Drawing a circle from seven to nine feet in radius, in the
center of which a wood fire is kindled- The wood selected being
black poplar, pine or larch never ash. A fumigation in an iron
vessel, heated over the fire, is then made out of a mixture
of any four or five of the following substances: Note: The
substances involved in this ritual have been withheld by The
Werewolf Page because of the harm that may caused by obtaining
and/or ingesting them.
As soon as the vessel is placed over the fire so that it can
heat, the person ho would invoke the spirit that can bestow upon
him the property of metamorphosing into a wolf kneels within
the circle, and prays a preliminary impromptu prayer. He then
resorts to an incantation.
"Hail, Hail, Hail, great wolf spirit,
A boon I ask thee, mighty shade.
Within this circle I have made.
Make me a werewolf strong and bold.
The terror alike of young and old.
Grant me a figure tall and spare;
The speed of the elk, the claws of the bear;
The poison of snakes, the wit of the fox;
The stealth of the wolf, the strength of the ox;
The jaws of the tiger, the teeth of the shark;
The eyes of a cat that sees in the dark;
Make me climb like a monkey, scent like a dog;
Swim like a fish, and eat like a hog.
Haste, Haste, Haste, lonely spirit, Haste!
Here, wan and drear, magic spell making,
Findest thou me - shaking, quaking.
Softly fan me as I lie.
And thy mystic touch apply.
Touch apply, and I swear that when I die,
When I die, I will serve thee evermore,
Evermore, in grey wolf land, cold and raw."
The incantation concluded, the supplicant then kisses the ground
three times, and advances to the fire, takes off the iron vessel,
and whirling it smoking round his head, cries out;
"Make me a werewolf! Make me a xxx-eater!
Make me a werewolf! Make me a xxxxx-eater!
Make me a werewolf! Make me a xxxxx-eater!
I pine for blood! xxxxx blood!
Give it to me! Give it to me tonight!
Great Wolf Spirit! Give it to me, and heart, body, and soul,
I am yours!"
The trees begin to rustle, and the wind
begins to moan, and out of the sudden darkness that envelops
everything glows the tall, cylindrical, pillar-like phantom
of the Unknown, seven or eight feet in height. It sometimes
develops further, and assumes the form of a tall, thin monstrosity,
half human and half animal, grey and nude, with very long legs
and arms, and the feet and claws of a wolf, but surrounded
with the hair of a women, that falls about its bare shoulders
in yellow ringlets. It has wolf’s
ears and a wolf’s mouth. Its aquiline nose and pale eyes
are fashioned like those of a human being, but animated with
an expression too diabolically malignant to proceed from anything
but the super-physical. It seldom ever speaks, but either utters
some extraordinary noise-a prolonged howl that seems to proceed
from the bowels of the earth, a piercing, harrowing whine, or
a low laugh of hellish glee, any of which sounds may be taken
for its assent to the favour asked. It only remains visible for
a minute at the most, and then disappears with startling abruptness.
The supplicant is now a werewolf. He undergoes his first metamorphoses
into wolf form the following evening at sunset, reassuming his
human shape at dawn; and so on, day after day, till his death,
when he may once more metamorphose either from man form or wolf
form, or vice versa, his corpse retaining which ever form assumed
at the moment of death. As far as I know from this process once
a werewolf always a werewolf is an inviolable rule.
Make a magic circle on the ground, at twelve o’clock, on
a night on a night when the moon is full (one of about seven
feet in diameter is most appropriate) in the center of the circle,
a wood fire, heating thereon an iron vessel containing one pint
of clear spring water, and any seven of the following substances;
Note: The substances involved in this ritual have been withheld by The Werewolf
Page because of the harm that may caused by obtaining and/or ingesting them.
