This can suggest several things. It indicates something you want to hide or half-hide. It can be knowledge, ideas, feelings, motives, intentions, secrets you wish were not on view. Veils can suggest shyness, modesty, mystery, being a flirt, or trying to tempt or enticement. Or are you hiding because you lack confidence.
Is there is something you want to hide. It is often used to represent the veil the senses cast over reality; the veil that hides real contact between the spirit and our personal awareness, the ability that pierces the veil of forms to enter that radiant light beyond all light which seems the very matrix of existence.
“But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same thing as if she had had her head shaved. For if a woman does not have her head veiled, she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should wear a veil.” 1 Corinthians 11:4–16
This was because of the sexual temptation that St Paul felt would happen if women openly showed their faces or their body. The same in Islamic countries where women and men were separated. In some sects of Christianity, the women sit separated from the men, with heads covered.
In marriage the veil is said to represent purity – which meant she was a virgin. In fact it was the custom to show a sheet with blood on it after the first night of marriage to say that the woman had never had sex before and would bleed. The marriage ceremony was very biologically and sexually based, for if the woman never had sex with her husband the marriage was dissolved – in fact they were never marriage. Marriage was the coming together of a male and a female in sexual union, which makes a mockery of two males marrying in church. Marriage was to beget a child from the body of a woman through marriage.
Also the veil that often people use to hide from themselves the real meaning of dreams, the messages from beyond. There is also the veil of forgetfulness that hides things from us. We are often behind a veil hiding us from people on the other side of the veil, but also hiding from us what is beyond them.
Our way of dropping the ignorance of our mind and emotions, and meeting our karma, or inherited tendencies, which usually veil our own Self. A way to veil you from your own shortcomings.
The ability to shut the world out, or to remain withdrawn in sleep, and sometimes the veil between life and death, or sensory impressions and extra sensory impressions. To part the curtains shows you are no longer afraid of death, and have entered the realm of spirit.
A veil is also used in bee-keeping. It protects one from being stung.
Example: If dreams prophesy the future, if visions which present themselves to the mind during sleep afford some indicia whereby to divine future things—dreams will be at the same time true and obscure, and even in their obscurity the truth will reside. “The gods with a thick veil have covered human life.” [Hesiod]
Example: “And it is not vouchsafed to a mortal that Allah should speak to him except by revelation or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger and revealing by His permission what He pleases. Surely He is High, Wise.”
Example: First let me start off by explaining that I have recently come into a major life realization and change. I have found out that I have been emotionally abused my entire life by my mother who has a very bad personality disorder called NPD – Narcissistic Personality Disorder. For those of you who don’t know about it, it affects your entire life, self esteem, relationships, career, etc. When I found out it was like the veil was lifted and I was seeing my reality and all the things I was living in denial about for 34 years. So, my process of healing has begun as I am trying to undo many negative patterns that my mother inflicted in my subconscious. It is not easy and I have very deep depression that I am trying to overcome in addition to anxiety and frequent panic attacks.
Example: ‘In this age brothers, we are almost through the veil that has hid us from ourselves. Come, let us break through!’ From Do You Dream
Example: I will battle you. I will stand my ground. You have flayed me alive with your negation. I point my naked terror at you in defiance that is all my own. I will rip your black veil open into clear light. The blazing shine will melt you into India ink.
Example: I am dressed in Army fatigues and spend a lot of time crawling on my stomach after doors are thrown open. My female companion wears a veil over her face so people will think she is a virgin which will make it easier for us to get into each apartment. Each apartment has people worse than the last – mentally ill, physically sick, old, crippled. Nearly everyone is fucked up in this building.