Since I was a child, I have always wanted to have long hair. My Mom wouldn’t let me grow it out until I was 10. I haven’t cut it short since.
I have been known to go a decade or more between trims, but in the last few years I’ve gotten a bit braver, allowing a trim once a year, and even dying the ends to look like verdigris to my tarnished-copper natural tresses.
I’ve read in various places of people being obliged to keep their hair long for religious reasons, and I’ve long felt that keeping it long was a religious obligation for me as well, even before I actually HAD a religion to attribute it to. But for the longest time, none of the Powers I honor have claimed more than appreciation for my hair. Freyja has referred to it as a source of Power and Protection for me, but has not claimed ownership of the taboo. Others have made similar remarks in meditation, divination, or through other mediums.
Finally last night, in my usual (if irregular) personal journey work, I checked in as always with my main spirit allies, Rabbit, Stag, Lion, and Redwood. All had messages for me, and I found myself apologizing tearfully to each of Them because I have felt out of touch recently, but They each mentioned one or another way in which I have kept up my obligations as far as They are concerned.
Lion, specifically, told me that as long as I take proper care of my Mane, we’re good, and He can continue to protect me, as is His duty to me as a member of my family (which, I’ve assumed, comes from my Dad’s side of the family but I haven’t actually asked, now that I think of it…)
He also made a terrible pun about being my “Might and Main”. *Facepalm* That actually does make sense if, as Winifred Hodge and Suzana Garrison say in their article on Soulmaking at Frigga’s Web, the Main is passed to the individual via the kinfetch, or family animal guardian. I hadn’t thought of that until looking it up again just now.
So I’m a bit excited all around to finally have an answer to this question that has followed me all my life: My compulsion to keep my hair, my mane, as it were, as long and healthy as I can is indeed a religious obligation – to my kinfetch, Lion! 😀