QUESTION: What is the best way to practice Wicca while living with people who do not accept wicca and won’t allow anything wicca related into the house?
ANSWER: I’m going to presume here that you’re in the situation where you are unable to move from where you are living to somewhere more amenable to your beliefs and that you need to keep your practice a secret. Don’t be disheartened though, there are ways to keep up your practice!
It goes without saying that to maintain your practice without those you live with picking up on it, its important that you respect their beliefs too and its probably best if you don’t tell people they know about your practice either to make sure it stays a secret and doesn’t get back to them somehow.
Some of the tools used in Wicca are quite ordinary objects or are things that you can keep as a collection or have another kind of interest in such as herbs and crystals. You can be interested in herbs for cooking and gardening without any magical connotations and the same goes for crystals and an interest in geology and the science that goes with it.
If you keep one, you can disguise your Book of Shadows as a private journal, or if you are worried even that will be discovered then consider keeping it on a phone or tablet or uploading it to cloud storage. Rather than buying real books, try looking for online places of learning and research as there are thankfully now many available sources on the subject. If you don’t have access to a digital device, or like me you really do just love books, then you can always visit book shops and libraries instead.
Setting up an altar might be a challenge - but it can be done small and simply. For example, I have a tiny shelf next to my bed that is my smallest altar and all it has on it is a small, white candle. To anyone else it’s just a pretty candle but to me it’s a sacred space where I can do magic, send healing and generally communicate with my inner self or my deities.
I feel that the most important thing to remember though is that none of the above are really that important. You don’t need herbs and crystals, nor do you need an altar or the things that are traditionally included on it to be a practising Wiccan. What you need most of all is you and the things you learn along the way so maybe, at least for now, don’t worry about the physical tools that many describe as needed to be a Wiccan and focus on your own development through the things you can access outside of their sphere of influence.
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