Have you ever wondered what to wear during your rituals or prayer? Well, ask yourself “Do clothes make the witch?” In my opinion you don’t need a certain ritual outfit to be able to do great things. But just like magickal tools, magickal clothing can help you to focus your mind. They can also create a fun and exciting mood!
High Priests and Priestesses
High Priests and Priestesses of a coven often wear crowns. Sometimes other coven members wear jeweled headbands if they want. In some covens, High Priests and Priestesses change the color of their robes to symbolize the change in the seasons, while the rest of the coven wear the same color robes throughout the year. Oh! They also have special robes for performing special ceremonies, such as initiations, Wiccanings (child blessings), or handfastings (Wiccan weddings).
A coven that wears robes usually decides what kind of robes all of the members are going to wear. The robes all may be identical, or they may just be the same color. In some covens, the color of the cord around the the robe denotes the magickal degree and individual has attained (Kind of like in martial arts you have different colored belts).
Can witches do magick in street clothes? Absolutely! But if you are a beginner then you may find it hard to keep your mind focused when you are surrounded by mundane things. But practice makes perfect!
What should I keep in my closet?
Well, just like you wouldn’t use your magickal tools for everyday things you want to keep your ritual clothes separate from your everyday clothes. Here are a few things you can think about having to wear during a ritual:
- Colors: Many solitary witches like to wear purple because it is a magickal color. During the summer you might wear green to symbolize the Goddess and the Earth all in leaf. You can pick a color to correspond with the type of magick or ritual you are going to do OR you can pick a color that looks good on you.
- Robes: If you decide to wear robes, you can dress them up by sewing on magickal symbols or embroidering them. You can even make your own robes.
- Hoods: Some witches like to wear robes with hoods. The hood is useful when you are working in a group. If you are having trouble concentrating, pull your hood up! Like a horse with blinders you will be able to see only the things you need to focus on and wont be distracted by the people around you.
- Cords: The cord that you wear as a belt around your robe can be the same color as your robe or a contrasting one. The cord at your waist can also hold your anthame, pouches, charms, or medicine bags.
- Etc…: Many witches do not wear underwear under their robes (hehehe). Witches also typically do not wear shoes when doing magick or rituals. Being barefoot gives you greater access to the earths energy and can help you feel more grounded.
- Skyclad or Cloak of Stars: This mean you are naked! Many witches feel that clothing restricts their energy, so they better working without clothes. Working skyclad can also help you to accept your body as natural. Once you get use to it, just seeing your body and feeling the air on your skin can be very liberating. Some covens go skyclad for the same reason that Catholic-school kids wear uniforms- it emphasizes that everyone in the circle is equal.
CAUTION!: When choosing an outfit, keep in mind that you will be around open flames. Your clothing should be made of cotton or a cotton blend as they are not nearly as flammable as synthetics. What’s worse, many synthetics melt as they burn and ouch! Also be careful of wide sleeves that will dangle down into the flames.