Episode V: Shapeshifting
Join me in crossing the hedge to explore the ancient art of shapeshifting on a journey through folklore, legends, songs, and magical incantations. Hear two tales of shapeshifting witches; one from Ireland and one from the Appalachians. Then I will take you through songs and chants to show you how to attempt shapeshifting yourself as well as provide a word or two of warning.
Tales Told & Chants Sung:
- ‘The Witch- Hare” from Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Hall of Ireland
- “The Witch-Cat” from Helen Skeen of Virginia
- ‘The Fith-Fath Song” – Traditional Scots
- Fāth-Fīth Incantation from the Carmina Gadelica
- Isobel Gowdie’s Shapeshifting Chants
References and Resources:
- Carmichael, Alexander. The Carmina Gadelica / Ortha Nan Gaidheal: Hymns and Incantations with Illustrative Notes on Words, Rites, and Customs, Dying and Obsolete: Orally Collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Vol. 2. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, 1900.
- Davidson, Thomas. Rowan Tree and Red Thread: A Scottish Witchcraft Miscellany of Tales, Legends and Ballads; Together with a Descriptions of the Witches’ Rites and Ceremonies. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1949.
- Davis, Hubert J. The Silver Bullet and Other American Witch Stories. New York: Jonathan David Publishers Inc., 1975.
- Spence, Lewis. The Magic Arts in Celtic Britain. London: Rider, 1949.
- Yeats, W.B. Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry. London: Walter Scott, 1888.