31 May 2013

Free for All Friday

Can we just have a WTF moment, please?

I joined some coworkers and friends for a happy hour to celebrate a coworker's promotion to another program. We go to this great place called San Antonio's (go, if you've never been cause it's tasty, tasty food).

We're having a great time, socializing and laughing. We talked about traveling abroad, dream travel destinations, and how sad we were that the coworker is leaving us. SNIFFLE!!!!

At some point, the conversation turned to astrology - my sign means this; oh, you're a this so you must be like this; that kind of thing. I mentioned that astrology is more than one's sun sign, that you have to take into consideration the rising sign, the moon sign, and the relationship among the planets and their position in the stars (see, John, I can talk mildly intelligently about the topic now!) and all that jazz.

A friend of the coworker's, whom I met for the first time last night, asked me if I was "into all that astrology stuff." I told her I like to learn, that I've learned a lot from my dear friend and brother who has studied astrology for nigh on forever and has been a tarot reader for 20 years. She had an odd expression on her face and just said "Oh." Then it came up that I am a practicing witch.

I kid you not, she put her hands up and said, "Oh, that's too much for me. No thanks."

Crazy stupid woman say what?

I let it go, because it was clearly not worth a discussion. Her nonverbals were SCREAMING "OMG OMG I'M AFEARED NOW." Yes, I just used "afeared." Deal.

It does sometimes still astonish me how closed-minded and reactive people can be about this topic. This was a fairly well educated person. And yet...

Like I said, a WTF moment.

Happy Friday?


  1. I'm a newbie and still in the broom closet. My husband and some close friends know, but my mother is an Evangelical minister, so . . . I wish people wouldn't jump to conclusions and make assumptions when they learn someone practices magic.

    1. M, it's pretty frustrating, I know. Actually, your comment is part of what prompted my upcoming Magickal Monday post!

      Good luck to you!

  2. I hate people like that. It may not be your choice, but it is mine and it deserves respect. If you don't have anything nice to say, STFU.

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  4. I like the food in San Antonio, TX so if the food in a restaurant that bears the name is equally good then I'd gladly go there if I were nearby.

    I've been reading a book about astrology and other things lately that is very interesting. Not the typical fare I guess that most people interested in the topic would appreciate perhaps, but I find the authors arguments fascinating. I may have to review it or talk about it on my blog eventually, but it probably won't be earlier than July.

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  5. Lee, thanks for swinging by!

    I'll be on the lookout for the review. As I mentioned, one of my best friends and "brother" (John at Metaphysical Meanderings has studied astrology and actually teaches it at 13 Magickal Moons. He's always on the lookout for new astrology books.

  6. It's the lack of respect that gets me - as if they somehow know better and that gives them the right to look down on a person when, as you said, what they're really experiencing is fear of the unknown...