February 23, 2021 1 Comment
Let’s be real; not everyone can be open about witchcraft. Whether it’s due to living with a religious family or just not being entirely comfortable with sharing your practice, we get it. Sometimes it’s not in the cards, and other times you just aren’t ready. Either way, it’s totally okay. Your beliefs are yours and yours alone and you should never feel like you have to do anything in regards to expressing them to others. However, just because your beliefs may be kept a secret doesn’t mean pursuing them has to disappear from your life. In fact, there’s actually a ton of different ways that you can safely practice and learn about witchcraft in secret.
Today, we’re going to discuss everything having to do with the broomcloset, including a few ways you can practice in secret, and a few careful tips on how to leave the closet (if you’re ready). So, if you’re ready to talk all things magical and witchy, let’s dive in and get started.
What is the “broomcloset”?
To start, we first wanted to clarify, what does it really mean to be in the “broomcloset”? Well, just as how you’ve probably heard the term ‘coming out of the closet’ in regards to sexuality, this is the same thing, but with witchcraft. This term refers to someone who is interested in or practices witchcraft and hasn’t told anyone about it quite yet.
Sadly, not everyone has the privilege of growing up with a family history of a long line of witches, where such things are embraced and openly accepted by those around you. And that’s okay, but it’s also always important to never judge or put down other witches who didn’t grow up with this family history and aren’t able to come out. Being in the broomcloset isn’t always a choice; sometimes, people literally cannot come for their own safety (such as religious conflicts). Therefore, as witches, we must always be sympathetic towards those in our magical community and help each other the best we can to learn, grow, and excel on our path of magick. Think of the witch community as a coven - we all have our part, we all have our own unique abilities, and we all have our different backgrounds, but we are all equal nonetheless and should always work to help each other and lift each other up if we wish to succeed as a whole. Therefore, if you are a witch that is open in your craft, lend a hand if you are able to those who may be struggling or who are in need of guidance. Your kindness and understanding may be the biggest support they will receive in this community. Never forget that.
With that said, for those in the broomcloset, there are still a number of magical ways you can learn more about witchcraft and develop your skills further while keeping it a secret. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite ways.
5 Tips for how to practice while in the broomcloset
First of all, the most important thing to know as a closeted witch is that the internet will always be your best friend. From blogs to forums, youtube to ebooks, the online witch community is awesome and is full of a plethora of information you can take in in secret. And the best thing is, you can always hide your internet history, so no one will ever know what you’re looking at. So research your little witchy heart away and take comfort in knowing you have nothing to worry about.
Next, believe it or not, even if you’re in the broomcloset, you can still create an altar. For those of you who may not know, an altar is a space in which you focus your craft and magical workings. This is typically where you keep crystals, herbs, statues, and other magical objects to boost the power of your magick. Many people utilize a bookshelf or table for this, but honestly, you can make your altar as small as you want. For many closeted witches, a mint tin is often used as an altar and is decorated with tiny crystals, drawings, herbs, and so forth. Believe it or not, you could even create an altar on your phone by creating a photo album of your favorite crystals, sigils, and witchy setups and set aside a section on your phone for witchy apps. Truly, as with anything in witchcraft, it’s always about your intention, so whether it’s physical or digital, your altar space is always what you make it!
Another great way to practice in secret is getting to know herbs in cooking. Yes, we know that you may not be able to have a collection of herbs in your room, but no one will bat an eye if you’re using parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in your dinner! Not only that but depending on the dish you make, it’s a great way to also work with the elements, as well as send specific energies into the food you’re making to cast them into your reality. Overall, it’s truly a win-win for a witchy soul and something you can work with daily.
Spend time in nature
Another great way to get in touch more with your craft in secret is to spend more time in nature. Whether that’s walking the family dog, going hiking, or just sitting out in the sun, time spent outside is never wasted, and it can also help you connect better with the earth and all the magic it has to offer. You may even find stones or leaves that call to you in the process that you can collect and keep in a mini altar tin.
And lastly, you can easily add powerful sigils and symbols to your beauty routine. This can be done through drawing the shapes and symbols on your body with makeup, lotion, or even in the shower with water to help embrace their energy. The best thing about this tip is that there will be zero evidence left of these marks afterward, so you’ll be supercharged with these powerful sigils and totally free from any worry!
