Do I feel different now? Yes and no. I said beforehand that it felt part like a continuation of something that already existed, and part like something wholly new, and that feeling persists after the fact as well.
Any additional authority I have now is minimal at best. I can perform certain ceremonies, but only with the dispensation of my Bishop. I have limited supervisory capacity. Not that much has changed in regards to what I can actually *do*.
For the extent of my time as a Novice (over four years), I have been lifting my hands to the heavens and proclaiming "I am a Priestess." Now certainly I do not need affirmation or approval from any outside source for that to be true. Now, however - the Church, the material manifestation of the energy and archetypes that I choose to work with, has taken my outstretched hands, and said "Yes, you are."