I just learned about this today:
I think that reclaiming power over oneself, the devotion expressed to our Gods and spirits, and the personal reasons people cover should not only be protected, but celebrated. Many Pagan women are covering for themselves, reclaiming themselves from a society that, largely, objectifies them, judges them, and abuses them. Many are covering for their Gods, such as a commenter on the main website for the event, who is doing so for Hestia. Yet others are veiling and covering because “veiling helps me focus” and “it aided some of my spiritual practise, particularly shielding.” Esoterikeia’s entire post is a great testament to why Pagan women are coming into veiling, as well as this post by Star Foster on Patheos from awhile back. The Pagan voices are increasing on covering and veiling, for ourselves, and for our Gods, spirits, and Ancestors.
While I do not veil, per se, I do cover during night prayer, during Ancestor work, when the landvaettir ask/demand it, and when I feel I need another layer of protection while out and about. I have bandannas for each occasion.
I wear a white bandanna for night prayers, so that I am mindful and pure before the Gods, Ancestors, Earth spirits, landvaettir, and Ancestors. It is the only bandanna that I wear for these night prayers. This bandanna never sees another use, and when I am not wearing it, remains on my altar.
I wear a red bandanna for Ancestors work because the red makes me mindful of my bloodlines, and of Odin, since He bled for the Runes. When I do work with the Military Dead, or know I am going to an area where I would really like my Ancestors to guard me, especially my crown, I wear this bandanna. It gives me that feeling of skin-closeness and of having Their hands over my head.
I wear a blue bandanna for the landvaettir, primarily because I could not find a green one when I went shopping for the bandannas I now use. It is also helpful to remind me of water, given I live in Michigan. I tend to wear this when I am doing work on my land/with my land, and I wear it when I am working with landvaettir of other areas that I am seeking alliance with or am allied to, such as the campus or local park landvaettir.
The last, the bandanna I wear for general wear, protection, shielding, and the like, is black. I like the absorbing quality of the color, and that it does not show stains as readily as a white one would. It is good as an all-purpose bandanna, and it serves nicely for protection, especially when I don’t want to be bothered, or when I am in an area I don’t know. Otherwise, it is one I can throw on pretty quick, and not worry about my hair, or whatever else I’ll put on my head mussing up.
I am looking into men who veil, and I plan on participating on Covered in Light September 21st. I stand in solidarity with all those who veil, Pagan or otherwise, who do so for their God(s), or for themselves. If you have information on veiling and covering for men, I would be interested to read it.