A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood: Community Leadership and Vocation

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From the Introduction...
What is a Pagan Priest?

If you were to ask ten different Pagans what the word meant, I can pretty much guarantee you’d get ten different answers, and that can even be from practitioners who are coming from a similar culture, or possibly even a similar tradition! Most of the modern definitions of Paganism though, would be along the lines of ‘a polytheistic, or pantheistic, nature worshipping/earth based spiritual practice’. There or thereabouts...

A Priest, in the context of Paganism, is a person who honours a Deity or Deities, performs religious ceremonies, rites and duties, and administers sacraments - which are anything of sacred significance. They may or may not be ‘ordained’ or initiated within a particular tradition, and they may or may not hold legal status as such in the home country or state.  

From the Introduction...
Who is this Book for?

I’ve written this for those of you who are considering taking this step, and are taking it seriously, because, like me, you’ve seen the harmful consequences of those who do not take the role and responsibility of Priesthood seriously enough (or, conversely, take it way too seriously, and use it primarily as an ego prop). If you’re trying to decide whether you want whatever Priesthood is going to mean for you, then this is the book for you.

If you’re already a Priest though, don’t turn away. This is also for those of you who have considered yourselves Priests, or been considered by your community as Priests, for a while now. In every job, continuous professional development and upskilling is ideal, and often necessary to fulfil your role even adequately and make sure you are up to the demands of those you serve or work for.

From the Introduction...
How I Came to be Writing this

Parts of this work you might find in various other books on leadership, and from other Pagan traditions, but I haven’t ever seen it all together in this way. And given the problems within our communities, and out there in the modern world, I see a powerful need for us to speak from a common standard and baseline, and make sure our Deities have the honouring that they need, and our people have the leadership that we need. Especially when dealing with authority, or standing in the public eye, so that we are taken seriously and treated with the respect we deserve as individuals. So that we can continue as a force for good in a rapidly changing world. So that we develop a new generation of strong, aware, responsible and accountable leaders, in our groups and in the larger communities.

About the Author

Lora is an Author, Teacher, and Guide: native born Irish, with 20+ years personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. Publications include - Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch, 2004; A Practical Guide to Irish Spirituality, 2013; Rathcroghan - a Journey, 2015; Tales of Old Ireland - Retold, 2018; and Pagan Priesthood, Llewellyn 2019.

She is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality. Lora has been consciously following a Pagan path since 1994, and dedicated specifically to the Irish Goddess Mórrígan in 2004. She managed one of Ireland's most important sacred sites - Cruachán/Rathcroghan - for a decade, and is a co-founder and Reverend legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland. 

With her partner, Jon O'Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag), she runs EelandOtterPress.net, and the IrishPaganSchool.com - an online learning environment where you can connect to the heritage, culture and spirituality of Pagan Ireland in an authentic and meaningful way, every day. Lora has 3 children, who are getting seriously grown up these days, and not enough animals or plants in her life to keep her happy. 

Rev. Lora O'Brien

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