Celebrate Andraste the Invincible One
Thursday, April 16, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
Andraste is principally known as a Warrior Goddess, the Goddess of Victory. Her name means The Invincible One or She Who Has Not Fallen. She was/is worshiped in woodland groves throughout Southern Britain. There is said to be a sacred grove dedicated to Andraste somewhere in the Epping Forest, which is an area of ancient woodland in the Southeast England. It covers 2476 hectares (6118 acres) and contains areas of woodland, grassland, heath, rivers, bogs and ponds - a perfect place to put a sacred grove. She is also known as Andred and was a lunar Mother Goddess associated with fertility and love. And a strong Mother She is.
Andraste is best known as the Goddess that Queen Boudicca called on at the beginning of her campaign of “rebellion”. Queen Boudicca was married to King Prasutagus who was the ruler of the Iceni tribe which was living in was is currently Norfolk. The Iceni were Celtic, and so honored women as equals of men, they had their own currency, language and customs. Boudicca is also known as a Priestess of Andraste. It is to be noted here that the Iceni were allies to the Roman Empire, but refused to become a part of the Empire itself as were several other tribes, which did not set well. But the Romans had their hands full at the time and so there was a tentative acceptance of the situation. The king made sure to write a will because he had no sons and knew of the customs of the Romans, leaving written record of leaving his kingdom to his wife and daughters.
Following his death around 61CE, Boudicca declared herself Queen and ruler of the tribe, as was the custom. The Roman law of the time differed from the Celtic practice and only recognized the male line and so denied her right to hold the throne. Of course women were considered the possessions of the males in the Roman Empire. The procurator (an agent representing the Roman Empire and responsible for enforcing the Roman Civil Law), in reaction to Boudicca declaring herself the new leader of the Iceni, had her arrested and flogged, and her daughters raped.
It is in response to these actions that Boudicca gathered her armies, united the various tribes in her area, and started her campaign against the Romans. Prior to starting out Boudicca, as a priestess and daughter of the Goddess, held a large ceremony in the sacred grove calling on Andraste, the great Mother, the Invincible One, to aid her in gathering the tribes, in bringing the people together into one united clan to stand in unity against the Roman tyranny. And this she did to the point that Boudicca is the only leader - female or male - in the history of the Roman Empire who came so close to overturning Roman rule.
To this day women still are fighting for our rights, our bodies, our daughter’s lives, our minds and our souls. We are becoming conscious to and standing up against human trafficking, against the sex-trafficking and rape of our sisters, daughters, and sons. We are fighting the paradigm that keeps us apart, that ties us as servants to a patriarchal mindset, limiting our power, keeping us down, keeping us apart, keeping us ineffective and powerless. It is through our unity that change will occur. We will call on Andraste to assist us in our transformation, in our acceptance of our power to change, in our power/right to unite and come together, in our power/right to stand as strong leaders, in our power/right to embrace our place as the monumental women that we are.
For the ritual please bring a candle the color of Red. If so called please feel free to bring any symbols of Her. Andraste’s animals are the Hare and the Raven, the Moon her Planet, the sword Her weapon.
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