The Illuminated Priestess Path is a women’s process. The IPP cycle lasts for approximately 9 months and consists of 7 weekends of retreat and inner work. This is a process for every woman, no matter your religious background or beliefs, no matter your gender identity. We study archetypes, connect with the Divine Feminine as a lost archetype in our spiritual world and move deeply into your stories, your feelings, your deepest needs in circle.
We begin with an Introductory weekend where we focus on the Priestess in You, the Blood Mysteries and The Inner Maiden.
For the women who then commit to the process, the next weekend will be Initiation. The IPP is an Initiation Cycle intended to activate your inner Priestess! By participating in an IPP circle, you will heal and whole into your life as a more authentic woman and into your sacred work as an empowered, in-power-ed woman.
To differentiate my circles from those of my sistars, I call my circles Illuminated Priestess Path. What do I do differently? Shamanic Journeys and Horse Medicine Journeys are my additions as well as daily practices to work with at home between our weekends together, the rest of the process is as downloaded from my mentor, Anyaa.
Are you sitting there thinking, ‘This is all SO mysterious! What IS the Illuminated Priestess Path?” Read on.
Introductory Weekend: Theme One
The New Priestess and Blood Mysteries
Weekend One is a special introductory weekend designed to allow women to experience the priestess archetype within and to get a feel for the Sacred Shield process before committing to the entire 6-9 month journey.
During this weekend we explore the ancient-future role of the priestess as wisdom keeper and chalice for Sacred Presence on Earth. We discover our unique priestess expression through wisdom teachings, music, movement, journaling, journeying and sharing. You will learn the archetypes, stages, myths and stories of the Divine Feminine. In a powerful co-created ceremony, we will connect and merge with our inner maiden by sharing stories of our first blood, therein laying the foundation for “living ceremony.” Join us and discover the feminine spiritual journey as a path of beauty, power, self-love and service.
This theme centers around understanding the significance of the Heroine’s Journey of the feminine. We explore the paths we’ve traveled to get to this point in our lives with guided meditation, a powerful film, and by creating a safe, nurturing space for ritual foot washing as a means of honoring the journey each of us has taken to the return of the priestess on earth. Prepare ourselves for “initiation” through journaling, movement and sharing. During this weekend you will begin to build a strong foundation for your siStarhood as you create a space of trust, non-judgement and complete acceptance. You will co-create an Initiation ceremony during which you will step fully onto the path of the Illuminated Priestess Path.
Enlightening the Shadow Between Women
Use powerful processes to explore Projection, the Inner Patriarch, and the roles and patterns women inherit that keep them from walking in full consciousness. Understand more about how Patriarchy has affected you through sexism and racism, how we are taught to be critical and to overly admire the masculine. Gain tools for conflict dialogue. Learn how to live with a strong supportive inner masculine, a healthy heart, and an expressive emotional body fully serving the Divine Feminine within.
Telling the Stories of our Spiritual Journey
Honor each other with nurturing and complete presence to create a womb of safety and comfort. Call back the lost essence of our priestess selves and weave together our common threads by telling the stories of our own personal spiritual journeys. Revel in the blessings of special music and ceremony. Enjoy a quiet day looking deeply into your questions for your guides as you journey both physically and shamanically by participating in a Medicine Journey, as created by Be.
Astrological Archetypes and Sacred Marriage
Work with the Wheel of the Year and the phases of the Moon as a basis of planetary sacred timings and your personal power days. You will explore the archetypes of your inner feminine and masculine, and your own relationship path through the vehicle of Shamanic Astrology. Create an experiential medicine wheel to acknowledge all of our personal archetypes as represented by the planets and alignments in your chart.
Refine & Integrate the dance of inner feminine and masculine through mystical, guided journeys, music, dance and a Sacred Marriage Ceremony. Connect with the inner heiros-gamos.
Conscious Death and Sacred Rebirth
Using Shamanic Journeying, Sacred Art, and Living Ceremony, you will clear blockages to access full life force energy and full chakra alignment. Travel between the worlds to say good-by to our old selves and Old Earth. Using concrete tools such as art, and writing and a dusk time fire, release all that no longer serves.
Call forth a vision of the New Earth Illuminated Priestess and her highest destiny, and co-creatively rebirth into your priestess self.
Embodiment & Emergence of the Priestess Within
Integrate our 6-9 month process with self-care, journaling and sharing, and prepare for our Emergence Ceremony. On this last day we prepare & host our Emergence Ceremony & a feast for our guests and allies on this Sacred Path.
If you are interested in our upcoming circle and are from out-of-town, we have room for you to stay. Please contact Be via this blog or our Facebook page (linked in the sidebar).
The IPP is not a religious process. We do not attach ourselves to one spiritual school over another, and all women, from all beliefs are welcome in circle. This process is not about learning spells or the teaching of rituals, though we do co-create ceremonies and rituals in the moment. Women from all religious backgrounds come through the circle: Pagan; Druid; Wiccan; Jewish; Muslim; Christian; Agnostic; Atheist. We work with archetypes not dogma.
*The Shamanic Priestess ProcessTM comes through the lineage of my teacher, Anyaa McAndrew, MA, NCC, LPC www.goddessontheloose.com, and to her through the lineage of her teacher, creatrix of the Priestess ProcessTM, Nicole Christine www.magdalenemysteries.com, with contributions by Linda Star Wolf www.shamanicbreathwork.org
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