Celebrating Sisterhood, International Women’s Day

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Reclaiming and celebrating sisterhood

What does the word ‘sisterhood’ conjure up for you? Togetherness, mutual support, celebrating each other’s successes and lifting each other up in our difficult times are some of the aspects that come to mind. 

Yet, it’s a sad fact that the idea of sisterhood has so often been undermined by our conditioning as women to compete, fear and turns on each other in a patriarchal system where power and resources are scarce. 

The distortion of our culture

The image of the backstabbing ‘bitch’ who steals her friend’s boyfriend, gossips behind her back, ‘uses’ her female friends and secretly envies their success is an all-too-common image in mainstream media and is one many of us recognise from our own experience. When women are systematically disempowered and stripped away from the root of their own womb power, this can have a very distorting effect, and the stereotype itself can have a self-fulfilling effect. 

According to eminent feminist bell hooks, women are separated from each other by sexism, racism and classism. Instead of seeing each other as beloved sisters, we feel threatened. We fall into the limitation of viewing each other through the lens we have learned in a deeply divided, sexist society, constantly assessing which of us is in a ‘dominant’ or ‘submissive’ role in any given situation. Woman-hating is deeply embedded in our culture. 

hooks say,we are taught that women are “natural” enemies, that solidarity will never exist between us because we cannot, should not and do not bond with one another. This is part of the patriarchy’s attempts to keep us from our power by separating us from each other. 

Yet, we long for more.

Natural co-operation

In fact, it is more natural for us to sympathise with each other and to co-operate peacefully as we used to do in pre-patriarchal societies, which existed for much, much longer than the structures we have today, according to researchers such as Merlin Stone, who explores these ideas in the seminal book ‘When God was a Woman’.

To reclaim our ability to live in sisterhood, we need to go beyond the barriers that seem to divide us and to achieve political solidarity between women, says feminist blogger Maribel Lopez. This means not oppressing each other in the way we have been oppressed – it is to unite in our diversity, find our common ground, and try to communicate with and understand each other despite our differences in culture, religion, class, race, ethnicity, and beliefs. To rise together. 

At the Temple of Sacred Arts, respect, honouring, nurturing and sympathising with each other form the basic goddess-centred approach toward all members as well as towards nature. It’s no coincidence that the division between humankind and nature occurred around the same time as goddesses were reviled in favour of male gods, and we are actively healing these divisions through our work. 

At the Temple of Sacred Arts, we strive to embody the ideals of Ma’at in our day to day life, which include:

⋆Speaking with sincerity and living in truth

⋆Living in a trustful way in all affairs, including our relationships

⋆Keeping our own council

⋆Acting respectfully

⋆Creating harmony

⋆Communicating with compassion

⋆Being forgiving 

⋆Speaking positively of others and with good intent. 

 

Isis and Nephthys

For inspiration on how to live in true sisterhood, we can look to the relationship between Isis and Nephthys, twin sisters who are the polar opposite of each other. Some might say that they are aspects of all women, representing both the dark and the light.

Their story could easily have resulted in separation and destruction. Nephthys sleeps with Osiris, Isis’s beloved, and gives birth to Anubis. Out of shame, she tosses the child to the desert. Isis hears about this and without a second thought goes to find the child, forgiving her sister and her partner. When Isis is captured by Seth, Nephthys breastfeeds Horus and also takes a very important part in the lamenting  (the resurrection of Osiris). 

The two support each other through these most difficult of situations. Instead of picking sides when it comes to one another, they exercise forgiveness. There isn’t any sign of jealousy between them and, instead of competition, they choose solidarity. 

Rooted in sisterhood 

Blogger Mookie Whitten puts it beautifully as she shares about the community she lives in, which is deeply rooted in sisterhood: “We have not let ourselves be alone. We have pushed, cried, and loved each other’s wounds. … we are beginning to heal. That is what sisterhood looks like. It is a deep feminine community. Rooted in love. Challenging, unselfish love.”

How can we start to embody sisterhood in our lives?

  • We can start from a vantage point of listening. We take the approach of seeking to understand the other woman’s reality, asking her sensitive questions and showing openness and support through body language and verbal communication. 
  • Instead of seeing the other woman as a competitor or threat, we actively look for opportunities for collaboration, finding our shared interests and challenges and uniting our energies for the collective good. 
  • We include each other. When a new woman comes into our community or workplace, we strive to welcome her and find out what she needs and how we can support her to contribute her gifts. We create networks of mutual support.
  • We avoid gossiping about our sisters and instead use our speech to uplift and support. We always respect each other’s privacy, integrity and autonomy and allow room for differences of opinion without taking it personally or making each other wrong. If this is difficult, we can ask for mediation and continue to work on our communication skills.

