There is so much to say about women’s spiritual leadership. In this time of fragmented and toxic culture, we don’t even have words adequate to describe the breadth of heritages and practices. Most people would define Priestess as a woman who leads ritual, but there are a range of names and culturally-defined meanings, including shaman, medicine woman, diviner, spirit-medium, oracle, sibyl and wisewoman. Countless ethnic titles such as machi, sangoma, eem, babaylan and mae de santo provide even more textured glimpses of a vast global picture.
Essentially, a Priestess develops the skills required to heal and take care of a community’s Spiritual Life. She is a Woman in Service, to a power that is both greater than she and also is all of what she is. She becomes adept at changing energy within the body and within spaces, and she embodies the Goddess for her community to assist us all to “touch/feel/hear” the Goddess in embodied form.