Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Long Black Veil

For a while now, I’ve been doing something different in the kitchen. No, my recipes haven’t changed. I haven’t become vegan or anything like that. I’m just doing more right now. I finally put one of my own handmade kitchen witches on the back of the stove (after giving the stove a good wipe down). There’s a candle on the back of the stove now, too. As for me, I’ve been working on honoring my kitchen deity more, paying closer attention to her energies.

Ah, my kitchen deity. Many years ago, I was drawn to Hestia. There is precious little written about her, which is how she seems to like it. She avoids the drama of the other gods, and I like that, too. Then I got into Hindu deities and I researched Annapurna and Parvati. Still…I felt drawn to Hestia. My original.

So, Hestia it is! It feels good for me to get back into the swing of mindful kitchen witchin’, instead of just cooking something so we can eat it. I really want to explore my path more and do more with it. There are many ways to honor Hestia, such as offering her the first and last bits of food from a meal, or as simple as lighting a candle for her. That’s why I keep a candle on the back of the stove. It’s a little tealight that I replace each time I cook.
Another thing I’ve been doing to honor Hestia is something that I started doing a few years ago, back before I moved to Turkey. Back when this blog was brand new. What is it, already? You may be asking. Well, I’ve been experimenting with the old practice of veiling. I wear a scarf over my hair when I am being domestic. Hestia is always seen wearing a veil, and I used to cover my head when doing my devotionals, so why not?

Recently, I’ve discovered another group of ladies who cover their head as part of their religious observant dress. POLYTHEISTIC women, for the most part. There is a group on Facebook called “Covered in Light”. If you are at all intrigued by this practice and want to learn more about why people do it, when they do it, and who these people are, it’s a good group to check out.

There you have it. I like to cover my hair during some rituals and for some sabbats, and when I’m being domestic. Thoughts? Anybody else out there click with this practice? I’m interested in hearing from you.

Bonus picture of me in my scarf, holding my adorable dog!

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Sapphire said...

Gorgeous scarf, pretty dog, lovely lady! :)

Jenna Ann said...

I tried looking up that group on Facebook. I couldn't find it. :( Can you provide a link? I'm very interested in hearing more about the use of veils since I've had an odd feeling about such things for years.

kijjet said...

Oh I like the idea of offering the first and last bit of food. That feels very 'right' to me. I don't know much about Hestia, but you've got me curious now so I might have to do some research.

I'd like to veil while doing household things, but I'm a little nervous about veiling around my step-kids. They don't have a good track record of being respectful towards my practice. I think I'll have to work up to it slowly.

Sapphire said...

if you're nervous about veiling in front of your kids, get a bandanna, and tell them that it's keeping your hair out of your face.

TheBlakkDuchess said...

Your dog is super adorable, and I love your pic. ^-^

Hestia is the domestic goddess I click with most as well, because of all the reasons you stated. I loathe drama, and she seems to be the anti-drama.
I didn't know before reading this that veiling was a religious practice for more than those religions that require it. I've always thought veils were lovely, and I got a wonderful scarf from my mom just yesterday. ^-^ I was trying to tie up my hair with it today, actually, before diving into house cleaning...
I don't have a fb anymore, but I'm going to go google it & see what I can find. It sparks my interest most definitely!


I {heart} Rhody said...

While I'm not polytheistic, I've been feeling nudged to be more observant and deliberate in my housework. You've given me something to think about. Like when we put on "work clothes" or "church clothes," etc., wearing a veil can put us in a mindset for our intentions. Thanks!