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Summoning a Fairy to do your bidding

Summoning a Fairy to do your bidding

Elias Ashmole is a legendary antiquarian who collected artifacts, manuscripts and artwork all throughout his life in the 17th century.  He then donated almost all of it to the public, in the form of the Ashmolean Museum.  What a capital fellow. 

What he collected ranges far and wide and can be seen here at the Ashmolean Museum catalog website but of particular interest to me are his manuscripts of alchemy, medicine and conjuration.  There are dozens in the full collection of alchemical texts catalogued here but nestled inside one collection that is titled merely Ashmole MS 1406 93 folios + 120 + 173 + 194 pages 16th and 17th Century is few sheafs of paper that simply say, various conjurations for spirits and Fairies.

The heading of the paper before the instructions reads: "An excellent way to get a Fairy and will obtain any one that is not already bound."

From the text:

First get a broad square crystal or Venus glass in length and breadth 5 inches, then lay that glass or crystal in the blood of a white hen 3 Wednesdays or 3 Fridays (in a row): then take it out and wash it with holy aqua and fumigate it: then take 3 hazel sticks or wands of a year growth, pill them fair and white, and make so long as you write the spirits name, or fairies name, which you call 8 times, on every stick being made flat one side, then bury them under some hill whereas you suppose fairies haunt, the Wednesday before you call her, and the Friday following take them up and call her at 8 or 3 or 10 of the clock which be good planets and hours for that turn: but when you call, be in clean Life and turn they face towards the east, and when you have her bind her to that stone or glass.
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I love that this information was tucked away and collected with medical information as well as alchemy.  Cunning people (men and women both performed this job for centuries) were probably aware of rituals like this and no doubt claimed to use them.  It was extremely common for cunning folk to explain their gift with healing and finding things with their closeness to the fairies.  It was completely acceptable and indeed, expected.

I wonder if it works?

What do you do with an imagination?

What do you do with an imagination?

Castle For Sale, gorgeous open spaces

Castle For Sale, gorgeous open spaces