I am known as The Gypsy Priestess by women world-wide, and by the online communities I am part of as writer, teacher, guide, facilitator and Priestess..
It is also the persona of my business: Goddess of the Gypsy Moon.
It represents who I AM on many levels.
The Gypsy Priestess is my chosen name.
It was a gift to my self; a gift of re-claiming my power,
my soul song, and my true essence.
However, throughout the years I have been asked
why I chose the name 'GYPSY PRIESTESS'.
I am a High Priestess of the Goddess Inanna.
For those unfamiliar with the term priestess,
I will simply quote Dara McKinley whom I believe sums it up precisely:
"A priestess is a woman who helps others connect to the Divine
so that they can heal and actualize their soul’s path."
I am a Priestess.
I am a Gypsy.
This Gypsy Proverb has been my life motto:
"We are all wanderers on this earth.
Our hearts are full of wonder,
and our souls are deep with dreams."
The word 'gypsy' has been a source of contention because some have used it as a racial slur. As is plain to see by my words throughout my website and elsewhere
online, I use the word gypsy and the name Gypsy in a respectful, non-derogatory manner, without pejorative, and with absolutely no ethnic connection implied.
I honor and love and respect all peoples, cultures and religions.
I call myself Gypsy, not others.
Choosing The Gypsy Priestess as my name was with sacred intention.
It is personally meaningful and an appropriate representation of who I am
I relate profoundly to the energy/archetype of gypsy for many reasons:
* My home is contained within my soul.
* My roots grow tangled within, rather than without.
* I am a free spirit; bohemian in style.
* Gypsy is a title I was given due to my lifestyle;
it has nothing to do with blood, heritage or religion,
though my bloodline is ancient and my DNA attests to my origins as such.
I have never lived in any home longer than five years
and, throughout my life, mostly dwelling in one place for only one or two years.
* I claim with honor the gypsy energy/essence as my own.
Someone once responded to the above explanation thus:
'The same could be said for a soldier, seaman or a multitude of
other persons; having itchy feet hardly connects you to the Rom.'
To which I replied:
But I am not a soldier, nor a seaman ....
(I laugh at 'itchy feet', as mine are not - I often long for a 'forever' home,
only circumstances have never allowed me to remain in one house,
relationship, or sacred space for very long).
I mean no offense, disrespect, or harm by using the name Gypsy Priestess.
It is, for me, a true representation of who I am on my sacred path.
I claim no religion, other than LOVE.
I follow the Goddess by choice
and seek only to share my self in love, with others.
A Roman man wrote:
“No true Roma actually care nor do we find the term offensive.”
But, I've been told, "a real Rom would find it extremely insulting"...
Perhaps it will further help to define the meaning of the word.
If you look up the definition of gypsy, it lists several meanings,
a.) gypsy - One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life.
b.) a person held to resemble a gypsy, especially in physical characteristics
or in a traditionally ascribed freedom
or an inclination to move from place to place.
c.) Gypsy has several different and overlapping meanings under English Law.
Under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960
Gypsies are defined as "persons of nomadic habit of life,
whatever their race or origin..."
d.) informal - a nomadic or free-spirited person.
e.) a member of a race of wandering people.
f.) a person with a career or way of life that’s itinerant or unconventional
Each and every one of these descriptions apply to me, personally!
Yet, the word gypsy as an intransitive verb was my inspiration.
If you had a question or problem regarding my use of the name
I hope my explanation has set your mind at ease, beloved.
If you are still offended by my use of 'Gypsy' I ask: Why?
and, invite you to have a conversation with me.
Love and Infinite blessings.
Leesa, the Gypsy Priestess
The Gypsy Priestess
A wise woman wrote:
Every Woman needs a little Gypsy in her Soul..
There is, I think in all Women,
a Wild and an Ancient Gypsy
who cries in anguish when we starch her flat.
There is a part of us that can never, ever be happy
until the Gypsy can Dance!
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
John Matthews in The World Atlas of Divination
refers to gypsies as "Wise Women."