I recently made a brat Bride, a magickal and religious garment that is part of my Irish Pagan beliefs. I have been using it lately due to some health issues and it brought up the idea of other ritual and magickal garments. So, let me explain what a brat Bride is. Here’s a photo of mine for your reference - handmade by me.
What is a Brat Bríde?
The brat, often a tie, belt or braces were left out and worn by men whenever they engaged in any dangerous work for protection. The ribbon would be hung on the door so the saint would touch it or left outside. It was particularly useful against pains in the head such as headache, earache or toothache. - Irish Folklore
A brat Bride is now a cloth, much like a scarf, that gets left out on the night of Imbolg. Overnight, when Brighid walks the Earth, She gives her blessings to these pieces of cloth for good health. I have been using mine due to sickness and muscular issues and it brings me peace and ease.
This is also something that I make, and I use my Brat Bríde as a meditation shawl as well. This is because it helps me connect with Her and the peaceful energy of my meditation. A meditation shawl is simply a shawl, scarf, or another garment - it could even be a specific robe, cloak, or shirt - that you wear during meditation. The reasoning behind this is simple. Doing - or using - the same thing over and over again trains the mind. Your mind then associates that object with a specific activity. So, when the mind sees the object, it knows to get ready for whatever the purpose is.
In this case, using a meditation shawl regularly during your meditation lets your mind and spiritual body know that it is time to relax. It is time to open up our spiritual eyes and transcend the physical world to commune with our divinity, the Universe, or any other Higher Being.
Much like the purpose of a meditation shawl, the ritual robes are for ritual only. Ritual robes for the solitary witch usually serve the purpose of letting the mind and spiritual body know that it is time for ritual. However, ritual robes or clothing are not always a necessary part of a solitary witch’s practice.
For the witch in a coven, the ritual robes might serve that purpose, but they serve another purpose as well. When everyone within the coven dresses the same, the energy of the group tends to move in a more cohesive manner. Again, ritual robes for the coven may be a requirement or not, depending on the tradition and the requirements of the coven.
This particular piece of clothing is not something that everyone will have and veiling is a personal decision. However, there are those out there in the pagan community - of many faiths and traditions - that feel a calling to veil. Several people that I know who veil do so because their God or Goddess requires it. I also know some people who veil because it makes them feel closer to their religious practice. There is also a theory out there that veiling helps to protect your third eye and crown chakra from outside influence. Whatever the case may be, a headscarf or veil may be a magickal garment you find yourself looking in to.
I don’t have any particular clothing items that I wear during ritual or spellwork because…well, I just don’t. I’d love to know if you have any - and this doesn’t include jewelry! I’ll talk about that, too, but it’s a separate topic in my opinion.
Do you wear specific clothing or items during ritual or spellwork? Or do you wear a specific color throughout the day to be closer to your faith and/or Gods and Goddesses?