ByMagdalena Batlecter, writer at Creators.co
illustrations, sculpture, forests and witch costumes. @batlecter
Magdalena Batlecter

Unlike pixies or anime fairies with wings, fairies that lived (some live on in legends even today) on territories of Croatia are more like enchantresses and look like witches most of times. There is even battle fairy/enchantress who wears armor, and none of them has skirt of leaves and bra of flowers or glowing wings. I hope I proved the point. I think I should start translating what if found and I will add everything I remember of in the way.

A fairy (I prefer "enchantress" so that is the name I will call them), so, an enchantress can be born from a red flower in autumn.

"People speak of grass (...) which grows on meadows. In early morning, when it is wet of dew, that grass releases saliva from which young enchantresses are born."

crown for one of the enchantresses. @batlecter
crown for one of the enchantresses. @batlecter

It is said that, if someone plucks off one string of their hair, they instantly die. Their hair is allegedly magical.

In the beggining they were demons who were related to fate, world of the dead and bad weather. Later they started taking on characteristics of demons who representet hunt and nature, and at the very end they became women. Only sometimes they have wings (which do not glow, and neither do vampires. nothing glows in this mythology except for gold) and the one who hears their song, never forgets it. They live in clouds, produce wind, and protect from hailstorm. They build magnificent forts and castles on the clouds. Enchantress can only give birth to an enchanted child, one more enchantress actually. when she gets pregnant with a human, a man, she gives birth in forest or in front of man's family on the porch. they fly away with the baby in their hands. They feed of roe deer's milk. They ride on deers in dawn.

@batlecter on instagram
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zoom of the top of the crown for 1/4 enchantress
zoom of the top of the crown for 1/4 enchantress

Water enchantresses are evil, and air enchanresses are good. they can become friends with humans if they like one. there is a belief in folklore that explains how to become friends with enchantresses. a special ritual goes like this: on sunday, when the moon is full, a man has to go in the forest and draw a circle with a broom made out of birch. he has to fill the circle with horse poop, 3 horse hairs and one hoof. he has to wail 3 times and circle 3 times around the hoof, then say: "Oj, vilo, moja krvna sestro, tražeći te prošao sam devet šuma, devet planinskih visova i devet razrušenih utvrda. Priđi i postani mi posestrimom." (O, enchantress, my sister by blood, whilst looking for you I have overpassed nine forests, nine mountain tops and nine demolished forts. Approach to me and become my sister."

ruin. @batlecter on instagram
ruin. @batlecter on instagram

Mad is a man who meets and enchantress and does not show her his respect. poeple objurgate him saying: "fortune looked for you, and you, lunatic man, haven't found her!"

Mountain enchantresses sometimes enter caverns and transform into snakes. water enchantresses live in rivers, lakes and seas. some of those are like mermaids. they can transform into swans or have female body with swan's legs.

Song of enchantresses. it is said how it is so beautiful that girls who hear it are so seduced by it that they become enchantresses, too. They sing like divine flight of bees, but no one can understand the words.

some say fairies/enchantresses are prophets, and that in blowing of the wind there is a husky, dark voice which whispers the future. Latin name for enchantress is fatae, meaning the prophet.

Rusalke (rusalka-rusalkas pl.) in Russian folklore they are the same thing as enchantresses for eastern Slavs. they live in water, fields, forests... folks are afraid of them. they are sometimes related to death. belief says that Rusalkas are spirits of deceased girls, women who drowned themselves, Vodeni's maids of honor (Vodeni: male name meaning 'of water', voda-water. vodeni- of water: his maids of honor. apparently some superior male creature from water). there are very few appearances of there ghastly women who are described as pale, dead creatures with green, glowing eyes, sometimes pretty, but deadly since they attract young men to death with their beautiful song. in winter they live under water surface. they are knows for their erotical attractiveness. on places where they have danced there are burned circles of grass which never go green again. to sum up, they are female demons, water nymphs who dance and sing, attractive appearance leads men to death.


Ivan Kramskoi
Ivan Kramskoi

INVOKING OF BATTLE FAIRY

in time of night, no matter what moon phase is currently on, take off your clothes. Draw a protecting circle (Not whole) and finish it when you enter. Turn to the east. Close your eyes, listen to the vibration of the circle. From the bottom of your abdomen release a sound which matches with vibration of the circle and say „Apo Pantos Kakodaimonos“ put your hands on abdomen and breathe deeply. Repeat. Slowly make swimming movements with arms. For the third time say „ApoPantos Kakodaimonos“ and slowly spread your legs without breaking connection with earth. Lighten the blue candle to the east, black to the north, green to the west, red on south. Say „Ordao Alim“ and „in name and power of the spirits i invoke you, my step sisters from the east. Then the same to the north etc. Close eyes, cross arms on chest, say „yod“ x3. the fairy should have transparent dress, golden hair and a book from which she will read an answer on your question. Thank her and wait for her to leave, do the ritual backwards and only then you can erase one part of the circle, exit it and then erase another. Wash your body in cold water, especially your mouth, ears and hands. Do not wipe but wait for skin to dry. Do not tell anything to anyone. You can write what she said in your book which you have to destroy before death.

sketches for movie planned for autumn.
sketches for movie planned for autumn.

there are strong chances I will be writing more about this topic.

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