In European folklore Familiar Spirits were supernatural entities who assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic. They would appear in numerous guises, animal or humanoid.When they served witches they were often thought malevolent, when working for cunning-folk they were often thought of benevolent. More info at my Review of Cunning Folk And Familiar Spirits: by Emma Wilby. http://bit.ly/WslUw2
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“Come buy from us with a golden curl” by Hilda Hechle (1914), from Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”
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A Midsummer Nights Dream act IV, scene I. Titania, with fairies in attendance. Engraving from a painting by Henry Fuseli,
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Titania (Queen of the Fairies) and 'Bottom' from an engraving of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Henry Fuseli (1796).
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A faun is an elemental creature.
In ancient Roman religion Faunus was the horned god of the forest, plains and fields; when he made cattle fertile he was called Inuus. He came to be equated in literature with the Greek god Pan. Faunus was one of the oldest Roman deities, known as the di indigetes. According to the epic poet Virgil, he was a legendary king of the Latins who came with his people from Arcadia.
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Mandragora, from Tacuinum Sanitatis (1474).
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Ancient history speaks much of herbs and natural healing/ways to avoid illness by looking to nature for options that don't do harm in the process of application.
MANDRAKE - ALRAUNE - MANDRÁGORA (Mandragora) | Common name for members of the plant genus Mandragora, particularly the species Mandragora officinarum, belonging to the nightshades family (Solanaceae). Because mandrake contains deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids such as atropine, scopolamine, apoatropine, hyoscyamine and the roots sometimes contain bifurcations causing them to resemble human figures, their roots have long been used in magic rituals.
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Because mandrake contains deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids such as atropine, scopolamine, apoatropine, hyoscyamine and the roots sometimes contain bifurcations causing them to resemble human figures, their roots have long been used in magic rituals, today also in neopagan religions such as Wicca and Germanic revivalism religions such as Odinism.
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Mandrake Root - Old superstition stated that anyone who pulled out a mandrake root would die. Because of that, people would dig around the mandrake, tie a r...
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John Everett Millais, Ferdinand Lured by Ariel,
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John Everett Millais, Ferdinand Lured by Ariel. The Art Journal identified "a considerable vein of eccentricity" in the portrayal of Ariel as "a hideous green gnome".
When you start to speak your introduction allow the spirits to know your name. Let them know you seek and desire a working a relationship with them.
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The first thing you should do is begin a conversation with nature, the old gods, and the land spirits (spiritus loci). It doesn't have to be some great lengthy dialogue filled with thee's and thou's. Just talk normally. Introduce yourself to the air and wind, to the rain and water, to the sun and flame, to the earth and trees. Let them know that you are desiring to work with them.
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The Witches from Macbeth by John Downman c.1824
➰ The first thing you should do is begin a conversation with nature, the old gods, and the land spirits (spiritus loci). It doesn't have to be some great lengthy dialogue filled with thee's and thou's. Just talk normally. Introduce yourself to the air and wind, to the rain and water, to the sun and flame, to the earth and trees. Let them know that you are desiring to work with them.
Female shaman with drum from Altai region of Siberia. The drum, often assisted by psychoactive fly agaric mushrooms, summoned the shaman’s spiritual helpers, sheltered the souls of a sick person, and defended the shaman against malevolent spirits.
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An Altai Kizhi or Khakas shaman woman — it cannot be decided exactly from the image alone, which of the two is the exact origin of the shaman. Early 20th century
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Tungus shaman of Russia. The drum is the exclusive property and source of individual power for a shaman. Without it, he cannot perform his duties nor contact the spirit world.
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Tungus shaman of Russia. The drum is the exclusive property and source of individual power for a shaman. Without it, he cannot perform his duties nor contact the spirit world. Photo: American Museum of Natural History.
In many societies, healers or shamans function as intermediaries between the physical and spiritual world. Illness is thought to be caused by a loss of the soul from the body and the shaman’s role is enter that world and retrieve it so body and soul are whole again. The use of “spirit guides”, powerful plants or totemic animals assists the shaman in the spirit world. This image from 1906 is of a Tlingit Healer. Photo credit: National Anthropological Archives.
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The Witch of St. Kilda - 1840. St. Kilda boast the last recorded sighting of a Great Auk in the British Isles. It was made in 1840, when islanders on Stac an Armin suspected it was a witch and the cause of a tremendous storm. The last breeding pair are believed to have been spotted (and promptly killed) in 1844 by sailors on a rocky outcrop on the island of Eldey off Iceland. And the last recorded sighting was in Newfoundland, Canada, in 1852.
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Familiars by Una Woodruff
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In popular imagination the animal most associated with witches is the cat. But in tradition it wasn’t the cat at all who served witches as familiars and messengers: it was the rabbit. Witches were also on occasions said to have transformed themselves into rabbits. Rabbits are clever, fast, coming and going as if by magic. They are associated with sex, fertility and the moon, classic tricksters, representing the triumph and joy in life, and success, the primal stimulus for magic and witchcraft.
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In popular imagination the animal most associated with witches is the cat. But in tradition it wasn’t the cat at all who served witches as familiars and messengers: it was the rabbit. Witches were also on occasions said to have transformed themselves into rabbits. Rabbits are clever, fast, coming and going as if by magic. They are associated with sex, fertility and the moon, classic tricksters, representing the triumph & joy in life, and success, the primal stimulus for magic & witchcraft. ❤❦♪♫
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A page from the Arabic version of Kalila wa dimna, dated 1210 CE, illustrating the King of the Crows conferring with his political advisors.
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A Norse legend, tells that Freya, the goddess of love and fertility, rode in a chariot pulled by two black cats. The latter were actually her swift horses that had been possessed by the devil. The cats served Freya well for seven years, and at the end of this time were rewarded by being turned into witches – disguised as cats!
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The Norse goddess Freya and her cats.
pamphlet was published attributing magical powers to Boy, the famous war poodle of the Royalist Cavalier Prince Rupert of the Rhine. The crowded title page notes that the fearsome canine was only felled thanks to the counter-acting magical powers of a "Valiant Souldier, who had skill in Necromancy":
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