QUESTION - I’m a witch and I’m interested in your views on dressing up or dressing down as a witch. Do you wear special clothes for ritual work? Do you promote what you do with jewellery or “witchy” clothes. Would I know you were a witch if I bumped into you on the street?
ANSWER - You’d probably mistake me for a bag lady. I’m one of those people who manage to give scruffy a bad name and I could make a Chanel suit look untidy.
I’m just naturally scruffy - and both my stockings and my knickers are always falling down. (I was even given 50p once when I was sitting in one of the London train stations with a hangover.)
I suppose I do dress differently to other people but I don’t follow a style or particular trend. I don’t even wear what suits me. I wear what I like to wear. Practically everything I own trails on the floor (except my one smart work skirt that I manage to split every week and have to persuade my friend to sew up for me). I don’t dress so much witchy as floaty. I ‘m too old to do the whole Goth thing and to be honest the witchy look is by no means an indicator that a person is a witch. As you’ll know yourself, more often than not the layers of black chiffon are a teenager style thing. Real witches shop at Marks and Spencers!
I do wear a pentacle pretty much all of the time. I was a bit sceptical about wearing it to work but practically nobody knows what it means. All the customers think I’m Jewish. This does lead to the odd awkward conversation but most people are quite interested and ask a few questions. I’ve wondered what I would do if ever asked to take it off. In principle I wouldn’t have much of an issue but I think I would be annoyed if the rules didn’t apply to all religious symbols.
I have special ceremonial robes set aside for ritual work. These present the usual fire hazard. My robes have the dubious distinction of being chewed at the bottom by degus. So even my ritual robes are scruffy!
I think another witch would probably recognise me, I’ve spotted a couple myself who don’t make it obvious. Really, really long hair on old ladies is always a dead giveaway. But I blend in ok walking down the street. I get the odd snooty look from the designer label brigade especially when I’m trogging along with my charity shop bags but I’m every bit as scathing back about their Pandora bracelets so I suppose I can’t talk.
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