If your child declares themselves to follow a Wiccan belief, this may initially be a struggle for you. This might be due to a lack of belief yourself, concern about your child no longer following the same religion you have brought them up with, or even due to a lack of information on your part about what it means.
Your child having a Wiccan belief does not, in fact, mean they are a witch who wants to cast curses upon their peers. Instead, it can mean more of an attunement to nature. While witchcraft and rituals can be a part of a Wicca lifestyle, they also gear towards no harm to others and trying to make the world a better place. You may find that you share some beliefs and morals, even if your religion now differs.
Many Wiccan individuals use tarot cards to foretell the future. While this may not be scientifically proven, you can still show your support by getting your child to do your reading. Even if you are skeptical, give this a go, as a fortune teller could just help you to realize what your key priorities and goals are, as well as any anxieties that you may have. Either way, by having a tarot session completed by your child, you can use it as a means to keep the parent-child bond strong, and show your child that you support them no matter what. You may also find it to be an interesting, insightful experience!
Many Wiccan individuals believe in using crystals for goals. Each crystal has a different meaning and, to a Wicca, can be used to protect, heal, and even lessen the effects of conditions such as anxiety. Something as simple as looking up which crystals are used for protection, such as black tourmaline or amethyst, and purchasing some for your child, will show them that you still love them, care for them, and want to keep them safe, even if your beliefs differ from theirs.
Your child may be feeling a little alone in their belief, particularly if they are new to the craft. Supporting them in finding a group or coven, with similar morals and practices, can both show them that you love them no matter their belief, and that you want them to be happy. Contrary to popular belief, these groups do not occur in dingy alleys or musty shops like you might see on television. Instead, these can be held at coffee shops, in the park, or even in a bookstore.
For those who are devout in their own religion, this might be especially troublesome to process. You could speak to your child and explain your concerns in a calm manner, so as not to push them away, but, ultimately, it is important that your child knows they are your main priority. There are also those who practice Wicca within the frameworks of existing religions, which could be a great compromise for you both.
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