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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!
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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’s most excellent class. It’s called Morrigu’s Daughters, and you can apply for sisterhoodship here.
I’m loving this online community, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences of the Priestess Class with you all!
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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’s 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’t happen, I don’t 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.
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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´t 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.
This 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 “rescue” people. Everyone has free will and being of service to others doesn’t mean I try to mold them into what I think they “should” be, I don’t “should” 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.
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 – 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, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” 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!
This year I am crazy excited.
I am beginning the Priestess of Avalon training course in Glastonbury this year, starting this October.
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!
Today I am interviewing Priestess of Avalon, Elin Hejll Guest, as a part of my AWESOME priestess interview series (check out the others here). She’s from Sweeden and in addition to being a Priestess of Avalon she is a trained counsellor, coach and offers ceremonies, workshops and women’s circles as a part of her priestess services. Lets dive in!
My name is Elin Hejll Guest. I am 38 years old and Swedish. I have been living abroad for quite a few years. First I lived in Australia for 3 years studying at Uni in Newcastle. Then I moved to the UK and stayed there for 8 years! It was while I was living in London that I started the Priestess training in Glastonbury and also trained to become a counsellor.
I moved back to Sweden about four years ago and am now a mother to my little girl Tuva who is almost 2!
How did you end up following the path of becoming a priestess? What about it called to you, how did you discover it?
I remember being at a New Age fair back when I was around 18 years old or something. There were some Aztec Indians there and they were doing a ceremony and talking about how we needed to take care of Mother Earth. Something clicked in me. I did not understand what, but somehow something felt right, but I did not know where to go or where it would lead me.
When I lived in London working as an Au Pair when I was 20 I went into Watkins Esoteric bookshop (a wonderful place!!!) and there was a whole shelf full of books about Paganism!!
I just stood there looking at it! I had no idea there were others out there like me! So I saved up and bought my first book on the subject “Earth Magic” by Margaret McArthur. It was perfect for me because it told me to go out an explore! Feel the elements. Talk to the Goddess. See what happens. So many of these books have prayers and ceremonies written out with instructions on what to say when, but not this one. This one taught me how to open up and feel it!
From that moment I kept reading more, experiencing and exploring.
When I moved to Australia I had come far enough to know that this was my life path. So I made my first tattoo to mark that. It is a crescent moon in a triple Goddess sign on my ankle.
I started feeling that I had come as far as I could on my own. I felt like I wanted help, a teacher, someone to help me go deeper.
But only when the student is ready does the teacher appear…
Tell me about your Priestess training in Glastonbury. How did that change you? Was it what you expected?
About three years later I was living briefly in Scotland and happened to walk into a bookshop in Edinburgh where I found a book called “In the nature of Avalon” by Kathy Jones. It was a book with guided Goddess-centred walks in Glastonbury. I started feeling a stong longing to go there. I also read in the back of the book that Kathy arranged a Goddess conference every year and also a Priestess training.
I went down to Glastonbury and participated for a couple of days in the conference, I met Kathy and applied for the training. And I was accepted.
I had no idea what to expect when the training started, I just knew that it was right.
And the person who stepped into the room on that first day was not the same that stepped out three years later! Well, I was the same, but it was a me that was more me! I found my core. It was a me who had left behind a lot of fears and a me that was more grounded and open. Of course it was still only the beginning of a journey of personal development that is ever ongoing. And I love that!
The training consisted of 8 weekends of circles in Glastonbury. We met every six weeks and learned by experience about the season, the Goddess associated with it. We walked the sacred land, did ceremony and shared our personal journeys. It was deep, deep work and I am so grateful for having been able to take that journey with my sisters.
I learned so much about myself, life, Goddess, and especially the Lady of Avalon and her energies. The Lady of Avalon is the Goddess of Avalon and Her energies are very strong in Glastonbury.
(To read more about Kathy Jones and her work see www.kathyjones.co.uk)
How do you weave being a Priestess and serving the Goddess into your everyday life?
I try to be aware and awake and present everyday. In that way I see Goddess in all aspects of life. In nature, in other people and in myself. I talk to Her. I do ceremonies with other people and by myself. I do visualisations and meditations, I create art, I run workshops and healing circles.
I also run the Stockholm Goddess Temple which I open up for weekends of workshops, dancing, sharing and ceremony.
It is a wonderful space, because everyone who enters help create it by their presence.
I always try to work on myself and my personal development so that I can become even more true to myself and my core being.
What to you is the most important aspect of being a Priestess?
For me it is being the change I want to see in the world! I aim to live a life in love and presence. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes not, but that is OK, that is human!
