The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

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Thursday, June 28, 2007


The word "sprite" is derived from the Latin "spiritus" (spirit). Variations on the term include "spright" (the origin of the adjective "sprightly", meaning "spirited" or "lively") and the Celtic "spriggan".
Famous Fictional Sprites
*Famous fictional sprites include Shakespeare's Ariel and Puck.
*In the Artemis Fowl series of books, Chix Verbil is a sprite that is wounded and rendered unable to fly by that injury, a bullet to the left wing.
*Also in some elemental magics, the sprite is believed to be the Elemental of air

Sprite trap
A sprite trap is a magical device used to capture troublesome or harmful sprites, even though Sprites are not bad creatures. Like most faeries and pixies, sprites also play tricks on us or steal a baby once in a while, but that's only if you play a trick on them. Faerie folk know when they have been tricked.
The sprite trap is created from a blackthorn stave and copper wire that has never carried electricity. During a ritual process, the copper wire is bound to the stave with red thread and the stave is marked with a Dag (or D) Rune.
Sprite traps are used at night, when the trap is set at the entrance to a home, church, graveyard, or other location where disturbances are taking place. To attract the troublesome entity, a cleft blackthorn stave with a lighted candle is placed in front of the trap.
After the sprite trap has captured a spirit, it is removed from the location and the red thread is cut with a consecrated knife; the thread is then placed into a prepared witch bottle. If the bottle has been prepared to imprison the spirit, a spell is recited while the thread is placed in it. Finally, the bottle is corked and sealed with red wax before being buried. A thorn bush will be planted on the site.
It is said that if a witch's bottle containing a spirit is opened, a very angry spirit will escape.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Latin word for spirit is "anima".