Whilst the mixture is heating, the experimenter prostrates himself
in front of the fire and prays to the Great Spirit of the Unknown
to confer on him the property of metamorphosing, nocturnally,
into a werewolf. His prayers take no one particular form, but
are quite extempore; though he usually adds to them some such
recognized incantation as:
"Come, spirit so powerful! come,
spirit so dread.
From the home of the werewolf, the home of the dead.
Come, Give me thy blessing! come, lend me thine ear!
Oh spirit of darkness! oh spirit so drear!
Come, mighty phantom! come, great Unknown!
Come from thy dwelling so gloomy and lone.
Come, I beseech thee; depart from thy lair.
And body and soul shall be thine, I declare.
Haste, Haste, Haste, horrid spirit, Haste!
Speed, Speed, Speed, scaring spirit, speed!
Fast, Fast, Fast, fateful spirit, fast!"
He then makes the following formal declaration:
"I (insert name) offer to thee, Great spirit of the Unknown,
this night of (insert date) my body and soul, on condition that
thou grantest me, from this night to the hour of my death, the
power of metamorphosing, nocturnally, into a wolf. I beg, I pray,
I implore thee-Thee, unparalleled Phantom of Darkness, to make
me a werewolf, a werewolf"!
And striking the ground three times with his forehead, he gets
up. As soon as the concoction in the vessel is boiling, he dips
a cup into it, and sprinkles the contents on the ground, repeating
the action until he has sprinkled the whole interior of the circle.
Then he kneels on the ground close to the fire, and in a loud
voice cries out:
"Come, oh Come!"
And, if he is fortunate, a phantom manifests
itself over the fire. Sometimes the phantom is indefinite -
a cylindrical, luminous, pillar-like thing, about seven feet
in height, having no discernible features: sometimes it assumes
a definite shape, and appears either as a monstrous hooded
figure with a death’s hood,
or as a sub-human, sub-animal type of elemental. Whatever form
the Unknown adopts, it is invariably terrifying. It never speaks,
but indicates its assent by stretching out an arm, or what serves
as an arm, and then disappears. It never remains visible for
more than half a minute. As soon as it vanishes, the supplicant,
who is always half mad with terror, springs from the ground and
rushes home, or anywhere to get again within the reach of human
beings. By the morning, however, all his fears have departed;
and at sunset he creeps off into the forest, or into some equally
secluded spot, to experience, for the first time, the extraordinary
sensations of metamorphosing into a wolf, or, perhaps, a semi-wolf,
i.e., a creature half man and half wolf; for the degree of metamorphosis
varies according to locality. Though it is at sunset that the
change most usually takes place the transmutation back to man
generally occurring at dawn.
There are conditions of mind essential to those who would successfully
practice these rites. It is necessary that the person desirous
of acquiring the property of lycanthropy should be in earnest
and a believer in those super-physical powers whose favour
he is about to ask. Such an individual must betake himself
to a spot remote from the haunts of men. The powers to be petitioned
are not to be found promiscuously anywhere. They favour only
such waste and solitary places as the deserts, woods, and mountain
tops. The locality chosen, the candidate must next select a
night when the moon is new and strong. He must then choose
a perfectly level piece of ground, and on it at midnight, he
must mark, either with chalk or string, a circle of not less
than seven feet in radius, and within this, and from the same
center, another circle of three feet in radius. Then in the
center of this inner circle he must kindle a fire, and over
the fire place an iron tripod containing an iron vessel of
water. As soon as the water begins to boil the would be lycanthropist
must throw into it handfuls of any three of the following substances:
Note: The substances involved in this ritual have been withheld
by The Werewolf Page because of the harm that may caused by obtaining
and/or ingesting them.
While repeating the following incantation:
"Spirits from the deep, who never
sleep, be kind to me.
Spirits from the grave, without a soul to save , be kind to me.
Spirits of the trees, that grow upon the leas, be kind to me.
Spirits of the air, foul and black, not fair, be kind to me.
