What Does It Mean To Be Clergy? by Ember Cooke

There’s a long standing joke among Wiccans:

“How can you tell which is the High Priestess in a coven of witches?”

“She’s the one with the broom!”

It’s only funny if you get the unspoken visual of said broom being used to physically clean out the space before and after the ritual takes place. In other words, you can tell who the clergy are by who is getting the mundane work done.

When I tell people I’m clergy, they almost never ask me what that means in my case or tradition. They tend to assume they know. And much of the time, their assumptions work well enough, really. But not always. Even within a single tradition, there can be many kinds of clergy, and we don’t all do the same things.