I forgot how stupid people can be. You'd think I would remember, but I guess I'm just naive. I recently joined Tribal Blogs, a secular blog community designed to promote people's blogs. Normal people's blogs, apparently. I started a discussion group for Occult Bloggers, and the site owner popped in and asked if we were just talking about astrology, or if they needed to keep us away from the cats and dogs. She asked if I bite heads off chickens, and put a little smiley face after that, because it's funny.
Ha ha, it is to laugh.
I don't know how some people have the patience and generosity in their hearts to educate the ignorant. I didn't cuss her out, I calmly replied that I'm an esoteric Christian attempting to accomplish the Alchemical Work using the techniques of Renaissance conjure magic. I explained, nicely, how offensive it was to be asked if I bite heads off chickens, and then I deleted my membership.
The Norms get nervous at the mention of the occult. I haven't seen that in years, mostly because I blend in, and hang out with people who know the difference between a phurba and an athame. When I joined Tribal Blogs, I figured there would be few occultists, but it might work to be a good platform for promoting my blog anyway. I never expected to run into that kind of ignorance. I'm not a very good diplomat to the realm of the mundane. I'm much more comfortable discussing the nuances of spirituality as a career choice than I am explaining that no, in fact, I don't bite heads off chickens, and yes hide the dogs, but only because I'm allergic to their dander.