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The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

While I usually try to avoid these kinds of books in my practice, as a knowledge-hungry gemini I’ve always craved reading books about mythology and magical creatures. I will say this right off the bat, that this book should be read for educational purposes only, as many of the creatures mentioned are part of closed cultures or religions and are not open for the use in the practices of outside witches or persons. However, there are certain sections, like certain sections on Mermaids and Dragons, that are open for witches to use in their work. It is just important to be mindful and only work with the critters that are open for you to work with. Don’t go trying to contact a Thunderbird or anything. Come on. Be respectful of closed cultures.

Aside from that, this is a great book. It provides awesome historical accounts and descriptions of hundreds of magical and mythological creatures, which are accompanied by beautiful illustrations. The book is arranged into parts, Fabulous Animals, Creatures from the Shadow World, Nature Spirits and Sacred Creatures. That last chapter is actually more about animalistic deities in religions and cultures than about creatures. While I do recommend this as a good resource for witches, it is absolutely vital that they read it with a grain of salt and not with the intention of trying to work with the creatures that are associated with closed cultures. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from anything involving cultures that have suffered oppression, discrimination or genocide (usually native, indigenous, aboriginal, or minority cultures) at the hands of oppressors (usually european, white and the majority culture). As long as you keep that in mind, this book will do wonders for you. It really enriched my understanding of certain creatures, such as Dragons and Nymphs.

The book is well written from an unbiased perspective, easy to understand, and fun to read. I highly recommend giving it a read, if nothing else but for the wonderful stories in it.

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Violet’s Witchy Tips Masterpost

This is a collection of my most popular witchy tips content posts! I will be adding on to this regularly. It is designed to help witchlings and seasoned practitioners alike! If there is a topic you would like for me to writer about that I have not already covered, please contact me and I will make it!

The Basics//

Getting Started/

Elemental Based Craft//

Location Based Craft//

Internal Based Craft//

Hobby Based Craft//

The Craft, Identity and Health//

The Craft and Activism//

Open Pantheons//

Cultural Appropriation//

Other Useful Information//

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Creature Magic: A Guide to Working with Magical Creatures

I figured it was about time to update this instead of it just being a jumbled mess of links. Hah.

So, let’s begin with the obvious. What exactly qualifies as a magical creature? Well, in my opinion, it is a creature that either exists on the astral plane or lives unnoticed among humans or are creatures that humans once believed in but have since written off as myth or legend.

But they beings are still very much alive and well, but to embrace that and actually communicate, form a bond and eventually involve them in our own personal magical practices and lives, we have to unlearn everything we were taught as kids and teens. They told us that our imaginations do not have power, that imaginary friends are not real, and that such things can. not. exist. These things are simply not true. Your imagination is extremely powerful, and its realizing that that will help you open the door to the astral realm, its what will give you more control and power to manipulate your own energy as well as the energy around you, and it will help you to manifest your intentions more clearly. Imaginary friends are simply a manifestation of your desires as a child to have companions. They are energy beings you created with your own energy, parts of you. And magical creatures do, in fact, exist.

Dragons//

Dragons are a creature held in high reverence in nearly every culture around the globe. Since their near extinction in some parts of the world in the middle ages, they’ve gone into hiding, many of them existing on the astral plane. Though, some of them do still call our realm of reality home, and if you can be incredibly respectful and polite, you may just have the honor of getting to know one. Involving a dragon in your magical practice can take months, sometimes years, to achieve as you have to form a very strong bond of trust for the dragon to share its energy with you. And dragons do not trust easily.

Nymphs//

Nymphs are a myth that began in Greece, but they are actually a universal being. That is to say, every culture has the same kind of idea, but not many other names suit them as well as ‘nymph’. Less mischievous and devious as the Fae, nymphs are creatures that are assigned to specific physical landmarks and locations. They are the guardians of rivers, forests, mountains, meadows, stars, winds, volcanoes, etc. They are very whimsical and pleasant creatures, always appearing in the form of human women and in my experience, are very friendly. Their main concern is the protection and well being of their home.

Unicorns//

Unicorns are very peaceful and generally docile creatures. When provoked, they can be deadly. They are relatively elusive and reclusive, but if you can manage to befriend one, it will be ever loyal to you.

 

The Fae//

The Fae are a group of magical creatures that are known for their devious, sometimes malevolent, behavior. Some are friendly and helpful, while some will happily trick you or even lure you to your death. I personally have seen many Fae, but rarely will consider involving them in my practice because it just, personally, seems like an unnecessary risk for me. Some people are far better adept at handling and seeing through their trickery.

