Saturday, January 11, 2014

Who are the Invisibles & Hobgoblins?

Who Are the Invisibles?

Invisibles are ghosts only children can see.
Such haunting spirits are thought to play with children and often they will speak of these invisible playmates by even giving the spirits names. It is believed that young children have the most pure psychic abilities and can see into other realms easier than older children or adults who have become jaded to such things.

Often when babies laugh or talk alone in their cribs, it was once thought that the invisibles at work teasing the children or playing games.

What Are Hobgoblins?

Hobgoblins are a type of an elf or gnome that the Druids claimed to have encountered when they first arrived in the British Isles. Hobgoblins tended to be small, snub-nosed and ugly, and seem to delight in playing tricks on humans. The smiles of Hobgoblins were said to chill the blood, curdle milk or make fruit go sour on the trees. They are believed to have no homes, other than mossy banks, isolated woods, stone circles and the roots of ancient trees. If they are allowed into the homes of humans Hobgoblins are known to cause great troubles and other calamities. Most of the time, human cannot see the Hobgoblin. They can only hear their devilish laughter early in the morning or late at night. “Hobgoblin” has come to mean any kind of ugly fairy. Fairies appreciate beauty, thus, if they are born ugly, they can become menacing or very spiteful.

What Is a Hedge Witch?


“Hedge witch” is a variation on the “green witch” or the “solitary witch.”

The Hedge Witch works alone primarily with herbs and with the natural forces of nature. She is often not a member of any group or coven so she works alone and is accepted as such. Hedge witches used to be known as the “cunning women” or “cunning men” in rural areas, healing with their special knowledge of plants and herbs. Many acted as midwives.          

Frequently, hedge witches think of themselves as Christian, or as the same religion as most of their community and saw no contradiction in practicing their healing arts, which they saw as a gift from nature or even God. A modern form of the hedge witch still exists, even in urban areas. Such a witch is schooled in botanicals and has a vast knowledge of herbs.

What Are Spiritus Loci?

“Spiritus loci” is from the Latin meaning “spirit of the place.”  Also called “Genius loci” the belief originates from ancient Roman pagan traditions. It means the intelligence of spirits inhabiting or watching over a certain place. In modern times it has been believed that “Spiritus loci” is an area where spirits manifest.  Many Roman altars were built to worship and honor the “genius loci” of areas. There were a number of cults developed around this idea.  In many respects “genius loci” is the Roman form of an Arabic djinn. They are connected to the lares, or guardian spirits of the crossroads, another place where ghosts and other spirits freely materialize and form.

What is Odor of Sanctity?


“Odor of Sanctity” is a beautiful, unearthly scent that radiates from the physical bodies of holy persons and saints. It is an accepted theory that lower spirits tend to emit foul odors, and so it only makes sense that higher-evolved beings would only give off delicate and divine smells. A number of nuns in Italy were said to send off alluring odors that could only be describe as divine or heavenly. Some say the odor of sanctity has the smell of fresh violets.

 Moonset Lily

 Susan A Sheppard

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