Veiling

Veiling is a practice among various peoples; it is one of the earliest mystical traditions. Over recent years a new movement of “veiling” within the eclectic world of modern witchcraft and paganism has drawn numerous adherents. This implementation, quite interestingly, has also begun to catch on with some practitioners of Devotional Satanism. In some traditions of Theistic Satanism, veiling has been applied for some time now.

What is veiling?

Veiling is the covering of the hair to deepen one’s spirituality. We can take this even further to say that it is the covering of one’s head, for, in some instances, the entire head is shrouded. For many contemporary witches, even those who are Satanists, both male, and female, veils aren’t only a ritual tool that is part of the ritual dress but is also worn in everyday life, away from the altar. Veiling most likely began for practical reasons, dating back to 2000 years or so ago. Nomad tribes adopted the practice for protection against the sun and dust. Moving forward, as communities developed, women kept the veil as a symbol of hearth and home. Veils became like portable temples, perched on the head. This offered freedom of movement and showed status, while simultaneously protecting the wearer’s identity. Followers of the classical Greek and Roman cults of Dionysus and Vesta would wear veils to shield their third eye, in order to maintain spiritual purity.

Oppression and Freedom:

As the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) made inroads, only prostitutes went bareheaded. Veils became a symbol of oppression. Eventually, many discarded the veil as a gesture of freedom. Then came along the Middle Ages, where the veil along with the wimple ( a high collar covering the neck and ears ) was worn again for practical reasons.

Historically the need to veil waxes and wanes, depending on practicality, and fashion, as society supposedly evolves. The gist of the message veiling conveys is assurance that one’s behavior doesn’t bring dishonor to either the community or ideally, oneself. A humble and modest life and a sense of community are created by taking up the veil. As per the sentiments of most wearers, veils offer a mysterious connection to something greater than the individual.

Brides and Nuns:

It was Saint Paul that equated veils with sanctity, protection, and an emblem, of marriage. Hence, the practice of veiling was maintained by brides as they began married life. Catholic nuns also maintained this practice, as they were considered married unto God ( in present-day, some devotional Satanists that veil consider themselves to be married in this same way, but to Satan).

In some cultures, veils were and are worn to protect the crown chakra and to ward off evil. Within some tribal spiritual African traditions, a cloth headwrap (a descendant of the veil) is sometimes worn to symbolize a crown. This serves as a reminder that all who wear it, are royalty or equal to royalty. In some traditions, this cloth is unwrapped while dancing during ceremony. This symbolizes leaving the mundane world to be able to venture into the world of spirit. In some cases to allow a spirit to possess the body for ritual purposes. Veils appear in Northern mystery circles, sometimes taken up by those who have pledged to follow Odin or Loki (to some Theistic Satanists, both of these deities are considered to be masks of Satan). Usually Nordic veils are red, the hue that stains the runes. Red in this sense, symbolizes life’s blood, good luck, good fortune, and high magick.

Modern Witches and Satanists Who Veil:

More and more witches and devotional/spiritual Satanists are incorporating veiling into their practice. Satanists veil for several reasons; to stay focused in prayer, as a way to shift from the mundane conscious to a spiritual mindset, to symbolize entering into Satan’s kingdom, or as mentioned, as a status of having married oneself to Satan. Individual Satanists each have their reasons and interpretations of why they choose to veil.

As we know, the history of the veil comes with controversy and veiling hasn’t always been something voluntary. Those who chose to veil outside from the privacy of the altar space, sometimes, more often than not, experience negative reactions from others. Especially for the Satanic Witch or Warlock who chooses to take up the veil publicly, while wearing Satanic symbols; be wise in your decision to do so. Be discreet and mindful of where and when you out your veil and how you chose to wear it publicly. If this is the first you hear of veiling as being part of a Satanic practice, I recommend to try it out for at least a month. Take note how it makes you feel, how it does or doesn’t enhance your spiritual experience. It won’t hurt to try, the Devil loves to see you play (:

*(insert from my forthcoming book)

*Cover photo of me by photographer Laurence McHanes.

Copyright Kindra Ravenmoon

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Kindra Ravenmoon is an occult author and all-around witchy woman. The devil, witchcraft, and folk magic are the elements she brings into her contemporary writing and personal practice. Best known for her books on witchcraft and the occult, her articles have appeared in scholarly journals and numerous publications such as Wyntergreene, 8 Sabbats, Montreal's Magical Circle,, Spider's Web, Bizarre, and Ninth Gate. Inspiring others with what she shares through her books, blog, and select social media outlets, she also offers consultancy through tarot and the crystal ball, to help people develop their spiritual path for a more enlightened and prosperous living. Kindra Ravenmoon is the author of Gems of the Adversary (found on Lulu), Faces of Lucifer (out of print since 2015), Natural Satanic Witchcraft (off the market Jan.2020), Gaia's Little Book of Crystals for Healing & Magic (found on Lulu), and "Lucifer a Devotional" (available on Amazon). Residing in Canada she finds joy in having an independent practice of witchcraft, experiencing the witches' devil and the spirits of nature within this country's four vivid seasons. Kindra holds degrees in religious studies (Western Esotericism and Related Currents) from the University of Exeter (England) and; in Gemology at the Scandinavian Gem Academy. Having previous involvement within established esoteric organizations, published in various sources, and with close to forty years of practical experience, under her belt, Kindra Ravenmoon has earned her title within the occult and witchcraft today.

9 thoughts on “Veiling

  1. I love your photograph above. Did you take it during the “unholy” bank holiday weekend? Impressive. I heard Marie RavenSoul mention veiling. I can see how it can help the devotee to focus more when in front of their Altar. Would you say that this practice is more prevalent among women than men in the Satanist community? I like your closing statement: “the Devil loves to see you play” ! 🙂

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    1. Ave Titus! Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed this. I hadn’t a clue that Marie made mention of this, I need to catch up with some of her videos Lol! Veiling is a practice in Orthodox Satanism. But, I have come across other Satanists from different branches of Theistic Satanism in general, who incorporate this in varying ways, into their practice as well. From what I have noticed, it seems to be highly practiced by males, although I can only assume that more female Satanists use the veil as a tool. In Orthodox Satanism, this is practiced equally by all sexual and non-sexual orientations. Outside of that Satanic tradition, I have only met those identifying as male Satanists who veil and found 1 female Satanist on YouTube speaking about how she veils when honoring Lilith. This has been a practice among Satanists for quite some time now, oddly it has never been made mentioned (I did write about it in my book Natural Satanic Witchcraft, published in 2011). I recommend trying it like I had mentioned, for at least 1 month and seeing how it affects your devotionals.

      My image is from a photoshoot I did in 2012 with a Montreal photographer. We did a retro pinup session then a more creepy/dark session. If you matched up the images from that day, you would never be able to tell that they were done the same day Lol! Day and Night literally Lol!

      Satanic Blessings my friend.

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    1. Hi Rhonda, glad you enjoyed this read, it’s always great to learn something new. It’s surprising that Satanists don’t speak of this, and it’s been a thing for a number of years, as far as know. When you think about it, wearing a hooded robe does serve the same purpose in a more modern or ritualistic sense.
      Satanic Blessings (:

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