Priestess Coming Out
"Priestess." I rolled the word around in my head. Some part of me woke up and spoke up with "I remember."
2 1/2 years ago, my friend, Vanessa Sage, announced the launch of her Sage Priestess Training. Images of priestesses from movies like the Arnold Schwarzenegger version of Conan the Barbarian flipped through my mind--barely clothed young women in temples walking about in a trance performing some kind of sacrifice to bring some kind of supernatural power to a megalomaniacal ruler. Along with that image came the fear of judgement from people around me.
Still, I could not deny that part of myself that woke up to the thought of training to be a priestess. She was excited, like an understudy long-waiting in the wings finally getting the chance to perform her part. She was absolutely gleeful when I signed up for the Sage Priestess Training, despite the other parts of me still worried about what others think.
"You're ready for me? Yes! Ok. Let me just look over my lines." I felt the newly awakened part of myself exclaim.
During the 13-month long Sage Priestess Training journey of remembering of what "Priestess" means to me I studied the rhythms and cycles of nature, the feminine aspect of the Divine and tools to connect with my intuition.
Before I knew it goddesses were "talking to me" through their mythological stories or in the aspects of life that embody their energies. Durga, White Buffalo Calf Woman, Brigid, Pele, Matangi, Hathor, Isis, Athena, Oshun, Oya, Ixcacao, Aphrodite/Venus, Mary Magdalene are some of the goddesses whose workings I have experienced. The goddess that I seem to most strongly connect with is Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of the mid-day Sun.
Trees caught my curiosity. What kind of tree is that? I wonder how old it is. What can I learn from this tree. The same thing happened with flowers, animals, even insects.
I heard to whispering guidance of nature all around me, whether I was hiking in the woods or walking down a busy DC avenue. The sun, sky, moon, stars and clouds all had something to share with me.
What "Priestess" has come to mean to me is a woman that feels her connection to all of life and allows the Divine to guide her own life in service to all of life.
So, here I am-- a Priestess.