-Mermaids

Perhaps one of the most well known of the Fae. Mermaids are found in cultures worldwide and are known for being incredibly beautiful and incredibly deadly. The general consensus in the witching community is to steer clear of mermaids, as they will trick you and betray you the first chance they get, and are not to be trusted. Personally, I have only seen a mermaid once or twice, and I’ve never been brave enough to actually try to work with one.

-Lady of the Lake

This is the one Fae that I have actually worked with. She is known for being either very benevolent or very violent, depending on the particular body of water. Not to be confused with a water nymph, which is a guardian of a particular body of water, the Lady of the Lake is the physical embodiment of the soul or spirit of that particular body of water.

-Selkies

Selkies are seals that can shed their sealskin to walk on land as beautiful women or men. There are many sad stories about humans stealing their pelts so that they can not return to the sea, and are therefore trapped on land. I have seen renderings of some Selkies that can transform ‘half way’ and look very mermaid-esque, with the torso of a human and the bottom half of a seal.

-Phoenix

The Phoenix is perhaps one the same level of rarity as the Unicorn. It’s rumored that one still roosts in Japan, as well as one in China and one in Europe somewhere. I’ve also heard that there is one living somewhere in South America. There are several different legends and myths surrounding the Phoenix but because it is such an elusive creature honestly not a lot is actually known about it.

 

Demonology//

I have a lot of feelings about sharing information with demons because as a demonologist/exorcist I have grown so much in the last year. I was raised very Christian and I am a third generation Christian exorcist, my mother and her mother both having clairvoyance and the ability to banish them, as do I. The first part of this masterpost deals with my personal experiences with Christian demons, the second part covers the some basic information about demons in Christianity, and the last part covers Demons and Demonology in cultures around the world. The most important thing I’ve learned as I’ve grown is that Christian demons are not the only kind of demon. Every culture and every religion has different demons, and different ways of coping and dealing with them. All of them are completely valid and not all of them are dangerous and considered evil.

 

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Phoenix//

Species of Phoenix//

•Bennu (grey feathered heron with two crests) Egypt

•Phoenix (Eagle with red and gold plumage) Europe

•Feng Huang (body of pheasant, bright fiery tail feathers) China

•Simurgh (body of peacock, claws of lion) Middle east

•Zhar-ptitsa (firebird with orange, red and yellow glowing plumage) Russia

Crystals//

•Fire Agate

•Fire Opal

•Carnelian

•Sunstone

•Red Jasper

Metals//

•Gold

•Copper

Herbs//

•Basil

•Cinnamon

•Saffron

•Hibiscus

Offerings//

•Crystals

•Shiny things, such as coins or pieces of a mirror

•Jewelry

•Candles

•Bonfires

•Energy

Notes//

•In many cultures, it is believed that only one Phoenix lives at a time, and lives for roughly 500 years before it dies and is reborn from the ashes.

•They are very rare. Seeing a Phoenix is something akin to seeing the pokemon Ho-oh (which I believe is actually based of the Chinese Feng Huang but I could be wrong haha), consider yourself extraordinarily lucky and blessed if you see one.

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Selkies//

•Selkies are creatures mentioned in European mythology (Scottish, Irish and English mostly, they have different names). They are seals that can shed their pelt to walk the land as a human.

•Selkies are always known for their stunning beauty when in human form.

•Selkies exist everywhere that seals exist.

•There are two kinds of Selkies, the ones who take either human or seal form, or the ones who are essentially mermaids but have the features of a seal rather than a fish.

//Location and Appearance//
•Selkies vary in their human and seal appearance based upon location. They can be found in the Arctic, Antarctic, Caribbean, Caspian, and Indian seas, as well as the Sea of Japan, the English Channel, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in general. They thrive in salt water. A Selkie from the Northern Atlantic may have red hair and fair skin, and a light brown belt, whereas an Arctic Selkie will have brown hair and tan skin, and a fluffy gray pelt, and a Carribean or Indian Selkie will have dark skin and dark curly hair with a dark grey or brown speckled pelt.

//Mythology//
In legends that involve the Selkie, if a human steals their seal pelt, they will be unable to return to the sea. This was often done in order to wed them, because if they married a Selkie who kept their pelt, they would always wake up one morning to find them gone, having been called back to the sea. However, some Selkie would return if they had children, but would always return to the ocean for a time every year, as is their nature.

