Ok, how about back to some of my normal content this week, eh? I have a loose list of content ideas to last me for months but the last few weeks I sort of went off script for stuff I thought you would all enjoy more than my original plan. But, this week I decided I really loved the idea I had planned and thought I would tackle it instead of coming up with something else on the fly. (Get it? Broom closet? Fly?! I crack myself up.) So, this week I wanted to give you a bit of a deep dive into ways you can practice your craft on the down-low. So many Witchy Mamas are still incognito with family (especially in-laws), and it can be difficult to figure out ideas that won’t set off their conservative radar.


Keeping a Personal Altar

If you’re “lucky”, maybe your in-laws don’t really go into every room in your house, but even so you probably don’t want to take any chances. If you’ve heard of using a dresser top but even that seems a little too obvious for your nosy mother-in-law, then this suggestion is for you. Consider making mini altars all over the place. (A Water altar in the bathroom, maybe? An Earth altar in the kitchen? Fire in the living room — especially if you have a fireplace and a mantle! And for air you could use incense or a decorative bell.)


 Miniature altars can totally pass as just cute decor/chotchkie collections.  If you really want a more “traditional” altar that can hold some of your magickal tools you can put them on a bookshelf! A letter opening can double for an athame. An egg cup (with psyanka in it for cute chotchkie value!) can double as a chalice. Candles for fire, feathers or incense for air, sea shells for water, and stones and crystals for Earth! - And if you’re really sad you can’t put out deity statuary, there’s not too much to do to get around that. BUT, keep in mind that Jesus and Mary (Magdelene) are a pair of consorts, too, that you can totally decorate with that your conservative relatively won’t even bat an eyelash at. They don’t need to know that you are totally a tree-hugging pagan with those statues!
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Miniature altars can totally pass as just cute decor/chotchkie collections. If you really want a more “traditional” altar that can hold some of your magickal tools you can put them on a bookshelf! A letter opening can double for an athame. An egg cup (with psyanka in it for cute chotchkie value!) can double as a chalice. Candles for fire, feathers or incense for air, sea shells for water, and stones and crystals for Earth!

And if you’re really sad you can’t put out deity statuary, there’s not too much to do to get around that. BUT, keep in mind that Jesus and Mary (Magdelene) are a pair of consorts, too, that you can totally decorate with that your conservative relatively won’t even bat an eyelash at. They don’t need to know that you are totally a tree-hugging pagan with those statues!

Making Your House a Home

Witches often take great pride in using their craft as a way to charm and protect their living space. Whether you live in a studio apartment or live in a farmhouse it can be hard to figure out what you can do that won’t trip the alarms, so to speak. Some ways you can cast magickal wards around your home without the in-laws losing their cool might include sprinkling salt in your window frames and across the front and back door on the ground. You could also consider sprinkling it across the bottom of your driveway (if you have your own). It won’t even be visible! Placing a small cosmetic mirror open by a window can help to reflect negativity away from the home. (Yay, more chotchkies!) Another common thing that masquerades as home decor is a small broom (like the cinnamon ones that they sell around the holidays at the grocery stores). Hang a broom bristles up by the door to ward off negative energy! You can even get fancy and tie a seasonal ribbon around it. You can also bury a black stone (tourmaline, obsidian, onyx, etc.) in all four corners of your property as a protective ward, too. Live in an apartment? Try all four corners of your home tucked behind furniture!


Plus — Witch or not, when you live in a space, humans like to decorate our nests and surround ourselves with things that we find beautiful that bring us joy. (Marie Kondo is a curse word in this house.) You probably despise the idea of minimalist decorating or not being able to put things in your space that you feel reflect who you are as a person. But how do you do that without giving away the truth? Stick with natural items; natural wood, stone, etc. And candles. Candles are completely universal. Don’t be afraid to just cover your living space in them  if they make you happy! -

Plus — Witch or not, when you live in a space, humans like to decorate our nests and surround ourselves with things that we find beautiful that bring us joy. (Marie Kondo is a curse word in this house.) You probably despise the idea of minimalist decorating or not being able to put things in your space that you feel reflect who you are as a person. But how do you do that without giving away the truth? Stick with natural items; natural wood, stone, etc. And candles. Candles are completely universal. Don’t be afraid to just cover your living space in them if they make you happy!

Are you still in the broom closet? What are some ways you’ve found that you can practice your craft on the sly that have gone unnoticed by the conservative people in your life you don’t want to know about your spirituality? Do you like being in the closet? Do you want to know more about HOW to come out of the closet? (Because I’d love to do a blog post about it for you!) Let me know in the comments below!

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