Today I want to talk about something that has become a part of my daily life that I can’t find more than a mention of. Covering. In some circles it’s considered “veiling” but to me that implies covering more than I do – either the face or, more likely within the Pagan community, the hair. What do I mean by covering?
For the last year, it has meant I don’t leave the house without the crown of my head covered. I don’t like covering my hair, but I feel more confident in myself when my crown is covered. Not that confidence has ever been a problem for me, but I no longer get overwhelmed in large crowds. It’s a shield that protects my sacred connection and keeps others’ feelings at bay. And it means, when I get home or to a ritual and I take my cover off, I am instantly relaxed and feel connected.
While many who I’ve spoken to cover because their Deity asked it, I was advised to cover. I went to Danu and the Dagda asking for a way to remind myself of the sacred in the every day and a way to protect myself from other people’s energies and covering was suggested and then led to a discussion on Mothering.com’s community about Pagans who cover. I already loved wearing hats and had a bandana that I adored (the Tinkerbell from the first picture) so it seemed natural enough to start.
When I broached the subject with Joshwa I expected…I don’t know, something. But, as usual, he embraced it easily. I don’t know why I ever doubt him any more. He even reminded me before my trip to Texas in November to pack all of my bandanas, just in case. And for our anniversary, he bought me the pretty purple scarf you see in the last photo. He enjoys my covers as much as I do, which makes me feel beautiful when I’m wearing them. ^__^
It’s pretty simple, but it’s also something that has a profound effect for me. And at this point, I’ve been covering at all times when outside my home for over a year (can’t remember exactly when I started). It’s become very much a part of who I am. ^__^