Broom Closet Witch? Here’s Our Tried & True Tips & Tricks!
In this day and age you would think it would be a welcomed practice to be a witch. After all, the world keeps moving at such an intense speed that many of us are longing for a little magic in our lives. Witches bring otherworldly mystery and magic to our lives. But, unfortunately, old superstitions DON’T die and many people still see witches as evil, devil-worshipers or, worse, as a threat. To protect ourselves from persecution, be it foe or family, many witches must conceal their identities and their practices. For those who are still in the broom closet – I salute you and bring you my tried and true broom closet witch tips and secrets.
Witch in the Broom Closet? No Problem!
First of all, it needs to be said it’s perfectly okay to be in the broom closet. You don’t need to explain your beliefs or practices to anyone. Not your father. Not your friends. Nor your roommates. The reason I’m able to share so many secrets with you all is because I spent nearly fifteen years in the broom closet! I found ways of working my magic no matter who was around. Without further adieu, here are MY tried and true broom closet witch tips and secrets.
1. Discreet Altars for Broom Closet Witches
While some of us have the ability to create elaborate altars, those in the broom closet don’t have that luxury. So how do we practice without a large altar? With a bit of discretion, darlings. Discreet altars are out in the open and no one knows the difference. Choose the top of a hutch, buffet, nighstand, etc. and decorate with natural items. Choose some or all of following: candles, seashells, stones, and vases with flowers. Would anyone question seeing a decorative display with a candle, a shell and a vase of flowers? I’ve had my altar out in the open for YEARS and never had anyone say a word, except for the people who know who I am and have altars themselves.
Can’t have an altar at all? No Problem!
A portable altar is kept in a box under your bed or in the closet, that you take out when ready to practice. It’s as simple as a shoebox with your magical items. You can also use something as small as an altoid tin! I’ve seen Etsy shops selling these! Portable altars can also be taken with you on vacations. Remember, your pagan ancestors once hid their beliefs from the Church who sought to convert them. Another tip: make a natural altar in your yard somewhere out of sight or in the woods. The altar surface can be a large rock or a tree stump. Your offerings to the gods and nature spirits can be anything perishable.
2. Witchcraft Books and Your BOS (Book of Shadows)
Something most witches want lots of – BOOKS! We love the feel of a book in our hands, particularly one that has to do with witchcraft. BUT some of us don’t have the ability to hide a whole bookshelf of witchcraft books. Keep them digitally on your tablet or smart phone. It keeps them concealed and all in one place. Now, if you have to share a tablet or computer with someone then its probably best to keep everything on a device that is all your own (like a cell phone).
Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have apps you can download for free and store your e-books. PLEASE NOTE: if you’re sharing an Amazon account with someone else who doesn’t know about your practice, you’ll want to create a separate account or go with a different app because your books could show up in their digital library! Keep your Book of Shadows in a notes app or in a Word doc to keep it secret. Or keep a journal and tell people that it’s off limits. It’s personal.
3. Kitchen Witchin’ Secrets
I can’t stress this enough for the broom closet witch – if you’re a homemaker or feed your family (or yourself) from your kitchen, kitchen witchery is the perfect practice. Add herbs and spices to your meals with intention. Kitchen utensils become wands and athames. Pots and pans and dutch ovens become cauldrons. If you’re really brave, add an old school kitchen witch doll and tell your family she’s just good luck! The secret is – you’re kitchen witch doll also serves as a magical guardian of the hearth. You can offer her a cup of coffee in the morning or a tiny bit of your dinner at night. Set it to the side and clean it up when the rest of the family is done eating. No one is the wiser.
Brewing Magical Teas
Another secret way of making magic is to brew magical teas. Again, something you can do in the kitchen with fresh herbs and no one would know. Totally a “normal” thing to do! Brew specific edible herbs for their magical properties and drink it to take the magic into yourself. For example, if you want prophetic dreams – drink mugwort (add a little mint to curb the earthy flavor). Want more money? Drink basil or chamomile tea. Want to add more love to your life? Red hibiscus and rosebud tea is your spell. In addition, make herb-infused magical oils to use in cooking, herb-infused honey, vinegar, sugar, and more! When someone asks why you’re so “into herbs and cooking”, say you’ve taken up a healthy hobby.
