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johnatre
23-10-2011, 10:51 PM
How do you come out of the broom closet to your friends?

How do you come out of the broom closer to your family?

Both of the above questions are extremely related to the Christian side of my set of family and friends. Some might understand. But the ones that I am thinking about letting know, just so I don't have to keep it a secret, it's stressful, are the one's I am NOT financially dependent on.

Please tell me your out of the broom closet story? Thanks

x
Johna

Blooms Bright
24-10-2011, 12:02 AM
I wish I had some solid advice to give you, but instead, I can share my experience. My background: I was raised in a large Italian - Catholic family. My parents were children of the 60's free loving, open minded, musicians. However, we children had to attend mass and CCD classes, and in 9 the grade our confirmation. This was when we the children could chose our path. While I believe in God, I also experienced exposure to nature based practices from elder women in my family. My parents seemed fine as long as it was treated as a novelty, and not a religion. Well, it has been 20 years and I still get random digs on occasion. I refused to engage. I respect and acknowledge their choice, I wish they could be tolerate of mine. Now my husbands family who are devoted Baptist do not like the idea, but will ask questions, they don't get it...LOL...but its OK : )

I am out, but not in your face. If I have items out and about my home, and people want to ask, I will answer simply. This is who I am. I feel much better, to just live, and go about without wondering how people feel. I am still that same person you enjoyed spending time with. Still the same person you asked for advice, and still that same person who shares my garden's cuttings. Still the same, prior to you finding out I'm wiccan.
Just be you, is it necessary to have to come out? If you are true to yourself, you will shine. Family and friends will notice the change, and ask " what's up?" Then you can decide what to share.

I hope that my experience was able to shed some light for you in a positive way. People are interesting individuals. But remember that individuals are what we are. We each bring something unique to the table...or alter...

I wish you all the best along your journey and hope you'll keep us posted.

~as always, Bright Blessings

johnatre
24-10-2011, 02:54 AM
We each bring something unique to the table...or alter...

I wish you all the best along your journey and hope you'll keep us posted.

That was cute :)

And I will try to keep you posted! Thanks for sharing your experience. I was very pleased to read it, you are right about letting them come to ask theirselves, however there are still a few friends I want to tell. Just because we literally tell each other everything.

Blessed be!

Lostgirl
25-10-2011, 03:13 PM
Honestly i dont see why its important for them to know :) If you are worried they wont take it well then i wouldnt tell them - its not their business really!

However if want to tell them then just sit them down and tell them :) Or wait for a more opportune moment...say if they are talking about god or something lol

sesheta
27-10-2011, 04:56 PM
I agree that it's really nobody's business what religion you choose to follow. If you have close friends or family that you choose to tell, then they should support you - or at least accept it. The people who are closest to you should not judge you.
I am a witch myself, but I don't broadcast it. I have items in my house that make it fairly obvious, to anyone who pays attention or has a clue at all what witchcraft is about. The people who do know that I am a witch either thinks it's cool, don't talk to me about it, or will ask questions to understand what it's about, which is nice. If someone asks me, I will answer them and tell them what I believe/follow...but I also respect other people's religions, as well. I don't try to convert anyone to witchcraft, nor do I allow anyone to try to convert me to anything else.
Although I had a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses come to my house one day - distributing flyers, etc....I spoke with them and listened to what they had to say, with respect and civility. But at one point, one of them asked me about what I believe...I came right out and told them I'm a witch...they haven't been back since.

Mind's Eye
27-10-2011, 05:33 PM
You could always fish around for what their thoughts are on the subject. You can do this by saying you know someone at work, or school or somewhere that is a wiccan and they seem to want to be your friend. Or you could say you know someone who is a Christian that is befriending a witch and ask their thoughts on it. I'm sure there is a circle of people that you know that your family and friends aren't that familiar with. That way you could feel them out and take it from there. If everybody is close minded, mean and judging your make believe witch... them maybe you will reconsider your friends and move in another direction with your life that is more accepting.

MoonWillow
27-10-2011, 05:34 PM
I've never had to tell anyone, those that are close to me have picked up on things as time has gone by.

They respect my beliefs and I respect them for that and their beliefs.

MW.

Patrone
27-10-2011, 09:16 PM
Some things are best kept to ones self..politics and religion have no place at the dinner table my mom used to say..

Dream Angel
28-10-2011, 12:29 AM
Some things are best kept to ones self..politics and religion have no place at the dinner table my mom used to say..

not all conversations take place at the dinner table :D

Dream Angel
28-10-2011, 12:37 AM
here's a subtle idea ~
take advantage of the season of Halloween, find a decorative Halloween sign that says " Witches gather here " and hang it up, along with a few other Halloween decorations. Whose to say it isn't just a decoration ? :D

I have a strong connection to the Angels, and I like Halloween decorations. I did find such a sign as mentioned above and bought it. I hung it in my living room as a Halloween decoration and I had a few friends over who were suddenly speechless ! :icon_eek: :D

I just smiled :smile: and let them wonder

Dream Angel xx

norseman
28-10-2011, 08:09 AM
Why use silly "Halloween" ? Use the proper festival name "Samhain". :smile:

Dream Angel
28-10-2011, 09:42 AM
Why use silly "Halloween" ? Use the proper festival name "Samhain". :smile:

Pardonnez moi !

the corrected version is .....

take advantage of the season of Samhain find a decorative Samhain sign that says " Witches gather here " and hang it up, along with a few other Samhain decorations. Whose to say it isn't just a decoration ? :D

I have a strong connection to the Angels, and I like Samhain decorations. I did find such a sign as mentioned above and bought it. I hung it in my living room as a Samhain decoration and I had a few friends over who were suddenly speechless ! :icon_eek: :D

I just smiled :smile: and let them wonder

Dream Angel xx

Dream Angel
28-10-2011, 10:00 AM
Decisions, decisions ! :tongue:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a20/bonjour2005/001-1.jpg

manna8288
28-10-2011, 02:49 PM
^^^^ That is to cute!

Odo'ital
01-11-2011, 11:11 PM
I have a similar problem. I have friends that will jump down my throat if I take the lords name in vain the dimmest way. Same for one the ones that would try to "SAVE" me. I can't stand the fact that some people are so closed minded to Wicca. If anything Wicca is the most laid back religion Ive ever come across. They don't force it upon anyone and are the most tolerant to other religions then any other group Ive come across. "Do what you will, so long as it harms none" seems fitting here.

Odo'ital
01-11-2011, 11:14 PM
[QUOTE=Dream Angel]Decisions, decisions ! :tongue:



I like the one on the far left. :D looks like the type of brooms my mother makes for her living history events.

Dream Angel
02-11-2011, 02:18 AM
thanks manna and Odo'ital :smile: I like the second broom from the right .

Flowers1992
02-11-2011, 07:55 PM
I havent fully come out of the broom closet, I havent told my parents, they would be discriminatory towards my beliefs and just would not understand. However, I have come out to my friends and all the new people I have met in uni. Normally during chats about religion, my boyfriend has recently become a christian and so my friends have asked 'what do you believe' to which I reply. TBH you dont tend to sit them down, it just kinda comes out, when you say 'happy samhain' rather than Halloween etc.
But if you dont want to tell them, don't. I am not planning on telling my family any time soon, but thats ok, as I know what and who i am, and thats all that matters.

Goodluck, I hope my ramblings helped.

Blessed be

xxx