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I’m not going to say that you should be open about your practice. I’m not open with mine, not at work. But a question has been on my mind: If you choose to talk about magick with non-mages, what’s the best way to do it?
I don’t have an answer to that yet. But I do have a few thoughts so far:
First, there is a difference between discussing technical magick vs pagan religions. I’m not saying one is easier than the other, but they require different strategies.
When you’re discussing pagan rituals, as long as you cast them as religious rites, most civilized people will treat them with some level of deference. We’re allowed to believe unscientific things in the context of religion. (I feel for the pagans that live in rural communities. I know this politeness doesn’t apply everywhere.)
But I don’t have that recipe for discussing magick. Because to me, it’s not a religion. It’s a science. And I’m sure there’s some good way to present it, but I can’t bootstrap on the deference most people show to religious beliefs.
Second, even within the pagan community, I’ve had poor results talking about the ideas behind direct magick. If I say that direct magick is about getting results without rituals, or understanding the building blocks of magick, I mostly get a shrug. I think the approach I’m taking on this blog — talking about results I’m aiming toward, grounded in results I’m getting now — is probably a better approach.
So, for non-mages, I’m thinking to cast myself as a healer, and discussing practical projects. You could do something similar if your main work was with manifesting, and talk about divining the future. Make the discussion about concrete things you’ve done and are working toward, not the general idea of magick.
Third, everything needs testing. And practice. I’m thinking Toastmasters is a good venue. It’s outside of work and your social circle, so there’s not too much at risk if you come off as a nutter. It’s designed for practice with public speaking, so you’re guaranteed time to speak and supportive feedback (hopefully).
In the coming weeks, I’m going to try out Toastmasters for discussing magick, and write up my experiences. If you’d like to join in this experiment, there’s probably a Toastmasters in your town. If you do, write up your experiences in the comments, and we’ll trade strategies and figure this thing out.
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