Our word ‘philosophy’ comes from the Greek Word ‘philosophia’ meaning ‘a love of Wisdom’, Sophia being the Goddess of Wisdom in Ancient Greece and Gnosticism

The Black Goddess Sophia’s divine wisdom flows down to us through the millennia from the original black Mother Goddess of Africa to Mount Sinai and thence to Sumeria in Ancient Mesopotamia.

The literature of Sumer dates back to 2500 BCE and was written down in a collection of myths, epic tales, hymns and songs, some by the world’s first named author in history – Enheduanna, High Priestess of Inanna.

The primary Myth of the Descent of Inanna was inspired by the cycle of the planet Venus, which creates the pattern of a Pentagram in the centre of a Celestial Rose, hence the name given to this esoteric, spiritual tradition – the Rose Lineage – of which Mary Magdalene and Yeshua, as the embodiment of Sophia and Christ, were Priestess and Priest.

This Wisdom tradition wove its way down through the Ancient Judaic, Egyptian and Greco-Romano cultures to the Early Christian Gnostics and Glastonbury-Avalon. It was kept alive by secret societies and in hidden codes like the Tarot after it was forced underground by the patriarchal Church, and remnants of it still survive within the Cult of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy.

Philosophia is the term I use for all my teachings I share on the Rose Lineage, Avalon, Sophia and the Black Madonna. Through my programme of online and in-person workshops and trainings, I invite you to peel back the layers of patriarchal distortion, explore your spiritual and mythological heritage, and engage with ancient soul-development tools and rituals designed to guide you along your path of gnosis or self-knowledge.

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Founder of The Avalon Rose Chapel
Rose Priestess of Sophia-Magdalene
Priestess of Avalon

  • The ‘Mothering Your Moon Maiden’ Workshop led by Annabel was really meaningful and totally worth it. We came all the way from the Netherlands to attend it. Working with Annabel gave me a deep affirmation about my connection to Goddess and insights developing to this day. It was just what I needed at that time. A lot of pieces of the puzzle came together. I felt strong and vulnerable at the same time within the safe space she created. Thank you for this wonderful experience!Heidie Vis, Mothering Your Moon Maiden
  • Annabel’s wonderful teaching style combines history, theory, myth, legend, visualisations, imaginal journeys, pilgrimages and creative expression, covering the Rose Lineage from the cradle of civilisation across the millennia. I have loved all of it, learning about the goddesses and priestess traditions of the lineage, and learning about myself, and remembering my soul journey across the millennia. I was really drawn to this teaching, and I am so happy that I followed my instinct. It has been so much better even than I could have imagined, and I have met (or maybe reconnected with, in this incarnation) a wonderful new community of priestess and priest sisters and brothers. This process has truly changed and enriched my life.

    Donna Gerard, Avalon Rose Priestess Training
  • I have just attended one of Annabel's Rose Lineage workshops and it was wonderful, powerful and amazing! I journeyed with the Gnostic Goddesses and received profound information. I brought back pieces of myself that I did not even know were missing. Thank you, Annabel, for your integrity and beauty, and the beautiful Chapel that provides for these types of transformative experiences.Susan Mare, The Rose Lineage Workshop
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