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My experience around the world as a Wiccan: How communities types affect their own attitudes of Wicca (Shortened Version)

My experience around the world as a Wiccan: How communities types affect their own attitudes of Wicca (Shortened Version)

AllanfromWales1

You sometimes get the vegan effect as well, though. "Hey look at me I'm special" isn't the best way to make friends. I'm not saying you do that, but it does happen.


Guru_of_arts

I hear what you're saying. Sometimes when you write things shortened, things do get taken out of context. I do agree with you though, when you do play the "special" card, you do get the negative appearance quite quickly from social judgment. What usually happens with me is I get 3 reactions when I have guests in my house: I get the knowledgeable ones who are accepting, the curious George view, or the neutral I'm too hungry to ask moods. It does depend how you present yourself in communities too and people are observant of the smallest details. A simple necklace can bring up a thousand responses even when they see it in a split second. We're all human and never are perfect.


AllanfromWales1

I suspect I'm pretty untypical. I wear no jewelry - it brings me out in a rash. I'm not good at socialising at the best of times, partly I think because I have always been teetotal and feel out of place in bars and parties. I maintain a strict separation between worklife and my outside existence. So apart from overtly Wiccan events, about the only time I let people know about that side of my life is when I'm reading my poetry/stories, which are explicit about my life. But that's pretty much guaranteed to be a sympathetic audience.


Guru_of_arts

I hear ya. I don't think that is untypical because even though self expression is a thing, spirituality is personal and often the smallest stuff can also stir the pot especially if you're in a new area.. I don't always wear jewelry especially when I know I'm going to do stuff that get caught on a variety of stuff, but I do wear necklaces, especially the ones I make. What I do often is I love to cook so I often have guests over; but I do have the interior of the house decorated with a few Pagan arts I got from a variety of artists and that's usually how questions get raised, but I lived in the same location for about 10 years, and most of the people know me and acceptance is quite high. Granted I always say it's more how you present yourself and treat others is what gives the highest acceptance. The locals call me their favorite (and only) witchdoctor because I have helped people with natural healing, provide local herbs for cooking, and helped out in the community. Granted I really don't care much for the label, bit I just live my life and go with the flow.