat. The entire scene fell away after that, and the room was back to normal.
Quan Lin (also Kuan Yin) is the Chinese goddess of love, mercy and compassion, traits shared with Mary. Kuan Yin is "she who listens to the sounds (suffering) of the world," again, like Mary. Various names for Quan Lin are: Hearer of Cries, Most Holy Goddess, Holy Mother, Merciful Mother. The similarities between the Christian Mary and the Asian Kwan Yin are clear: both are women that are compassionate, merciful, and "listen to the sounds of suffering of the world." And Maya is also the mother of the Buddha; Mary is the mother of Christ.
I didn't take my visitation from "Mary" as literally being from Mary, mother of God. For one thing, I'm not a Christian, and don't believe in that particular sacred myth as literal and/or doctrine. And two, the entity itself said she wasn't real; it was made clear Mary is a personification of something much older that continues to manifest itself to us, Mary being one of its presentations, something I was fortunate enough to experience.
Andrew Colvin, Mothman's Photographer III, Metadisc books 2009 p450