Recently I discovered that one of my friends has been involved in and interested in Pagan/Occult matters for many years. This wasn’t an absolute shock to me…I was however a little disappointed that I hadn’t asked him about it sooner or that
neither of us had been more open among our friends about our faith or practice.
We had a good conversation last night over a game of cards
regarding sources and books for magic(k)al practices, what we are practicing, and a little more. I kept thinking to myself that maybe I’m not as open about my faith as I could be. I’ve
been a pagan for most of my adult life, I’ve been Pagan for more of my life than not, but I can literally count on one hand the number of close friends and family members who know or who have known that I am a Pagan.
I’m a private person, and Paganism/Occultism is something I’ve learned to not advertise. Though I am fairly active in our
own community I don’t broadcast my faith, and more and more I’m analyzing why those who may not be represented in the mainstream culture feel obligated to shelter parts of their lives from the criticism of others.
For the most part I don’t hide anything from anyone, but I’m wondering these days if simply not overtly avoiding the conversation is enough. If we have faith are we doing it justice, or living it honorably if it’s a hush hush topic?
I’ve put that behind me. For awhile now I’ve been committed to not hiding any aspects of my life, I don’t go on Facebook or Youtube and broadcast my life choices to the entire world, but I have been making a more conscious choice not to limit interactions regarding my faith.