The Magus is usually robed in a special garment used only for ritual purposes. Since it is kept pure and apart, and since it is only worn after the Magus has bathed and purified his or her own body, donning it is akin to putting on a cloak of light. It can be helpful both in raising the consciousness to a higher awareness of spirit, and also to shield the Magus from discordant influences. The robe must be comfortable, and more importantly must feel appropriate to its wearer. I prefer white because of its benign associations. Colors tend to have specific emotions bound up with them, and these are not merely social commonplaces, but run to the primal roots of human response. For example, red is always a color of violence and rage, no matter what a particular political propagandist or French designer might wish it to be. Any loose, comfortable clothing can become the ritual garb, provided it is set aside and treated with reverence.