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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
Definition: \En*chant"ment\, n. [F. enchantement.]
1. The act of enchanting; the production of certain wonderful effects by the aid of spirits; the use of magic arts, spells, or charms; incantation.
2. The effect produced by the act; the state of being enchanted; as, to break an enchantment.
3. That which captivates the heart and senses; an influence or power which fascinates or highly delights.
Syn: Incantation; necromancy; magic; sorcery; witchcraft; spell; charm; fascination; witchery.
"The soul has
an absolute, unforgiving need for excursions into enchantment. It requires
them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought. Yet our culture
often takes pride in disproving and exploding the sources of enchantment,
explaining away one mystery after another and overturning precious shrines,
dissolving the family farm that has housed spirits of civility for eons, or
desecrating for material profit a mountain or stream sacred to native
residents. We have yet to learn that we can't survive without enchantment
and that the loss is killing us."
Thomas Moore - The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
ENCHANTMENT - MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCE
Planet : Moon
Color : silver, white
Stone : opal, quartz crystal
Animal cat, hummingbird, swan
Goddess : Angtia, Carmen, Circe, Don (The Enchanter), Fata Morgana, Freya, Hecate, Ina, Isis (Great Enchantress, Mighty One of Enchantments), Lady of the Lake, Luna, the Maiden, Morgan le Fay, Morgen, Nimu?, Oshun, Phaedra, Rhiannon, Sekhmet (Lady of Enchantments, Mighty One of Enchantments), Selene, the Telchines (The Enchanters), Vivienne
Evocation : Caelia, dryads, fairies, Merlin, mermaids, the Rusalki, sirens, Taliesin
From: Encyclopedia of Magickal Correspondences
©Eileen Holland, all rights reserved
A creature, variously fashioned and endowed, that formerly inhabited the meadows and forests. It was nocturnal in its habits, and somewhat addicted to dancing and the theft of children. The fairies are now believed by naturalist to be extinct, though a clergyman of the Church of England saw three near Colchester as lately as 1855, while passing through a park after dining with the lord of the manor. The sight greatly staggered him, and he was so affected that his account of it was incoherent.
In the year 1807 a troop of fairies visited a wood near Aix and carried off the daughter of a peasant, who had been seen to enter it with a bundle of clothing. The son of a wealthy bourgeois disappeared about the same time, but afterward returned. He had seen the abduction been in pursuit of the fairies.
Justinian Gaux, a writer of the 14th-century, charges
that so great is the fairies' power of transformation that he saw one
change itself into two opposing armies and fight a battle with great
slaughter, and that the next day, after it had resumed its original shape
and gone away, there were seven hundred bodies of the slain which the
villagers had to bury. He does not say if any of the wounded recovered.
In the time of Henry III, of England, a law was made which prescribed the death penalty for "Kyllynge, wowndynge, or mamynge" a fairy, and it was universally respected.
Other Names for Fairies
Fays - early form of the word Fair Family/Fair Folk - Welsh nickname
Farisees/Pharisees - Suffolk nickname
Fary - Northumberland nickname
Fees - Upper Brittany nickname
Feriers/Ferishers - another Suffolk nickname
Frairies - Norfolk and Suffolk version
Good Neighbors - Scottish and Irish nickname
Good People - Irish reference to the Sidhe
The Green Children - Faerie reference in medieval
Literature: Greencoaties - Lincolnshire Fen version
Greenies - Lancashire nickname
The Grey Neighbors - Shetland nickname for the Trows
Henkies - Orkney and Shetland nickname for Trows
Klippe - Forfarshire nickname
Li'l Fellas - Manx nickname
The Old People - Cornish nickname
People of Peace - Irish reference to the Sidhe
Pigsies/Piskies - Cornwall variations