Hello. How has it been two weeks since I posted? How did that happen?! I am on Easter hols from College/Uni, so expect a flurry of posts from me over the next two weeks, although I expect I will write lots and then stagger the posting.
Thank you for all of your comments recently I have been thinking a lot about your responses to my post on Priesthood. I am sorry I haven’t responded before now, I have been mulling your comments over.
I think you are right – especially Sarah – I have been thinking of it compared to the Christian priest. In response to Sarah the reason I talk about preaching is because I see that as part of the Priest role – but I meant standing up in front of a pulpit, not trying to convert people. I think you are right, that is not what I can have, so I should stop thinking about it in that way. As for Ecoyogini’s comment on why do I say Priest instead of Priestess, erm… I just do. I think it is probably wrong! Sarah also mentioned that the Christian Priest is a conduit, whereas for us Pagans that (of course!) is not a requirement. Again, this wasn’t something that I thought would be part of it.
Isn’t it funny how one word can have so many meanings for so many people and provoke so many thoughts and comments.
I agree wholeheartedly with the idea of the role of Priestess (I will try to say that Ecoyogini!) being as Sarah says:
I think a priest/ess’ role is one of servant. Caring for others, for the land and if you are called to the path of shaman, to travel into the spirit world to accompany those being born or dying. Wisdom comes from experience, ability to interpret it and apply it and a massive realisation of how little you know no matter how much you have studied/learned/experienced.
As for what I am going to do about it…. nothing! Well, that’s not entirely true, I am going to continue living my life as I do and trying to improve it in many ways. Which is what this blog is about really. As Sarah said:
I would suggest you allow the role you feel called towards to emerge by looking at it from the corner of each eye rather than straight on until you understand it and are truly ready to grasp it.
You are so right Sarah and this is completely the opposite to how I am in my life generally – a good lesson I will try to work on.
Thank you for all of your comments on this subject and for making me think and challenge my thoughts further.