If you’ve ever been turned on, or turned off by the word “Priestess”

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I have a crazy story to tell you.

A little over a year and a half ago I started to participate in priestess mysteriums which follow the teachings of the 13 Moon Mystery School with my therapist turned spiritual mentor Elayne Kalilia Doughty.  The mysteriums last four days and each day is dedicated to a different female archetype like The Great Mother, The Priestess, The Wise Woman, The Primal Goddess, etc, etc.  We created a temple space around the archetype and it’s all very witchy, trippy, and cool.

So on the third day of our first mysterium Kalila guided us through a meditation for us to receive “the keys to our lineage” which essentially are the gifts we carry within us.  I had no idea what to expect and was honestly a little skeptical.

I mean I could conceivably see anything and convince myself it was a “gift”. How was I supposed to know my mind wasn’t playing tricks on me?

But I lied down on the floor and gave it my best shot.

Kalila started off with some music and a meditation and I very quickly drifted into a new space.  In front of me I saw a stone building, much like a small church overgrown in vines as if no one had been there for centuries.  I parted the vines like a curtain and stepped into a long hallway.  Sun streaked through the small windows and shimmering shadows on the floor.  At the end of the hallway was a heavy wooden door that I pushed open to reveal the most gorgeous room I had ever been in.

The room was small, about the size of a typical living room with a pool in the middle, small windows along the west and east walls, and a huge glass painted window on the north wall facing me.  Every surface – the floors, the walls and the ceiling – were covered in white, black, green, and blue tiles in different patterns and shapes. What surprised me the most was how many jewish stars there were.  There was one above every window, they wove together to create a pattern on the floor and most notably, the pool was shaped like the six pointing Jewish Star of David.

In that moment, my mind took over and wondered, am I jewish or something?  I wasn’t exactly the poster child of organized religion lying here on the floor in a temple dedicated to the Priestess wearing a moon crown on my head, but I went with it…I stepped into the star-shaped pool of turquoise water and felt this incredible feeling of ease and energy pulsing through every cell of my body.  If you’ve had a spiritual experience like this where you just knew something life-changing is happening, then you know the feeling I’m talking about it.

As I was wading, a huge white owl swooped in through the large open window, handed me a key with another star silversmithed onto the handle and said, “your gift is your heart knowing”.

I waded in the pool, staring at the key, wondering what “heart knowing” actually meant.  I had never heard those two words mentioned together, and they didn’t make sense to me.

When I came out of the meditation we were asked to draw our keys and write down the gift that was revealed to us.

About an hour later Kalila gave us the 13 Moon Mystery School deck of cards (similar to Tarot) to work with.  The cards either have a picture of a female archetype or one of the tools she uses to do her work in the world.  I unwrapped the deck, held it my hands and pulled out a single card.

This is the card I pulled.

I nearly passed out.

Can you see the jewish stars?  And there it was, clear as day: Heart Knowing.

Crazy. Creepy. Weird. Coincidence?  No way.


From that moment on, I was hooked.  Never had I encountered a practice so rich in the divine feminine, so magical and so real… to me at least.  The divine winks kept happening, leading me on the path of the wise woman and her tool, heart knowing.

I was recently interviewed by Kalila about the work we’ve done together and being on the path of the wise woman, and I would love to share it with you today.  You can listen here:

Here’s the deal, everyone connects with the divine in different ways, this way is mine, at least for right now (I am always open to things changing) and if anything about this post tickles your toes, I invite you to look further. There may be some magic here for you.



P.S. I truly believe in the power of Kalila’s work and as an affiliate for her program, I may earn a commission if you choose to enroll based on my recommendation.

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