In the world of alternative spirituality in which many of us operate, there is a often a general assumption that “we are all priestesses or priests of the Deities.” While I am sympathetic to that position…and I believe I understand the underlying reason for the position, I don’t fully agree with it. I believe we all have the potential to be priestesses or priests. And I believe we can all have a personal relationship with the Deity or Deities of our choice.

However, being a priestess or priest involves a particular kind of relationship—and I believe, a worthwhile one if you find yourself attracted to Isis.

Some of you already may be a formal priestess or priest of a particular Deity or a particular tradition, so you may have done some thinking on this topic. Others of you may decide, sometime in the future, that you’d like to have a deeper, more formal relationship with Isis as Her priestess or priest.

So what does it mean to be a priestess or priest of Isis? The easy answer is that it means different things to different people. The hard answer is that you have to figure out what it means to you.

Yet how do we go about doing that?

I usually like to start with history. What has it meant to be a priestess or priest of Isis? In these next few posts, I’ll give you a quick intro to some of the things we know about ancient priestesses and priests of Isis, then we’ll talk about ways we can discover for ourselves what it may mean to us today.