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.
Founder of The Avalon Rose Chapel
Rose Priestess of Sophia-Magdalene
Priestess of Avalon
An introductory ONLINE workshop consisting of 3 videos: one filmed live during my Priestess Training where I explain about the myths and deities of the Rose Lineage; one where I teach you how to do my guided visualisations; and one where I lead you on a guided visualisation with Sophia, Black Goddess of Wisdom.
A 10-month ONLINE training held once a year consisting of two courses – The Path of the Gnostic Goddess and The Path of the Rose Lineage, with an optional pilgrimage to Glastonbury-Avalon. Take the training as part of your path of gnosis or dedicate as an Avalon Rose Priestess with The Avalon Rose Chapel.
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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
- The training has gone so far beyond my expectations - I came into it with a very open mind and very little expectation, but I feel it has so dramatically transcended anything I could have imagined with the depth of the experiences I have had. It has transformed my life for the better, it has been so affirming, challenging, inspiring and grounding. I have SO enjoyed the style of teaching and learning within the course, and I would highly recommend working with Annabel to anyone who wants to learn more about the Rose Lineage on a deeper level.Darcie Kermode, Avalon Rose Priestess Training
Walking on the path of the Avalon Rose Priestess Training with Annabel has opened my eyes to the magic I once knew as a little girl, has opened my heart to the ecstatic love that resides in the Beingness of I. It has been a deep dive into the Self, collecting lost pieces of my Soul in the many 'aha' moments I received as a result of throwing myself into the training and the work. Journeying with the goddess and priestess archetypes of the Rose Lineage feels like a homecoming into the spiral of evolutionary love. I am so grateful for this work, as I never felt at home on this earthly plane and was constantly seeking. Now that part of me is finally at peace, for I have come HOME to the temple of Love inside the heart of the Rose Lineage. A must for every HEART seeker.Alina Stoleru, Avalon Rose Priestess Training