Well, I’m a bit thick skinned to be honest, I don’t really notice it.
I’m also very lucky because there is very little prejudice in the UK where I live and people tend to be interested rather than judgemental. It goes without saying that my family and personal friends are supportive (I obviously wouldn’t bother with them if they weren’t) and I find that most people I meet have an open mind to what witchcraft means in the modern world. That said, probably 95% of the people I meet on a day to day basis don’t know I’m a witch. I don’t wear a badge advertising it. I have a couple of subtle signs that people sometimes pick up on – I wear a pentacle and I usually have a piece of crystal on my desk, but when I’m at work I’m paid to do a job, not to talk about witchcraft. And I think that’s a relevant point, there is a growing number of quite militant witches who insist on forcing their beliefs down the throat of everybody they meet. It goes against the traditional idea of secrecy inherent in being a witch. A witch content with her craft and her abilities has no need to validate herself by sharing her personal beliefs with everyone she meets. A subtle sign here, a nod there, a glimpse of recognition is enough, you don’t have to be obvious and you certainly don’t have to jump on a soap box waving a placard and shouting rights for witches. Secrecy has always been prized in the craft and you can bet your savings account that the witches doing the real magic are the ones keeping quiet about it.
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