I am getting to the end of the first part of my book. the part with all the basic info and then we move on to the book of days. I still have my casting a circle pages and my altar page and my tools and clothing pages to create.
As I wrote about Altars in a previous post I thought I would write briefly about clothing here. I of course will share the actual page with you when I do write it out.
The God and Goddess don’t care what you ware or if you wear anything or not. You being in the perfect ritual robes doesn’t make them look down and say well there is one good witch. your magic and prayers are just as effective in Jeans or Ritual Robs or skyclad.
Personally I am not a fan of being skyclad. Not for anything other then it usually makes me cold and if I cold I am distracted from my work. I really really dislike being cold, which for me is a good enough reason not to do something. If it is comfortable for you and it is what feels right to you by all means do it. It’s just not for me. There is some voices out there that say magic can’t be properly done in clothing. I find that compete hogwash If I can send my energy thousands of miles away it can make it few a few layers of clothing.
Ritual Robes or Ritual Dress. I’m all for it. I love a party and a celebration and if you like to dress up so you feel more then part then that is great do it. I am also a huge lover of fashion and style and I understand that how you feel you look directly relates to how you feel. If you go this route you may find you like to have one ritual outfit and every time you wear it your mind says “ah we are going to focus on worship or magic tonight”. You may also choose to have several that you wear for different occasions, one of my Sister Witches wore a lovely tan dress with a sheaf of wheat on it at our last harvest ritual. What ever you choose I will say you should be comfortable in it. It should not be flammable material and should not hang in such a way that you might accidentally set yourself on fire from your candles.
Jeans and a tee shirt or casual dress. Always an option. Since I live my life as a witch and also in the real world I see nothing wrong with wearing what you have on that day. I say prayers or chants throughout the day. I do spells in my kitchen and spend time worshiping in my back yard when I take the dog out. I don’t think I need a costume change each time. I also think that if you say hike to the top of a Mountain that maybe a ritual robe is not the best gear but maybe hiking boots are. you should always dress in what is appropriate and comfortable.
Last but not least if you are going to someone else’s circle or you are working with a group it is important that you honor the groups dress code. If they dress in robes then you should too because it is a sigh of a respect for those present. If you don’t want to change the way you dress you should find someone else to practice with. If you are new to a group or a guest you should ask someone what is appropriate for that group. With that I reiterate my opening statement that the Goddess and God don’t care what you wear. You are dressing for you and the other humans around.