title of a woman dedicated to a particular Goddess. The use of the word dedication
here is technically important, as it is an actual life commitment to stand for and
with that particular Goddess. Having merely a sense of affinity or affiliation with
a particular Goddess, or simply "liking the image" of a Goddess is not a dedication.
Usually there is a series of Initiations
that must be undergone and teachings which must be assimilated and behavioral changes
which must be enacted before the Goddess of that particular Temple accepts the candidate
as a Priestess. In action
a Priestess generally acts
as Liminal Gateway for her
Goddess, and carries out Her Will upon the planet. Because of this, a Priestess must always be born female, as she must physically
possess a womb to accomplish this act. It is the female body itself which provides
the ability to function as a Priestess
in this way. In modern times the people have completely lost touch with the old
traditions and with actions of spiritual commitment, and people routinely self-proclaim
of this or that without any real commitment or accomplishment. In actuality these
claims hold little if any real meaning as these people have no real connection to
any Goddess other than mere feelings of affinity, or as a trendy image to be portrayed
to others for attention, or as an act of role-playing in groups.
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