I told one of my closest friends in the entire world what I do for a living. You’re probably wondering why this close friend did not know that I was a witch, since it is something that I live daily in my life. My friend lives in Australia and although we have been close (through email, video and phone) we have actually never met in person, though we have known each other for almost ten years.
Thus, my dear friend did not know that I was out of the broom closet.
I told him today.
It was 4 am in Melbourne, Australia, when he called me, 2 pm my time. He couldn’t sleep. He was jazzed about a writing project we are working on together (I may be a witch as a profession, but I still write as a profession too!).
After the shock (only a mild shock as my friend is very open-minded), he went to my site and saw for the first time what I have been doing on the web for the past few years.
He was characteriscally cool about the whole thing (as I knew he would be), yet he may or may not have totally understood what it means to be a practicing witch. I was clear however that I was not Wiccan, as he well knows I am Buddhist and that kind of confused him.
Telling people what I do is a rarity. You don’t just pop-in to the local coffee-clatch and say oh yeah, I’m a witch. That will get a big cross burnt on your lawn in this neck of the woods.
When people ask me locally what I do for a living, I tell them I have some websites that I run and that I write, both of which are true. I don’t give out the site name of my spell site or of this blog.
My father, although aware of my metaphysical background had no idea what I was doing for a living when I told him about a year ago. His was response was similar as when I told him I became Buddhist. He told me not to sign anything. I tried to convince him that this wasn’t Scientology.
My dear friend in Australia (who already confirmed that he believed me to be quite a kook as it was) thought that in terms of a creative business it was brilliant. I left out the the witchy aspects which I felt from Australia he would have difficulty grasping. Not the dancing naked around a bonfire thing though.
I actually think he would quite well understand that and in fact, probably encourage it!