Hares are intimately woven into the folklore of Britain and Ireland, particularly in association with witches who would shapeshift into a hare and gaze into the moon at their summits or have one as their familiar. An illustrative quote comes from Margaret Murray's works, allegedly from 17th century witch trials in Scotland. The method of ritually transforming into a hare (or other animal) was by using the incantation:
"I sall goe intill ane haire
With sorrow, and sych, and meikle caire,
And I sall goe in the Divellis nam.
Ay whill I com hom againe"
"I shall go into a hare,
With sorrow and sigh and lots of pain;
And I shall go in the Devil’s name,
Ay until I come home again"
Based on an article that can be found on www.silentearth.org (a website I highly recommend!); my own translation from Older Scots to contemporary English.
Please forgive the delay on my re-record if Witch School this week... tech failure aside... I’ve been ink deep with the illustrious @opulentwitch making magic!! Here’s a little teaser of our test prints of the FINISHED card blocks. Swoon away witches.... we are!! Preorder and sample readings at the Fairy Soirée in just 1 WEEK!!! (Hales Palladium, June 2nd - 6:30pm)