The Gypsy Priestess is who I am in relationship with other women
and the public; as teacher, guide, facilitator and sistar.
It is the persona of my business: Goddess of the Gypsy Moon,
and the name I use on my facebook page.
It represents who I AM on many levels.
...However, throughout the years I have been asked
why I chose the name 'GYPSY PRIESTESS'.
The Gypsy Priestess is, indeed, my chosen name.
It is a gift to my self; a gift of re-claiming my power,
my soul song, and my true essence.
I am a High Priestess of the Goddess Inanna.
For those who may not know what a priestess
is, 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."
Because the word 'gypsy' has been the source of contention with some who
claim that it is a racial slur, I will express my sacred intent in choosing
this name and why it is meaningful and appropriate to me.
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.
* I claim with honor the gypsy energy/essence as my own.
Someone once responded to the above explaination 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.
If you are offended by my use of 'Gypsy'
(as 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, including:
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.
I hope this explanation has set your mind at ease, dear one, if you
had a question or problem regarding my use of 'the Gypsy Priestess'.
And, as the wise woman says:
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
Love and Infinite blessings.
the Gypsy Priestess, Leesa