TPF asked – Even in this day and age, there seems to be still common misconceptions on what a witch is. How do you deal with questions, the good ones and the stupid ones without frustration?
Overall my approach to answering questions is to be as open and honest as I can. I never claim to be an expert on any path or traditon, and answer only based on my own experience (not as a spokesperson for wicca or paganism in general). And in those situations when it can be a bit frustrating I try to keep a sense of humor and if that doesn’t work just walk away and send out good energy.
I’ve been fortunate that most of the time people ask reasonable questions – and those I enjoy a lot because I love a good discussion. Usually the more I share, the more the person will also share and we can learn from each other. Sometimes what a person asks could be considered “stupid,” but it is because they are misinformed; for example, “so you’re witch, you worship satan right?” I give a simple explanation such as, “no satan is a Christian concept, witches worship the divine as being both male and female, a god and goddess.” If the person is still curious or wants more information I’ll continue the conversation, but from time to time the person refuses to believe me and insists on continuing to hold on to their false assumptions about witches – in that case I just go on my merry way. For the truly dumb questions, I try to have a “fun” answer rather than get frustrated. Once as a guest speaker on a college campus I was asked, “can you turn someone into a toad.” I answered, “why yes I can, I’d be happy to demonstrate it on you if you’d like, but I must warn you I failed the class on how to turn some one back into a human.”
Thank you for asking TPF.
Bright Blessings, Lady Rose
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