Dress for Ritual [PBP]

Jörmundur Ingi is sworn in as allsherjargoði in July 1994. Image from Wikipedia.
Jörmundur Ingi is sworn in as allsherjargoði in July 1994. Image from Wikipedia.

This post is part of the Pagan Blog Post project.

Have you ever thought about dressing for ritual? Have you ever done it? I know many people who don’t wear anything special for ritual .. and I know many who do.

Dressing for ritual serves an important function. If you’re leading the ritual, it can help if you dress in clothing that shows that there’s something different and special happening. This can help you get into the right space in your mind and focus.

If you’re leading the ritual, dressing can also help to get *other* people into the right space in their mind! Seeing a person who is leading the ritual dressed differently helps to designate yourself as a leader and someone to be listened to, and it designates that *something* cool is starting!

Even if you’re doing a ritual alone, taking the time to put on a piece of jewelry, or a scarf, or hat, or even putting a braid in your hair (assuming it’s long enough) can help to get you more easily into the right sense of mind.

These little, and not so little, triggers can help us to focus and prepare for a ritual when we might be a little scattered, or wondering if we forgot the stove on, or otherwise distracted. Our clothes are a tool, just like a wand, or incense is.

So the next time you get ready for a ritual, use your tools and dress!

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