5 Tips for leaving the broomcloset
Now, as we mentioned above, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with staying in the broomcloset and you should never feel like you have to come out. However, for those witches that are looking for some advice on how to leave the broomcloset, either partially or fully, there are a few tips that can help you do so that we wanted to share with you.
To start, before you come out as a witch, ask yourself what is your personal goal with it. Why do you feel the need to come out? Whether it’s to feel more like yourself and embrace your personal power or to simply educate people on the misconceptions of witchcraft, think of what you truly wish to get out of it first. Take some time beforehand to write this down to help you gather your thoughts and how you do want to express yourself about your beliefs when you come out. This will make it a lot easier to explain to friends and family if they have questions about your beliefs and interests and why you feel drawn to this path overall.
Next, remember, if you decide to come out, you don’t have to come out all at once. Instead of announcing it across social media, perhaps confiding in a close friend is the first step to coming out for you. Some witches will tell their family, but never their workspace or friends but never their family. Either way, it’s okay, and coming out to a selected group of people will help you to ease the discomfort of feeling like you need to hide something. This will also help to boost your confidence for if and when you do decide to come out fully. Remember, you get to choose exactly who gets to see that side of you and should never feel pressured to tell everyone in your life because not everyone deserves to know your beautiful soul inside and out. Overall, feeling acceptance from trusted individuals one at a time can make it easier to come out fully later on and help you not to feel so alone in the process.
Next, you never want to come out to someone when you’re angry or upset. You also never want to approach it with the ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ mindset, as it will counteract your entire point about being understanding and accepting of your new life. And honestly, the people you’re talking to are likely to be confused and may even be sensitive about the subject already, so you don’t want to make it worse. If it takes a rough turn, simply excuse yourself and continue the conversation later when everyone has had time to calm down.
Next, if you decide to come out to people in your workspace and are fearful of being fired or discriminated against for it, you can actually seek legal help. According to the US government, you have legal protection against religious discrimination in your workspace. With that said, coming out at work is never something that can legally cost you your job, so researching your rights before any work-related outing is essential.
And lastly, the most important tip we could ever give you is to remember that you don’t need anyone’s approval to be a witch. Not everyone will understand your journey, and that’s okay because they don’t have to. It’s not their journey; it’s yours. The witch lives within you, and as long as you accept yourself for who you are, you will never need anyone else to accept you. And if you find you ever need a friend who just ‘gets’ it, never forget that we are always here for you.
In the end, these tips are meant to help you understand that no matter what path you choose, it’s okay, and we love you for exactly who you are. Not everyone understands this lifestyle, and some may even fear it for their own personal reasons. However, do not let that stop you from delving deeper into your practice, even if you have to do so in secret. Above all else, the most important thing it always comes down to is not what others think or know about you, but what you think about yourself. If you love yourself exactly as you are, what other people say should never change that. You are divine, magical, and beautiful inside and out. So be yourself, love yourself for who you are, and do you, in secret or publicly. If you do this, we can promise you that no matter what path you are on, you will find your way to the most magical, fulfilling, and peaceful life imaginable.
Written by: The Spirit Chic
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September 30, 2022
Kicking off a new month, we transition out of September and welcome the first brisk and chilly month of autumn into our lives. Known as the most intuitive month of all, October is also a time of honoring your light and dark in equal balance as we move into a more calm, slow, and steady place within ourselves. It is also known to be a powerful month of connecting deeper with your shadow self as well as your intuition and invites many powerful spiritual changes and new perspectives into our life as a result.
But aside from the spiritual associations linked with this brisk fall month, the planets are also going to be quite active around us this month, with some notable influences from Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars that are likely to influence us.
With that said, Mercury will enter Libra around the 10th of the month, which is likely to bring changes to your communication and way of thinking, and could have you undergoing some changes in balance in your life. On the 23rd, we enter the season of the Scorpio, invoking more energy and intensity into our lives that could have our emotions feeling a little strained. This coincides with both Saturn direct in Aquarius and Venus in Scorpio on the same day, which could allow you to become more open in love and in your life in general and could help reenergize you moving forward.
