Eclectic Witch in Jeans

A few days ago a blogger friend sent me an email that included the following line: “I really do not know how to begin to incorporate paganism into my daily life.” 

I replied that “for me to be Pagan is not to walk around in robes and dancing around bonfires for every holiday. Paganism is that feeling you get inside that tells you that the world is alive and that you and everyone else are part of something amazing; something worth protecting. So don't worry if you don't make candles for Beltaine, or if you don't burn a Yule log at the end of the year. What matters is that in your heart of hearts you know that for the world to make sense, there has to be a God and Goddess aspect of Nature, and that you as an individual have the key to your own destiny.”

Today, she resumed our email exchange to let me know how relieved she was to find out that robe wearing or participating in elaborate rituals are not Pagan requirements. She added that her “main focus is to have a strong belief system and to know what that is for [her] personally as well as to have a way to connect to others and nature.”

I’m happy to know that I helped a bit. I know that many traditional Witches who read this post will probably shake their heads. I’m saying this because I have been told more than once that I’m not a real Witch, and the fact that I don’t wear a robe or belong to any coven, has been used as a justification for the statement.

Well, I’m an Eclectic Witch and my gods, people who matter to me, and I know it—that is enough for me. I raise energy in jeans, skyclad, in a pink dress, in camouflaged uniform… and as of today my gods haven’t objected to my dress code or to my eclectic reverence.


How do you feel about formality and uniformity when it comes to religious worship and celebration?

11 comments:

  1. personally I am very informal when it comes to worship and practice. I don't get the robes, and the hoopla-

    I guess my approach is linked to my view-we come as we are and the gods don't really need all the fancy stuff-just knowing their children come to them and give thanks and praise i think it's enough, but that is just my opinion.

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  2. you know its not really about paganism but I wrote a piece yesterday similar to the way you ended your post. I don't think that God whoever that is to you cares they way you dress or if u go to Church everyday...if you pray wherever taht is and if you live as one feels is correct ( again I dont think there is one correct way it was someone who invented that!) well than god is happy with you :)

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  3. I believe the belief in gods or goddesses is simply a way to connect to the inherently divine nature deep inside all of us.
    The many different religions comprise the many different ways people chose to do this and when it comes to many of these faiths, Catholocism especially, garments, dress, and religious paraphenalia are an important part of making what for many is an essential connection to the deepest part of themselves.
    For one person to tell another how to make that connection, be it through criticism or not, is simply ludicrous as no one else will ever feel what you feel if and when you choose to journey inward and connect with your own sense of divinity.

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  4. Written In Earth, I’m with you—I doubt the gods care about dress codes. If they did, we would be born clothed in the fashion they approved.

    Equidae, I believe that all the gods want is for us to be good to each other. Gathering in scheduled meetings to honor their names isn’t necessarily and condition. I don’t criticizes individuals who choose to meet in groups in order to celebrate their beliefs, but I disagree with those who make others feel bad for not doing things the way “the man” wants ;)

    Cogent Ascending, you said a great truth “… gods or goddesses is simply a way to connect to the inherently divine nature deep inside all of us.” I believe that the gods are inside all of us. We are part of what makes them great and beautiful and vise versa, which is the reason why I can’t understand when certain individuals—who called themselves religious—go ahead and reject certain groups. We are all part of something wonderful and sometimes horrible too. Some of us don’t care about garments, while others find them indispensable. The trick is to accept everybody as they come.

    Thanks so much for sharing guys.

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  5. Informal when it comes to private worship and witchcraft/paganism in general. However being an initiate of an orisha religion, formal dress is good for public drummings. Women wearing flowing skirts, dressing in bright colors. All Afro-Carribean religions seem to have an aversion to the wearing of black, so to show up at a tambor wearing such is a major no no and the old Latinas in the back will start talking about you in Spanish. But again when it comes to organized events, I think proper respect is always a good thing like wearing a yalmulka at a synagogoue or taking your hat off in a church.

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  6. Doing magick in blue jeans at home sounds good to me. :) I rarely even wear anything other than my wonderful blue jeans.

    If you're going to an organized event, I'd agree with the previous comment that it is a good idea to wear what's considered appropriate.

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  7. Filho de Logunede & Sarita, I believe in dressing for the occasion. So I wouldn't show wearing jeans at a place where formal attire is a requirement. However, you won't catch in a robe--except if I'm coming out of the bathroom ;)

    My formal witchy wear includes long formal dresses and the famous "flowing skirts" that are so common in the Caribbean. Oh, and don't put it pass me to show at a formal celebration wearing my signature long pink dress and black knee-high boots.

    I'm a Wild Witch ;)

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  8. I think robes can be cumbersome and hazardous in terms of catching fire easily. Your formal wear sounds beautiful cousin, I think I can bring you to the tambor, lol. Yemaya might be happy to see you :)

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  9. WoooHooo Primo! I have this red dress that really likes your idea lol. Perfect for the summer: light and it flows like a dream ;)

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  10. Great post, only just caught up with it due to the link on your first page today.

    I found it very ap. as only a couple of weeks ago I got told I was a secular pagan and that I could not be expected to be taken seriously as a pagan because according to her view I didn't observe the sabbaths correctly LOL. This came about because I told her that I didn't celebrate Ostara at the spring equinox. Telling her that, as I did not follow the wiccan religion the sabbaths did not have the same meaning to me as to her and I had holy tides that ment more to me sadly seemed to fall on deaf ears.

    I don't think there is just one version of paganism that fits all. We all have to find our own truths and what is important to us. Personally I think the old gods are just happy we are finding our own way back to them, I'm sure they find it amusing how we sometimes tie ourselves up in knots over dates and types of clothing. Not having a great deal of money all my clothing has to come under the heading of practical and muddy dog proof, I'm sure the gods understand this.

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  11. I don't get why some Pagans feel that their way is the only way. I even understand certain groups' intolerance, for their dogma kind of dictates a sense of ignorance and unacceptable. But for goodness' sakes, we are supposed to be all loving and all accepting, so to tell someone that they aren't Witch enough or Pagan enough just because they don't dress in black and draw circles with $100 athames is just ignorant.

    I'm very happy to know you are your own Witch. I'm sure that's what The Old Ones want from us. If they were going for boring and unimaginative, they would have made us identical to each other.

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