The Names of the Seven Sisters of the Fairies

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When we look at the Grimoire material we find two main groupings of beings: Fairy Queens and the so-called Seven Sisters. These are all given names although the names vary in different manuscripts. The Seven Sisters can be bound to teach a person about herbs, nature, and provide a ring of invisibility (Harms, Clark, & Peterson, 2015). The queens can be called on for scrying, manifestation, sex magic, knowledge of nature, truth, and may also provide a ring of invisibility (Brock & Raiswell, 2018; Harm, Clark, & Peterson, 2015). All of the names given, however, are somewhat problematic in that they either can be found nowhere else outside the grimoire material or else they closely resemble common names or words.

This is very interesting Partial content post from the 'Book of Oberon'.

- Copyright 2015 by Daniel Harms (Author), James R. Clark (Author), Joseph H. Peterson (Author).

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NB: We found presence of the Seven Faeries Sisters and Mycob in the 'Tractatus de Nigromatia [necromancy]: 16th century Mun.A.4.98' and also in some others Mss (see below update).. 



Mycob is queen of the fairies, and is of the same office that Oberyon is of. She appeareth in green with a crown on her head, and is very meek and gentle. She showeth the nature of herbs, stones, and trees. She showeth the use of medicines and the truth. She causeth the ring of invisibility to be given to the invocator.

Mycob is another commonly invoked fairy Queen. Her name is found under many various spellings including Micol, Mical, Mycholl, Micob, and Mycob as well as Michel and Micheal (Harm, Clark, & Peterson, 2015; Brock & Raiswell, 2018). Under the variant form of Meillia it is possible that Micoll might be the Milia found grouped sometimes with Sibilia, although we more often see her explicitly invoked with Titam and Burfex. Possibly a variant form of Mab, Briggs suggests that Micol is the queen of the diminutive fairies. (Briggs, 1976; Harm, Clark, & Peterson, 2015). Micoll was called on to give knowledge of "herbs, stones...trees...medicines...and the truth" as well as providing a ring of invisibility and was described as being very gentle and kind (Harm, Clark, & Peterson, 2015, page 207).

Often invoked with Micoll are Titam and Burfex. Titam is also called Titem, Tytarit, Titan, Tytan, Tytar, and even Setan or Chicam (Brock & Raiswell, 2018; Harm, Clark, & Peterson, 2015). The Book of Oberon suggests that Titam may be connected to or a variant name for Shakespeare's fairy Queen Titania although Briggs argues that Titania is a variant of Diana instead. Because of the obscure nature of the material and the non-standard spelling between sources it is difficult to favor either theory, although it may be that both have some truth in them. Burfex may also be called Burfax, Burphax, or Bursex. Micoll, Titam, and Burfex are invoked together in a ritual to provide the magician with a ring of invisibility, during which one of the three is chosen by the magician and is bound by him to provide him with the ring as well as sexual companionship.

Early on, the Fairy Queen Micob is also listed, and on one of the blank pages in the middle a later owner has noted “Mycob is queen of the fairies, (i.e. Mab).” Queen Mab or Mauve, about whom Mercutio gives a long speech in Romeo and Juliet, is the Irish Queen of the Fairies; her court of seven fairy sisters are “to shewe and teache a man the nature of hearbes and to instruct a man in phisicke. Also they will bringe a man the ringe of Invissibillity.” 


In addition to the beings, who are described as fairy Queens, we also see a grouping of beings called the Seven Sisters. These are: Lilia, Restilia, Foca (Fata), Fola (Falla), Afryca (Afria/Africa), Julia (Julya), Venulia (Venalla). In the 11th century these sisters initially appear listed as seven fevers in charm texts (Brock & Raiswell, 2018). In later grimoire material the seven sisters are said to be under the rule of Micob and each has a specific sigil associated with her; it is suggested that they can be called on for knowledge of herbs, medicine, and in the ritual to gain a ring of invisibility (Harm, Clark, & Peterson, 2015). Little else is directly known about the sisters, however the number seven is generally considered significant to fairies and in fairylore.

Curiously, while the Solomonic spirits don’t completely correspond to other grimoires, the Book of Magic’s “seven fairy sisters” seem to have more than an incidental connection to several other manuscripts, including those in Reginald Scot’s 1584 Discoverie of Witchcraft and to the list in another Folger manuscript, Spell to Bind the Seven Sisters of the Fairies to you for ever or X.d..234 (ca. 1600), a one page sheet of spells which Frederika Bain summarizes as “spells to summon, supplicate, control, and copulate with the seven Sisters of the fairies.” If the goal of the Operator in this ritual is most likely to gain wealth, the goal in the four spells transcribed by Bain seems to be to gain a submissive fairy sex slave.



The seven sisters office is to show and teach to a man about the nature of herbs, and to instruct a him in physic; also they will bring a man the ring of invisibility. They are under Mycob (or Micob), the Queen of fairies.




Update [15/04/2019]

Since I made the purchase of the Oberon Book, I have never stopped searching for more information about the Seven Fairy Sisters. In sorting out my latest discoveries, I discovered a beautiful manuscript written in English and Latin. By many aspects the content of the manuscript is not without reminding me 'The Cambridge Book of Magic' or 'The Book of Teasure Spirits' or even 'The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet'.

