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Sky Clad Or Not? - Does it make a difference

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Stonehugger
3 hours ago, Moonsmith said:

nearly always in early December.

Yes, definitely keep your kit on in December 😀

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Moonsmith
2 hours ago, Veggie dancer said:

I suppose many of us might not go completely naked but find some bare skin useful in ritual. I do like to be bare foot and feel contact with the ground

YES!  This ^^^^^^^^^^ big time.

I go bare foot everywhere at home.  I have told the story before of a visitor who came to the door and said that '"there were human footprints in the snow on the drive".  I was able to reassure her that this was only because humans lived here.

 

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JohnMacintyre

Dear Folks,

It's a normal part of (initiatory) Wiccan practice a

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JohnMacintyre

Dear Folks,

It's a normal part of initiatory Wiccan practice and has been since the tradition emerged in the years following the Second World War. Whether it "works" for individuals is always going to be a very subjective matter but if it wasn't effective and valued by most of us then I doubt it would have survived as a ritual practice for so long.

There's no single reason for it, nor should there be. Remember that it's mainly the practice of small, very private, very closely bonded, groups where everyone knows everyone else very well and there is a very high level of mutual trust. For many reasons, both practical and symbolic, it's effective in the contexts it's used for.

Feeling cold isn't really an issue. Central heating plus a few generations of Mediteranean holidays may have given many people strange ideas about what a comfortable temperature is, but for most of the year you're not going to die of exposure that quickly in Northern Europe.

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John Macintyre

 

 

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Maeve

^^^^^^ Late to this topic - everything that John Mac has said!

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Jackal Girl

I have not, nor will I ever go skyclad...ever! 😝 No offence to those who do - just not my thing!

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Ellinas

Actually, I've never really understood the term "skyclad".  Is it not synonymous with "unclad"?

Ah, just re-read my last post on this thread...

"If I am in the open air wearing no clothes, I am still clothed by the atmosphere that envelops me."

I suppose that explains it...

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Maeve
19 hours ago, Ellinas said:

Actually, I've never really understood the term "skyclad".  Is it not synonymous with "unclad"?

Ah, just re-read my last post on this thread...

"If I am in the open air wearing no clothes, I am still clothed by the atmosphere that envelops me."

I suppose that explains it...

"Skyclad" is a - perhaps - pretty way of saying "naked" - without clothing ... whatever! If you have experienced it in ritual practice, you will know what it means - it does feel ..... sky - clad 😄

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Stonehugger
2 hours ago, Maeve said:

it does feel ..... sky - clad

Yes, it does feel special. I've been naked without being skyclad, but never skyclad without being naked. Speaking from extremely limited experience, skyclad is a state of mind for me. It's about feeling enveloped, not exposed. When it hasn't worked (in a group collapsing with laughter or on my own wondering what on earth I'm doing) I'm just outside with my kit off. When it has worked, then skyclad feels like a really good word.

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hedgerose
1 hour ago, Stonehugger said:

Yes, it does feel special. I've been naked without being skyclad, but never skyclad without being naked. Speaking from extremely limited experience, skyclad is a state of mind for me. It's about feeling enveloped, not exposed. When it hasn't worked (in a group collapsing with laughter or on my own wondering what on earth I'm doing) I'm just outside with my kit off. When it has worked, then skyclad feels like a really good word.

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This.

Exactly. 

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Ellinas

I'll take your respective words for it.  I'll stick with cotton clad.

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hedgerose

In larger circles I do work robed. In that case, i have used a handmade cotton robe, tied with cord, and cloak (which was gifted to me by my HPs and was velvet - it was her own, veteran of many a ritual - but if I need one in future, I'd rather natural materials. Or waterproofed.)

Skyclad is only alone or with a closely knit group. There is an element of trust, literally opening up and revealing all involved, spiritual and emotional as well as literal. It would upset the group dynamic if you didn't have what Wicca calls perfect love and perfect trust. Which is part of the reason that the initiation ritual is so powerful, on so many levels. It just wouldn't have the same impact in everyday clothing, and I feel even robes somehow lessen that glimpse of understanding how we relate to Deity.  

But to each their own, of course. My viewpoint is merely that. It's and interesting topic, like everything else we do, there is no right or wrong way. 

I will just say though, that if you haven't worked skyclad on a beach, in the pouring rain, in a thunderstorm, you are missing one of life's greatest experiences :o_yikes:

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Stonehugger
9 hours ago, hedgerose said:

on a beach, in the pouring rain, in a thunderstorm,

I'm curious now but I think I'll take your word for it!! (I had a work colleague many years ago who had being skyclad in a hailstorm on her bucket list.)

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Ellinas
19 hours ago, hedgerose said:

I will just say though, that if you haven't worked skyclad on a beach, in the pouring rain, in a thunderstorm, you are missing one of life's greatest experiences :o_yikes:

I think that is one that is unlikely to provoke the quasi condition of FOMO in my case...

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