Hundreds of thousands of years ago, before the rise of the Church and Patriarchy, both men and women were valued and respected equally.
God or Source or The Creator wasn't yet ingrained in our consciousness as being an old white dude.
Women were teachers, healers, mothers, and guides and they were respected for what they uniquely brought to their communities. They taught of the mysteries and creation of life. The innately feminine gifts of nurturing, receptivity, intuition, and being in tune with emotions, seasons and cycles were seen as powerful and valuable.
Some of these women specialised in herbalism, or numerology, or palmistry, or astrology and held space for other women in sacred circle and there were many temple arts, where a higher connection between the Divine and earthly beings was revered and nurtured.
The Priestess was a spiritual leader and guide, sharing ritual, leading ceremony and offering counsel.
The Priestess walked the bridge between the seen and unseen worlds. She shared of mystery, fertility, and feminine knowledge. She was highly intuitive, and in sync with the natural cycles of the moon. Held in high regard by her community, and often asked for guidance she was the woman who tended to the temple and guarded the doors, washing the feet of those who entered (discerning if they were ready for the initiations and wisdom they would find upon entering.)
The High Priestess in Tarot
The archetype of the Priestess is most commonly depicted in Tarot.
The High Priestess is the guardian of the subconscious mind and the teacher of sacred knowledge and hidden mysteries. She possesses intuition, mystery and sensuality combined with common sense. She trusts her instincts, and deeper knowing. The High Priestess signifies spiritual enlightenment, inner illumination, divine knowledge and wisdom.
Her presence although innately feminine (and the counterpart to the innately masculine magic of The Magician) is also about balance and integrating your masculine and feminine energies.
The High Priestess Tarot card is also known as Persephone, Isis, Corn Maiden, and Artemis. She is of the darkness and the light. She is both mother and maiden. (Majesty, Maven and more.)
She represents integration, equanimity and discernment through knowledge both learnt and felt.
The modern day Priestess is a seeker, a keeper, and a mystic. She is sensual, sexual as well as nurturing and compassionate.
She is both a peace maker and warrior of the world.
She is the full spectrum and holds many truths. She is Maven (and holds many realities at once, never taking sides, always advocating for equanimity and Sovereignty.)
She is open hearted, returns again and again to love. She can see every perspective and has so much love for the messiness of being human. She grounds herself in nature, and lives in flow with the cycles of the seasons, her cycle and the moon. She holds space, listens deeply, and responds rather than reacting.
She walks the path of her soul, re-wilding and de-conditioning as she goes. After all, while is knows of other worlds, she is human.
For centuries The Priestess has been banished and dishonoured, but in time of remembering The Priestesses are reemerging.. and reinitiating.
Priestesses are being awakened by both firey and watery initiations. They are being cracked open though ego death, grief and loss. They are finding teachers who remind them of the old ways and who share the temple arts.
As societally we seek balance and integration between the masculine and feminine, we are in need of our Priestesses.
Women are remembering their roles as leaders, healers, and sacred keepers of wisdom. They are relearning Numerology, Tarot, Astrology, Human Design, Elemental Alchemy and Shamanism.
They are remembering what it feels like to live their life guided by their own intuition, and soul path in communion with the earth and their bodies.
As women reclaim their power, grace, and sexuality they need Priestesses to lead them.
I have done two formal priestess initiations and experienced many solo ego death journeys that have led me to be able to share my wisdom with others.
What I teach is spiritual, elemental and emotional alchemy from a priestess perspective.
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