A pagan witch wears a veil at work as a carer to ‘shield herself from bitter patients’ – admitting she doesn’t want their ‘negative auras’ to rub off on her and her family.
Sophia Griffiths first started sporting a veil as part of her religion when she began working in the community at the height of the pandemic as she found the elderly people she cared for often took their frustration out on her.
The 33-year-old sympathized with the patients, some of whom had Parkinson’s, dementia or were bedbound, but didn’t want to absorb their negative energy.
The domiciliary carer claims it helps her to do her work without taking on the stresses of the day and hopes by sharing her veiling practice it might help others who work in stressful healthcare settings.
The mum even veils while doing live TikTok streams to protect herself from negative energy in cyberspace.
Sophia, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, said: “For me, veiling is protecting my crown chakra so I’m not picking up other people’s energies.
“I don’t want to bring that home with me to my family. I work in elderly care and people can range from having Parkinson’s to dementia.
“We’ve got people who are paraplegic who can’t move much at all, or people who are bedbound. Some of these people’s eyesight is that bad they can’t watch telly, they’re deaf, some have severe arthritis in their hands and they’re obviously bitter about the situation they’re in.
“Some people don’t see their families – we can be the only people we see. If they’re frustrated or upset it’s expressed to us because they’re not seeing anyone else.
Mum-of-two Sophia has worked in care for more than a decade, including in care homes during the pandemic, claiming her experience with patients is ‘the same’ everywhere.
Sophia said: “It’s no different whether you’re going in someone’s house or you’re working in a care home, as to the energies you can pick up.
“I don’t want people to think I was talking about clients in a negative way.
“Everybody has an energy, an aura. If you’re in a bad mood or upset or angry, your aura is different from if you’re happy or sad.
“Sometimes, especially if you’re projecting how you feel, it can be projected onto other people.
“If you go home and you’re stressed and you take it out on your spouse or partner, they begin to feel upset and stressed. It’s the same sort of thing.
“It’s something we’re taught as part of our beliefs. You don’t hear about it very much within the pagan community.
“There’s not a huge amount of us that do it, not everybody does it. Some people only do it when doing energy work or spell work to protect themselves, some people only do it if they’re going out to big events.
“The only time I don’t do it is when I’m at home. If I’m filming or going on TikTok Live, I do.
“It’s a barrier between my energy and theirs, it’s a physical barrier.
“Especially with energy work, it’s easier to protect yourself if there’s a physical barrier there as well as your mental barrier.
“It helps me to go home having not taken on the stresses of the day.”
Sophia moved jobs just as she decided to veil full-time as she admits she might have faced questions from former colleagues.
Now, she wears the veil for religious reasons, and admits others who work in care, believe it is a good idea.
Sophia said: “Nobody has even commented on my veil at work. I’ve had a couple ask why I’m wearing it and I say it’s part of my belief, just as Muslim women wear hijabs.
“I changed from working in a care home to working in the community when I decided to start veiling full time.
“I had started doing it during the height of the pandemic partly to protect my hair from the plastic visors and partly to protect my energy.
“My new employers were more open-minded as well.
“Where I was previously, I had been there many years and I would get a lot of questions if I had started doing it there.
“As I was working by myself a lot more I felt I needed to protect my energy better.
“Some people who worked in care or in a hospital setting have said that it’s a good idea and they hadn’t thought of it before. They wondered if it’d help them.
“I don’t think people realize the pressure we’re under, especially over the last couple of years, and how much stress and strain we have in our jobs.
“If that could help one person, then so be it. I’d prefer to get that out there, have loads of abuse and help one person.”