Just doing a short prompt tonight, on openness, as I’m on vacation and had to write several posts ahead of time. Are you totally open about who you are and what you do? Or do you hide all or parts of your pagan/heathen life from certain individuals or groups?
Have you told your:
- significant other?
- extended family?
- the rest of the world?
If you want to answer my prompt, you can do so
- here, as a comment
- on your own blog
- on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc)
Just remember to leave a comment with your link, or tag me, if you use social media. I’d love to read your answer. I’ve been completely open since I stumbled onto this path, back in 1994. I’ve told friends, family, co-workers and employers, and I’ve never had a single problem!
The only one I never told was my paternal grandmother. The reason for this is that she was the only devout Christian in our entire family, and it would have hurt her. She passed in 2003, so now I can say that everyone knows.
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Half and half. I don’t go around advertising that I am pagan, but if asked will say yes. My sister is also pagan, so she knows. My mother knows, our other relatives know we are no longer Catholic but are afraid to ask what we practice now 🙂 They don’t want to know!! Most of my friends are pagan at this point.
Probably a good way to go. I’m extremely open about it, but I don’t push it up into the face of people who aren’t.
Hello, my post for O was also about openess so I had to say hello and post a reply.
For me I have not ‘come out’ and it is pretty hard. I actually married into a devoted christian (as you put it) family and I even teach christian homeschool. I think if I come out to my family they would be more proud then anything, me coming from a native background. Natives are pretty much labeled as a pagan based religion.
I am very scares to come out to my husband most of all though but I am just doing my homework first before I say anything but I’m pretty sure he suspects because I am reading a pagan book at the moment and he has been it yet not asked any questions at all so I think he may not be sure what to say. But I have come out on my blog and hoping to use that as my outlet! Happy blogging!
The best of luck to you. I hope he’ll be mature about it.
I’ll start out by saying that I see religion as a private thing. When I was a christian, I never shouted about it, and I don’t wear my paganism on my sleeve either. I know you don’t do that either, I just wanted to say it because I know some people are very in-your-face about their religion*. So I don’t wear a pentagram or anything.
I’m completely open about my religion* though, so most people around me know. If someone asks I’ll not lie to them, and I’m happy to talk about witchcraft to people who are interested. I mean, my website is there for everyone to see 🙂
*I call it religion from its origin, Latin re-ligere, reconnection. I don’t use “spirituality” as much because that seems to only refer to the spirit, while my practice encompasses mind, body, soul, and spirit equally.
Thanks Sibylle 🙂 I mostly refer to my path as a tradition, as it’s more than a religion to me 🙂 Although the original meaning of the word is very fitting.