The wisdom of Divina Ann

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Dear Community,

We are in the final countdown to our March 2024 International Program! Don’t fret though: like always, your Newsletter Team will always give you the lowdown in the coming weeks.

Today we have a double bonus for you: two articles on JOY from the wisdom of Divina Ann Donnelly. Her joy jumps right off the screen!

Missing your ticket to the Ostara Spring Ceremony next week? Open to all! Grab your ticket now. And don’t forget Chi Do tonight!

Wishing you great Light and Love in your life,

Modern Mystery School UK & EU Team


Where Did Our JOY Go?


There are many definitions for JOY! The dictionary tells us it is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Science says it is an intense momentary experience of positive emotion.

Indeed there are physical sensations associated with it including a desire to move, or express, or share the elation that comes with JOY. We literally wish to ‘jump for JOY’.

AND yet, there is a deeper Spiritual context to JOY, and during our upcoming program in London Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon has opened up new Hermetic teachings specifically on JOY!

Not only is he teaching it for the first time anywhere globally but he is also opening the teachings up to anyone who has studied Empower Thyself at any point in time! Thank you Sovereign Ipsissimus!

We are all waiting in great anticipation for these insights and teachings!

For now, we thought we would take the opportunity to look at what we know from our own personal experience of what we call JOY.

It is interesting that JOY is described as momentary or fleeting. I wonder if there is a way to sustain this precious state of being. Let’s look a little closer.

JOY is often compared to happiness. However happiness is an emotion and dependent on our thoughts. Therefore it comes and goes according to what we think about or what we attain or don’t attain in life. It is therefore dependent on circumstances sometimes outside our control. An example would include the happiness that comes with a close relationship. If the person we care about is upset with us, our happiness wanes. So, in this case our happiness is dependent on someone else.

What if I told you JOY is not an emotion. It is a state of being. It is a way of being, which, we rarely receive teaching about and yet it is core to our health and wellbeing and is essential to living in a fulfilled way.

JOY is actually our original state of being. Have you ever watched a child at play? They are filled with wonder. Every moment is a new adventure awaiting exploration with tiny fingers and curious eyes. This open state of being, welcoming the world and all experiences can be likened to JOY.

You will notice that a child will still have emotions. He/she falls over and cries, then gets a hug and smiles and a tickle and giggles. Emotions come and go fleetingly but the child in its state of wonder is a prime example of JOY.

Where did our JOY go?

In our world where we develop ways to cope with pain and challenge in life, our coping strategies become masks which we present to the world, and eventually the real us is lost under layers of who we are not.

When we are living in accordance with how we think we aught to live, and not from that authentic place of who we truly are, our pure JOY state becomes more illusive.

The premise of the Modern Mystery School is to KNOW THYSELF. Through the Path of Initiation, various Activations, Meditation and Ceremony we find ourselves again.

And goodness, there is much more to discover! We are not just this physical body we are Both Spiritual and Galactic Beings.

A child is completely connected to this knowing without pollution. It’s state of being is a state of JOY. What if, as adults, we could live in our JOY consistently?

For us, it takes time to unravel what is true and what is real when it comes to Know Thyself. It takes discernment and effort to connect with that JOY and to maintain it every moment.

This is a unique journey for every soul and an adventure that we welcome you to embark upon!

The journey back to self, the Great Work! We can connect you with a Guide near you if you would like to know more.

Meanwhile, I wish you every JOY as Spring awakens in the UK & the EU, and we invite you to join us at our Wiccan Ostara celebration on March 21st which is open to the general public.

And remember if you are an Adept, someone who has studied Empower Thyself previously, come join us in our Hermetic studies of JOY with Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave on March 15th!

With LOVE!

–Dr. Divina Ann Donnelly



Living in Joy: The Essence of Our Being


JOY, a term often used lightly, holds profound significance in shaping our lives and guiding us toward our purpose. It is not merely a fleeting emotion but a state of being, an inner force that empowers us to embrace life fully and make things happen. Joy is that unyielding drive within us, a steady force that propels us forward, infusing our everyday lives with energy and vitality.