At the Blue Lotus Sanctuary, the goddess-centred nature community we at the Temple are creating, sisterhood will be one of the core founding principles. We will meet, celebrate and honour nature and the wisdom teachings together, working to transform ourselves and our society through deep respect and support of each other. You can read more about our community vision and find out how to be part of it here. 

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Axiom Oracle Course

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AXIOM ORACLE PRACTITIONER COURSE

 

We would like to offer the “Axiom Oracle Practitioner” course to anyone who is interested in the merging of the technological and mystical. It is an intense program of study, demanding personal honesty and inner strength. You will familiarize yourselves with all the skills an Axiom Oracle Practitioner will need to be able to serve others and the land.

It is a journey of individual transformation, illuminating insights and change. Please be aware that this practice does not rely on physical tools or conventional “magic”/spells, despite the fact that these topics will be studied as part of this training, the majority of the practices are internal in nature and are connected to the body and the elements as they appear in nature, including, but not limited to modern day technology and knowledge. 

This Course will be available in 2019, to stay up to date with course dates and information please sign up here.

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Isis and Osiris Weekend Workshop

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At The Temple of Sacred Arts, we are deeply honoured to offer this unique and life-changing

3-day Sacred Immersion Retreat.

Facilitated by Dedicated Temple Priestesses of Isis. 

Held in the beautiful and newly-opened Gnostic Chapel in Glastonbury, UK.

24th – 26th of May 2019, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK ( This date is now Fully Booked, Please use the Application to join us for 2020’s Rite and workshop) 

For those who seek a fresh start on a devotional path, this is the ultimate Rebirthing experience received through higher wisdom. During the workshop, you will receive a profound Initiation into the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris through emotional and spiritual rebirth. 

The workshop is a journey of self-inquiry deeper into yourself with the divine guidance and assistance of our dedicated priestesses,

The Mysteries of Isis and Osiris uses one of the oldest and most extraordinary practices known to humankind, which has been passed down to us through the teachings of the Egyptian Gods.

Do you long to … 

Bring healing to the relationship between the Feminine and Masculine aspects within yourself

Discover negative patterns in your relationships and heal the wounds related to them, including the emotional wounds of attachment or dependency 

Heal the Father and Lover wounds as you leave behind limited beliefs around father and mother roles and stereotypes

Release judgment and self-criticism

Embody the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine roles in a sacred and pure way

Let go of all you have ever known before, to receive a new perspective on life and existence?

Sign Up Here

 

Today, when we speak of the mysteries of this or that, we usually are referring to something important, yet a bit vague, unknown, or ill understood: the mysteries of the origin of the universe, the mysteries of life, the mysteries of the human psyche.
Yet the Mysteries that have my attention right now are the ancient Mysteries of the Goddesses and Gods. And while it’s true that our understanding of these Mysteries is incomplete, somewhat vague, and much is indeed unknown, when the ancients themselves spoke of The Mysteries, they had something rather specific in mind.
To them, The Mysteries were initiatory ritual and the secrets of the Mysteries were secrets of ritual and personal experience of that ritual.”
   About the Mysteries of Isis by Isidora Forrest 

All of this – and more – is possible through our deep, immersive workshop, where you will reconnect to the divine source of the Isiac lineage and its wisdom. 

During the Initiation, you will … 

… Experience mystery rites that initiate you profoundly at each stage

… Witness a sense of pure rebirth and resurrection

… See and/or feel the touch of the Divine Mother and Father

… Be blessed by an alchemical union between Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine, as you experience what the universe intended for you.

Is this for you?

The Mysteries of Isis and Osiris have been practised since the Graeco-Roman Period. This Initiation is reserved for those who wish to connect and dedicate to the Goddess Isis (Aset) and her consort Osiris: our Divine Mother and Father, Queen and King in Egypt and in the heavenly realms.

The Initiation Rite is available to all ages, genders, and spiritual backgrounds.

Can I attend the Initiation alone?

Yes, absolutely. Although couples will get huge benefits from the process due to the dual nature of the Workshop, it is still a profound experience for solo participants.

Do I have to be devoted to Isis or Osiris to take part in the workshop?

This is not necessary but some basic understanding and a keen interest in Egyptian Initiations and traditions are beneficial.

What comes next after the workshop?

At the end of the workshop, you will have to option to dedicate yourself to a devotee path and take further training but it is fully optional.

Does the price include accommodation?

No, food and accommodation are not included. However, we offer support with finding a suitable place to stay – the earlier you book, the better.

Is the entry fee to the sacred sites included in the price?

Yes, all entry fees are included.

Applications for this powerful Initiation are now open:

 

Program: 

We will be supporting the wonderful Gnostic Chapel with %5 of your exchange.