Spirits of the dead, that glide with noiseless tread, be kind
Spirits of heat and fire, destruction in your ire, be kind to
Spirits of cold and ice, phantoms of crime and vice, be kind
Wolves, Vampires, Satyrs, Ghosts!
Elect of all the devilish hosts!
I pray you send hither, send hither, send hither
The great grey shape that makes men shiver!
Shiver, shiver, shiver!
Come, come, come!"
The supplicant then takes off his vest
and shirt and smears his body with the magic salve. Then he
binds round his loins a girdle made of wolf’s skin, and
kneeling down within the circumference of the first circle,
waits for the advent of the Unknown. When the fire burns blue
and quickly dies out. The Unknown is about to manifest itself;
if it does not actually appear it will make its presence felt.
The spirit advent may be; a deep unnatural silence immediately
proceeding it sometimes, sometimes crashes and bangs, groaning
and shrieking, herald its approach. When it remains invisible
its presence is indicated and accompanied by a sensation of
abnormal cold and the most acute terror. It is sometimes visible
in the guise of a huntsman sometimes in the form of a monstrosity,
partly man and partly beast, and sometimes it is ill defined
and only partially materialized. To what order of spirits it
belongs is, of course purely a matter of conjecture. It is
some malevolent, super-physical, creative power, such as, participated
largely in the creation of theirs and other planets. It is
not the Devil. It is difficult to say to what extent. The Unknown
is believed to be powerful by those who approach it for the
purpose of acquiring the gift of lycanthropy; it is not ascribed
to be any supreme power, but is regarded as merely a local
spirit, the spirit of some particular wilderness or forest.
Regarding the New Moon, psychic influences are demonstrated
by the position of the planets. For instance, at new moon, cusp
of seventh house, and conjoined with Saturn in opposition to
Jupiter, sinister super-physical presence's are much in evidence
on the earth.
Lycanthropous Water Ceremony
A Norwegian or Swedish peasant when he wishes to become a werewolf,
kneels by the side of a lycanthropous stream at midnight, having
chosen a night when the moon is in the full, incants these
"Tis night! Tis night! and the moon
shines white over pine and snow capped hill. The shadows stray
through burn and brae and dance in the sparkling rill."
Tis night! Tis night! and the devils light casts glimmering beams
around. The maras dance, the nisses prance on the flower enameled
Tis night! Tis night! and the the werewolf’s might makes
man and nature shiver.
Yet its fierce grey head and stealthy tread are nought to thee,
River, River, River
Oh water strong, that swirls along I prithee a werewolf make
Of all things dear, my soul, I swear, In death shall not forsake
The supplicant then strikes the banks of the river three times
with his forehead; then dips his head into the river thrice,
at each dip gulping down a mouthful of the water.
Concludes ceremony, he has become a werewolf, and twenty-four
hours later will undergo the first metamorphosis.
Lycanthropous water is said, by those who dwell near to it,
to differ from other water in subtle details only, detail that
would, in all probability, escape the notice of all who were
not connoisseurs of the superphysical. A strange, faint odour,
comparable with nothing, distinguishes lycanthropous water; there
is a lurid sparkle in it, stongly suggestive of some peculiar,
individual life; the noise it makes, as it rushes along, so closely
resembles the muttering and whispering of human voices as to
be often mistaken for them; whilst at night it sometimes utters
piercing screams, and howls, and groans in such a manner as to
terrify all who pass near it. Dogs and horses, in particular,
are susceptible to its influence and they exhibit the greatest
signs of terror of the mere sound of it.
(Thanks to Wolfgang)
Pluck and wear after sunset, and on a night when the moon is
full. Lycanthropous flowers, no less than lycanthropous water,
possess properties peculiar to themselves; properties which
are, probably, only discernible to those who are well acquainted
with them. Their scent is described as faint and subtly suggestive
of death, whilst their sap is rather offensively white and
sticky. In appearance they are much the same as other flowers,
and are usually white and yellow.
(Thanks to Wolfgang)