Goddess Spirituality from a Mermaidenly Lady

Why are you drawn to the Priestess Path?

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Hey Team! I am designating Thursday to be Morrigan Thursdays, so I’ll banter and share a bit about my work in my Morrigan Priestess Training most Thursdays from now on.¬†

As a starter in the course, we’ve been asked to get really clear on a couple of priestessy aspects. Namely:

What has drawn you to the path of a priestess?

Honestly I had no idea.¬† I was always chasing a devotional way of being connected to the Goddess, even when I first got into witchcraft time at 13 years of age. ¬†I wanted to know about nature worship and the connection with the earth and the different goddesses – not just how to do a bunch of spells to get boys and good grades, but how to build up of real relationship with the Goddess, how to really feel the impact of the divine on it everyday life.¬†¬†It’s just something I have always wanted to be ever since I first heard the word, even if I didn’t understand how or even believe that I could do it.

I’m sure a lot of you peeps reading this relate to that.

I guess the hippy way to describe it would be “I had a calling to be a priestess,” but come on, how elitist and smarmy is that? Nah, it’s just something that’s been bugging me, nudging me, for the last five years especially. I’ve just been really interested and obsessional about all things priestessy, but completely unable to believe that it’s something I could actually do. Until the last year that is, when I realised it was my life, I was a grown ass woman and could do exactly as I pleased.

I want to be a priestess and because, and this is smarmy, I feel like to really be myself and connect with my authentic-ness and who I am really am in my soul, I need this connection, this link to the magic of the world, this dedication and surrender and acceptance of a Goddess bigger and wonderful and completely magical.

So how about you? What’s drawn you to the priestess path? I would love to hear your stories in the comments below!

Do you love the Morrigan?

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Last year I bought a book by Stephanie Woodfield called the Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan. I wrote a little review of it here and I loved it. Loved it loved it loved it. You should totally get a copy.

Recently Kelley Sheppard (one of my lovely priestess interviewees – read hers here) alerted me to the fact that Stephanie runs a website community for people who love the Morrigan and would like to learn more of her. I was really excited to join, and I was super excited to learn that Stephanie is running a priestess of the Morrigan class over the next year as a part of this site! Freaking awesome or what!
So I am excitedly taking this class and looking forward to learning about the different faces of the Morrigan throughout the next year. Woohoo!

Anyway I just wanted to let you guys do just in case any of you love the Morrigan too and would love to be a part of an online sisterhood dedicated to her, or are hearing the call to become a priestess of the Morrigan and wish to join Stephanie‚Äôs most excellent class. It’s called Morrigu’s Daughters, and you can apply for sisterhoodship here.

I‚Äôm loving this online community, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences of the Priestess Class with you all!

Review of Flowdreams by Summer McStravick

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Summer McStravick

I heard about Summer McStravick though Leonie Dawson World’s Biggest Summit a couple of years ago.  I liked what she had to say and she seemed really nice too, so I went investigating.

Her business is selling meditations of what she calls¬†Flowdreamings. She¬†hearts¬†Flowdreamings. Basically they are¬†Law Of Attraction guided meditations, where you use feelings to manifest stuff by creating a blueprint for the future. She does it by going into what she calls¬†“The Flow”.

I had been meaning to create an audio meditation for a long time based around my dreams to get vibing with them, but I never got around to it. So I bought one instead.

This one is called Attracting Clients, Customers and Sales, I listened to it on the bus to work every morning for about two weeks.

It took me a while to get used to her voice – think over-enthusiastic American Broadway musical (my personal voice kryptonite). But after a couple of listens I was over it.

She keeps talking about¬†“your Flow”¬†all the time, which does kinda make me giggle because in England “your Flow” means your period, so it was as if my period wanted all these lovely things for me. Hee hee hee.

The point of the meditation is to get you projecting good feelings into your future so you can create a future awesomeness.¬† It‚Äôs meant to be lovely and feel great.¬† However I found that initially¬†everything Summer said I responded to with fear, telling myself it’s lies, ¬†that it can‚Äôt happen, I don‚Äôt deserve it, and feeling worried about all this imaginary money coming to me in my Flowdream – I felt worse and more hopeless after the meditation than before.

