Sovereignty. The Ultimate Stand for Freedom and Interdependence

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July 3, 2023

To be a sovereign leader requires courage and the willingness to stand up for what you believe, and often to go against the status quo. It may not always make you friends, but there comes a time when you must be true to yourself.

Learning how to be a powerful sovereign leader requires some decent role modeling first. Traditionally, the matriarch in the family was the go-to role model. Elder women, the crones, hold a unique place because they have lived enough years to appreciate and understand cause and effect. They can envision what might be coming next. In indigenous cultures, the elders are always consulted for this very good reason.

Younger women really can use the support of their crone elders because these wise women have already walked the path before them and can share valuable insights. However, our lifestyles no longer can ensure that our grandmothers are part of a healthy family nucleus. Families may live miles apart, and granny may be in a nursing home.

So what’s a goddess to do? 

Female Sovereign Leaders

You can look for role models outside the family, or to an archetype.

In my newly published oracle deck, the Goddess Inspired Life Oracle, the Empress card holds the space for the archetype of a female sovereign leader. She radiates feminine wisdom and uses her authority to protect and heal, and she does so with compassion.

In the Tarot, the Empress is the one on the card next to the Emperor. See how he is looking over at her to see if he has her approval before he takes action? This is often a subtle dynamic within a family hierarchy that you may have already noticed. You know the saying, “When Mama ain’t happy, aint nobody happy.”

Leading Together

Your role as a sovereign leader may require you to establish your own “higher court” — a team to help you execute the right kinds of action. The power of good leadership is also about teaching and empowering others, as well as delegating, and these skills can and must be learned.

This is one of the important reasons to have a circle of wise women that you regularly consult and discuss life issues with. Being sovereign does not mean being or doing anything alone. We need each other to make the world a better place.

We are all part of the same loving universe. And for those of us who have been on the planet for some years already, it is time to claim our own leadership role (in whatever capacity). It’s time to look out for our daughters and younger sisters so that they too can assume this role when it is their time.

To sovereign interdependent goddesses!


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  • Wow, Gay, this is so powerful and important for us to acknowledge and remember.
    With gratitude, love and blessings,

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