Priestess is not a lofty concept of floating in the upper realms of love and light and serving the Goddess. Priestess is about embodying the Goddess and doing Her work on Earth, serving the people in her community. A priestess is an animist. Animism comes from the Latin word anima, which means soul. It means that everything is en-souled: animals and plants, rocks, forces of nature like the wind, clouds, water, etc. Everything is sacred. For an animist, the world is a community of persons, only few of which are human and all of which deserve respect. Animism is about living in Right Relationship, to cultivate more alignment and a natural sense of sacred connection to the world around us. It provides a pathway for awakening, healing, and transforming our lives, allowing us to build inner resources and access sacred guidance that bring us home to our highest self and fosters a soul-powered way of living on Mother Earth that truly benefits all.
Over the course of the traditional "Year and A Day", you will dedicate yourself to the Goddess, diving deep into the mysteries of the Divine Feminine, and learn animistic practices for our modern world. This is a Tree Of Life initiation in the tradition of the 13th House Mystery School - universal, non-hierarchical, and sacred.
Similar to our animism training The Path of Shaman, you will explore another realm of the Tree Of Life each month, assemble 12 power stones or power objects, learn self-healing rituals, and more. At the end of this process you will have attuned yourself to the energy of your Attuning Goddess, developed good working relationships with your guides, and assembled the tools you need to answer the question “Why am I here?”, knowing your unique gifts and how you can bring them into the world.
Since we are taking a shamanic approach to animism, the ability to do shamanic trance journeys to drumbeat is very helpful. This is taught in our introductory workshop The Shamanic Journey. A free question-and-answer session about the yearlong training programs follows each introductory workshop.
Group training at a distance consists of monthly lesson packages in the form of PDF documents and monthly group Zoom calls, plus email support and a sharing group on Facebook with optional outdoor gatherings for group ritual.
One-on-one mentorship is offered to those who cannot commit to the time schedule of a group process and is offered at a distance through lesson packages in the form of PDF documents and Zoom or Skype calls plus email support.
The group training starts every year sometime between Imbolc (early February) and Ostara (Spring Equinox) when the Earth Goddess re-awakens from her winter slumber. The one-on-one mentorship can be started any time. For more details and to register, please contact us.
At the end of the Year and a Day, you have the option to practice as a solitary Priestess, or to be initiated into the 13th House Mystery Tradition. Ulrike was initiated by Nikiah Seeds under the mentorship of Yvonne Owens, Founding Priestess of the 13th House Mystery Tradition in Victoria BC and author of the book Journey of the Bard: Celtic Initiatory Magic. To find out more about the Tradition, please visit 13thhousemysteryschool.weebly.com. Its philosophy is reprinted here with permission:
The 13th House Mystery Tradition is dedicated to the facilitation of self-realization and self-expression through creative acts.
The 13th House Mystery Tradition maintains the beliefs:
Structure of Tradition:
Circle or Clan structure, interconnecting groups of one to thirteen, (or more) individuals.
Origin of Tradition:
The Tradition was formalized on the Fall Equinox in 1993 by nine Founding Priestesses, all of whom were Initiatrix.
Growth and Expansion of Tradition:
The structure allows for "hiving-off" from founding body into sub-groups.
Rank and Hierarchy of Tradition:
None. There is one initiation into the Mystery, whereupon Priestesses or Priests choose their Avocation. The core structure is focused upon Self-Expression through Creative Acts, with a focus upon Art, Performance, Healing or Teaching.
A further initiation into the personal legacy of genetic or soul lineage is available for those who are called to create, perform, heal or teach under the auspices of the 13th House Mystery Tradition, whereupon the Priestess or Priest is entitled to represent the Tradition, if they so choose.
Initiation into Tradition:
Any and all initiations into the Personal Mystery of the Thirteenth House Tradition are to be undertaken after an apprenticeship to the Tradition for a period of time lasting a Year and a Day of study, observation and introspection, as well as the Tree of Knowledge initiation.
Dogma, Doctrine and Credo of Tradition:
In that this is a Revealed Mystery Tradition, no one dogma, lore or Book of Shadows is obligatory for initiates, Priestesses, or Priests of the Tradition. Each individual is empowered within the collective to formulate their own mythos, theology, theory and practice within the Wiccan Rede, including that of Shamanism.
Functions of the Thirteenth House Mystery Tradition:
Copyright: Yvonne Owens, Founding Priestess of the 13th House Mystery School, Victoria.
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