This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, with consideration to the acceptance of such a position if ever it was offered or even suggested to me. Well, today it was suggested to me and although I was very honoured — quite chuffed actually 😀 — my immediate “gut reaction” was to shy away and decline, feeling that deep down I’m not adequately qualified for such a position. Still, a hard and fast decision doesn’t need to made just yet, and when the right person is chosen for the office of HPs it will be with the blessing of the Clan Council …an agreement among a number of people, including the High Priest and myself as Advisor. Although this HPs position is with an online Dragon Magick Clan, I take the whole idea as seriously as if it was with my “real life” face-to-face Pagan Circle. I know very well that the position of HPs, to do the office and my Clan justice, would require a lot of extra time and effort on top of what I am already doing there and with my local Pagan Circle and I’m not sure I’m prepared to take on any more at this stage.
Even though I have a very good idea of what it takes to be a HPs, being in a “real life” Pagan Circle and also being their Website Manager for nearly 10 years now, I decided to do a bit of research into what would generally be required of a High Priestess and came across the following article which I thought listed the qualities of a HPs rather well. Obviously some modifications would be in order to accommodate the online nature of this particular office and also the fact that it’s for a Draconic Paganism Clan rather than a Wiccan Coven, but overall I think that what’s outlined in the article pretty much sums up what I already had in mind. However, having said that, I don’t really know how the “job description” below fits with the expectations of my Clan …it’s all rather new and still very much in the early stages of redevelopment, having just survived the loss of our previous online home due to a HPs who didn’t really think things through before exercising her “power” and pulling the plug on the website …needless to say we’ve learned a lot from that experience and hope to grow and thrive once more.
Perhaps I am better off remaining in the Clan in my current roles as Admin, Advisor and Elder …HPs might just be the straw that breaks this ol’ dragon’s back, lol. But then again …just maybe I could do this? Hmmm… maybe not. Or perhaps the Dragons will decide for me, one way or the other. 😉
I just remembered too that today is Imbolc here in the southern hemisphere. Imbolc is the time of the beginning of beginnings, the time to consider carefully what you will do with the year stretching before you. Gotta love synchronicity!
What Makes A High Priestess?
Leading By Example
by Erin Dragonsong
A High Priestess is a woman who leads a Coven or a Wiccan ritual. So she will obviously be very knowledgeable about Wicca / Witchcraft.
But there’s a lot more to it.
In Wicca, every practitioner is a Priestess or Priest.
The basic difference between a priestess and a HPs is the knowledge, experience, desire, and ability to give of herself in Wicca and to be of service to others and to the Divine.
The Role of a HPs
High Priestesses have responsibilities. You become a HPs by the performance of these duties, not by choosing the title.
In order to fulfill the responsibilities of a HPs, you will need to be familiar with not only the basics of the Craft, but skilled in…
- Advanced Wicca
- Magick and energy work
- Planning Wiccan rituals
- Event coordination
- People skills
- Conflict Resolution
- Ritual etiquette
- Teaching others
- Channelling and Aspecting the Divine
The Personality of a HPs
There are also personality requirements for the role. Not everyone is cut out to be a HPs, and — just like being president or prime minister — often the people most qualified for the job don’t want it, and the unqualified people are eager for it.
Most novices notice only the glamour and (apparent) power of the position. They don’t notice the hard work and tireless dedication that comes with the job. They also don’t notice that the leader is the one who is serving the Coven or Circle, not the one wielding power.
So a prospective HPs also needs to have certain personal qualifications…
- Solid self-esteem
- Emotional balance
- Respect for others, and the Divine within everyone
- Generosity of spirit
- Vast patience
- Extreme kindness
- Psychological maturity
- A certain amount of social charisma
- Ongoing personal intimacy with the Divine
- The desire to be the Divine’s Handmaiden (rather than, say, always asking the Gods for things, she appreciates the gifts they give her — even the painful ones)
Lest we imagine it’s all honour and glamour, the HPs is also the one in charge of setting up, taking down, and cleaning after a ritual!
Now, there are some differences between traditions.
In British Traditional Wicca, a High Priestess is the female leader of a Coven. This will be the same woman, year after year.
In the New Wicca, a High Priestess is the woman who is leading a ritual, and every ritual can have a different High Priestess.
HPs is not a title that’s normally used among non-BTW or solitary Witches, but technically it can be used by Priestesses with experience in leading Wiccan rituals.
The one thing that is common in every tradition is that a High Priestess is a position of service, not an opportunity for power games.
Article from wicca-spirituality.com/high-priestess.html
Edit: The following night… Tonight I met with my Dark Moon group and we did a guided meditation in which I was shown the name of the person who will become HPs of the Dragon Magick Clan …it will not be me, not this time around anyway. I was shown that this person will retire from the position after a relatively short time and it will be offered to me once more, after which I am to consult my various Dragon Tarot cards for guidance as to whether it is right for me to take up the position at that time. Hmm… interesting. 🙂