A few months back, I read an article about Pagan women who choose to wear a headcovering as part of their religious and spiritual practice. That led me to taking a look at how I identify myself as a Pagan woman and I began to get the little whispers in my mind.
A Goddess was trying to get my attention. Telling me to cover my hair for a time, that it could be beneficial. So, after a bit of consideration, and talking to some of the women over at Covered In Light on Facebook, I decided to give it a go.
I started with a basic head scarf used to pull my hair back off my face but left it uncovered and showing at the back. From there, I began wearing a turban or crown style wrap which covered all my hair.
Personal crisis led me to stop covering for about a month, but then I began to hear the voice telling me it was time to consider it again.
After experimenting with different styles of covering I am still most drawn to the Jewish tichel style, but have also found a great deal of practicality in a modified Muslim hijabi style.
What have a learned thus far from covering my head?
Spiritually – this simple bit of cloth wrapped round my head provided me with a constant reminder and connection to Deity. I’ve met many who have been called to cover by Hestia. I discovered that the One was was asking me to cover was Bride. She also had other requests of me which I have done my best to follow these past few months.
Energy work – unbeknownst to me, for some time my crown chakra has been wide open. Perhaps as a result of the work I have been doing this past year in exploring and learning about shamanic healing practices. Perhaps this is how things have been for some time. In any case, back in June I attended a drumming circle and when I went to take off my head covering, was told by another of the participants that I should put it back on because I was spewing energy out of my crown. Since he is a person who “sees” things, I paid attention. By wearing a head covering, I have found that I am able to focus my energies and intention better. I am able to “see” intuitively with greater clarity (much like I have to remove my eyeglasses in order to be able to “see”.)
Emotionally – I am an empath. I feel and sense the emotions of others. When I am amongst a group of people, that emotional input can become overwhelming. As a result, I have learned to carry strong shields around me any time I go out. There are times though when I find it difficult to maintain that shielding – especially when I am tired or emotionally drained. By covering my head, I am able to maintain a greater level of emotional detachment from the emotions of others. I am calmer, less prone to panicking or becoming overwhelmed. And I don’t have to expend as much energy in maintaining my shields.
These are NOT reasons why I cover my hair
I have not been forced or made to cover my hair by anyone or anything. Even Bride let me know that she was requesting this not commanding, and that I could say no, without worrying that it might jeapardise my budding relationship with Her. While I discussed my reasons for wanting to cover with my husband, he maintained then and now that this is always my choice, and he will support me either way.
I do not cover for reasons of modesty. I consider myself to be a somewhat modest person. I don’t find need to reflect that in my clothing choices. Some Pagan women are embracing the idea of modesty in dress. I am not one of them.
What are your thoughts on head coverings in a Pagan practice? Have you tried it? Felt an urge? Been curious? Feel free to comment here.
- First Annual International Covered in Light Day (ireport.cnn.com)
- Hestia, The Queen of Fire – Part Three (paganreveries.wordpress.com)
- Pagan Modesty and cultural mores (naiadis.wordpress.com)