//Personality//
In regards to humans, Male Selkies are very dominant and haughty creatures, whereas the Female Selkie is more shy and curious. All Selkies loves to sunbath and are very playful. They are very social and live in large family groups. The Males can be violent.

//Approaching Selkies//
As with approaching any creature, one should be polite. Speak softly and gently. They are rather shy and skittish around humans but can be very friendly once they know you mean them no harm.

//Offerings//
There’s no better way to show you mean well than to give an offering. Selkies enjoy offerings of fresh fish, found seashells, tumbled blue lace agate, aquamarine and Quartz.

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Lady of the Lake//

•The Lady of the Lake is a being that has been held in high reverence all over the world. She makes appearances in Arthurian, Etruscan, Norse, Native American and Chinese mythology in one form or another.

•The Lady is essentially the physical embodiment of the soul of a body of water, typically rivers and lakes.

•Many consider the Lady to be a type of Water Fae.

•She typically, when in her physical form, takes the shape of a beautiful young woman. Historically, she has been known as a benevolent spirit, but a highly polluted body of water will be more likely to lash out violently in order to protect the integrity of their lake.

•It is always a good idea to request permission and ask for a blessing of the Lady of the Lake (or river) before going swimming or removing water for magickal use from her territory. It’s just polite.

•Should the Lady takes a liking to a certain person, she has been known to spare them from drowning. The creatures that inhabit her water will also be very fond of them, and will not seek to harm them or run from them, and will even aid them or offer their assistance in magickal pursuits. Water from a lake that is governed by a Lady you have befriended is very powerful. (I personally have a strong bond with a Lady of the Lake about an hour from my house. She’s saved me from drowning or being attacked by snakes multiple times)

•Good offerings to the Lady would be to feed to fish and other creatures that live in her lake, blue lace agate crystals (tumbled) and energy.

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The Fae//

Common Species of Fae//

 Earth Fae: 

•Flo (flower fae)

•Pixie (mischievous/“tooth” fairy)

•Arbor (tree fae)

 Water Fae: 

•Mermaid (half human/half fish)

•Selkie (seal/human)

•Undine (sea horse/human)

Air Fae:

•Avis (bird fae)

•Butterflies and Moths (considered fae)

•Griffin (lion/bird)

 Fire Fae:

•Salamander

•Phoenix

•Sphinx

Otherworld:

•Banshee

• Wraith

•Hellhound

 Offerings to the Fae// (May vary depending on Fae)

•honey cakes •sweet milk •cookies •birdseed •sugar water •glitter •coins •jewelry •buttons •crystals •sea shells

 Fae Jar (to attract Fae)//

•glitter •glow sticks •lavender •pressed local flowers and leaves •amethyst

Flowers// 

•blue bells •poppy •foxglove •peony •lily of the valley

 Herbs//

•lavender •elderberry •heather •lilac •thyme

Trees//

•hawthorn •apple •oak

 Metals//

•pyrite •gold

 Crystals//

•quartz •amethyst

Other Notes//

Fae will very often take items that belong to you, but they always leave things in return. These faerie gifts are a blessing. Also, the same could be reversed, sometimes they we leave feathers or flowers or special items for you to find, it is important to remember to leave something in return, such as a coin or crystal, a button or lock of hair. It’s very rude to refuse a faerie gift.

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Unicorns//

Species of Unicorns//

•European Unicorn (white coat, boar tail, white horn) British Isles

•Unus Cornus (white, red, back coat, 30 in. onyx colored horn) Greece, Italy

•Ch’i lin (multi-colored coat, 12 foot horn) China **

•Kirin (multi-colored, gentle, solitary) Japan **

•Sinyou (multi-colored, lion-like mane, fierce, moral) Japan **

**: (These are mentioned for educations sake. They are part of closed cultures and religions so working with them if you are not a part of those cultures is inappropriate and disrespectful.)

Stones//

•Opal

•Pearl

•Calcite

•Bismuth

•Quartz

•Labradorite

Metals//

•Silver

•Gold

Herbs//

•Lavender

•Ivy

•Bluebells

Offerings//

•Wildflowers

•Crystals

•Sugar

•Honeycakes

Notes//

•Unicorns, especially Sinyou, despise liars. In face, in the Japanese court, it is said that once the Emporer used to consult with the Sinyou, and if the accused was lying, the Sinyou would run him through with it’s horn.

