As a younger generation witch, it is quite complicated to traverse the obstacles of the proper office etiquette. I have to be on professional terms with many people and I am extremely careful about ‘coming out’ at my job. However, once in a while I will meet a coworker who is open and inquisitive. It would be wonderful to reach out to this person, share insights with them, and ask about their own experiences with the Divine. Yet this harder than it might seem. It’s not that I try to hide my belief; I just like to make sure the person I am ‘coming out of the broom closet’ to won’t shut down from shock.
This year on May 2nd, 2011 it will be the very first International Pagan Coming Out Day (link to: http://pagancomingoutday.com). If you are in any situation where you feel comfortable or ready to celebrate your chosen path, then this could be a very good day to do so. If you would like a little magical support for your special day, I have some tips below.
First, I would recommend choosing family or friends or coworkers that are non-judgmental and supportive. It makes it a much easier process when you have people around that won’t have a strong reaction. After some practice it becomes much easier to tell people who aren’t as understanding. Start out with something simple like, “I love to celebrate Nature and its rhythms. In fact, I honor the divinity in all of Nature.”
Second, try to wear some hematite. It is an excellent stone for grounding in any situation. It will help give you the strength you need to speak your truth.
Lastly, try doing a small coming out ritual before telling anyone. Cast a circle and envision yourself living openly Pagan. Imagine people smiling and embracing you for who you are. If you wish, light a blue or white candle for tranquility. It’s always easier to say something special in a non-stressful environment.
I think it is important for Pagans everywhere to celebrate their faith. I hope this day will give us all the confidence to celebrate it openly.
Lady Jessicå, the Moonmaiden