Ever since I interviewed Priestess Brandi Auset, I've been thinking a lot about the title she claims for herself. What I love most about this is how boldly unapologetic she is in wearing it. I bring this up because I consider myself a Goddess Woman, yet, I noticed my discomfort around using the word when I first approached her to do the interview. I knew that I had to explore this a bit more deeply.
I mean, in this modern day, the word seemed a little archaic. I wondered to myself, we have begun to reclaim the words "goddess" and "witch," but is there a need for modern women to reclaim the word, "Priestess?"
What's in a word, anyway? And while we are at it, what's in a title? What name do we make for ourselves?
What, exactly, does it mean to be a Priestess? Is she required to worship in the temples or be devoted to a feminine deity?
History tells us that it was common for a Priestess to hold a place of esteem in certain cultures, and to enjoy certain rights denied to other women, like property ownership and profit sharing.
So what happened? When did this word lose it's status?
History also tells us that, "Scriptures of the"major" religions often ban priestesses and female religious authority, either explicitly or through stories demonizing their power." (Max Dashu, Suppressed Histories Archive)
Are you a career woman? A stay at home mom? Do you run an online business? Are you a creative? Do you care for children, your family, or even the dog?
To me, all of these roles evoke the modern equivalent of the life of a priestess. These roles can be sacred, if you hold them sacred to you, and summed up in one word -- Priestess.
The real question, then, is not, "is there a place for this word?" But what we should be asking is "how can I tend to my life like that of a Priestess?"
If you are in the Boise area, join the Goddess Circle for our Priestess Moon ceremony. We will discover how to claim the title of Priestess for ourselves.
When: Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm
Where: Soul Spa 2645 N Cole Rd Suite A, , Boise, ID
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.