•European Unicorns are fabled to ‘take naps on the laps of virgins’. I would think that Unicorns would be able to sense purity of the heart and soul (I doubt the social construct of ‘virginity’ as a physical state really ever meant a shit to them)

•Much like horses, they are very emotional and instinctual creatures. One must speak softly and be genuine to interact with them.

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Nymphs//

Okay so here’s a quick run down of Nymphs.

•They are Greek in origin, or at least the Greeks wrote most often of them, but like the Fae, they inhabit all regions of the planet.

•Unlike the Fae, Nymphs are known to be generally very pleasant, beautiful, kind creatures. (Whereas Fae are infamous for being tricksters and luring people to their deaths or kidnapping them)

•Also unlike the Fae, all sightings of Nymphs have been female, and Nymphs, while sometimes shy, will not run from humans and are very friendly.

 Species of Nymphs//

•Aurae (breezes)

•Nephele (clouds)

•Hyades (rain/storm bringers)

•Oreads (mountains)

•Napaeae (valleys)

•Alseides (groves)

•Aulonaids (pastures)

•Leimakides (meadows)

•Anthousai (flowers)

•Dryades (trees)

•Hyleoroi (watchers of the woods)

•Haliae (seas, beaches)

•Nerieds (Mediterranean sea)

•Naiads (fresh water in general)

•Oceanids (salt water in general)

•Crinaeae (fountains)

•Eleionomae (swamps)

•Limnades (lakes)

•Pegaeae (springs)

•Potameides (rivers)

•Asteriae (stars)

 Offerings// 

•Nymphs related to the earth like flower crowns, Water nymphs like seashell necklaces, and Air nymphs enjoy incense. Getting to know them personally will help you better understand what specific offerings they prefer. Every Nymph is different.

 Personal Notes//

•I’ve personally worked with three Hyleoroi, so my advice is to be kind, gentle, and polite. Nymphs love dancing and music, so dancing with them will really make them happy!

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Dragonology 101//

//Species of Dragons, Their Appearance and Locations:

•European (4 legs, wings, breathes fire) British Isles

•Frost (4 legs, wings, breathes ice) Arctic/Antarctica

•Gargoyle (4 legs, wings, stands upright) France, Italy

•Draco (no legs, bat-like wings, breathes fire) Italy, Greece

•Lindworm (2 legs, no wings) Russia

•Knucker (4 legs, tiny flightless wings) Germany

•Persian (4 legs, no wings, breathes fire) Iran

•Laculi (No legs, wings, feathered) Egypt **

•Wyvern (2 legs, bat-like wings) Africa

•Lung (4 legs, no wings, flies via magic, 4-5 claws) China **

•Ryu (4 legs, no wings, flies via magic, 3 claws) Japan **

•Yong (4 legs, no wings, flies via magic) Korea **

•Rong (4 legs, no wings, flies via magic) Vietnam **

•Ngaylod (No legs, no wings, barbed tail) Australia **

•Taniwha (No legs, no wings) New Zealand **

•Winged Serpent (no legs, wings, feathered, average) Americas **

•Horned Serpent (no legs, stag horns, water dwelling) Americas **

•Xiuhcoatl (no legs, no wings, feathered, breathes fire) Americas **

•Elementals (dragons who are attuned to a specific element) Worldwide

•Sea Serpent (no legs, no wings, gills) Oceans of the World

(Mentioned for educations sake, these creatures will not work with outsiders to their indigenous cultures. To try to work with them is cultural appropriation and extremely disrespectful. Many spirits will react violently.)

 

Crystals//

cinnabar, septarian, bloodstone, fire opal, and sunstone

Metals//

gold and silver

Herbs//

dragons blood, cinnamon, hibiscus, poppy

Offerings//

meat, coins, candles, crystals, jewelry, books, poetry, art, riddles, energy

Notes//

•BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL

•Having swords or weapons or jewelry handy when trying to befriend a dragon may come in handy. They love shiny things and adore human weaponry. I think it fascinates them.

•Dragons are extraordinarily old and wise and powerful. Befriending one opens you to a world of possibilities. Never try to trick a dragon. Never lie to a dragon. Be kind. It is a companionship. They will only work with you and respect you if they get something in return. Even if it’s just an offering of energy.

(Species of dragons inspired by the Dragonology Handbook which I’ve actually found to be a great source for working with dragons despite it being a ‘children’s book’, and by the ‘Mythical creatures bible’ by Brenda Rosen. Some of these species such as the indigenous ones, are of closed cultures and are off limits to non-natives)