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In Ancient Egypt with the exception of the highest ranking priests, the priesthood was a rotational vocation; for a majority of the year many priests performed what we would consider "secular" jobs. Today the religion isn't large enough to do this. There are priests with full time jobs and a few lucky ones whose full time jobs are being priests with no secular job description.

No matter which temple one belongs to, there are some requirements--in my humble opinion--to being a Priest or Hem Netjer (male) or Hemet Netjer (female). These are:

Personal commitment to the Netjer one Serves

Personal commitment to the faith one is in including knowledge of ritual, myth, trance, divination, worldview, deities, and way of life

Having a Calling

Having a Vocation

Having a secular life (relationships, job etc) that is stable and healthy

Emotionally healthy

Basic counseling skills

Takes responsibility for actions (This does not mean a priest is perfect. Priests will make mistakes. It's the job of anyone, but especially a priest to own up to them.)

It is important to remember that the priesthood is a function, not a person with a power trip, an ego trip or a list of titles. This isn't going to make anyone win the lottery or an easy way to make a living. It's said that being a priest is a thankless job, but it is also a much rewarding one.

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