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The Violet Man

Of The Violet Man, little is said and even less is seen.

A pagan tradition, long through to have been lost during the European witch hunts, held that the color violet, by virtue of its position at the far edge of the rainbow, had special guardianship over the invisible. It was the threshold between the seen and the unseen. The magickal properties of the violet flower were numerous: bury one with an object to ensure it will never be found. Dry, crush, and eat them and to forget unpleasant memories. Place petals over your eyes when sleeping to reveal hidden or lost things in dreams. Yet the flowers are the mere footprints of The Violet Man, described by some as a “hunting shadow” or “stark trespasser.” One ritual of very old attestation involves the growing of violets along particular paths to mark the way of “the strider,” whose passage was said to make trees, houses, or entire villages “disappear” or “pass away.”

The very few references to a violet man in modern day witchcraft do not appear to relate to this tradition. Though more than one sighting of a meandering yet coherent trail of violets that led “nowhere” have occurred in the last decade.

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