Summer does say on how website somewhere that anybody working with her personally is required to use the banishing fear meditation before going on to anything else and on reflection that is a very sensible suggestion,  because my fear and issues were seriously tripping me up.

I found a way around it though, so it felt good – this might be really useful for you Goddess peeps out there.

I think the idea of “The Flow” just wasn’t working with me. I eventually¬†switched the idea of the flow to the idea of surrendering to the Goddess and opening to receive from her¬†and this TOTALLY worked, and it was lovely – I left the Flowdream feeling really positive about the future.

Lotsa reviews on the site of the Flowdreams say stuff like “I did this money meditation and then two days later I earnt an unexpected $200!” which may be true for other peeps but deffo not for me, so I’d be wary of treating it like an instant magic spell thing – better for a change-your-attitude kinda thing I think.

So that’s my experience with Summer McStravick.¬†HEADS UP – you can get a freebie Flowdream from her website¬†right here¬†if you wanna test it out.

Faeriedaughter is moving!

Faeriedaughter is moving!  I am settling in at my new digs at www.priestesstraining.com, and I would love for you to join me! 

Pop on over for my regular posts, priestess interviews, reviews of stuff, daily divine tips and tricks and the chronicling of my journey become a Priestess of Avalon as I undertake Kathy Jones‚Äô in person priestess training course in Glastonbury this Autumn. ¬†I will also soon be unveiling new resources to help you along your own priestess journey cos dude, I’m there, and I know what we need. Woohoo!

If you are RSS subscribed to this Faeriedaughter blog and you wish to continue being a subscriber you will need to pop on over and resubscribe to priestesstraining.com -there is a little link in the sidebar. Staying subscribed means you get a little e-mail every time I post, so you will never miss another priestess interview!

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I am so excited about this new incarnation of Faeriedaughter exclamation and sharing my priestess journey with you!

I’ll keep posting stuff here as well as on the new blog until the Autumn Equinox, and then it will be priestesstraining.com all the way baby.¬†

See you on the flip side!

Today I am giving the Best Advice Ever

On my internet explorations I found THE BEST ADVICE from an American Priestess named Carolina Amor at What Should a Priestess Do. Here is what she says, while listening to a chap called Stuart Wilde on audiobook:

Stuart kept saying that we need to let go of our ego self and just do life. For example, if you wake up one morning and your car is not there, just say to yourself “Today I am doing walking.” If you are stuck in a traffic jam, just say “Today I am doing traffic.” Just do life! Whatever it is put in our way, don¬īt react, just observe and let go of your expectation of what you need for that particular moment because it is usually our ego that had determined what the ego needs and whatever does not follow those needs is bad and creates emotions.

This is freaking awesome! I love how looking at the world so simply changes everything. It turns a world full of complication and resistance into one of acceptance and compassion. Soppy but true.

I’ve been trying to use this advice for the last couple of days and today I have written Today I am doing…¬†on my hand so that I remember to use it more because I LOVE IT and it FREAKIN’ ROCKS.

Priestess Interview with Kelley Sheppard, Priestess of the Goddess

Kelley Sheppard PriestessThis week I am feeding my priestess obsession by talking to the lovely¬†Kelley Sheppard, a Priestess of the Goddess living in Washington, US. Unlike the other Priestesses I’ve been chatting to so far in my Priestess Series, Kelley has not undergone formal training, but has forged a way to become a priestess mostly on her lonesome. Badass, right?

Here’s a bit about Kelley:¬†Kelley is a publically active priestess who runs workshops and ceremonies in Bothwell, Washington, and offers many priestessley services such as dream interpretation, energy healing and space cleansing through her website, the Crystal Grotto. Her site is also to be a go-to place for priestesses-to-be to learn more about becoming a priestess. My kinda gal. She runs a great newsletter called the Grotto Gazette and digs Dragons something fierce.

Tell me, how did you discover and take on the role/title of Priestess?

I first began to think of the idea of Priestess as a young girl who was raised a Catholic. It was super uncool only a man could be a Priest. I loved the ceremony of the church, the little steps and things that had to happen in order for it to be a proper mass. I never paid much attention to anything the Priest said, I was distracted by the symbology of it all and in my mind felt I had to do this kind of work, like it was my duty.

