How To Become A Werewolf – Folklore & Ritual

werwolf-bwFolklore & Superstitions
The idea of man changing to wolf, and vice versa, is ancient and spread across many cultures. (Read about Werewolf Legends HERE). In fact, folklore still exists that suggests people can choose to become a werewolf without a hereditary component. Superstition tells us of varied gruesome methods of doing so, which include drinking water from the footprint of a wolf, drinking from a stream where three wolves have been seen drinking together, or by eating a wolf’s brains. A German tradition says that the transition from man to wolf is made through the power of a belt made of wolf-skin, and if cut or unfastened, the man will lose his wolf-nature.

Scandinavian folklore suggests that the ferocious spirit of the wolf sometimes entered into the soul of a beautiful woman, who, though human by day, became at midnight, wolf-like in form and semblance.

Werewolf Ritual
Elliot O’Donnell, a British writer of many books concerning the paranormal, tells of a specific transformation ritual that humans can perform in his book Werewolves, published in 1912. Though it’s very gruesome and bizarre, it is presented here for curiosity’s sake:

First, one needs to find a remote spot to perform the ritual, where there is no chance he or she could be disturbed, seen or heard by another human. The spot should be perfectly flat and level. At midnight on a night when the moon is “new and strong”, chalk or string is used to make a circle no less than a 7-foot radius.

In that circle, another circle with a 3-foot radius is made. In that circle, a fire should be kindled. An iron tripod holding an iron cauldron should be placed over the fire, in which water must be brought to a boil. The person then throws into the kettle handfuls of three of the following items: Asafoetida, hemlock, opium, parsley, henbane, saffron, aloe, poppy-seed & solanum.

While throwing the items into the water, this chant is to be said aloud:

Spirits of the deep,
Who never sleep,
Be kind to me.

Spirits of the grave,
Without a soul to save,
Be kind to me.

Spirits of the trees,
That grow upon the leas,
Be kind to me.

Spirits of the air,
Foul & black, not fair,
Be kind to me.

Water spirits hateful,
To ships and bathers fateful,
Be kind to me.

Spirits of the earthbound dead
That guide with noiseless tread,
Be kind to me.

Spirits of heat and fire,
Destructive in your ire,
Be kind to me.

Spirits of cold and ice,
Patrons of crime and vice,
Be kind to me.

Wolves, vampires, satyrs, ghosts!
Elect of all the devilish hosts!
I pray you send hither,
Send hither, send hither,
The great grey shape that makes men shiver!
Shiver, shiver, shiver!
Come! Come! Come!

But wait, that’s not all. At this point the person must take off their shirt and smear their chest with the fat of a freshly killed animal mixed with aniseed, camphor and opium. Then a belt of wolf skin is placed around the waist, at which point the person conducting the ritual must kneel down in the first circle. After this, the fire will quickly die out and a demon will come to visit. It is this creature that gives one the power to change form.