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How to Be Pagan/Wiccan in High School (With Minimal Problems)

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Being pagan or wicca in high school can be a challenge, especially since you are rarely supported at home in this decision. Many high schools, especially small town and rural schools, are not accepting. Many teachers and administrators don't even know what you're talking about if you try to go to them for help. This guide can help you to practice your faith in a way that is respectful of others. You may even teach your peers something new.


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    Lay low. Don't force your beliefs down others' throats. It won't make you friends, and it will make things all that much harder on you.
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    Don't threaten. No matter how many times you're picked on or made fun of, never threaten to cast a spell on the offenders and especially never actually do it. Fear from misunderstanding is common, and the best thing you can do if those sort of people won't let themselves be taught about your faith is to stay away from them.
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    Wearing your pentacle (or other religious symbol of choice, though the pentacle is the most widely recognized symbol) is a personal choice.
    • Whether you display it or not, be mindful of the consequences. Your need to be bold may need to be tempered by the climate of your school.
    • If you are worried about wearing a pentacle, keep it small or under your shirt. Don't forget you can wear other, less known symbols, like a simple star.
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    Starting fights over religion is not the route to go. They aren't going to listen to you if you fight with them.
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    Be respectful of others' beliefs, but do not compromise your own. If someone invites you to go to youth group with them, consider going.
    • Consider inviting them to an open ritual or simply to a celebration of a Sabbat or Esbat (if you celebrate them) after your personal rituals. Try not to be offended if they are not open minded about it. (Never invite an outsider to a meeting of a coven without previous permission from the circle.)
    • If you are being bullied or threatened, do not be afraid to go to counselors or teachers for help. It may end up with you being outed by parents or friends (which isn't the end of the world), but your personal safety should always be your biggest concern. Most counselors need your permission before parents are consulted anyway, and they can see to it that the problems end. Never let the problem continue to escalate until you are actually hurt.

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  • I'm new to Wicca and I live in a very small and very Christian town. My parents, grandparents, and even my friends believe that Wicca is evil and I am terrified to tell them as they think "witches will burn in hell". I really don't want to lose my family and friends but it's my religion. What do I do?
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    Remember, you don't have to tell anyone. This is why online friends exist! There are many Wiccan communities in Tumblr and others, and finding more witches online is easy to do. You don't have to tell your family or friends at all, especially if you value those relationships. It's your religion, and it's your choice. Blessed be.
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  • If you wear a pentagram at school, you may be asked to take it off. Often, Christian children wear crucifixes to school and they are generally allowed to display these. Remember that you have the same religious rights as them, and all other religions. If people are allowed to wear crucifixes at school, then you are entitled to wear your pentagram and by law, you do not have to remove it unless it poses a danger to you or someone else (for example, if machinery is being used, then it is dangerous to wear things that could get caught).
  • If you want people to have a positive idea of your faith, be a positive representation of it. Actually live the Threefold Law and the Wiccan Rede (if your path follows them), don't just pretend to.
  • If you do want to tell a few people about your religion, make sure it's somebody you trust and know well.
  • Try not to be hostile. Hostility only breeds more hostility. It will be hard taking the first step, but it will have to be you.
  • If you decide not to tell anyone about your faith, no one will care what faith you are. This guide is useful if the subject ever comes up and you wish to tell the truth, however.
  • If you are confronted by anyone about your religion, stay calm and be polite to them, especially if they are a teacher. If they are aggressive towards you then they are probably only feeling threatened by your religion as they don't understand it, you must not fight with them. It might be a good idea to calmly and gently explain what your beliefs are to them.
  • If it is easier to tell your friends, do it. An easy way to tell them is to talk about say, Harry Potter, then say how you love the magic, then ease into general magic then pagan things.

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Español: ser pagano o wiccano en la escuela secundaria (con un mínimo de problemas), Русский: быть язычником или шаманом в средней школе (с минимальными проблемами)

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