"We British are used to women commanders in war; I am descended from mighty men! But I am not fighting for my kingdom and wealth now. I am fighting as an ordinary person for my lost freedom, my bruised body, and my outraged daughters.... Consider how many of you are fighting — and why! Then you will win this battle, or perish. That is what I, a woman, plan to do!— let the men live in slavery if they will."
- Immortal words of Boudicca, as penned by Tacitus
Boudica - also spelled Boudicca and Boadicea - was the warrior priestess and queen of the Iceni tribe who single-handedly led a major uprising against occupying Roman forces. She was married to Prasutagus, ruler of the Iceni people of East Anglia. Upon his death, the Romans decided to rule the Iceni directly and confiscated the property of the leading tribesmen. They stripped and flogged Boudicca and raped her daughters, who retaliated not by cowering into submission, but by standing against all odds to challenge the Roman rulership. While she famously succeeded in defeating the Romans in three great battles, her victories would not last. The Romans rallied and eventually crushed the revolts, executing thousands of Iceni and taking the rest as slaves. Boudicca’s name has been remembered through history as the courageous warrior queen who fought for freedom from oppression, for herself, and all the Celtic tribes of Britain.
We do not know how, or where death took her but it is believed that she poisoned herself by her own hand rather than being enslaved by her victors. She remains totemic for all who seek to invoke their wild and warrior woman within.
Hidden images are incorporated for the viewer to discover on her own. The original print was created at an astrologically favorable time with magickally appropriate aspects. The art works as a talisman to incorporate her shadow soul energies to awaken the dormant divine feminine within you.