Praise for Stepping Into Ourselves:
To read this book is like attending a luscious and well-appointed buffet dinner, where one can sample a variety of tasty foods. This feast of knowledge includes scholarly essays, juicy stories, and thoughtful reflections, as well as personal poems, songs and prayers expressing what it means to be a Priestess. It is quite a satisfying meal! -- Vicki Noble, co-creator of Motherpeace, author of Shakti Woman and The Double Goddess.
Welcome the new generation of Goddess culture makers! All that was taken away from women, our Heras, their names and deeds, the inventors of poems and prose, rituals and dances,we could still not fill the the gaping empty space if we published a million more books like this. But it is something. This work will be seeding the generations after us to continue the research, the relentless reclaiming, the constant agitation, to re create sisterhood. -- Z Budapest, Spiritual Elder of the Dianic Tradition and author of 13 books about the Goddess and her lost mythology, lore, culture.
Every woman, it is said, is a priestess at her own altar. Some of us are priestesses at more public altars. In this excellent book, priestesses tell their tales and in scholarly articles discuss priestesses through history (and prehistory) and around the world. There are also a useful how-to section and a toolkit. This book is a must-read for beginning and mature priestesses. And be sure to read Abbi Spinner McBride's "Dream''--in half a page, she says it all. Barbara Ardinger, Pagan Every Day
Stepping into Ourselves celebrates the extraordinary diversity and depth of priestess traditions and practices from around the world. The reader is treated to historical records and contemporary stories, ancient rituals and current priestess practices that lift up the lives of women everywhere. This book is an opportunity to encounter deeply spiritual women from different religious and cultural traditions who empowering women to celebrate the priestess in all of us. -- Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of Renewed Judaism and Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence
This volume is a veritable witches' cauldron of brewing bits of nourishment and mystery. -- M. Macha NightMare (Aline O'Brien), Witch at Large, author, ritualist, interfaith activist
As you turn these pages, you enter into a Sis-Star-hood guided by a sense of Fierce Compassion. We are traveling deep into the personal and collective experience of our modern day practice. Each in her own presence, these priestesses are influencing a deeper resonance with the divine. I highly encourage you to saturate yourself in this Living Anthology of Priestess Sis-Stars who are gathering, actualizing and sharing what it means to embody the presence, power and position of the Priestess.
In essence, this Anthology reflects what we found on the path of our practices, as we embody the ancient wisdom of the Divine Feminine, we become that wisdom, we must share what we have learned. I Invite you to drink deeply and allow our voices to serve as validation of what you already know in your heART to be true. Whether for a moment, or for many lifetimes, if you feel the call of the priestess, make the time to walk with us as we share our journey's and invite HER to continue to animate our lives. -- Mz. Imani, Ceremonial Musician, Sacred Activist & Shamanic Healer, They Dreamt of Us
Enter this rich labyrinth of wisdom prepared to review every aspect of your own calling as a priestess, from lore to scholarship, scent alchemy to song, personal shadow work to utter jubilation. This is the new required reading for anyone who feels the call to serve in the often misunderstood, always sacred, role of priestess. -- Holli Emore, Executive Director of Cherry Hill Seminary
Stepping into Ourselves captures - in a collage of personal essays, poems and academic works - contemporary women's connection with the divine. The collective voices presented here are a vibrant, harmonious chorus singing the ancient song of the priestess. Use this book on your own journey toward empowerment - for the archetype of the priestess is a powerful template available to us all. -- Lisa Levart, Goddess on Earth- Portraits of the Divine Feminine
This is such a rich and inspiring offering, a wonderful compendium of creative talent, scholarship, spirit, and wisdom. The papers in this anthology combine to illustrate that this world is a sacred place which women may help to heal if we but serve it as priestesses. -- Miriam Robbins Dexter, Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book and Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia
This eclectic collection of personal narratives, poetry, history, guidelines and suggestions provides a wealth of fascinating international perspectives on what it means to be a priestess. As the role is being reconstructed and recreated to fit today's world, this book belongs on the bookshelf of every woman who believes herself to be on the Priestess Path. --Wendy Griffin, Professor Emerita, California State University Long Beach
A book for women who have dared to be religious leaders and Priestesses of the ancient pre-Christian faiths, who, led by some deep mysterious impulse, have travelled forth on their own without role models.
In essays interlaced with feminist rhetoric, each contributor reminds us that these powerful, self-directed women still live in a male society that often seeks to suppress female talents. Despite the obstacles, like stubborn weeds emerging from cracks in cement, the power and grace of these women bleeds through; grieving, healing, celebrating, speaking to the Divine and dancing change into the world.
There are wise words here for those of us who have been burned, and soaring words for those who aspire to step into the title of "Priestess". This book is a balm for those of us who have held positions of power and then still had to carry out the garbage, and find a way to navigate through the deep projections of others. Neophytes and Elders alike will find wise guidance within. -- Ellen Evert Hopman, Herbalist, Druid Priestess, and author of the "Priestess of the Forest" trilogy of Celtic novels and other volumes.