Below is a source text which gives rituals for the Seven Sisters of the Fairies. It's entitled 'Consecratio Libris'.

[Fol.15v] Experimentum de Elphas (Malphas ?) qui est veru[m] Experimentum assignat gerit ad locum.F. homines dicens in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.


Note the 'Sator formulae' given at the end of the text..

The Ms in very interesting and I plan to write a new post about its content asap..



Some informations recently discovered about the 7 Sisters:

Another groupe of female spirits with a long pedigree is hte seven sisters, whose names are Lilia, Restilia, Foca, Fola, Afryca, Julia and Venulia, or variations thereon. Theses figures, or those with similar names, appear as "fevers" in charms as early as the eleventh century.




The Seven Sisters Conjuration.

“In nomine Spiritus sancti conjuro vos febres. Septem sorores estis. Prima ex vobis dicitur Lilia. Secunda Restilia. Tertia Fugalia. Quarta Suffoca"...

- Another one:

"You are seven sisters. The first of you is called lilia. the second, Restilia. the third Fugalia [that is, “fleeing”]. the fourth suffoca [“choking”]. the fifth affrica. the sixth"...

- Another one:

"I conjure you spirits or elves who are 7 sisters and you have these names. Lilia, Restilia, Foca, Fola, Afryca, Julia, Venulia, I conjure you & ordered by the pa .: hi. and the Holy Spirit: and Saint Mary, mother of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: and by the annunciation of nativity and circumcision, and by baptism; and for his holy fast; and by the passion, death and resurrection of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ and by the Coming of the holy spirit our sacred Comforter: and by all the Apostles Martyrs confessors: and also virgins and all the elect of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ; that in the future neither you nor any of yours will have power or dominion over this terrain; neither inside nor outside, nor on this servant of the living god .: N: neither by day nor by night; but the holy trinity is always with it and he or she. Amen. Amen: Call to the Fairy Queen. Micol or your Micoll regina pigmeorum deus Abraham: deus Isaac: deus Jacob; tibi benedicat et omnia fausta danet et concedat Mode venias et mihi moremgem veni. Igitur or tu micol in nomine Jesus veni cito ters quatur beati in qui nomini Jesu veniunt veni Igitur O tu micol in nomine Jesu veni cito qui sit omnis honor laus et gloria in omne aeter-num. Amen".

Another one from Sigismund fever charm (pp. 69-70).

Every day for three days [read this] three times over the fever-sufferer and he will be healed. Charm against fevers.

"In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Behold the cross of the triune Lord. Christ was born: on. bon. jon. Christ suffered: don. ron. con. Christ rose from the dead: ton. son. yon. When the Lord Jesus had entered into the house of Simon Peter, he saw [Peter’s] mother-in-law lying ill with a fever, and standing over her, he commanded the fever and dismissed it, and immediately she ministered to him [Matt. 8:14–15; Luke 4:38– 39]. Syon. Syon. Syon. For the commemoration of St Sigismund, king: free your servant N., Lord God. In the name of the Father, I speak to you, O fevers. In the name of the Son, I speak against you. In the name of the Holy Spirit, I conjure you, O fevers. You are seven sisters. The first of you is called Lilia. The second, Restilia. The third Fugalia [that is, “fleeing”]. The fourth Suffoca [“choking”]. The fifth Affrica. The sixth Julia. The seventh Macha. • If you are *quotidian, biduan, tertian, quartan or quintan or sextan or septiman or octavan or nonan or whatever kind you are, I conjure you and join issue with you by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and by the seat of the majesty and by the Hagia Sophia [the Holy Wisdom] and by the holy Trinity and by St Mary mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by St Michael the Archangel, and Gabriel, and Raphael who is called “medicine of God”, and by the holy angels and"...
 In Somersetshire County, it is said that if the cookies are not marked with a cross before kneading them, they sometimes end up with a series of tiny holes, made with the pointed heels of the shoes of these English fairies when they dance on cookies when you come out of the oven. Among the most popular earthly fairies are Fiounbhar, Aine, Cliodua, Miala and Huldra or Huldre.

See also other related posts:

- A licence for Sibylia to go and come by at all times.
- The Call of Bilgal one of the 7.
- Oberon; King of Faery.
- MSS Folger V.b.26 - ca. (1577-1583).



(NB: This posts is subject to be updated.)

[Sources]

- The 'Book of Oberon' - Copyright 2015 Daniel Harms (Author), James R. Clark (Author), Joseph H. Peterson (Author).
- Consecratio Libris.
- Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits in the Early Modern Period - Copyright Michelle D. Brock, Richard Raiswell, David R. Winter.
- BL Ms Sloane 140 [Fol.44v-46r].
Finding Fairies in Grimoires - Morgan Daimler.
- The Binding of the Fairies: Four Spells - Frederika Bain.
- An Introduction to the Book of Magic, with Instructions for Invoking Spirits.. - Teresa Burns.
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