When I met with L. a couple weeks ago, I told her I feared I might lose my job if anyone I work with found out that I have become a pagan. At first, the likelihood of this was not very great—I was quite comfortable as a solitary practitioner for awhile. But more recently, I have developed a desire to get out and meet other pagans and hopefully find a teacher or group with whom I can gain more practical ritual/worship experience. The more I wanted this, the more anxious I became about my job—word of who-saw-whom-where-doing-what gets around in the most unlikely ways in circles I move and live in.
But my need to move forward outweighed my anxiety about my job, so I started taking some baby steps out of the closet a few months ago, and then last week, I attended my first full-fledged, call-it-what-it-is pagan event. And I’m happy to report I’m still employed and the sky hasn’t fallen. J