Our word ‘philosophy’ comes from the ancient Greek word philosophia, meaning ‘a love of Wisdom’, Sophia being the Greek Goddess of Wisdom
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 Ancient Sumeria
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
There are three main myths that form the foundation of what is known as the Rose Lineage – an esoteric, shamanic tradition of which Mary Magdalene and Yeshua, as the embodiment of Sophia and Christ, were priestess and priest
This Wisdom tradition wove its way through Ancient Egypt, Judaism, Greece and Rome to the Early Christian Gnostics and was kept alive by secret societies and in hidden codes like the Tarot after it was forced underground by the patriarchal Church
Philosophia is the term I use for all my teachings I share on Gnosticism and the Rose Lineage. Through my programme of online and in-person courses, 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
Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom
Sophia was honoured as Goddess of Wisdom by the Ancient Greeks and Gnostics. Gnosis is the Greek noun for spiritual knowledge and mystical enlightenment. The path of gnosis teaches us that we can return to our Authentic Self through healing the wounds that are preventing us from sharing our unique gifts with the world from a place of love, strength, compassion and wisdom.
Self-knowledge was considered the path to enlightenment in the Rose Lineage tradition, through which we not only reunite with our Authentic Self but also with the Divine as we experience it, be it a transcendent being or inner guide.
Sophia is an archetype of divine feminine wisdom that can be found in all religious and spiritual traditions, thus forming a bridge of peace and union between all faiths and none. To the Gnostics and Pagans, she is the Black Goddess of Wisdom. In Christianity, she is God’s wisdom, the Bride whom King Solomon speaks of with such reverence. In Islam, she is Ruh. In Judaism, she is Hokmah and the Shekhinah. In Buddhism, she is Tara. And to Agnostics or Atheists, she is a philosophy of life.
The Myth of Sophia
The Myth of Sophia teaches us that darkness is not separate from light, that it is within the darkest times of our lives when we experience deep pain, loss and fear that the light of rebirth can guide us towards greater wisdom, strength, love and compassion – gifts that we can then share with our loved ones and communities
It is a philosophy that helps us to accept and surrender to life’s challenges, trusting in ourselves and in life that every seemingly negative experience is an opportunity for us to heal, learn and grow along our path of gnosis
© Annabel Du Boulay 2019 (no part of this article may be reproduced; if it inspires and informs your professional work, please credit me with a link to my website)
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- 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
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Join me and my daughter Sophia Mary at my ONLINE ‘Mothering Your Moon Maiden Workshop’, filmed live at The Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2018 – the perfect introduction to our story, my book The Serpent’s Tale, the Rose Lineage, the Isle of Avalon and my Philosophia Wheel, whilst journeying with your Maiden Self through ancient Moon myth and meditation.
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.
Journey with the Goddesses of the Rose Lineage – Eve, Magdalene, Mary, Lilith and Sophia – at the sacred sites associated with their herstories and energies on the ancient Isle of Avalon. Priority given to those booked onto my ONLINE Priestess Training. Only 12 places available.
A 10-month ONLINE training held once a year consisting of two courses – The Path of the Gnostic Goddess and The Path of Sophia-Magdalene. You can take the training as part of your own path of gnosis or dedicate as a Rose Lineage Priestess or Priest of your own choosing at the Chapel.
A 10-month IN-PERSON training held once a year consisting of two courses – The Path of the Gnostic Goddess and The Path of Sophia-Magdalene. You can take the training as part of your own path of gnosis or dedicate as a Rose Lineage Priestess or Priest of your own choosing at the Chapel.