We as Pagans and Witches have a hard time because of stereotyping and society not really having the knowledge to accept us for who we are. To help counter-act this I stepped out of the “broom closet” many years ago. Sometimes this is a good thing and I can enlighten others on what a witch/pagan really is. Other times I get called names and told I will be rotting in hell. Well since I do not believe in a hell as the Christians and many other mainstream religions do this doesn’t really bother me. You know those people that coming knocking on your door or stand at railroad stations and other places to tell you the “Good News” complete pamphlets? When they come to my door or approach me somewhere I tell them, with my pentacle in full view, “I will happily listen to you about your beliefs if when you are through you listen to me about mine.” Most of the time I get a strange look but every once in a while someone will actually listen to me. Some of those that have listened have walked away from our encounter looking at witchcraft and/or paganism in a brand new way.
While I realize not everyone is comfortable as I am with openly being pagan and every individual needs to come out of the “broom closet” when they feel ready to. I ask you this one question, “Have you truly admitted to yourself that you follow a nature based religion and have a belief in the duality of Gods and Goddesses?” If you have done this you have made your first small step out of hiding in the “broom closet” and becoming an ambassador for others to make that step and to enlighten people not knowledgeable about The Craft and Paganism.
Blessed be dear ones.