Witch Tips: Wicca at Work

The workplace is a minefield of professional ethics, fast approaching deadlines, and really bad coffee.  Whether you work at a bar or a PR firm or a school, each job is unique.  When considering how you spiritual and professional life intersects, its up to you to decide how open you want to be about your faith.  If you never bring Paganism into your office, that’s fine.  But if you do decide to be out of the broomcloset at work, here are a few ideas to consider.

  • Know Your Office Culture: Remember that old adage, “Never talk about religion and politics?”  Some offices take this very seriously. Take your first month at a new job and figure out the boundaries people have when discussing personal issues.
  • Tell Your Boss: I believe in being completely transparent about any aspect of your life that could affect your work with your superiors.  So if you plan to take Beltane and Samhain off every year or if you attend week long festivals like the Pagan Spirit Gathering, have an open conversation about your need to have time off for religious reasons with your boss. Human Resources might be another person to tell as well.
  • Be As Open Anyone Else: Some offices have strict rules about dress code and office decorations.  Law and accounting offices are good examples.  But most do not.  If Christian coworkers regularly wear crosses or have Bible verses on their office decorations, go ahead and wear your pentacle.  Express your witchiness as far as you want!
  • Consider an Inconspicuous Altar: A dish of stones, an oil diffuser, a small plant.  Even if you can’t be open about your faith at the office, having a few small items on your desk to connect you to the natural world will make the office feel like home.
  • When Faced with Discrimination: Alright in my experience and the experience of other Pagans I’ve consulted on this topic, getting fired or discriminated against at work for being Pagan is exceptionally rare.  Federal and state law prevents employers from firing employees based on religious reasons.  However if you think you’ve genuinely been harassed, consult a lawyer.  For more information on this topic, read this article or check Dana Eilers’s book Pagans and the Law out from your local library.

Anyone who has any tips and stories, feel free to comment!

© Ariadne Woods

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The Witch is Back

Hi lovely readers,

My long time readers may have noticed I have been absent from posting since October.  Part of that is grad school.  I have had a ton of work lately because I’m finishing my degree and am preparing to go into the professional world.  I needed a little more time in my week, so I cut a few of my obligations and put this blog on ice.  But if I’m also being honest, I was starting to feel that when it came to this blog I was not completely being myself. In reality I hadn’t been practicing for months.  While traveling in June I realized I had been using my spirituality as a crutch to hang on to tough situations and to be in that “woe is me” place.  That is not me and I did not want that to be my practice.  I was feeling so harried and down, so I decided to put my spirituality on the back burner.  So clearly there was a little dissonance between what I was writing and what I’ve been doing. In essence, I felt like I was talking the talk but not walking the walk.  And once I figured that out, I knew I needed to walk away for a while.

Recently, the distance between myself and my spiritual life has been bridged.  I live in New England fairly close to Boston, so needless to stay I’ve been stuck inside since the middle of January.  That was such a great opportunity for me to look inward and do a little shadow work. I never realized how important gratitude and daily practice is to me.  Or how important herb work is to my connection to Mother Earth.  Or how bull shitty I find divination (post about that to come).   And I realized that I need to revive and renew my practice and continue to share it with people.

To put it simply, the witch is back.  And I feel damn good about it.

Bright blessings,

Ariadne

© Ariadne Woods