The Gnostic Chapel is a charitable company which funds therapeutic services for people in need and holds a wonderful Sacred Space in the heart of Glastonbury town. It is dedicated to Gnostic traditions.

We will explore the sacred teachings of Isis and Osiris through stories, practices and pilgrimage. 

We will travel through the Sacred Cycle of

  • Life,
  • Union,
  • Death,
  • Rebirth

and dedicate at each stage to Isis and Osiris in all their aspects.

We will reflect on our bond to divinity and experience journey, ritual and remembering together.

We will also offer 3 outdoor experiences in beautiful natural settings. As a group, we will visit the Sacred Sites of Glastonbury Abby, Chalice Well Gardens, and the Tor. Here, you will have the opportunity for quiet reflection and integration of your experience.

During the days leading up to the Initiation, which is on the last day, you will experience emotional healing, chakra healing, grounded presence, and connection to a source within.

You will be touched by the divine presence and illumination of the spirit. 

The Initiation itself is very moving, much like a soul healing experience.

To enter into this sacred journey with us,

Apply here

Places are limited to 12 and usually fill up fast each year, so please get in touch to secure yours in advance.

What is the cost?

£500 full course price is due by March 2019. This includes the full course fee, all entry fees, and Initiation.

£333 early bird price when signing up before 1st of February 2019.

To Join us in 2020 … follow the. link below.

Apply Here

Instalment plan and some concession are available, please contact us here.

If you are a Temple Member or have studied with us, you are eligible for a 25% discount. Please tick the relevant box in your application to redeem your discount.

If you feel the calling to this rite, sign up here and join us for this healing Initiation in the land of Avalon.

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Divine Union

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God and Goddess in Sacred Unity

The aspects of the Goddess Isis, Hathor, Sekhmet, Bastet are all different expressions of the One feminine consciousness.

This understanding now comes back to earth.

It helps men and women to awaken and to regain their true power and to become alive again. For the men it is a wake-up call to no longer suppress their feelings and to express them without fear of being ridiculed. For the woman it means they can now be in their truth without getting too masculine, they can be soft and powerful at the same time.

The divine child is a symbol of the completely balanced energies of masculine and feminine. So, Horus is a symbol for that, the child of Isis and Osiris, the symbol of divine balance. As a divine child of the Goddess, it is helpful for us to feel the presence of the divine child within us, it creates balance within ourselves and it allows the Goddess energy to flow through us.

Through our connection with the Goddess, we find our balance, spiritually, emotionally and physically. New preferences and new consciousness arise. Giving and receiving, action and reception are balanced.

We are here to keep this gate open for you to witness the unfolding of such consciousness and rebirth of the divine child within.

Duality in the Egyptian pantheon

Whilst dedication in service to the goddess consciousness, and to the cause of returning her to the rightful place of true recognition and balance, acknowledgement and devotion of her masculine partner is equally as important.

All Deities in Egypt have partners and children, to represent their power is strongest in unity.

There is no goddess standing alone without her husband or masculine equal.

They together represent balance and more often than not, complement each other.
There were times when the goddess was addressed and called upon for her unique attribute and quality. But even within that invocation, there is always a note or mention of her masculine partner.

Ra – Hathor
Nut – Geb
Osiris – Isis
Seth – Nephthys

Most ancient spells are written addressing them together or one as part of the other and vice versa.

“Thy young one in the Aten within the arm of your mother Hathor”
Adoration to Ra

“ Osiris stands upon his throne according to her word “
Him to Isis

They are together holding the transformative wisdom of the universe.

To acknowledge a Goddess’s devotion to her masculine counterpart is to accept and adore her fully

There was no inequality in the Egyptian pantheon and whilst some gods were less popular, their equal opposites were always just that, equal.

“No one shall disrespect the king in my presence”
Isis in the house of Seth

It is important that whilst we are actively working to return the goddess consciousness to our present world of patriarchy we do this with the vision of balance in mind.

To own our own power, we need to see the Unity in this Divine Duality.

No opposite can exist without the other… think about it.

They are not truly separate at all but are only two faces of the same  – just as with Goddess and God. The many are the One and the One is the many… all goddesses and Gods are of the source.

All life is from the same Divine Source and is it is Divine – being animated by the Spirit.

This new world we are now ready to create shall be better than the ones before.

We are not here to return a failed matriarchal consciousness we are here to restore her “the goddess”, into the feminine consciousness,
to her rightful place and whilst doing so, healing the wound of the masculine presence.

Resurrecting the dismembered king, who was once loved and adored, to now and once again be by her side.

Just as the Lady Isis goes through her journey full of difficulties and challenges to return the life of Osiris, out of pure love for her beloved and through him for all of us, in need of rebirth.

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