The 16th century Swedish writer Olaus Magnus says that the Livonian werewolves were initiated by draining a cup of specially prepared beer and repeating a set formula, they routinely transformed themselves into wolves by passing through a certain magic pool, another instance of baptismal rebirth in animal form. Ralston in his Songs of the Russian … Read more

Magic Salve

In the Middle Ages, the wolf became a symbol of evil. Hysteria about werewolves broke out all over Europe. Thousands of people were accused of being werewolves and many were tortured and executed. The magic salve is frequently mentioned in witch and were-wolf trials. It is supposed to be a strong hallucinogenic. When rubbed over … Read more

Seventh sons

In Galician, Portuguese and Brazilian folklore, it is the seventh of the sons (but sometimes the seventh child, a boy, after a line of six daughters) who becomes a werewolf. In some Latin American countries, the seventh sons of a seventh son is believed to be cursed to be a werewolf, lobizón, Luison (in Paraguay) … Read more


      Being a child conceived under a new moon       Being born on a full moon friday (Italy)       Being born on the winter solstice or Christmas Eve (Italy)       Being the elder son of priest       Being the 7th of 7 consecutive (Germany).       Drinking water out of the footprint of a savage wolf … Read more

Werewolf Incantations

The process of turning into a werewolf relates to the realm of magic and the powers of words. Traditional incantations have been recorded from various traditions. Try at your own risks. Sacharow quoted an old Russian charm, to be spoken by one who wished to invoke the Moon-goddess and become a werewolf:  “On the sea, on … Read more

A Rite of the Werewolf

The going forth to the Infernal Sabbat Once the sorcerer has undertaken the self-initiation ritual entitled, “A Ritual of Lycanthropy” in both parts, and he has visualized perfectly his werewolf shadow, or that similar beast of sorcerer, he has entered into the pact of the Devil, the black man of the Sabbat. It is the … Read more

Pact with the devil

During the burning times, in the 16th and 17th centuries, all across Europe, people were being accused of witchcraft. One of the most common charge was lycanthropy: transforming into wolves. It was said that humans who enter into a pact with the Devil himself do so out of desperation and often, in an effort to … Read more


The curse of lycanthropy was also considered by some scholars as being a divine punishment. Werewolf literature shows many examples of God or saints allegedly cursing those who invoked their wrath with werewolfism. St. Patrick transformed Vereticus, a king in Wales, into a wolf; and St. Natalis cursed an illustrious Irish family with the result … Read more