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Ancient Priestessing for a Modern Age
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Austin, Texas
Key Contact: Bendis
Spiritual Path: Dianic
Status: Group Forming
Community Support: Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: The Apple Branch is pleased to announce a new online program, Ancient Priestessing for a Modern Age. This is an offering for women only. It is a seminary program. Graduates will be ordained as Priestesses and they will receive certificates as clergy. It takes a minimum of two years to complete this program.
There are classes that must be completed and so, it may take longer to complete, depending on each woman’s available time. If a woman has at least 10 hours a week to devote to the program, she can complete it in two years. Credit can be given for previous study. A class list is available upon request.
Each year of Ancient Priestessing for a Modern Age is a three-fold year but is further divided as nine-fold. In addition, there are transitional times in between the phases of Maiden, Mother and Crone, all of which take up the 13 lunar cycles of the year.
What follows is a bit of background of the Three-Fold and the Nine-Fold Goddess.
The Threefold Goddess
The threefold goddesses are common to European tradition. They appear as the Roman Apportioners and the Greek Moirae, daughters of Nyx who, in the Myth of Er, sit about the spindle of necessity on which the thread of life is spun and round which for the Modern Agethe gifting planetary powers are dispensed.
These threefold goddesses oversee the fate of humans the concept of fairy godmothers, who gift the newborn with destined qualities and abilities.
The Three Norn, sit at the base of the Tree, Yggdrasil, the Mighty Tree of Right Measure, are Urd, Verdandi and Skuld.
The Celtic Mothers are clearly seen as givers of destiny. Triple deities are common to Celtic tradition. In Ireland, for example, we find the Morrigan, the triad of goddesses responsible for victory, battle, and prophecy, known as Morrigan, Badbh, and Macha. And we have the triple aspected Brighid, who is the matron of poetry, healing, and smithcraft.
They are often sisters, and in modern times, they maiden, mother and crone as well.
As a multiplicity of threes, we also have the nine-fold aspect of Goddess.
The Nine (maidens, sisters, goddesses) is an archetypal group seen frequently in the Norse and Celtic religions.
Here is a sampling of “nines.”
The Hindu God Agni, God of Fire had nine mothers.
The Nine brides of the cosmic mill.
The nine locks on the door of Sampo, another cosmic mill.
The Nine Tree women who dwell in Yggdrasi.,
The Nine Maidens whose breath fuels the Cauldron of Rebirth.
The Nine Giantesses on whose breasts, Freyja suckled.
The legend of Morgen of Avalonian who lived at Ynys Avallach with her Nine Healing Sisters.
The Nine Priestesses of the coastal isles of Brittany.
Brighid with her sacred fire that is tended by between nine and nineteen Sisters,
The Nine Fylgjur, clad in White, who represent the well-being and luck of a family.
Korean Goddess Mago and Her Eight Daughters.
The Nine Muses.
The Carmina Gadelica brings us a blessing of protection that is three and nine and three again:
The Sacred Three:
This Eve, This Night, Oh this Night
And every night
Each single night.
The earlybird price for this program is $600 per year, a savings of $120 off the regular cost of the program. Grab your spot soon before the class fills up.
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