A Cleansing Method If You’re In the Broom Closet
Have you wondered how you’re going to cleanse your home if you can’t smoke-cleanse with herb bundles? Using smoke to cleanse is only one way to cleanse a space. Try this method, it’s discreet and won’t set off the fire alarms: set a pot with 2 cups of water on the stove to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add a few cleansing herbs like basil, rosemary, or mint (or combine them!) Next, allow to simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Then use a sprig of an herb, a spray bottle, OR your fingers to gently sprinkle all around your space. It’s cleansing and won’t irritate anyone’s allergies or alert anyone that you’re doing witchcraft. Playing high vibrational music or ringing a bell clears your space. I also like using a Himalayan salt lamp AND dropping some essential oil drops on curtains then letting the wind carry the scent throughout the house. Wait until everyone’s out of the house to ring a cleansing bell.
4. Arts and (Witch) Crafts
Not into cooking? Choose a hobby or passion of yours that can fuels your witchcraft practice. Do you enjoy knitting? Sewing? Painting? Writing? Whatever your hobby, use that in your magic. If this hobby is something you’ve been doing for years, who would question you? With each stitch, each paint-stroke, each written letter, infuse your art with witchcraft. It might sound like a difficult feat, but use your imagination and intuition.
For example – if you love quilting, why not make a quilt infused with protective intentions? Choose fabrics that have a protective nature to you. Maybe its the color of the fabric you chose or maybe its fabric from the family’s old clothing, etc. Whatever hobby you enjoy – make that into your witchcraft practice. No one will know otherwise.
5. Going for Walks
True witchcraft is about connecting with the world around us. With nature. So, in its essence, witchcraft is nature. Are you in a situation where you can’t practice witchcraft at home at all? Then go outside! Have a park or nearby forest you can hike in? During your nature walks, commune with wildlife. Learn the plants and trees in your local area. Gather tokens of Mother Earth’s love on your walks and use them in your natural magic at home. Even just keeping a few acorns and placing them on your dresser is enough to honor nature and bring abundance into your life. Witchcraft doesn’t have to be about fancy tools and elaborate rituals.
6. Genealogy and Ancestry = Ancestor Worship
Looking to connect with your ancestors in your practice? Guess what? You’ve now taken up a new hobby called genealogy. Build your family tree online, print out photos of your ancestors and place them on your altar. In truth, genealogy is a large part of my ancestral practice but no one questioned why I was so interested in my ancestors. Most of my family members helped me! Want to set up an ancestor altar? Hang a couple of pictures on your wall or place the on the mantle. Instant, discreet ancestor altar. Pray as you walk by in the morning or keep an ancestor photo album and use it as a portable altar.
7. Historical “Studies”
The same concept applies to researching gods, goddesses, and old school witchcraft practices – you don’t need to tell people why you’re interested. If they ask, you’ve developed an interest in history and folklore. This gives you the ability to research mythology and folklore online, borrow library books, and take notes without anyone wondering why. If you’re in school and have the opportunity to do a research paper on a similar topic, what a great way to expand your witchcraft knowledge while also keeping up your academics! You can’t have witchcraft books lying around, but what would they say about mythology books? American or European folklore books?
8. Using Inconspicuous Symbols
Often witches come to the craft and have a desire to wear a big-@ss pentacle around their neck. Or hang a pentacle altar cloth above their bed. But they’re worried what their family members or roommates might think – will they think I’m a devil worshiper? Will they see the pentacle as something negative? You don’t have to use a pentacle in your craft. Use symbols that have meaning to you, but aren’t as blatantly obvious. Examples include: elder runes, Celtic symbols, element symbols, sun and moon, animals, etc. Something to think of – a lot of the Celtic symbols have been re-purposed into Christian symbols. Like the triquetra and the cross. Use any of the Celtic symbols and judgmental people won’t be the wiser.