by Sage Woman
In 2010, I went through the Shamanic Priestess Process facilitated by Anyaa McAndrew and followed with the Shamanic Magdalene Mysteries Circle. I received my calling from Spirit to carry on the lineage and am beginning my apprenticeship with Anyaa in a few weeks. As a facilitator of the Shamanic Priestess Process, I will be bringing my own Medicine Woman Mystery School to the Process in 2015.
Many times I have been asked: what is a Priestess? Often, I have not been able to really articulate an answer. For that reason, among others, I have decided to make this article about what I believe it means to be a Priestess in 2015.
Every woman carries the lineage of the Priestess. Somewhere deep down inside each of us is a memory of our Divinity. We are healers, caretakers, nurturers and peacemakers. We show up in the world through every profession. The Priestess chooses to live her life from a place of spiritual intelligence and maturity. She embraces her shadow-self and does the work. The work consists of interior cultivation, facing demons of the past, choosing love over fear and knowing how to live with passionate detachment.
It becomes more and more obvious to me, as we move into the Age of Aquarius and the return of the divine feminine, we are being called to stand in our power. It is power that does not compete, judge, nor over-shadows another. This is the time of the Priestess, the time more than ever to remember why we are here on earth. We have the opportunity to bring gentle power back into the mainstream and reclaim our birthright of peace and freedom. When one becomes fully responsible for her thoughts, words and actions, she stays conscious and makes empowered choices. The first step is to love ourselves in order to be an example of unconditional love and forgiveness. When we take on the task of being true to ourselves and live our dreams instead of holding back and hiding in the corner, we open that possibility for others.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, is the time to be the light bearer, to be the love.
A major part of being a Priestess concerns interacting with others, especially with women. We must remove our masks and fears in order to work and play together without competition and judgment. This gives us the opportunity to share unique gifts and empower one another. As we release the old tapes of scarcity, lack and limitation, we are then able to rebuild our lives with abundance, support and trust. It takes spiritual maturity to be able to release projections and conflict. Once we stop taking on each other’s mirrored images as our own, we allow our truths to be seen authentically. Letting go of the fear of not being perfect is a great place to begin. I have witnessed the magic of surrender through the sharing of our stories. My story is your story; your story is my story. We carry this torch from generation to generation. Now, perhaps more than ever before, is the time to be the light bearer, to be the love. We are a powerful force on the planet and as Priestesses we must act the change first from within. Working through personal struggle collectively, we will begin to see a more abundant, peaceful Mother Earth.
Priestessing in the material world must begin within. Being a true Priestess requires nothing more than showing up as love in daily interaction and action. When I Priestess to myself, I am healing old wounds and letting go of the past and the future, choosing to live fearlessly in the present. Under these conditions, I am able to make conscious and empowered choices in order to live from a neutral mind. Ownership of my own happiness, joy, bliss, abundance and well-being is my ultimate freedom. With such freedom comes the ability to give and receive effortlessly without expectation of another.
What is a Priestess? A Priestess is a vessel and a conduit of Spirit. She is a woman awake in her femininity and the power of the Goddess in her body-temple. She is a spiritual activist doing the work of the Divine in the physical world. She is the maiden, the mother and the crone. She is the mystic, the poet, the artist, the dancer and the magic maker. To walk the path of the Priestess, she must embrace unconditional love and forgiveness for self and others. Wherever she goes and with whomever she meets, she uplifts and empowers as a vehicle of love. Her life is of service and ritual. Being a Priestess isn’t just a title, or a certificate on your wall. Being a Priestess is a way of life and a state of being.
In Universal Love and Blessings,