I share my story and experience when people ask, but do not go out and preach.
Tell me about your real-world work as a priestess. Do you incorporate your priestess-ness into your coaching and counselling?
Because I am a Priestess and aim to live in love I feel that I bring that into the counselling and coaching. I bring myself and do not hide or pretend to be all-knowing
Some clients come to me because of my spiritual side because they feel they can share things with me that they would not feel comfortable talking about with a “normal” counsellor.
What would be your advice for anyone seeking a deeper connection to Goddess?
Explore and feel! Go outside and feel the elements. Talk to the trees, hug them! Lie on the earth and see what it feels like.
Do meditations or visualisations where you journey to meet the Goddess and see what she says.
Do things that help you get to know yourself better. It can be reading books, meditating, joining a women´s circle or whatever.
I know that by knowing myself better I also know the Goddess. She is found within.
Read books that inspire you and if you feel that you want help to go deeper then find someone who can help. It can be a teacher nearby, or you can do courses online.
I think it is important to point out that not everyone needs a teacher to go deeper, many people can do it on their own. And I also feel that one does not need to do a training with someone to become a Priestess. I felt that I did, but it is all individual.
Go with your heart.
Thanks Elin for your wonderful interview! Visit Elin on the interwebs here at http://www.elinhejllguest.com/
So here it is. I was in bed, well past bedtime, and I was a little upset by something superman said. (I’d asked him a question and the answer wasn’t romantic enough, so I felt all put out in that weird I-should-be-offended way you get sometimes.) So I was sitting there, knackard as no-ones business (workin hard-lotta late nights) and suddenly my brain, stewing over my slight says;
It doesn’t matter, it happened out there, not in here.
And I felt super aware of my me-ness in my mind, in my body, and felt this wonderful sense of peace throughout the whole soft, sleepy space of my body, because what happened outside my mind and body didn’t have any control of who and what I am and what i feel inside it. It was like body-knowing a truth rather than mind-knowing it.
And I was like: woah! Stealth Buddha brain! And I popped off to sleep quite happily.
I always think of life changing books as something that other people read that COMPLETELY changed my life – for example, before I read this book I was totally addicted to sniffing alsations, I sat at home all day every day finding dogs on the internet and sniffing my lovely pet alsation till I was outta my head, I lost my boyfriend, my job etc, BUT, after reading this book, I am dog-sniffing sober, started a six figure business and wake up at 6am every day to do 45 mins of yoga! Hooray!
These ain’t those kinda books. I think one in a million people have that kind of reaction to just reading a book.
I thought about it and realised that life changing doesn’t just mean insane-drama-death-or-cake life change, it can be smaller and saner than that. So here’s the list of books (and their friends) that this year have changed my life.
1. Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
This book, which is chocka full of swear words by the way, reminded my why I’ve always felt like a veggie on the inside, and inspired me to go, you know what? I choose not to eat meat any more. Not dramatic, not full of desperate gut wrenching indecision, just an, Ok, lets eat some more veggies and less lamb burgers. Boom. Life changed.
2. Freebie exerpt of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen book
This freebie exerpt (which you can go here and download) got me making green smoothies. I’d tried making them before, but they tasted like crap, and I felt that there wasn’t any point because to be a health nut juice head I had to get a juicer, and those bad boys cost a frikkin fortune. There’s a Green Goddess smootie in this exerpt which is delish, and gave me the freedom to improvise and create my own mega vitamin C and iron smoothie a while later. I chug down about 3 green smoothies a week now. Yes I am very smug about it too.
3. Martha Beck’s Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
This life coachy book is glorious – because it’s not like real life coaching, and the woman can’t stop telling us animal stories all the time. Seriously full of animal stories, it’s great.
Anyway, her business coaching manifesto revolves around Wordlessness (which is Ekhart-Tolle-style mindfulness meditation) and having a great time. Work should be play, she says, and when it starts feeling like work, you need to take a nap and come back to it later. and oh, she says, listen to this animal story while you are at it. Genius. She’s interested in getting us to operate our brains a bit more like animals do – in the moment, unstressed, and bereft of all that human neroses nonsense. Check it out.
4. Rose Cole’s Free High Priestess Training Audio Series
On my birthday this year I had a sort-of nap by the fire and listened to the first one of these, and it make me think – fuck this. I am 25 now and more than old enough to live the life I want. And I am totally able to. So I am gonna do it. So I am working on it, and I’m more comitted to my vision of how I want my life to be than every before.
And you can go listen to these for yourself right here – you have to sign up for it.
That’s it, peeps. We can totally have life changing experiences without having to hit rock bottom first or live in drama town.