Paganism is a concept that is not well understood by most laypeople. If you tell someone in an offhand way ‘I’m a Pagan’, there’s a good chance that you’ll spend a lot of time assuring them that you don’t worship Satan. This routine might be fine when you’re coming out of the broom closet to an old friend but might be awkward when your boss asks you why you’re Religion on Facebook is ‘Pagan’. Here are some reasons why creating a secret identity for your Pagan postings is a good idea.
You can be yourself
Most people find Paganism after struggling through a religion that told them how to behave, who to worship, and what was or wasn’t allowed. Paganism encourages freedom and nowhere is this more important than having the freedom to be yourself. When you post on Facebook about your altar you don’t have to worry about an employer misunderstanding you or a family member condemning your choices. You can celebrate an important part of your life free from the judgments of others.
You can connect with like-minded individuals – without reservation
Wishing you could tell other Pagans you’re going to Sabermoon’s Dark Moon Ritual or show support for a Pagan cause without wondering if it will get back to you? With a secret identity you can do these things because only people that you trust know your secret identity. Sabermoon’s posts never appear on your real Facebook page and tweets about the Pagan club you joined don’t show up in your feed. You can engage in discussions about using cauldrons during a ritual without snide references to MacBeth’s witches (humorous references are allowed of course).
You can work toward coming out of the broom closet
If what you want more than anything is to be accepted for who you truly are I have some advice – be patient! As they say Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is acceptance. It would be great if people could accept us and our choices right off the bat, but humans aren’t built that way. These things take time and a separate account allows you to slowly figure out who will accept this part of yourself.