Should I come out of the Broom Closet?
If you have begun thinking should I come out of the broom closet, I would suggest you ask yourself, why haven't you already come out? What is the reason that is stopping you? Do you live somewhere that coming out would put you in danger? Or are you not sure how your parents, friends, or coworkers will respond?
If you live somewhere that coming out as a witch would put you in danger, I would highly encourage you not to come out of the broom closet. Witches still live in danger in some countries, so please be careful.
If your concern is how your parents or friends might handle the news, that is a valid concern, and of course, you know your family and friends better than anyone else.
If you have a good relationship with your family, there is no reason why you shouldn't come out of the broom closet when you are ready.
Not all of your friends need to know that you are a witch, but if you have some close friends, it shouldn't be something that you would need to keep a secret from them forever.
When it comes to coworkers, I would suggest you do not mention anything about your beliefs or that you are a witch. It is none of your employer's business what you believe and practice.
How should I tell My Family or Friends?
Coming out of the broom closet to your family and friends can be a terrifying and nerve-racking experience. When you have decided to come out to your family or friends, you should take some time to go over what you will say to them.
I have found that the best approach is to tell them that you are a witch and then share your beliefs.
If that sounds like a straightforward approach, it is. Beating around the bush when you're coming out will only make it harder on yourself.
I know of more than one witch who has had their parents make it clear they are not happy about them being a witch but later embrace them after having had some time to process the information.
If coming out does not go well, give your family some time to process the information before bringing up the subject again.
A Different Approach to Coming Out
If you are thinking about coming out of the broom closet but are not ready yet, another approach is to take your time and leave settle hints to help you build up to coming out.
Instead of calling yourself a witch, you can say you are a herbalist, a tarot reader, or even an energy worker.
Ultimately someone may ask you further questions about what you are describing yourself, and if you are ready to come out at that time, you can. If not, don't.
It is rarely necessary to tell someone what your spiritual beliefs and practices are, so do not feel obligated to come out of the broom closet until you are ready.
What Should I Expect When I Come Out?
Unfortunately, there is a stigma about witches that people have, which we have to deal with. The bible specifically states you should not let a witch live (Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" - Exodus 22:18), So if you have Christian parents or friends, you can expect some push back from them.
I have spoken to witches who have come out to coworkers and friends in the past and have mentioned things had significantly changed with their relationships.
They noticed that some of their coworkers would not come and talk to them during breaks like they used to. Some of their friends suddenly became very busy and could no longer hang out.
This is typical, and it should be expected that not all of your friends will want to be your friends if you come out. It is just the current world that we live in. Hopefully, that changes, and that is why you should come out once you are ready and if it is safe to. The more witches who come out and teach others about their beliefs, the easier it will be for future witches to do the same.
My advice if you come out and you lose some close relationships is to realize that there's nothing wrong with you, and it's a reflection on them and their beliefs for treating you that way. Rise above it and be bold, strong, and love yourself because you are wonderful and amazing.