In my teens I devoured the sliver of books in the New Age section at our only bookstore. No internet back then, so it was all I had available to me. I had to discover what it was my soul was telling me and the New Age section was my only source for expansion. In those books I began to discover what a Priestess did.  This, combined with my awesome imagination, fueled the desire to learn more.

I began to create little ceremonies for myself and then, when I was older, my family. I wanted to take training badly, but I lived in Alaska and resources for this path are scarce/non-existant up there. However, I was blessed with 2 mentors, Roxanne and April, who helped me heal fears and move forward with confidence, but there wasn’t specifically¬†Priestess¬†training.

It has been this past two years that my Guides have really pushed me into creating bigger ceremonies, and facilitating as¬†Priestess¬†for larger groups. I had to deal with my internal doubts that since I didn’t have formal training I couldn’t do¬†Priestess¬†work. That gremlin ego voice was keeping me in a procrastination state of being. My Guides had enough of this and 30 days before December 12, 2012 they told me it was time to move through! With their guidance, and the help of Grandmother Spider, I created a Divine Feminine ceremony and on 12-12-12 I kicked that little gremlin’s butt, and emerged fully as a¬†Priestess¬†connected with the balanced Divine Feminine and Masculine.

 What do you feel the role of a Priestess is in the modern world, and how do you fulfill that role?

I feel like I could write a whole book on this! ¬†I’ll try to keep it short.

A Priestess of this modern world helps herself, and other beings, transform and/or expand. She is a symbol of empowerment and compassion. She is a warrior when necessary. She understands her creation power and that wisdom from within is her greatest teacher. She is a pure expression of Truth, Love and Trust. She has achieved Feminine and Masculine balance and maintains this balance. She connects with the Divine for herself and does so on the behalf of others until they learn how to for themselves.

A modern Priestess is fluid and adaptable; willing to change during her life as she expands her wisdom and awareness. She has the strength to speak and live in the Truth of who she is, her unique path and how she is being called to serve. She accepts her power and keeps it free from Ego. A Priestess observes, respecting the cycle of life for all beings, and adapts to changes in her environment. She is a patient guide and a loving friend. She is all this and more.

The first part of fulfilling the role of Priestess was to answer the call of the Goddess. I do my best to stay Spiritually fit and by connecting to Gaia and the Divine daily. I maintain a high level of ethics. I heal the fears that arise in me, and I am willing to do the shadow work so I can then help others work through such things. I heal myself and I am working on doing a better job to be physically fit, as I believe we are Spiritual Beings in a physical body and we need to maintain our bodies.

I think one of the most important ways I fulfill the role is by listening. Listening to what people want or need, and listening to the Guides and other beings offering assistance. It was difficult for me, but over the years I let go of trying to ‚Äúrescue‚ÄĚ people. Everyone has free will and being of service to others doesn’t mean I try to mold them into what I think they ‚Äúshould‚ÄĚ be, I don’t ‚Äúshould‚ÄĚ on anyone. No judgement. I do this by honoring and admiring the soul fire in everyone.

Is there a particular Goddess you associate with as a Priestess?

I do not have a Patron Godess at this time. I have more exploring to do. Over the years I have worked with Brigid, Mother Mary, Isis, Kali, Susitna, Diana, Artemis, White Calf Buffalo Woman, and others. I involve Gaia in pretty much everything I do and I am always conversing with her.

Brigid seems to be with me always. I really connect with her and love working with her and right now she is encouraging me to learn Irish Gaelic (It’s not easy!). Mother Mary is always with me, too. She was the first Goddess I ever knew (AND the inspiration behind the 12-12-12 ceremony).

I have recently begun working with the Morrigan. On the New Moon of June 8, 2013 I held a ceremony for women ready to connect with the Divine Feminine and it was my first time evoking the Morrigan. AMAZING! I am really drawn to them and the Avalon mysteries right now.

What have been your biggest inspirations along your priestess journey?

This may sound silly, but as a young child it started with movies: The Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, Never Ending Story, etc. Now I imagine it would be Eragon, Harry Potter, or Beautiful Creatures. I had such a vivid imagination and could not be convinced that magic wasn’t real. I believed that a woman could do wonderful things and help people magically. Seeing those movies, and reading books is where it all started for me.

