The English Oxford Living Dictionaries first definition of “pride” is:
“A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.”
The third definition listed for “pride” is:
Consciousness of one’s own dignity;
definition 3.1 is:
The quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance.
Definition 3.1 is quite contradictory to the other two definitions. This last explanation of the word “pride” is more closely related to “arrogance” than “pride”. Arrogance is the opposite of pride. Arrogance is born of the pain of NOT using your divine gifts to your best ability. It is born of the pain of forsaking one’s divine gifts. And so it is that the sacred gift of language has been defiled. This play upon words has locked us into the spell of not using our gifts to our full potential. If we do not each individually embrace the power of our divine gifts, then humanity will never blossom into a thing of beauty. We will forever be slaves to the dark ones. The time has come to awaken the way of the Goddess—to embrace our gifts and allow them to SHINE. Words are spells—gifts from the guardian’s. Be mindful of them. Be enchanted.
Consult: Arachne: Pride of Persia