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January 27th, 2011, 09:48 AM
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Skepticism is necessary in healthy levels, but we probably all know at least someone who is sooo skeptic that they won't consider ANYTHING as real unless it is tangible and sitting right in front of them. When you practice witchcraft and/or believe in magic(k), you're bound to encounter a lot of skepticism (if you're open about your craft/beliefs). How do you deal with it?

I'm not open yet about my beliefs and craft, so I've never had to deal with skepticism---at least, not directly. I'll sometimes counter skepticism that is being directed towards magick in general, saying that I believe some energies have yet to be categorized with science, and that this energy is what witches/psychics use. But I don't go into more than that.

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January 27th, 2011, 11:09 AM
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i dont talk to many people about it either.
mostly i say the same thing - "everything is possible, even if you dont think its probable."

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January 27th, 2011, 12:38 PM
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I don't give a crap about skeptics. So long as they avoid personally insulting me, anyone can think what they want.

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January 27th, 2011, 12:44 PM
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One time a wiccan priestess I know gave me this small rock/egg thing (I don't know exactly what it was) that was supposed to be extremly fertile. she told me to keep it close to me to impove our chances of concieving. 3 days later I got my first positive OPK and a BFP in the same cycle. When I told my mom she said "you know that thing don't work, right? It was just a coinidence." That made me soooo mad! I mean that would be like a christian saying they prayed for something and me saying "you know that don't work right?" but, thats my mother for you. VERY skeptical.
anyway. I ended up biting my tounge and saying something vauge and diplomatic to the effect of "well, you never know..." meanwhile continuing to believe exactly what I wanted to believe regardless of her small mindedness.
If it was a coincidence, though, it was a major one. I miscarried within a week of giving the rock/egg thing back to its owner. It just makes me wonder if I had kept it.... but I guess I shouldn't think that way.
sorry I'm rambling, hope I didn't get too off topic...
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January 27th, 2011, 06:47 PM
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I don't really talk to anyone about this except DH and he's a huge skeptic. He won't even let me do a reading for him

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January 27th, 2011, 08:56 PM
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I'm not open IRL because my religious beliefs are personal. I only talk to DH about them because he's Pagan too and we have many great discussions.

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January 28th, 2011, 12:13 PM
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i am very open IRL about my religious choice. the only person that doesnt know is my dads good friend that is like a grandpa to me, but thats mostly because we havent seen him in years. when i encounter skepticism i can go one of two ways. i either engage in a healthy debate over it or i leave it be and tell the person that i am as much entitled to my beliefs as they are to theirs.

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January 28th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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While I haven't encountered a lot of skepticism about my beliefs (But, the only person I talked to IRL about them was my grandmother), I do encounter a lot about more personal things like my relationship and personal issues. You'd think people would be more inclined to believe in those sort of things...

Anyway, I just give them a shrug. They can huff their chest and try to tell me I'm wrong, wrong, wrong, but I honestly don't give a crap. It doesn't effect their lives in any way shape or form, so why should they actually care so much about what I do/believe. I mean, I'm a skeptic myself, but I usually keep it to myself unless it's gotten way out of hand. Admittedly, I use to be one of those people who had to jump on the first thing I seen that was way outside of my radar of "possible", but I think I've lightened up since those days.
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