“I don’t know any pagans”

I have heard people say this to me and mostly I think they are wrong. They do know pagans they just don’t know they are pagan because you know we don’t all walk around in flowing robes all the time.

maybe you only talk to people of your faith (in which case you’re not reading this) but if you talk to other people I am pretty sure you know a pagan. So while the pagan community struggles with how we can go about coming out of the broom closet to be a fully respected religion maybe you can go about thinking why a pagan might not feel comfortable telling you they are in fact pagan? Figure it out and change it.

Be the kind of person that is loving and open an accepting. Be the type of person that ask questions instead of makes accusations. Be a true friend. Treat others the way you want to be treated and maybe you will find out you know a pagan or two.

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  1. I know you are right, we all know pagans who don’t share their religion.
    On my best day, I can be a Pagan who discusses religion briefly by listening and answering a question, then referring someone to a good book. I don’t want to crusade, or really even talk religion most of the time- I don’t enjoy religious or political debate.

    I do feel strongly though that putting an approachable face on the Pagan community is a role I should always do. I always answer questions about my jewelry or holiday plans briefly, well and directly. And though I keep my answer brief I smile and make sure I indicate that I am GLAD to be asked.

    As we all do, I choose my moments, more frequently with each passing year. A few years ago I added a policy of making a point to stop and admire a piece of jewelry or a tattoo that indicates a Pagan life and add “Blessed Be” as I say good bye. This usually seems to happen in retail settings and has gotten the interest of more than one shopper near by.

    Then that shopper knows TWO pagans! One with a tattoo and one who looks like a suburban schoolteacher!

  2. Yes, I agree that paying compliments to jewelry or another form of adornment is an excellent way to open doors of communication. And sometimes we give off signals to others without realizing it. In my case, I got carried away with wearing herbs in my hair and amber earrings at an herb fair. I had no idea that I was wearing my “colors” until one like-minded lady dropped me a compliment. I wasn’t ready to identify myself yet, but the lady was persistent and dropped another comment. By sharing my knowledge of crystals (or in this a resin), I came out to her, in a tongue in cheek fashion.

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