Today as Gnostics we celebrate both the Nativity of Mother Mary and, perhaps more importantly for me, the Ascent of the Holy Sophia after her Descent on August 15, the Assumption of Mother Mary.
As those of you who have been following my posts know, I spent the evening of 14 August in the sacred salt water lake beneath the mountain of the Black Madonna of Tindari in Sicily.
Those hours were powerfully aligned with the deepest point of the descent of Venus and Inanna into the Underworld before she was reborn as the Evening Star, a journey we have been following in my Rose Moon Membership since the first Venus Waning-Moon Conjunction and Gate of Inanna on 1 January.
The following day, on the 15 August, we celebrated not only the Assumption of our Blessed Mother, founded on the most important and ancient Festival of the Black Goddess Sophia which my historical novel The Serpent’s Tale is based upon, but also the Full Moon.
And my own moon cycle moved forward by 5 days so that I started bleeding on 15 August.
This day is also celebrated by Gnostics as the Feast Day of the Descent (Nativity) of the Holy Sophia, whilst today on the Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary, we celebrate the Ascent of the Holy Sophia.
Readings from the Wisdom Literature have historically been used on both Feast Days of the Blessed Mother as her imagery is based on the much older story of the Descent and Ascent of Sophia, which itself is inspired by that of the Moon, Venus and Inanna.
The Ascent of Holy Wisdom is a highly sensual and ecstatic reunion between Sophia and her Bridegroom Christ-Logos in the Bridal Chamber where they perform the Sacred Marriage and co-create a seed of Light that illuminates the whole world.
Today, we celebrate that Sacred Marriage within us between our own Holy Wisdom and our own Saviour Hero-Lover. And from that place of wholeness, we invite into our lives the human embodiment of this in our Earthly Lover.
Blessed be to the Lovers
Annabel Du Boulay 🌹♥️🌹
Rose Priestess of Sophia-Magdalene
Priestess of Avalon