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I just started doing research in the folklore and culture of long hair. One of the stories I found was the Norse story of the Goddess Sif who is the wife of Thor, and the Goddess of the grain. Loki one night decided to cut away her hair to be a bit on the mischievous side. The hair was replaced by the dwarves who created new hair from gold for her. Another favorite story of mine way before Tangles was Rapunzel, who had hair so long it could be used as a way for the witch for climb up the tower where she was held captive.
Is it truly just a fashion statement? Since the trends between long and short hair is constantly changing. My Father spoke about when he was very young, he would help his one great Aunt brush her hair that nearly reached her ankles, and this was when it had become a trend to cut your hair short.
Some cultures cover the hair, while others adorn it and praise it. At one point during the Victorian era, hair from a person who had passed was used to make art to morn and remember the person.
Does the length of hair effect how we work in magick and even how we feel energetically? When our health is not good the hair shows signs through thinning and breaking. Does long hair for either men or women connects us more to nature or sets us apart since many stop using the chemicals in dyes and soaps both the environment and health reasons?
Just some random thoughts.
Here is the article that wrote for PRS in July:
Article By Eilfie Music
In the bible, the story of Samson talks about how Samson’s father Manoah had made an oath to God that, along with abstaining from alcohol, his son would also not cut his hair. Samson’s hair was his strength through his oath to God, and he was able to achieve great feats of strength—such as tearing apart a lion and killing 300 soldiers with an ass’s jawbone. His strength is later lost when the woman he fell in love with cut his hair.
In the New Testament an unnamed sinner, thought by some to be Mary Magdalene, was said to have used her hair to dry Jesus’ feet after anointing it with oil and tears. Though Mary Magdalene was later shown not to be the “unnamed sinner,” she is often depicted as having long tresses—in fact, she is shown as wearing her hair as clothing in a painting by Titian. This possibly represents the image of vanity as was used in a humble state before Jesus.
In Norse mythology, the Goddess of the grain, Fir, is best known for her long, golden locks of hair. In one of the stories, the God Loki decided to cut her hair one night as she slept. Did this take away her power and beauty? It certainly angered her husband, Thor, enough that he started to break every bone in Loki’s body. To prevent himself from being pounded into a gooey mess, Loki went to the dwarves, who were master craftsmen, and had them weave magical golden hair for Fir.
In some cultures, hair is covered as a religious practice for modesty. Other cultures show off the hair in length and style. In Buddhism, when a man goes to become a monk, his hair is shaved off as a symbol of change.
In the western world, hair is almost like an accessory (with the cutting, dying, heating, and styling.) We see a woman with long hair and view her as feminine and natural, but to see a man with long hair, is at times, looked at as strange. If a man has a beard he is seen as more masculine, but if the beard becomes too long, some might see him as wild and unkempt.
Do we find strength in our hair? Women will at times cut their hair in a sudden wanting of change. I know I have. At one point my hair was past my waist, and I chopped it all off out of just wanting something different and becoming tired of pulling it back. If a man starts to lose his hair, he seems to lose his vitality and seems like less of a man—unless he purposely shaves his head.
Grimm’s fairy tales has the story of Rapunzel who was stolen away by a witch after her father had stolen food for his pregnant wife from the witch’s garden. Rapunzel’s hair grew long enough that the witch could use it as a ladder to climb up the doorless tower where Rapunzel was kept captive. Rapunzel lost her hair when she fell in love with a wandering prince and the witch found out. The witch cut off her hair and sent her into the woods to starve. The prince was tricked and fell into a bush of thorns where he lost his eyes. The two wandered, thinking the other dead, until years later when Rapunzel found her prince blind. Her tears healed his eyes and they found there way back to his kingdom. The cutting of her hair can be a symbol of sudden change from being cut off from the world to being now thrust into the real world with no one to care for her.
In Pagan books you can find, amongst the beauty and glamour spells, spells to try and make your hair grow longer or thicker. The deities, Venus, Freyja, and Fir are called upon for help with this. Hair is also used when making poppets or anything connected to a particular person. A lock of the hair makes that connection stronger in the spell. That was why it was always best not to leave any hair or nails—someone could use them against you.
During the Victorian age, when someone passed away, family and friends would cut locks of hair from the deceased in order to keep in locks and in boxes as a physical connection to those they love. They would also, at times, create art with the hair for lockets or large pieces as another form of mourning. In ancient Egypt, women would shave their eyebrows to show morning. In Michelle Belanger’s book Walking the Twilight Path hair is suggested as a sacrifice since it is such a personal item to some, and it shows our tight grip on this mortal body. If hair is not that big of a sacrifice, she also suggests nails as well.
Our hair grows about half an inch each month depending on health. That is six inches each year. Tonics, oils, diets, and contraptions claim to increase this growth. Like the human nail, if the body is not getting the right nutrients and water it becomes brittle and breaks off easily. This dead protein has held such importance in cultures for ages.
I would like to thank the members of www.paganspace.net who gave me the idea to continue on this article.http://paranormalresearchsociety.org/blog/long-hair-in-culture/
In the Bible it was said Samson's long hair was his source of strength...who knows? I know long hair can be very bewitching, at least on a woman....
me, I'm only as strong as my last cup of coffee
Actually "Sampson" is Greek...
The Obri / Hebrew name is Shimshon / ShMShWN...
Gematria value 696...
Well , since you asked...;)
By gematria , as I said , ShimShon / ShemShawn / ShMShWN ,
equals the value 696...and , it "just so happens" :
Holding = 47
Creation's = 218
Power = 28
In = 190
Hair = 213
I think that the length of hair effects how we feel and see yourself. I have long hair whick reaches just past the middle of my back. I have had short hair, but don't feel as feminine.
For me, I feel more of connection with the Goddesses with longer hair.
Interesting topic. I wonder in this modern world if people see hair length as cultural for some or as you said just a fashion statement.
I hate long hair !! :) it is gross to clean out of the sink and to sweep up off the floor .. House is a lot cleaner with out it .. And Magic works fine with or with out it ...LOL Blessings Alice :)
I agree with this individual.
I feel wrong with short hair - even if I don't look in the mirror.
I think it might be a spiritual thing, I feel a little more in-tune / sensitive / expressive with it. I like that it is a part of you but moves with the slightest vibration - like cat whiskers, tentacles or leaves on a tree.
I myslef have always felt that hair is magickal as well as erotic. I have always had extremely long hair. When I was a child, I can remember telling my grandmother that I could not sleep because "things" were caressing, playing with my hair. She never ridiculed me...she understood things of mystery. She just told me that I would need to keep my hair and head covered from now on because, this was my "sacred charm".
All women have something 'specific' about their female nature that can attract things in the unseen world. I have been covering my head since I was 10 years old! I do believe that having long hair is magickal. My grandmother had hair down to her waist. My mother also. I myself have it down to my knees, and only my children and immediate family know how long my hair truly is.
When practicing my magick, on the New and Full Moons, my hair is uncovered, but NOT the top of my head. I wear a silver skullcap...silver is a moon metal, and works well with my Moon magick. But I never sleep with my tresses uncovered. My hair is always completely covered when I slumber.
So, for me, hair is magickal, mystickal and should be kept long and lovely. I just think it also enhances a woman's femininity. It is so rare to see females with extremely long hair in our American culture.
Brightest Blessings to you....)O(
Yeah...that be me , few years ago...hair is longer now...;)