In some spiritual traditions, you can only attain such titles of priest or priestess if you were ordained in that tradition. In other words, only a priest/ess can make a priest/ess.
Others may view a more personal choice that touches upon a need to serve the gods/Divine which defines a priest/ess.
Some might argue any teacher of spirituality might earn the label of priest/ess, but I feel it has more to do with intention than anything else.
If you place yourself in the services of the gods, the Divine, the community, or the teachings you follow, where these services are held in higher regard than your own personal wants/wishes, then I can see the title of Priest/ess as being more of a state of intent than an orthodox label handed out by a group.
And it is no easy task to put yourself in service.
That’s why I never label myself as a priestess. I am in service of no one. Whatever information I can give to someone is freely given and freely taken, and if you disagree or agree, that’s perfectly fine too. Most of my beliefs, I see, as my opinions based on my experiences and various sources of learning over the decades of following my spiritual path. Its not the Truth (or a truth for everyone). Its not for everyone to follow.
I feel humbled in knowing how the more you learn, the more you realize there’s even more to learn. You never stop and I’m perfectly happy enjoying the journey.
I don’t want the responsibility of someone else’s spirituality on my conscience. I expect others to take full responsibility of themselves, and cringe when people ask me to teach them. If you want to learn, its best to do it on your own, from many sources. Let your Spirit guide you along the journey.
What are your thoughts? What’s your definition of priest/ess? Have you met anyone who had qualities that defined them as such, and if so, what qualities are necessary?
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