This time in an interview led by Divina Kate Bartram Brown, the JOY insights from Divina Ann Donnelly just keep coming. Pop this fantastic interview into your headphones and give it a listen! You’re sure to walk away with a spring in your step and ready to expand the JOY inside you!

In the meantime, enjoy these wise words from Divina Ann extracted from the video:


JOY is literally the pivotal thing that gives us life itself. What do you think it is that gives that little seed the push to drive itself from the darkness of the soil, up to the light? It has to be something innate in it, a knowing, a sense of being, and that is what JOY is.”

JOY is when we are completely our authentic self, when the outside of us matches the inside of us – when we are living unconstrained from outside life.

JOY is a state of being, a force within us that gives us a drive in our life. It keeps us going through the hard stuff because we know what is at the other end. It helps us connect with all the good stuff in life, because it is our fundamental state of being.”


Want more JOY in your life? You now have the special opportunity to attend the Hermetic Joy class for the first time ever! It will be taught by Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon, lineage holder and member of the Third Order. The opportunity to study with a member of the Third Order as an Adept initiate (someone who has attended Empower Thyself) is RARE, so jump on it while you can.

–Caroline Latour, Life Activation Practitioner & Ritual Master Apprentice


On Joy with Divina Ann YouTube video



Pre-Requisite Classes Offered Year Round


We are offering Healer’s Academy pre-requisite classes this week but did you know these are offered all year round?  When you are ready to jump in, consider starting here to satisfy your curiosity. These classes are open to all looking to receive foundational tools that, yes, serve you greatly before higher training, but are also wonderful just to have! We just recommend a Life Activation before these classes and then you are good to go!

The pre-requisite / foundational classes include:


“I honestly can’t believe the difference after doing the other prerequisites. I did have quite a lot of resistance to them to be honest. I’ve done over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training, and I have had a daily meditation practice for 7 years… but I have NEVER been able to meditate unguided before – not in the 14 years I’ve been practising yoga. Now it’s just an easy daily thing since Journeys of the Spirit! I have no resistance or worries about bothering my Higher Self (which I was concerned about before) – it’s such a huge difference! I keep receiving all these messages and answers and then they keep actually happening – wild!!! I LOVE these tools! I didn’t really get Sacred Geometry either – now I see it everywhere! It’s made the Sanctuary Meditation much more fluid, too. THANK YOU!!!!!”

–Katie, United Kingdom



Magickal Ostara Ceremony


The spring equinox holds a profound significance, symbolising renewal, balance, and awakening. As the earth transforms from the dormancy of winter to the vitality of spring, you can sense the energy shifting, and life awakening from its winter slumber.

This turn of the wheel marks a time of spiritual rebirth, where the lengthening days and equilibrium of day and night serves as metaphors for inner growth and harmony. It’s a moment when light and darkness are in balance, inviting introspection, gratitude, and the opportunity to realign oneself with the rhythms of nature.

As the earth blossoms forth with new life, you too can find inspiration to cultivate your own inner garden, nurturing the seeds of intention, and embracing the potential for personal transformation.

Book your place below as we host this amazing Ostara Spring Equinox Ceremony in the height of the International Program in London in March 2024.


DATE: 7.30-9.30pm, 21 March 2024

PLACE: The Columbia (Windsor Room), 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS,

INVESTMENT: £15, £20 at the door


Sign me up to the Ostara Spring Equinox Ceremony



Final Call for Classes

Very Few Seats Available! Snag Them Now!

Dragon Magick (Haven’t you always wanted to know about Dragons? Open to Certified Life Activation Practitioners) 14 March 2024

Hermetic Joy Class (This time only: Open to those who have done Empower Thyself!) 15 March 2024

Healers Academy (Open to those who have done Empower Thyself) 16-20 March 2024

Archangels of the 1st Quorum (Open to Certified Life Activation Practitioners) 21 March 2024

Ostara Spring Equinox Ceremony (Open to ALL) 21 March 2024

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