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Program description: Celebrating the sacred and your own inner Sovereign Queen. Have you come into your own? Claim your throne of empowerment! Pagan structured ritual open to all womyn in their leadership years and celebrating this stage of life. Bring a crown or make one with us!
What there wasn’t room for in the program:
A Sacred Ceremony to mark the transition from the years of education, training and personal/career development and/or mothering and managing a family to stepping into caring for our realm as a guide and resource, but we have yet to slow down and settle into the wise crone.
Being a Queen is demonstrated by exerting womanly power in the realm of your own life (autonomy and sovereignty) and in the realm(s) entrusted to your care. Symbolically, your realm can be anything.
A Queen provides leadership by applying wisdom, integrity and influence to safeguard the cycles of life. She learns to regulate the flow of energy and goods to enhance the wellbeing of all creatures within her circle of influence.
Our Queen aspect responds to our divine calling and fulfills one’s purpose and responsibilities with dedication, practice and delight. This comes with responsibility, as all power, does but it also comes with opportunity to influence and love. So in our Sacred Ceremony the sisterhood gathers to honor, encourage, and empower the Queen onto her new path.
Why now? In northern European countries, mid-summer is celebrated on the Summer solstice. In North America, Summer activities don’t begin until then. In ancient times, Lammas/Lughnassa (August 2nd) was a time of the gathering of the tribes. If you walk a pagan path, dianic wicca or otherwise, you know that each of the eight intervals of the year is like a step along the pathway of a lifetime, the seasons of a life. Through this pattern we can find our way at many symbolic levels, transitioning from one stage to another. The Year becomes a great emblem of all cycles great and small and we see ourselves inextricably woven into its turning. At Lammastide, as the grain stands ready for the Harvester's return, the divine role of the long awaited responsibility for our own sacred life-work is presented before us: an initiation for ourself, unto our Self.
Sovereignty, honored as a goddess, emerges from the lore of many indigenous european cultures. The goddesses Eire, Britannia, and perhaps even our own Lady Liberty, have more life to them than the metal in our pockets which has borne their images over the centuries. It is no accident that in the common language, the term "sovereigns" also referred to coinage, for whether it had the king's head upon it or the queen's, or the very symbol of the Union which their role serves, the spirit for which it stood was always Her...
In the psychology of personality and the mystical systems for personal self-knowledge and transformation such as Magicke and Alchemy, sovereignty is seen less as a goddess or sacred role in society but rather as an element of the self, one through which we reclaim the right to the wholeness of the self and the invincibility of the self-actualized individual. The notion of becoming personally sovereign, recovering full rulership of one's self, is potentially a healing and liberating prospect.
Specifically, this ritual is being held on Friday, which is Venus's day in some traditions. Not only the Goddess ruler of all we love, but also of all we value.
So come and step forward, proclaim your spectacular qualities and audaciously identify your existing gifts.