QUESTION - Good day, I'm new to this website.. Sadly, I can't find anyone practising Witchcraft here where I live, It is even considered an outlaw action. Anyway, My question is about talking to people about my practising, my parents know that I am interested in Witchcraft, but they don't know if I'm a witch or not. Only few friends whom I trust knows..But for my question, should people know my beliefs? I normally don't like hiding anything I do, and Witchcraft is not something to be embarrassed about.. but as I've told you, getting this known here may cause me a lot of problems. But I've had enough of people talking and preaching to me(as I am an ex-Christian)..So perhaps knowing my true nature will just let them stop annoying me.
What do you think? Thank you.
ANSWER - It very much depends on where you live. In the UK where I live there is very little danger involved in being open about being a witch but in some parts of the world - and I'm thinking Bible Belt America where a fellow witch told me there can be serious repercussions for rejecting Christian values including loss of job and being shunned by the local community - it may be more prudent to practise more covertly.
You say in the additional information provided with your question that you are currently living in Egypt. Egypt is an Islamic country with a significant Christian population and current tensions between the two religions. Unfortunately neither religion is all that keen on witchcraft - that isn't to say that all Christians and Muslims dislike witches, indeed there are open minded members of both faiths - but what it does mean is in that particular tense environment it is probably not a good idea to draw attention to yourself as a practitioner of a path that is frowned upon by most of the population. You have shared your path with a few close friends and that is fine but the more people you tell the more likely to are to draw this unwanted attention which could out you in danger. Also be aware that you are not just putting yourself at risk but possibly your family as well.
This may sound like I am telling you to put your safety before your beliefs but it isn't as simple as that. There are times in the world when people do have to stand up and challenge the status quo - a dictatorship government for example - but this is normally to fight for rights. With witchcraft you do not need to fight for the right to practise it, it can be practised as effectively in secret as it can openly. If you have no reason to
need to fight it seems futile to risk the dangers of doing so
Witchcraft is traditionally a craft of secrecy and this is rather at odds with the modern fashion for being open and honest about everything. There are many benefits in addition to your safety to not being "out" as a witch, primarily that you can practise your work unhindered and uninterrupted and you have the advantage of surprise if you wish to do a working against somebody else.
I understand that when you follow a path that gives you greater insight into the world this is something you want to share with others. However I would caution you against this. Beware of looking outwards for recognition and validation. Validation should come from yourself. If you are serious about walking the path of a witch this is a private achievement and you do not need to share what you do with anybody in order to validate that in your heart you are a witch.
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