Actually, being raised a Catholic was a huge inspiration. I am grateful I was raised a Catholic as I think it helped awaken the ancient wisdom within me. But, I had to heal a lot of anger to come to being grateful. So glad I did!

The mountains! I grew up in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley which is surrounded by gorgeous mountains. I love to hike and be up high with an Eagle’s view of the world. Mountains talk and it was on them I began to open up, listen, and explore who I truly am and my soul purpose.

My Dreams were a huge nudging component. It was in my late teens – early twenties my dreams began to show me the need to grow and expand spiritually. I couldn’t ignore the repetitive nature and themes and as I began to excavate the¬†Priestess¬†within my dreams confirmed I was on the right track.

A dragon in the sky - photo by Kelley

A dragon in the sky – photo by Kelley

Tell me about your work with dragons.

My work with Dragon has two parts. They are a Guardian like a Guardian Angel and they are a partner in helping and healing Gaia and the Universe.

As Guardian they protect me from negative energies and they also guide me. Working with Dragon also has the fantastic benefit of living and speaking your truth. I used to not speak up much, and now I find I have to! I also can’t live in denial. The truth is illuminated and I can always choose to ignore it but that just puts cement shoes on me and I don’t move so freely through life.

The other part is the Earth/Universe work we do together. Dragon helps Gaia heal, change her face (like Earthquakes and such) and protects her creations ‚Äď life. This work results in significant decrease in death toll during natural disasters, for example. What is really awesome is finding more and more people who work with Dragons. It is acceptable to work with Angels, Faeries and some of those well established light beings, but Dragons have had a bad reputation for us Westerners. It is nice to see others embracing the good they do.

What would you say to the idea that spiritual beings, like angels and faeries and dragons and such, get whitewashed to appeal to a new age, lightworker-type audience?

This feels like a way to help people to change their perspective, have a more open mind towards new information and the vast unexplored spiritual wealth available to us. Us lightworkers who have been around a while know to only work with what we are comfortable working with and not judge others for being different. Personally, I don’t allow low vibration energy into anything I do. So even if there are dark Dragons, Mermaids, Angels or Faeries I will not entertain their presence or accept their assistance. I think each of us determines what is dark and what is light and where along that scale we want to work.

Leonard Cohen sings, ‚ÄúThere is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.‚ÄĚ I believe anything can be transmuted into Love and Light and it is not humanity’s natural state to be a fear based race.

I hope that answers your question!

You say on your website that you identify with being a Lightworker: please do tell me more about what that term means to you and how it impacts your life.

Lightworker was a term that simplified things for me. I have seen some really interesting labels, long complex ones. I think labels are difficult because we often can’t find the words to convey what it is we feel and know we are to share with the world. It is a brain strain for sure. ¬†For me,¬†Lightworker is an umbrella term, like the word Pagan which covers many paths.

I picked up the label Lightworker from Doreen Virtue. It is becoming well known and the ethics behind it are in alignment with how I believe and practice. It is my opinion that anyone who works to serve the highest good of Gaia, her creations, humanity, overall the highest good for anything, are Lightworkers. I would even go as far as to say it is a reinvention of the word Witch, but that might ruffle some people’s feathers.

Thanks so much Kelley!

Thank you FaerieD for inviting me to do this interview! It was great fun!  Also, I am being guided to say this so someone must need to read it: If you are a woman in a male body and know you are being called by the Goddess to be a Priestess, Go For It! You are needed!

Dream coming true: training in Avalon

This year I am crazy excited.

I am beginning the Priestess of Avalon training course in Glastonbury this year, starting this October.

Meep!

I’ve wanted to do this course for six years, fallen in and out of love with the idea a bit along the way, and finally I’m putting on my big girl panties and doing it. It’s a side effect of the turning-25 thing. Time to stop wasting time lady.

And yes, I am paying for it. With money. As nice as as the idea of doing everything inexpensively by my self is, I can’t do everything on my own. I’m not a super person! To get to where I want, I need outside support, structure and accountability. And there is nothing wrong with that.

I think it could only have happened now, as its only in the last couple of years that I’ve begun to properly honour the spiritually obsessed part of myself and come to terms with that. It took a while to get here (… Erm, 10 years *cough*), but I am now cool with the fact that witchy spirituality is and always will be very important to me.

Woohoo! Onward to living the dream!