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I have a lovely Christian friend at the moment who is hell bent on finding out what I believe at the moment. I'm getting a lot of, 'what's changed?' Questions.

 

I think she would still accept me, but I'm not going to get into it, I don't think. I honestly don't understand why so many people feel that need to verify and pinpoint the exact beliefs of people in their lives complete with an official name for it? It feels very much like, 'well, what ARE you?' The answer is pretty simple; I'm the person I always have been.

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I have a lovely Christian friend at the moment who is hell bent on finding out what I believe at the moment. I'm getting a lot of, 'what's changed?' Questions.

I think she would still accept me, but I'm not going to get into it, I don't think. I honestly don't understand why so many people feel that need to verify and pinpoint the exact beliefs of people in their lives complete with an official name for it? It feels very much like, 'well, what ARE you?' The answer is pretty simple; I'm the person I always have been.

Yeah, i dont get it either...

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A lovely post RG thank you.

 

 

 

Everyone knows my views on religion and my views on energy. My family knows about my spirit work and know that I do spell work but I keep what I do with that private. My rituals are also private.

 

 

 

I dress just like everyone else and although people may think that I am a little bit strange in my views I don't think the idea of me being someone who practices a craft would even enter their minds. I don't live in a deeply religious area and so don't come under any type of scrutiny really. I live on top of a mountain and although there are houses around it is quite rural with lots of forests and valleys. So I guess I am not as open as I thought about the nuts and bolts of my practice when I think about it. As I currently stand in my journey I still don't call myself a witch or identify as one as such but that is just my view, but I do find that my views change often over time as I get ideas from this place and incorporate new things into my practice. I guess I am still evolving and digging away at my own path. I really don't like people telling me what I should and shouldn't do so I would never entertain the idea of a coven but I do love to read what others do on this forum and sometimes I think wow what a fab idea and take elements to adapt to my practice.

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Like many others here, I live in the bible belt in a very conservative county. There is literally a Baptist church on every street corner (and then some). I keep to myself, to put it lightly! No one besides my husband knows what I am, and even he doesn't know everything. I wish I could tell my mother but it would break her heart. She's VERY Christian.

 

But at the same time, I live my life the way I want to. I have a little cottage garden full of herbs and other magical plants. I have a cabinet full of jars of dried plants and potions that I use to make medicine for me and my family. My house is full of plants and rocks and seashells and such. I don't leave esoteric books or tarot cards lying out, but if someone has suspicions or ideas about what I am, then that's fine. I can't concern myself too much with what other people think of me. I have much more interesting things to concern myself with ;)

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If someone shows a serious interest in the occult or witchcraft then I will tell them and give them some pointers if I can. For the most part I keep it to myself, no use in flasing it in peoples faces, I don't need to be burned or martyrd. 

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I too like most here keep it to myself. My partner knows but knows nothing of the how's, why's... I like the secrecy but also I'm a little paranoid of a Molotov cocktail, although highly unlikely!

I am getting to the point though where I'd like a clandestine coven.

 

Turns out I have been seen but had no idea. Last year I was visiting family, me and my mother were performing the red meal in her back garden. I only found out because a few months later her neighbor asked about it. I've spoken to him a few times since then and he hasn't said a word. Apparently he was at the bottom of his garden (this is about 11pm in winter) and we come out. We start our rite and now hes intrigued and nervous so stays at the bottom of his garden in the dark watching. Then doesn't say a word for months :D

Edited by OwlSerpent

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My friends and family know I'm a Witch, I don't hide it but I don't go around spreading the news. Pearls before swine and all that rot! I just tell people I'm interested in the Occult.

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I have been known to be interested in the occult and shamanism for years.  what they dont know is im a full on spell casting witch!  and no one needs to know either, that is my advantage i will keep to myself...

 

I have discussed it only with my best friend who is a shamanic practitioner and generally very helpful and supportive of my path

 

My ex wife knew, and had a habit of bursting in on me during times of ritual, even when she was asleep, i would go off and she would somehow wake up and find me, just give me a dissaproving look and walk off.  not good mojo about it from her.  Sometimes she was interested and other times thought it was bad.  She comes from a highly christianised household and her father is always telling us to find jesus lol.

 

throughout our relationship i never once casted a spell on her, and am very careful to cast spells on people but rather prefer to cast spells that improve myself.  That said one time i got into a bit of an affair like relationship  (not sexual intercourse but everything else) (deeply regret this action) with this girl who was singing with my band.  she was also interested in witchcraft, and i discussed withougt much detail the fact that I am a witch.     

 

Things went sour when she began to interfere with relationship with wife, and cause all kinds of angry and jelous feelings.  I had to banish her presence from my life.  I did a pretty hardcore ritual for this.  nothing hexing against her, but just to remove her presence and all communication from my life.

 

It worked, no kidding 1 week later she actually hitched a ride out of town and has been gone ever since.  fast forward 1 year....

Until my wife left, then despite my better judgement, i actually reached out to her again.  she came back to town to visit, but our metting did not go well lol.... wonder if some of the lingering effects of the spell had anything to do with it.  it was ackward and she left after a few hours instead of staying the weekend as planned.

 

but her feelings on the matter matter not, im on my own path now!

 

sorry for all the unrelated to topic stuff.  just wanting to explain myself to you witches

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I'm sorry things did not go well for you and your wife. It is a tricky thing to deal with. Some people just cannot understand witchcraft and believe that it is evil.

I get all sorts of questions about my pinterest board, it is full of witchy things,spells, pictures, and the like. I figure if you don't like looking at it, don't follow me.

My relatives figure I'm going nuts in my old age. They keep asking me why I like wearing Black, I tell them "If they invent a darker color, I'll wear it".

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I am very private about it.  There are a lot of reason why that works for me.  I am part of one coven and run another one.  Despite this, and teaching various classes, I am very under the radar and I work under a pseudonym.  One non-witchy friend knows about me and that's it.  I run in several circles at once and keep them quite separated.  Generally I think I'll always be of the opinion that it's not something to be advertised.  But to each his own.  So many of my friends are very "out". 

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I am definitely a solitary witch, I always thought hedgewitches were innately solitary but I have heard of a coven of hedgewitches, so just shows each find their own style!

 

I'm out as a witch, definitely, but prefer to keep practice very solitary. I did, when I lived in my previous town at the other end of the country, have a couple of witch friends. They were very different on their paths, but I did enjoy having witches around just because they "got" it and it was good to get insights on different things. I don't have that now and I do miss it. I wouldn't want to join a coven as I feel that wouldn't really suit my practice, but a group to just have a coffee and chat would be nice!

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It's called VantaBlack. It's so dark (black) that it abosrbs everything excpt 0.035% of visible light.

Now that sounds interesting! I will be looking out for that.

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