I was raised Christian, and tried really hard to follow it into my 20s, mostly to make my mom happy. I never really found this magical relationship with God.
I’m now 40. Over the last year, I decided to officially walk away from Christianity. I had no connection to it and found too many inconsistencies and fallacies to continue claiming to be a follower.
I’ve always been drawn to the path of nature, witchcraft, and other ‘occult’ type beliefs. I’ve spent the last year or so dabbling, researching, and finding what’s comfortable. I settled on Satanism. I haven’t really told anyone as I know this can damage some of my relationships.
I have a 9 year old daughter. I’ve always told her from a young age that she’s free to pick whatever she wants (or nothing at all), as long as she remains tolerant, open-minded, and kind. Just this week, I opened up to her about my beliefs and being a Satanist after she asked me “what I am” as far as religion, and then went into more detail about what it encompasses, its tenets and beliefs, etc. After all of this, she decided she wants to be a Satanist too. I’m sure that could change as she gets older, but she seemed really comfortable with it and really appreciated the tenets. I did tell her, though, that she may not want to reveal this to people (and definitely not to her grandparents - I don’t need anyone having a heart attack) until she’s sure and she’s comfortable with her decision and has gained some knowledge, since I know that announcing that one is a Satanist can cause some shock and even dissolve relationships, since it’s such a misunderstood path.