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Woman Captures a ’Naughty Puca’ Trying To Come Through Her Fireplace

And here’s how she sent it back.

The púca, or pooka, is a creature out of Irish folklore. Its origin is so ancient that the word has been lent to many legends, monsters, and fairies throughout Northern Europe, and is thought to even be the origin of the name of the mischievous sprite Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Like Puck, the púca spirit is thought to be a mischievous fairy, who can be good or evil depending on the local legend and customs (i.e., the story being told). It is usually depicted as a shapeshifter, with dark hair, that often takes the shape of a horse, dog, or, most notably, a hare.

In this video, a “fire scryer” doing a ritual in the flames, claims that she sees the image of a naughty púca emerging from the fire, before her protective magic drives it back.

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Fire scrying is a type of magic practice in which the user watches for patterns and symbols in the flames and the burning wood. In this case, the practitioner noticed the hare shape, which she identified as a púca emerging from the flames, and her own protective magic, curling up like bright fingers to send it back.

It is important to note that though the púca is often seen as a harmful or malevolent spirit, in some stories it can be protective to humans, such as intervening like a guardian angel in cases where a human is about to be in an accident. The giant rabbit in the film Harvey is also described as a pooka. The fire scryer probably nows what she is doing, but one wonders if this púca was really the bad kind, or perhaps it was trying to help.