Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Libera Nos A Malo
To summon a sprite or demon, Mother Gerd, wielding a wand, draws two concentric circles around a brazier and dances between the circles, chanting:
"'Amen, amen...malo a nos libera sed -'" (p. 22)
Holger's hackles rise - and so do mine. She is chanting:
"Amen, amen...evil from us deliver but -"
- the Paternoster or Lord's Prayer recited backwards. Yet she had assured him that her magic was white, or gray at worst. The demon advises that Holger seek help in Faerie - but I think he is here to fight the Middle World? Gerd will send him to "'...Duke Alfric, the nearest lord of Faerie.'" (p. 23) That name seemed familiar so I searched the blog for it. See here.