On the 28th, Jupiter moves into retrograde in the sign of Pisces, which is likely to encourage some changes in personal growth, and could have us focusing on processing any repressed emotions we may be holding onto. Then, on the 30th, Mars goes retrograde in the sign of Gemini, which could make life a little chaotic and unpredictable for a while. Lastly, we also celebrate our final harvest sabbat of the season, Samhain, on the 31st of the month, bringing forth energies focused on family, roots, and spiritual connection, which could have the signs connecting deeper with those around them, doing some inner reflection and focusing more on spiritual practices.
As you can see, October is packed full of many different energies that are likely to direct our focus towards stillness and growth within ourselves as we delve deeper into ourselves than we have all year. But, to give you a better idea of some energies that may be present around you this month, today, we're going to go over what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout October and how you can adjust your life to make the most of it.
August 31, 2022
Kicking off a new month, we transition out of the remaining summer days and welcome a brisk new coolness into our life. September marks the start of the harvest season and welcomes in many new energies aligned with property and abundance. With its powerful energies of focus, success, and motivation guiding the way, this is likely to be a good month for signs to reflect and reevaluate things in their life and channel more inspiration and ideas towards their endeavors. However, with the slowness of a new season also creeping in, this is likely to bring some restful energies into your life that are likely to encourage a more stable and steady flow towards creating a joyous life that is meant to nurture you.
With that said, for the first half of the month, we will be led by the Virgo sign, pushing energies of hard work and focus into our space. This is likely to have us focusing more on making progress on any important goals in our lives and help to bring a more grounded and open perspective to life. This could also inspire new ideas, new creativity, and an overall more fun-loving look at life. Virgo could even help us to tie up any loose ends in our lives and bring a close to previous chapters to help us move forward.
As from this, some key influences happening from Mercury and Venus this month are also likely to affect us in a number of ways. To start, on the 5th, Venus will enter the focused sign of Virgo, which could bring a practical tone to our love life and boost our ability to manifest new things in love. This could have us more willing to go out of our way for those we care for and also have us seeking some gentle love and care in our own life. To follow, on the 9th, Mercury retrograde in the Libra sign begins and could cause some friction with the balance in our life. All signs will need to be careful not to lash out or fall into toxic patterns of the past. Work to maintain balance and keep your eyes forward. Then, on September 22nd, we welcome the Autumn Equinox, pushing us to find balance within ourselves and focus our energy. This is a time to focus on gratitude, rebirth within ourselves, and quiet, contemplative ease into new beginnings. And lastly, on the 23rd, we also transition into the season of the Libra, pushing us to renew our energy, find balance, and focus more on personal expression.
As you can see, September is likely to be full of many different energies that are likely to offer us a chance to focus more on bettering ourselves.
July 31, 2022
The hot august nights are just around the corner as we move into the start of a new month. The month of August is all about abundance, healing, and completion. It is a time when we get ready to transition out of the summer season and prepare for the cooler months just beyond the horizon, helping us to slow down and tie up any loose ends we may be holding onto.
With that said, we will be kicking off the month in the Leo sign, who is sure to guide signs with confidence into a season all about leveling themselves up. With Leo’s fun, sun-child nature, this could also have the signs focusing more on their creative endeavors and their self-care routine, as well as help them channel a more fun-loving and optimistic outlook towards life in general. Lughnasadh, the first harvest celebration also kicks off on August 1st, and encourages us to slow down and be grateful for the blessings in our life. This energy is sure to remind the signs of the importance of gratitude, appreciating what you have, and never taking anything for granted.
To go along with this, the planets will also bring their own influence this month that is sure to take the signs for a ride. For starters, Mercury will enter Virgo near the beginning of the month, setting the tone for a more grounded and practical approach to our life with increased communication skills. Then, Venus in Leo will make its way into our space near the second week of the month, bringing a more confident and affectionate approach to your love life. We then enter Virgo’s birthday season on August 23rd, bringing a more practical, hard-working influence to our life that could have us picking up the pace on our goals with a logical and independent new attitude. And finally, a retrograde in Uranus in the Taurus begins on the 24th, directing our focus toward building more stability within ourselves and making the necessary changes to do so, even if it’s not easy.
As you can see, August is likely to bring many unique energies to our lives that are sure to help us heal and transform like no other. But, to give you some deeper insight into what you can expect this month, today, we're going to share our August horoscope and touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout the month, and how you can adjust your life to make the most of it.