In many traditions of Wicca, the colour of a person’s cingulum indicates what rank of initiation they are; in several Australian covens for instance, green denotes a novice, white denotes an initiate of the first degree, blue for the second, and a plaited red, white and blue for the third, with the High Priest wearing a gold cingulum (symbolising the sun), and the High Priestess wearing silver (symbolising the moon).
Wiccan High Priest Raymond Buckland has said that the cingulum should not be worn, but kept especially for spellcraft. In some covens, a single consecrated Cingulum is used during ritual by the group and is kept in an altar box or cabinet between uses. It becomes a talisman of magickal energy that enhances their magickal rites or spell work. It also gains power over time, becoming more powerful as it is used again and again.
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