This subject may seem a bit superficial to some, but I find it fun, and empowering. I’m referring to Witchy Fashion! The garments and accessories we choose to wear inside and outside of the magic circle.
First, outside of the magic circle. That is for us to decide. What makes us feel comfortable and happy is what we should always wear. What is required of our day job if we have one, is a guideline that many of us follow. Some jobs require uniforms, others require suits. But none of them say anything about leaving magic out! Witches are magical people, and magic should be part of our daily lives, not just limited to the magic circle. Empowerment comes by being ourselves fully and embracing the power that resides within us. We are like flowers waiting to bloom fully. If you are a rose, then be a rose, you can’t be half rose and half tulip! I’m a Witch, so I will be a Witch!
So, at your day-job you are required to wear a uniform. It’s plain, it’s boring, it’s quite strict so you can’t do anything to it. If you are allowed to wear any jewelry, choose a pair of earrings that you’ve magically charged to only bring pleasant sounds to your ears and see the effect it has on how people talk to you. It could be a brooch, bracelet or a ring. Obviously Pagan symbolism on your jewelry is not necessary if you don’t feel comfortable showing it off. If you can’t wear any jewelry with your uniform but you have to wear a hat, you could easily draw a magical symbol on the inside of your hat to keep you protected, keep your mind sharp and alert. Even your socks can be magically charged, for example if you have to be on your feet all day long charge them to give you the energy and comfort that you need throughout the day. I could go on and on about this, so as you can see, you are only limited by your creativity!
For those who are not required to wear uniforms at their day-job, color magic can be easily used when picking clothes and accessories. Different cultures and traditions have their own interpretations of what each color means, so go with the one that you identify with. Use the colors to your advantage, and attract the energy that you desire or need depending on the day or situation. If you do a quick search online you will find many websites that discuss ways of using Colors in magic. There are also some good books out there as well. I’m just going to mention two of them but I’m sure there are others that are good as well. Ray Buckland’s Practical Color Magick, and Color Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster. I do not own either book but they seem to get good reviews.
Although it isn’t considered magic per se, I do use Fashion Feng Shui to choose my wardrobe and it really helps to attract the energy that I desire (read a blog post I wrote about this subject here) and to feel more comfortable and more like myself. Fashion Feng Shui is based on Chinese Feng Shui, and it simply uses the Five Element Theory and intention to create a harmonious flow just like good old Feng Shui does in the spaces we inhabit. Clothing is such a personal and intimate part of our lives that it makes perfect sense to use it to our advantage. We can thank Evana Maggiore for developing this technique. Her book Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention is really insightful and helpful.
As I said before, you are only limited by your own creativity and resources. So go ahead and bring your magic with you everywhere you go!
Secondly, there is fashion in our magic circle. When I think of this my mind conjures images of velvet capes and robes, headdresses, masks, and many other dramatic, rich, and meaningful symbols that have been carried on by both fictional sources like books and films, and by old traditions. Some people like to keep it simple and they don’t feel the need to wear elaborate garments, and some just don’t wear anything at all. Whatever you wish to do is fine as long as you feel comfortable and in the case of nudity, safety of the participants and location should also be considered.
Making your own magical clothing and accessories for your rituals is a wonderful thing. It allows you to infuse the item with your own energy. Some people chant or say prayers while crafting scarves to give to the poor and ill. The energy and intention stays with the scarf and the person who wears it benefits from it. But not all of us are that crafty. Never fear, many wonderfully talented Pagans enjoy creating delightful pieces for others to purchase and enjoy. You can find many of the creations of talented magical people on websites like etsy.com.
Let me make something clear. All the magic you need is within. Your own intention, focus and connection to the Divine can be just as powerful while wearing a luxurious velvet robe with satin lining and bell sleeves as while wearing a simple cotton dress. However, many of us find that the addition of special garments and accessories helps to enhance the ambiance, contributing to our focus and magical personality. In group work, this is even more true. A Priestess or Priest can enhance a ritual by drawing more attention to themselves using magical fashion. All eyes will be on them and will remain on them, keeping the energy and intention of the ritual steady. It’s a great tool to enhance your own energy. The colors play an important part here of course, depending on the time of the year and the celebration. Examples are black for Samhain, green or yellow for Ostara, red for Imbolc, white or gold for Yule etc.
As for accessories, we all have a special necklace or pendant we like to wear for rituals, a bracelet or a ring. The materials of these can bring even more beneficial energies into our work. Gold or silver, gemstones, they can all be used to enhance magical work in different manners. Studying color and crystal magic is quite practical and useful! 😉
Personally, I favor the enhancement of magical work using fashion. I use robes, capes, masks, an Isis crown, pendants, earrings and a lot of times I’ve worn a special dress in place of a robe. These items help me “step into the magic circle” even more literally. I feel the shift in my state of mind and focus.
There are many tools out there for us to use creatively. It’s all up to us to make magic a part of our every day lives and through fashion we can do that.
Love and Blessings